Director of Development

Job Type

Full Time


Minimum: $60,000
Maximum: $65,000




510 Bellevue Way NE
United States


Reports to: Executive Director & Chief Curator

Department: Development

Status: Full Time, exempt

Compensation: $60,000 - $65,000 with medical, dental, and vision

Schedule: Monday – Friday, with occasional weekend and evening hours, Flextime available.

Bellevue Arts Museum is seeking a dynamic Director of Development to lead the Museum’s fundraising efforts. The Director of Development manages all fundraising initiatives including individual gifts, corporate sponsorships, grants, the annual auction, membership, and admissions. Reporting to the Executive Director & Chief Curator, the Director of Development will work closely with the entire staff and Board of Trustees to achieve the overall fundraising goals of the Museum.

About Bellevue Arts Museum

Bellevue Arts Museum provides a public forum for the community to contemplate, appreciate, and discuss visual culture. We work with audiences, artists, makers, and designers to understand our shared experience of the world. BAM engages the community through static exhibitions and live programs, featuring regional, national, and international artists. The work of both emerging and well known artists comes to life through the Museum's diverse educational programs, which allow visitors to directly engage with ideas, objects and the artists who make them.

Job Summary

As a member of the senior leadership team, the Director of Development will be responsible for developing and implementing the contributed income strategy raising over $1.4M each year. Key initiatives for the next few years includes building a stronger individual giving program, as well as diversifying the contributed income sources, specifically with corporate sponsorships and grants. They are also responsible for the leadership and execution of the Museum’s annual auction, Artful Evening (June 29, 2019) which raises $820,000+. They will work closely with Executive Director & Chief Curator and Board of Trustees on key initiatives and donor stewardship, as well as direct and supervise the development staff in execution of their individual and coordinated duties. 

Key Responsibilities

  • Develop, implement, and oversee an annual fundraising activities plan, including but not limited to major gifts, annual fund appeal, membership program, activities, and events, including the annual fundraising gala, Artful Evening.
  • Establish and track fund development goals through the annual budget process together with the Executive Director and Board fundraising/finance committees. Work with the Executive Director and Development Team to identify new prospects and funding opportunities for: corporate support, grants, government, membership, individual giving, direct appeals, annual auction, and annual breakfast.
  • Manage a portfolio of 100+ major donors and engage the Board and Executive Director in related stewardship efforts.
  • Oversee the grants pipeline and work with the Development Team and other leadership staff (education, marketing, finance) to author grant proposals to foundations, corporations, and public agencies.
  • Take a leadership role in identifying and establishing institutional policies, practices, and direction to achieve the objectives of the Strategic Plan.
  • Provide appropriate updates and reports to Board, fundraising committees, and staff members, including a bi-monthly written and verbal report at Board meetings. Oversee BAM’s membership and admissions strategy and work closely with the Guest Services & Membership team to implement related initiatives.
  • Oversee the strategy and execution of the annual fundraising events including the June auction and fall breakfast, and actively engage the Board and Advisory Council in fundraising efforts.
  • Directly supervise two to four development staff including: hiring, training, managing, and evaluation.
  • Other responsibilities as required to support the mission of the Museum. 

Skills & Experience

  • A development professional with a solid understanding of and experience with all fundraising techniques, including major donor solicitation, corporate and foundation grant-seeking, grant writing, government grant development, special events and annual fundraising.
  • Hands on, with the knowledge and desire to improve upon current fundraising systems and infrastructure.  Experience in coordinating events for cultivation and donor appreciation.
  • Ability to prioritize effectively and handle multiple projects and deadlines simultaneously; flexibility and excellent time management skills.
  • A team player capable of developing, guiding, and implementing a strategic development plan in partnership with the Executive Director & Chief Curator, Board members, and other key staff and volunteers.
  • An excellent coach able to mentor, create opportunities, and empower board members, staff, and volunteers to participate in fundraising activities.
  • A strong communicator who is able to effectively articulate Bellevue Arts Museum’s mission, programs, and accomplishments to funders, prospects, other BAM stakeholders, and the community as a whole.
  • A strategic and creative thinker, capable of seeing opportunities and turning innovative ideas into successful fundraising activities.
  • Strong interpersonal skills that ensure an open, honest, and collaborative atmosphere.
  • A commitment to ongoing personal growth and professional development.
  • Willingness to spend time outside of the office environment in order to interact with relevant individuals and groups who are instrumental in the development process. 


  • Required BA/BS; advanced degree preferred.
  • Minimum five years demonstrated fundraising experience in a medium-sized organization, preferably in a nonprofit or arts-related business.
  • Success in initiating, developing, and enhancing relationships with key stakeholders.
  • Proven track record of significant gift acquisition, including multi-year and capacity-building contributions.
  • Experience with grant solicitation, membership programs, and community partnerships.
  • Ability to work across diverse teams toward common goals, especially with other departments.
  • Demonstrated management skills with an emphasis on setting direction, executing goals, and providing coaching to inspire success.
  • Experience within the extended arts community preferred. 


Medical, dental, and vision

Level of Language Proficiency

English, high proficiency

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply

To apply: Please send cover letter, resume to No calls, please. Submissions open until position is filled.