Assistant Director of Development, Annual GivingUniversity of Michigan Museum of Art (6/24/2021)

Salary Range: $50,000 - $63,000

About UMMA

Under the leadership of Museum Director Christina Olsen, the University of Michigan Museum of Art is in the midst of a dynamic and creative transformation. With a renewed focus on anti-racism and social justice issues, nationally important exhibitions and research, and an expansion of strategic institutional and artistic partnerships, UMMA is building an international profile and a broad and diverse public both within and far beyond the boundaries of our campus. Founded in 1946, UMMA is free and fully accessible to the public, and welcomes more than 240,000 visitors every year through exhibitions and a broad portfolio of public programs.

We are seeking applicants who are committed to building diversity in our sector, which is expressed in myriad forms, including race and ethnicity, gender and gender identity, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, language, culture, national origin, religious commitments, age, (dis)ability status, and political perspective. When you join UMMA, you can expect to be part of an innovative team that views the Museum as a vital space for exploring contemporary social issues, building community and equity, and celebrating artistic expression and achievement. During this exciting moment of transformation, we seek staff who thrive in settings that foster creative, cross-organizational collaboration. In deciding whether to apply for a position at UMMA, you are strongly encouraged to consider whether your values align with our “Commitment to Anti-Racist Action and a More Inclusive Museum.”  

For full consideration please provide a resume with a cover letter, describing how your experience and qualifications relate to the position requirements. Please apply online at

Position Summary:

Reporting to the Chief Development Officer, the Assistant Director, Annual Giving manages the strategic execution of our annual giving program and development events. The Assistant Director focuses on maintaining and improving the effectiveness of solicitations for annual gifts under $10,000. The Assistant Director also plans and executes our development events with the goal of cultivating and enhancing relationships with our audiences.

Candidates under-represented in the museum and/or development fields are strongly encouraged to apply. 

Characteristic Duties and Responsibilities:

Annual Giving/Membership –70%

  • Manage annual giving program, including UMMA Free Membership. Manage strategy and implementation of all annual giving solicitations through direct mail, digital, and phone. Work with the Office of University Development to maximize efficiencies when needed.
  • Develop new strategies for membership acquisition and retention.
  • Manage annual giving stewardship program. Coordinate gift acknowledgments and provide creative stewardship.
  • Plan and administer multiple concurrent projects.
  • On an as-needed basis, periodically perform general administrative responsibilities including answering telephones, maintaining department files, records, and reference materials.
  • Develop good working relationships with annual giving colleagues in the Office of University Development and keep informed about campus-wide best practices around annual giving.

Events – 30%

  • Design and execute development events, such as exhibition openings, member events, and donor engagement events, with the Facilities Manager and with Development team colleagues. Work with Museum's communications staff to develop and distribute, effective event materials, including print and digital communications.
  • Manage logistics of events, including facility reservations, invitation lists and RSVPs, set-up and tear-down of event areas, audio/visual/technical needs, catering, floral, transportation, and other event details.
  • Manage virtual development events including invitation process, schedule and script, and pre-event coordination with presenters and other participants.
  • Help with communications plan for special invitations and outreach from the Museum Director to donors and friends.
  • Coordinate event information with the Office of University Development and work with their staff and other University colleagues to provide necessary updates and reports.
  • Maintain a positive atmosphere of leadership including quality improvement, collaboration, and mutual respect.

Required Qualifications:

  • 3 or more years of relevant fundraising experience in a museum, academic, or equivalent setting, with demonstrated responsibilities in annual giving or building donor relationships.
  • Demonstrated understanding of the needs and interests of diverse prospects, donors, and community members in order to develop and sustain constituent relationships.
  • Demonstrated experience creating and supporting special events.
  • Proficiency in common computer applications including alumni/donor databases, Microsoft Word, Excel (can maintain complex spreadsheets), calendaring systems.
  • Strong writing and editing skills.
  • This job often requires work outside the normal workday, including evenings and weekends.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • A bachelor's degree in a related field.
  • Demonstrated commitment or interest in the arts.
  • Some experience in volunteer management.
  • Personal belief in our mission, goals, and objectives.

U-M EEO/AA Statement:

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. 

The University of Michigan Museum of Art seeks to transform individual and civic life by promoting the discovery, contemplation, and enjoyment of the art of our world.

Posted on 5/26/2021

    The Michigan Museums Association is supported in part by an award from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and the National Endowment for the Arts. 

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