Director of Institutional Giving
Milwaukee, WI 
Posted 9 days ago
Job Description
Milwaukee Art Museum Job Description
Position Title:  Director of Institutional Giving
Job:  Full time, Exempt, Non-Union
Reports To:  Chief Development Officer (CDO)
Classification:  Professional, Management
Supervises:  Development Officer for Institutional Giving

Position Summary:  The Director of Institutional Giving reports to the Chief Development Officer and serves in an important leadership role at the Milwaukee Art Museum in securing foundation, corporate, and government grants. This position will build on a high caliber program that reflects the Museum’s mission, goals, and strategic plan.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:  Overall responsibility for a comprehensive institutional giving program encompassing foundation, corporate, and government engagement. Grant resources support curatorial, education and community programming, and other strategic initiatives.

  • Drive proactive institutional engagement to achieve ambitious goals that align with the Museum’s tradition of community and scholarly impact.
  • Work collaboratively across the Museum to develop program and budget buildouts to support grant submissions.
  • Lead application strategy and process (including writing needs), delegating to the Development Officer for Institutional Giving where appropriate.
  • Support direct report (currently one position) and larger Development team through mentoring and team building.
  • Work to develop relationships with program officers and other foundation contacts through external facing activities. Participate in proactive outreach to expand funder network and strategically develop new prospects.
  • Work in tandem with members of the Development department to create multi-year and strategic plans to secure grants, corporate sponsorship, major gifts, membership, and endowment support to meet annual goals.
  • In partnership with the CDO and COFO, set annual revenue goals for the institutional giving team.
  • Oversee post-award grant compliance and reporting, and support additional stewardship efforts. Manage appropriate relationships around grant outcomes and donor expectations.

Position Requirements
  • Creative, relationship-focused, and strategic development leader motivated by a passion for the Milwaukee Art Museum’s mission.
  • A minimum of 7 years of progressively responsible experience in an institutional giving program. 
  • A bachelor’s degree (master’s degree a plus).
  • Supervisory experience, including mentoring individuals and teams.
  • Outstanding interpersonal competencies, and proven track record in managing foundation relationships resulting in major grant awards.
  • Strong writer with the ability to synthesize complex concepts into compelling proposals and reports using both technical and storytelling language.
  • Exceptional communication, project management, problem solving, and research skills.
  • Ability to manage competing priorities and work well under pressure to meet deadlines.
  • Program evaluation and budget development experience.
  • Willingness to work periodic weekends and evenings.
  • Proficiency in: Raiser's Edge, Basecamp, and Microsoft Suite.

Physical Demands
  • Sit up to six hours per day, stand up to five hours per day
  • Lift packages up to 25 lbs on occasion
  • Walk throughout Museum campus and off-site Museum locations, talk and hear

DEAI Statement
The Milwaukee Art Museum is an equal opportunity employer. The Museum recruits, employs, trains, compensates, and promotes regardless of race, religion, color, national origin, disability, age, veteran status, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, and other protected status as required by applicable law.

We are committed to recruiting, developing, compensating, and retaining professional staff that reflect our community. We aspire to be a diverse workplace where talented people want to come, stay, and do their best work.

We stand committed to the work ahead, informed by our community, which we will support with our best thinking, our deepest empathy, and the courage to embody the convictions shared in our Strategic Direction.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this job. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all qualifications, responsibilities, duties and skills required.

Milwaukee Art Museum is an EOE/M/W/Vets/Disability Employer.


Job Summary
Start Date
Employment Term and Type
Regular, Full Time
Salary and Benefits
Competitive salary
The Milwaukee Art Museum offers a competitive compensation package including Health and Dental benefits, Vision Plan, Flex/Dependent Spending Account, Health Spending Account, Group Term Life and Voluntary Life Insurance, Short Term Disability, Cancer Protection Assurance, Accident Only Insurance, Hospital Confinement Indemnity Insurance, Critical Care Protection, Long Term Disability, Retirement Plan, Vacation and Holidays, Parking Discount, Museum Membership and Museum Discounts.
Required Education
Bachelor's Degree
Required Experience
7 to 10 years
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