Director of Development



The Director of Development serves on the museum’s Senior Leadership team and is responsible for planning, organizing, and directing all of MCA Denver’s fundraising including capital campaigns, the major gifts program, annual fund, planned giving and special events.  The Director will serve as an ambassador, successfully representing the mission and values of the organization to existing and prospective donors. The Director works closely with the Executive Director and the Board of Directors in all development and fundraising endeavors.  

This position reports to the Executive Director.


  • Steward existing relationships and cultivate robust and diverse prospect lists.
  • Solicit support utilizing personalized cultivation and solicitation strategies based on candidate’s philanthropic network in and out of Colorado.
  • Conceive and execute a multi-year capital campaign, aimed at raising multiple six-figure gifts.
  • Work closely with the Executive Director to plan major gift strategies supporting long term stability of the organization and matching supporters with programmatic priorities.
  • Oversee grant seeking efforts, including research, proposal writing, and reporting requirements.
  • Strategically focus the planned giving program.
  • Oversee fundraising special events such as annual Gala.
  • Lead and mentor a team of fundraising staff, setting departmental goals and developing professional skills.
  • Lead Board Development Committee meetings, preparing timely, accurate, and relevant proposals, presentations, and other fundraising materials for cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship.
  • Make public appearances/accept speaking engagements to share information about MCA Denver with the community.
  • In cooperation with Executive Director, establish and adhere to annual departmental operating budget.
  • Oversee fundraising database and tracking systems; maintain gift recognition programs.
  • Oversee publications that support fund raising activities, such as the Annual Report.
  • Perform other related duties as requested.


  • Deep appreciation for the mission and culture of inclusion at MCA Denver.
  • Demonstrated expertise in fundraising techniques, particularly major gift fundraising and multi-year campaigns.
  • Possess the skills to work effectively with and motivate staff, board members and other volunteers.
  • Personal commitment to the fundraising industry as evidenced through work ethic and adherence to best practices.
  • Exceptional interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills; prospect research and editorial efficiency; ability to synthesize information and compose clear and effective prose.
  • Display a positive attitude, show concern for people and community, demonstrate presence, self-confidence, common sense and good listening ability.
  • High level of proficiency with Microsoft Office, including Word and Excel, and Adobe CS software; donor database system (working knowledge of Altru or other Blackbaud products, preferred).
  • A bachelor’s degree required, Master’s degree preferred.
  • 3+ years leading and professionally mentoring others.
  • 8+ years minimum experience in professional fundraising with demonstrated success in soliciting and closing six-figure gifts.


Competitive/commensurate with experience and other qualifications. Competitive package of health benefits, PTO and retirement employer match.


Email resume, cover letter and three references to no later than Monday, September 9, 2019.


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.

The Museum of Contemporary Art Denver is an equal opportunity employer, dedicated to a policy of non-discrimination in employment on any basis including age, sex, color, race, creed, national origin, religion, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, disability, or veteran status.

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