Menil Collection, Detail. Photo: George Hixson
The Menil Collection
Director of Individual Giving
The Menil Collection seeks a Director of Individual Giving to implement the museum’s major gift program and create and carry out an effective and successful program to identify, cultivate, solicit, and steward individual donors.
This newly created position reports to the Menil’s most senior fundraising professional, the Director of Advancement, and will be called upon to refine current and develop new, innovative, and compelling fundraising strategies, benefits, and recognition for individual prospects and donors. In addition to overseeing the production of individual gift documentation, the Director of Individual Giving will be expected to maintain accurate and complete records of donor contacts and communications in the department database and create timely and accurate pipeline reports and revenue forecasts. The Director of Individual Giving will work closely and collaboratively with members of the Advancement Department and actively enlist board members, leadership staff, and volunteers to deepen and solidify individual donor relationships as part of the Menil’s overall development efforts.
Considered one of the most important privately assembled collections of the twentieth century, the Menil Collection houses approximately seventeen thousand paintings, sculptures, prints, drawings, photographs, and rare books. Masterpieces from antiquity, Byzantium and the medieval period, the cultures of Africa, Oceania, and the American Pacific Northwest and the twentieth century, including significant surrealist holdings, are particularly well represented.
Required qualifications include minimum of 5-7 years development experience with increasing responsibility. Experience in devising and executing a major donor cultivation program. Proven track record of meeting and exceeding revenue goals, with the ability to engage individual donors and successfully close gifts. Ability to motivate and interact effectively with trustees, volunteers, donors, and museum staff at all levels. Extensive knowledge of fundraising principles, techniques, and ethics. Self-motivated strategic thinker with a proven record of working independently and as part of a diverse team, handling multiple priorities and achieving results. Exceptional verbal and written communication and interpersonal skills, and the ability work in a team environment on department activities and initiatives with a positive attitude. Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite. Experience with Raiser’s Edge software preferred. Availability to work nights and weekends as needed for events or deadlines. Experience with fundraising in the arts highly desirable.
Salary and benefits are competitive and commensurate with experience. Please send resume and cover letter to: Director of Human Resources, The Menil Collection, 1511 Branard Street, Houston, Texas 77006. Application materials may also be emailed to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Menil Collection is an Equal Opportunity Employer.