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Executive Director Albuquerque, NM

The Albuquerque Museum Foundation (foundation) seeks a dynamic, innovative, and experienced fundraising professional to serve as executive director (ED) at a pivotal time in the Albuquerque Museum’s (museum) history, with dynamic, visionary museum leadership in place, an upcoming capital campaign, committed volunteer leadership, and broad community support for the museum. This is an exceptional opportunity for a high-performing, inspirational leader to partner with a committed, engaged foundation board and visionary museum director Andrew Connors to leverage the generosity of the community; significantly expand membership and the major gift pipeline; and plan and execute a capital campaign to further the mission.

The foundation is an independent, nonprofit corporation that provides funding and volunteer support to further the cultural, historical, and educational programs and exhibitions at the museum, which is a division of the City of Albuquerque Cultural Services Department. The museum serves as Albuquerque’s cultural center and a leading institution for art, history, and culture in the region. With its mix of highly esteemed permanent collections, world-class special exhibitions, events, educational programming, the Slate at the Museum Café, and the museum store, the museum offers a special place for visitors to gather, explore, and learn.

Reporting to the foundation board, the ED will have overall leadership responsibility for the foundation, overseeing a staff of nine across development, membership & database, events, and communications. The ED’s chief responsibilities will be, and the ED will be primarily evaluated on, the achievement of the foundation’s three strategic goals: completion of a $1.4 million capital campaign to partially fund the museum’s planned education wing and increasing both membership and museum support by 7 percent, compounded annually.

To achieve these ambitious goals, the ED will provide vision and strategic leadership for the foundation board, drive acquisition and retention of existing and new donors, both current and through planned giving, for all contributed revenue (including major gifts; membership; corporate, foundation, and government grants; events; and sponsorships) utilizing both innovative and traditional methods; and foster a work environment that values collaboration and creativity and rewards new ideas.

The ED will partner closely with foundation and museum leadership, curatorial staff, and other key stakeholders to ensure that philanthropic goals are met. As the chief fundraiser, the ED will personally participate in the identification, cultivation, and successful solicitation of high-level gifts, focusing on prospects that can make transformative gifts. In addition to leading philanthropic efforts, the ED will be responsible for the operation of the foundation, including oversight of the museum store, the foundation’s headquarters property, and income properties.

The ED will be an accomplished, strategic fundraising professional with a minimum of five years of proven, successful leadership experience in development, constituency engagement, and campaign management. Ideal candidates must possess strong managerial, analytical, strategic planning, volunteer and board management, and motivational skills as well as a keen understanding of fundraising and nonprofit management best practices; a comprehensive understanding of all major foundation functions; and a track record of significant personal success cultivating, successfully soliciting, and stewarding high-level donors.

Ideal candidates must demonstrate a high level of integrity, character, and trustworthiness, and exhibit the maturity, sophistication, and credibility to effectively engage and partner with key internal and external stakeholders. The ED must value diversity and inclusion, instilling those values in staff and ensuring a diverse team. Finally, ideal candidates must have a deep understanding of and passion for the mission, goals, and aspirations of the foundation and the museum, and be a superb storyteller with the ability to craft compelling cases for support, engaging and building authentic relationships with the board, museum colleagues, the Albuquerque community, and prospective and existing donors.

This is a collaborative, roll-up-your-sleeves, direct-solicitation environment that requires a commitment to the art and science of fundraising and a focus on the long game, while also executing strategic, short-term tactics to achieve increasing and sustainable funding. In accordance with the foundation’s mission and values, the foundation is especially interested in recruiting members of diverse underrepresented communities and individuals with a commitment to diversity and inclusion, and an appreciation of multiculturalism. A bachelor’s degree is required, and an advanced degree in a relevant field is preferred.

Jack Gorman is leading this search with Jean Jacoby and Molly Gallagher.

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