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The University of Michigan Museum of Art is in the midst of a dynamic and creative transformation. With a renewed focus on anti-racism and social justice issues, nationally important exhibitions, and an expansion of collaboration and partnerships. When you join us, you can expect to be part of a creative team that views the Museum as an important space for exploring contemporary social issues, building community and equity, and celebrating artistic expression and achievement. In deciding whether to apply for a position with us, you are encouraged to consider whether your values align with our "Commitment to Anti-Racist Action and a More Inclusive Museum."

For full consideration please provide a resume with cover letter, describing how your experience and qualifications relate to the position requirements. 

Job Summary

Reporting to the Chief Development Officer, the Assistant Director, Annual Giving manages the strategic execution of our annual giving program and development events. The Assistant Director focuses on maintaining and improving the effectiveness of solicitations for annual gifts under $10,000. The Assistant Director also plans and executes our development events with the goal of cultivating and enhancing relationships with our audiences.

Mission Statement

The University of Michigan Museum of Art seeks to transform individual and civic life by promoting the discovery, contemplation, and enjoyment of the art of our world.

Why Work at Michigan?

  • Generous time off
  • A retirement plan that provides two-for-one matching contributions with immediate vesting
  • Many choices for comprehensive health insurance
  • Vision, dental, and life insurance
  • Long-term disability coverage
  • Flexible spending accounts for healthcare and dependent care expenses


Annual Giving/Membership –70%

  • Manage annual giving program, including UMMA Free Membership. Manage strategy and implementation of all annual giving solicitations through direct mail, digital, and phone. Work with the Office of University Development to maximize efficiencies when needed.
  • Develop new strategies for membership acquisition and retention.
  • Manage annual giving stewardship program. Coordinate gift acknowledgments and provide creative stewardship.
  • Plan and administer multiple concurrent projects.
  • On an as-needed basis, periodically perform general administrative responsibilities including answering telephones, maintaining department files, records, and reference materials.
  • Develop good working relationships with annual giving colleagues in the Office of University Development, and keep informed about campus-wide best practices around annual giving.

Events – 30%

  • Design and execute development events, such as exhibition openings, member events, and donor engagement events, with the Facilities Manager and with Development team colleagues,. Work with Museum's communications staff to develop and distribute, effective event materials, including print and digital communications.
  • Manage logistics of events, including facility reservations, invitation lists and RSVPs, set-up and tear-down of event areas, audio/visual/technical needs, catering, floral, transportation, and other event details.
  • Manage virtual development events including invitation process, schedule and script, and pre-event coordination with presenters and other participants.
  • Help with communications plan for special invitations and outreach from the Museum Director to donors and friends.
  • Coordinate event information with the Office of University Development and work with their staff and other University colleagues to provide necessary updates and reports.
  • Maintain a positive atmosphere of leadership including quality improvement, collaboration, and mutual respect.


Required Qualifications*

  • 3 or more years of relevant fundraising experience in a museum, academic, or equivalent setting, with demonstrated responsibilities in annual giving or building donor relationships.
  • Demonstrated understanding of the needs and interests of diverse prospects, donors, and community members in order to develop and sustain constituent relationships.
  • Demonstrated experience creating and supporting special events.
  • Proficiency in common computer applications including alumni/donor databases, Microsoft Word, Excel (can maintain complex spreadsheets), calendaring systems.
  • Strong writing and editing skills.
  • This job often requires work outside the normal workday, including evenings and weekends.

Desired Qualifications*

  • A bachelor's degree in a related field.
  • Demonstrated commitment or interest in the arts.
  • Some experience in volunteer management.
  • Personal belief in our mission, goals, and objectives.

Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for at least seven calendar days. This job may be removed from posting boards and filled any time after the minimum posting period has ended.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.