Director of Museum Development

Colby College Museum of Art

Waterville, Maine

Founded in 1813, Colby is the 12th-oldest private liberal arts college in the country. Located in central Maine, Colby overlooks downtown Waterville and the Kennebec River Valley. Colby’s 1,850 students come from nearly every state and more than 70 countries to take advantage of its renowned academic programs, a curriculum that encourages educational exploration, and collaborative learning experiences led by world-class professors. The Colby College Museum of Art is a collecting and teaching museum dedicated to the preservation, display, and interpretation of the visual arts. It embraces works of art from diverse cultures and historical periods, with a focus on American art, and commitment to collecting and exhibiting contemporary art. The Museum serves as a central site for intellectual engagement, artistic contemplation, and social activity. As a primary teaching resource for the College and the greater community, the Museum sits at the crossroads of interdisciplinary thinking and facilitates stimulating encounters between students, faculty, and community members who share the liberal arts experience. The Museum is in the midst of a multi-year strategic plan that will culminate in 2017.

The Opportunity

The Director of Museum Development will play a prominent part in increasing the museum's position as one of the nation's leading liberal arts museums. The Director will be charged to build a comprehensive development program that includes diversified streams of contributed support from individuals, foundations and corporations; a healthy membership program; and an active and engaged Board of Governors. Fundraising will build the philanthropic base for exhibits, collections, educational and outreach activities, as well as endowment needs. Interested candidates should have a Bachelor’s degree and a minimum of 3-5 years of frontline fundraising experience, with demonstrated prospect management skills along all points of the engagement pipeline, including a track record of closing gifts in the 6+ figure range. Museum experience is preferred, but not required, although a sincere appreciation for art and the Museum mission is crucial. This highly articulate individual will build a strong understanding of the Museum’s priorities, exhibitions and collection and will be expected to communicate its vision using dynamic oral and written communication skills.