Reports to: Director of Development
Status: Full time, Non-exempt
Who is moCa?
As the region’s only contemporary art museum, the Museum of Contemporary Art (moCa) leads the way in shaping and advancing contemporary culture. We are global and local, cosmopolitan and Cleveland at our core. We are grounded in our community, and our visitors are cultural adventurers who we engage with to explore ideas and nurture our humanity. Our work culture is passion-driven, inclusive, transparent, collaborative, and fun, and we value and support an enterprising staff that anticipates and reacts nimbly to change while embracing new opportunities and challenges. Success of the individual directly impacts success of the institution, so moCa holds every employee to a high standard of excellence with the expectation that everyone understands and participates in the institutional goals.
The Development Associate works collaboratively with the Director of Development to cultivate current individual, foundation, corporate, and government funders, strategize regarding new or inventive funders and funding approaches, and steward current donors to meet shared fundraising goals.
Duties and Responsibilities
Collaborate on potential funder strategies and teamwork around individual, foundation, corporate foundation, and government grant applications as necessary.
Research potential individual, foundation, corporate, and government supporters.
Draft bios and background documents for current supporters.
Assist with copy for individual, foundation, company, patron, and other major MOCA report templates, then drives completion within project or season.
Assist with records, contact reports, database tracking, and filing related to individual, foundation, corporate foundation, and government donors.
Departmental support for project specific and major gift research.
Collect data and trends from programs, operations, and curatorial to inform reports for funders.
Attend advocacy meetings, and assemble and distribute information for development staff, in relation to government/county and other special gifts awareness (eg Cuyahoga Arts & Culture “tobacco tax”).
Assist in events management for current and prospective funders.
Assist department with research, reports, and copy.
Execute duties and maintain standards in accordance with company policies and procedures.
Perform additional duties as needed or directed.
Maintain current knowledge of the industry relevant to the position.
Job Specific Requirements
Bachelor’s Degree required.
2+ years of development or sales experience with proven track record in prospecting/research, grant writing, customer service, and donor stewardship, with basic knowledge of fundraising principles, techniques, and ethics.
Knowledge of or history in Art, Arts Administration, or Art History preferred.
Knowledge of philanthropic community and experience fundraising in the Cleveland arts community.
Aptitude for management and effective use of information systems in support of an advancement program.
Familiarity with donor databases is a must, and familiarity with Raiser’s Edge is a significant asset.
Ability to manage multiple priorities and meet deadlines.
Excellent communication and writing skills.
Fluency in English: speaking, reading and writing.
Core Competencies of all moCa Staff
Inspired by contemporary art and culture.
Committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Responsive to frequently shifting priorities and adaptive to change.
Able to manage time, resources, and priorities to complete tasks on time with high-quality results.
Positive and professional.
Eager to learn and take on new challenges, and open to constructive critical feedback.
Working Conditions and Requirements
Able to work flexible hours for occasional evening or weekend events and meetings.
Able to sit/stand for long periods of computer use.
A Few More Details
Our office is an open work space with sitting/standing desks, a semi-private reservable office, and informal and formal meeting spaces.
Our salaries are consistent and competitive with similarly sized nonprofits and our health benefits are excellent.
We encourage healthy work-life balance with a generous time-off policy and 12 paid holidays.
Ready to Apply?
If you see yourself in this position, we want to hear from you! Email the following to firstname.lastname@example.org using the subject line “moCa Development Associate. It is preferable that this is all included in one PDF.
One-page cover letter or cover email that shows how your experience and ambitions match this position and our organization.
Resume or CV that highlights relevant education and experience.
Contact information for 3 references.
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