Membership & Development
Senior Strategic Gifts Manager
The Senior Strategic Gifts Manager reports to the Director of Development.
Working closely with the Director and the Executive Director, engages in cultivation of existing donors, as well as engaging in direct solicitation of new patron members to meet or exceed stated revenue goals. In addition, new gifts ranging from $1,000-$50,000 will be a primary focus for this position. The ability to bring new donors to our museum is of the utmost importance.
Participation in the Nasher’s Program Advisory Committee activities will be an important component of this position, cultivating relationships with PAC members who partner with Nasher staff on strategic program development.
Builds and fosters collaborative relationships with other patron managers of non-profit arts organizations in the Metroplex to listen for new cultivation opportunities in the community. Is active in the local philanthropic and arts community, building relationships with artists, like minded donors, and development colleagues at other arts organizations.
Maintains important hotline access for all patron members, to resolve membership issues/questions immediately and with professionalism. Is proactive in upgrade solicitations of existing members, fostering ongoing discussions that highlight upcoming exhibitions and education programming that require additional institutional support.
In conjunction with the Executive Office, External Affairs and Special Events staff, organizes and executes private cultivation and external affair dinners/receptions that include existing and potential patrons. Monitors and/or attends these events, as required.
Coordinates with the Patron Travel Coordinator on all travel programs, a benefit of patron memberships at the $2500 level, but also used as a cultivation activity for the Director and senior development team.
Responsible for managing patron membership renewal, solicitation, cultivation and upgrade campaigns. Administrative duties include mailings of invitations, annual mailings to patrons, purchase order generation and other related administrative activities.
Additional Duties and Responsibilities:
1. Generate copy and approve design for all Patron Member communications including invitations, e-vites, newsletters, e-newsletters, renewal notices, e-renewal notices, and solicitations.
2. Track financial goals against earned revenue to assess success of existing programs.
3. Create sound budget and manage patron membership expenses to ensure budgetary control.
4. Evaluate and revise membership benefits annually; as needed; determine tax deductibility of member benefits on an annual basis; plan for benefit fulfillment; and update membership correspondence accordingly.
5. Work with the Public Events Manager and External Affairs staff to plan and implement important cultivation and sustaining events for Patron members and Major Gift donors.
Necessary Skills and Abilities:
1. Demonstrated ability to identify, cultivate, solicit, and close mid-level to major gifts from individuals, both in Dallas and in other locations.
2. Demonstrated success in understanding the tactics required to build and manage a prospect pool.
3. Demonstrated ability to establish, maintain, and strengthen relationships with individual donors on behalf of an institution, and an understanding of the record keeping and stewardship systems that support a successful donor relations program.
4. Strong customer service and public speaking skills.
The Nasher Sculpture Center seeks an experienced development professional for this key position. Candidate should have a bachelor’s degree and five plus years’ experience, with a demonstrated portfolio of donors. Raiser’s Edge or Altru database experience required. Submit cover letter, resume, and salary history to firstname.lastname@example.org. No calls please.
The curatorial internship provides an excellent opportunity for a motivated undergraduate or graduate student to gain experience in a range of curatorial activities, including exhibition preparation, gallery installations, documentation and research projects involving the Sculpture Center’s permanent collection, as well as publication projects and special exhibitions. Applicants must have excellent written and oral communication skills, be very organized and able to work independently. Art History majors with an interest in modern and contemporary art are preferred. The internship is unpaid, but can be taken for college credit if your program allows. Dates and hours are flexible, but the internship requires a commitment of 15-25 hours per week. To apply, please send a cover letter and résumé to Jed Morse at email@example.com.
External Affairs Intern
The Nasher Sculpture Center External Affairs internship provides an excellent opportunity for a motivated undergraduate or graduate student to serve as an important team member of the external affairs team and learn about marketing and public relations within a small cultural institution. Interns are responsible for working directly with the external affairs team on daily activities relating to events, marketing and public relations, including writing press releases, proofreading and editing marketing materials, and assisting with event coordination. Applicants must have excellent writing and oral communication skills, be very organized and able to work independently. Knowledge of visual arts preferred. The internship is unpaid and for credit, 15-25 hours per week. Please submit a cover letter and resume via email to
The Nasher Sculpture Center seeks a Spring or Summer 2016 intern with a strong interest in art museums to provide administrative support for the Development Department in its individual, patron, and corporate giving programs, with a focus on database management. Each intern will have the opportunity to train in Blackbaud’s database system, Altru. The Development Department also seeks to offer additional projects dependent on the interests of the intern. The intern will work closely with all the members of the Membership Department. The intern will have the opportunity to be exposed to all areas of the museum membership, including retaining current members, acquisition of new members, providing great customer service and fulfilling benefits to current members.
Dates and hours of this internship are flexible. Candidates enrolled in college studio art and/or art history classes preferred. This is an unpaid internship. Candidates will gain fundamental skills and knowledge of working in the Membership Department environment at a major non-profit organization.To apply, please email a cover letter and resume to Ester Harrison at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Evelyn Kelly Lambert Internship
The Nasher Sculpture Center is pleased to offer a project-based internship for university students and recent graduates pursuing art history, museum education or related disciplines. Successful applicants will work closely with Nasher Curatorial and Education staff to conduct research contributing to special exhibition or interpretive programs while gaining a deeper understanding of the foundations of museum work. Candidates for the Evelyn Kelly Lambert Internship will first complete a three-month internship with the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice, Italy, gaining practical experience in multiple aspects of museum operation before traveling to Dallas, Texas, to complete four months of focused study at the Nasher.
The Evelyn Kelly Lambert Internship at the Nasher Sculpture Center is offered to one candidate per calendar year and includes a monthly stipend. Applications will be jointly reviewed by staff at the Nasher Sculpture Center and the Peggy Guggenheim Collection.
For full position description and application, please click here.
Applications will be accepted through February 28, 2015. Applicants must be available to travel to Venice October – December, 2015 and to work in Dallas during the spring 2016 semester.
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