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Development Officer

Museum of Contemporary Art Denver

Full Time
Posted August 27, 2020

Job Title: Development Officer
Reports To:
Director of Development
Position Status:
Full-Time salary, Individual Contributor
$55,000 – $65,000 per year commensurate with experience
Email CV and Resume to jobs@mcadenver.org no later than 5pm on Friday, September 11, 2020

: The Development Officer plays a critical role in the museum’s fundraising activities by soliciting and stewarding annual fund and event gift giving. Successful candidates will demonstrate a strong ability to identify new prospects, cultivate a growing portfolio of existing prospects, solicit and secure gifts, and provide meaningful stewardship of supporters. An ability to empathize with donors and clearly communicate our organization’s mission is key. The position additionally supports cultivation and fundraising events such as the museum’s annual gala fundraiser, spring fundraiser, and all virtual fundraising events.


  • Work with the entire development team to support a culture of philanthropy at MCA Denver.
  • Manage and grow an existing portfolio of 50+ donors and prospects with meticulous follow-through and a keen understanding of the importance of building lasting donor relationships.
  • Conduct research to identify prospects, with an emphasis on gifts at the $2,500 and above giving level to fund a variety of exhibitions, youth and community projects, and general operations.
  • Develop an innovative strategy for increasing new donors in the supporter pipeline, guided by a keen understanding of the donor life cycle.
  • Produce compelling and high-quality proposals to be used in major gift solicitations and help to prepare monthly presentations to the Development Committee of Board.
  • Manage systems and software to track and cultivate donors and prospects, including our donor database, wealth screening tools, and the development dashboard.
  • Act as a key player in annual donor cultivation fundraising events including the annual gala, spring fundraiser, and all virtual events.
  • Provide administrative and fundraising support for all virtual and in-person events, including working with outside vendors and managing event revenue and expense budgets.
  • Successfully manage the experience of donors who attend events.
  • Acknowledge and thank donors through public and private recognition.
  • Assure excellent mission-related and on-brand stewardship of existing donors.
  • Work collaboratively with the entire development department to align efforts and set goals.
  • Provide content and work closely with the Grant Writer to publish a monthly online development department newsletter
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Deep appreciation for the mission and culture of inclusion at MCA Denver.
  • Strategic thinker, ability to think critically about issues and solutions.
  • Demonstrated expertise in fundraising techniques, particularly major gift fundraising, annual fundraising, and event fundraising.
  • Excellent communication skills, both oral and written
  • Exceptional ability to interact in an effective, tactful and professional manner with members, donors, board members, volunteers and staff.
  • Ability to deliver compelling, professional presentations to funders that build long-term relationships and effectively tell MCA Denver’s story.
  • Display a positive, collaborative attitude, show concern for people and community, demonstrate a professional demeanor, self-confidence, common sense, good listening ability, and a willingness to continue to learn.
  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a team with a can-do attitude to achieve individual and team goals.
  • A minimum of three years of proficiency with Microsoft Office, including Word, Google docs, Mail Chimp, Eventbrite, PowerPoint, and Excel, and Adobe CS software; donor database system (working knowledge of Altru or other Blackbaud products, preferred).
  • Comfortable communicating with the team using Slack.
  • A bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience required.
  • 3 or more years of direct development and demonstrated successful fundraising experience required.
  • 2 years of fundraising event management experience required.


The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by a staff member to successfully perform the essential functions of this position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Physical demands: While performing the duties of this job, the staff member is required to travel independently within museum office and spaces, and in the communities served. The position requires verbal and written conversation with others, sitting, moving throughout the museum, reaching, occasionally lifting/moving objects up to 25 pounds, and use of hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls. The position occasionally requires speaking for an extended period. Vision abilities required by the job include close vision.


The Museum of Contemporary Art Denver (MCA Denver) explores the art and culture of our time through rotating exhibitions and public educational programs. Featuring international, national, and regional artists, MCA Denver exhibitions impact the field of contemporary art and enrich our community. Through dynamic adult and youth education programs and other creative events, the museum cultivates a culturally engaged community and a healthy, creative place of belonging for teens.

We believe we are paving a new path for a 21st century museum that is Both/And: We are both advancing the field of contemporary art and providing a platform for creative expression, in the broadest sense of the term. We present both world-class exhibitions and quirky events, serious lectures and epic parties. We are both sophisticated and unpretentious. By continually breaking conventions ourselves, we promote the values of risk-taking and newness in the hearts and minds of Denverites.

MCA Denver was founded in 1996 by philanthropist Sue Cannon and a group of committed volunteers and artists who responded to the community’s desire for a contemporary art museum in Denver. For seven years, MCA Denver occupied a renovated fish market in Sakura Square in lower downtown Denver. In 2003, Mark Falcone and Ellen Bruss, members of MCA Denver’s Board of Trustees, donated a gift of land in Denver’s Central Platte Valley in order to realize the organization’s goal of building a permanent home for contemporary art in Denver. In October 2007, MCA Denver opened its new, 27,000-square foot, environmentally sustainable facility in the Riverfront neighborhood of lower downtown Denver, designed by acclaimed architect David Adjaye. The building has five galleries on two floors as well as dedicated education spaces, a gift shop, an innovative art lending library, and a rooftop café.

MCA Denver is an equal opportunity employer and makes all employment decisions without regard to race, religion, color, sex (including pregnancy, sexual orientation, and gender identity), national origin, disability, age 40 and over, ancestry, creed, military status, genetic information or any other status protected under applicable federal, state or local laws.


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