Chief Advancement Officer, National Museum of Wildlife Art

Job Type

Full Time




United States


The Aspen Leadership Group is proud to partner with the National Museum of Wildlife Art of the United States (NMWA) in the search for a Chief Advancement Officer.

The Chief Advancement Officer will lead NMWA’s advancement strategy, manage day-to-day operations, and make fundraising solicitations at a leadership level. This individual will work closely with the Museum Director, advancement, marketing, program staff, museum staff, and the Board of Directors to build NMWA’s capacity and impact over time. The Chief Advancement Officer will have a strong external presence and fundraising experience in addition to strong management skills.

The museum is seeking an extraordinary leader and fundraising professional who shares NMWA’s values, and who has the vision to take the museum to the next level. The museum has impressive ambitions to increase its impact, which will require a significantly expanded base of support.

The successful candidate will have the opportunity to build a team of professionals who can elevate the museum’s philanthropic successes in a way that has never been accomplished. The opportunity for building on the current base of support is tremendous. Teton County Wyoming has one of the highest per capita incomes in the nation and provides an excellent environment for increasing the museum’s financial capacity. These relatively untapped resources provide an exciting opportunity for the right candidate to produce additional financial support for the museum as it strives to fulfill its mission.

NMWA raises money from individuals, businesses, and foundations. The museum relies on a combination of memberships (currently 1,800), major gifts, event sponsorships (currently 4-5 fundraising events per year), and grants. The Chief Advancement Officer has responsibility for overseeing the management for this as well as raising a large part of the annual operating budget for NMWA. The successful candidate will build NMWA’s capacity for the long-term fundraising success, in a sustainable way that will allow NMWA to do its work through the ups and downs of economic cycles.

The Chief Advancement Officer will join a strong museum that has expanded its reach and reputation in spite of a difficult economy and unexpected facilities renovations. Over the past three years, with the benefit of careful portfolio management and a generous bequest, the museum’s endowment has nearly doubled to $19 million. It has also circulated and developed major exhibitions and produced significant new publications. It occupies an architecturally impressive building on a breathtakingly beautiful site. To build on these achievements, the museum is executing a four-point strategic plan to build the collection, create a surpassing visitor experience, grow its endowment and earned revenue, and renovate interior facilities to better organize work and public spaces to serve audience and program needs.

A bachelor’s degree is required for this position as is six to ten years of demonstrated personal solicitation success at upper levels of institutional advancement, particularly in identifying prospects and in cultivating and soliciting major gifts from those individuals. An advanced degree is preferred. All applications must be accompanied by a cover letter and résumé.

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

4-year degree