The Director of Development is a senior member of the museum’s leadership team and is responsible for planning, organizing, and directing all of MOCA’s fundraising. Reporting directly to the Executive Director, the Director of Development will design and launch a comprehensive, integrated development and marketing program that includes individual giving, membership/ annual giving, corporate partnerships, and foundation relations.

Major Areas of Responsibilities

The Director of Development will:

·         Create an annual, comprehensive development program (in consultation with the Executive Director) that generates resources for exhibitions, arts education, public programming, and other strategic initiatives.

·         Manage a personal list of individual and corporate prospects and maintain an active calendar of face-to-face cultivation and solicitation calls.

·         Manage cultivation and solicitation activities of the Executive Director, board members, and other leadership volunteers.

·         Provide strategic direction of membership and annual giving programs.

·         Develop and implement robust program for stewardship and donor relations with the Executive Director and Trustees.

·         Supervise the work of staff including grant writer and development coordinator.


·         Minimum of seven years’ progressive experience in development, including having previously led a development department.

·         Demonstrated major gifts experience.

·         Excellent verbal and written communications skills as well as professional interpersonal skills.

·         Ability to work well in a small, entrepreneurial team environment.

·         Knowledge of donor database systems.

·         Experience working in an arts/cultural setting strongly preferred.

·         Flexibility to work some evenings and weekends.

Reports to the Executive Director

Supervises:  Development Manager, Graphic Designer, Grants Manager, Public Relations

Functional relationships: Within the museum, works with all staff, interns and volunteers. Works with the Board of Trustees and attends board meetings.

External relationships: The Director of Development maintains relationships with a broad range of community members, including funders, museum members and donors as well as peers in the field locally, regionally, and nationally.

Requirements: BA in business, public or non-profit administration or related field. A driver’s license and car. Mastery of Microsoft Office (Excel, PowerPoint, and Word). Background check required.

Highly desirable: MA in a related field.  Bilingual in English and Spanish or Haitian Creole. Up to date on American Alliance of Museum’s standards and best practices.

This is a salaried position requiring some evening and weekend hours.

For special events, must be able to remain standing for several hours at a time. Position may require occasional lifting of 25 pounds or less.

The Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami considers qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, gender, age, color, religion, national origin, marital status, disability, sexual orientation, or any other protected factor.

Applicants: Please email a cover letter, resume and three references to [email protected] with subject DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT.  No phone calls please.

About The Museum of Contemporary Art North Miami

Museum of Contemporary Art North Miami

The Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) is dedicated to making contemporary art accessible to diverse audiences – especially underserved populations – through the collection, preservation and exhibition of the best of contemporary art and its art historical influences.

Brief History

The Museum of Contemporary Art North Miami began as the Center for Contemporary Art or COCA, which was founded in January 1981 as a 501(c)(3) non-profit institution and established through a City of North Miami ordinance. Featuring the work of local artists, COCA operated in a single gallery space in a modest municipal building.

Through the good offices of Congressman William Lehman (1913-2005), the City of North Miami was awarded $2.5 million grant from the federal agency for Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to create a center for contemporary art on municipal land in a prominent location in the heart of the city’s business district. Charles Gwathmey of Gwathmey-Siegel Architects New York, with local firm Gelabert-Navia, designed the 23,000-square-foot, award-winning facility which opened in 1996 and was renamed the Museum of Contemporary Art North Miami (MOCA) in 1997 to reflect its expanded mission. MOCA is jointly governed by the City of North Miami of which it is a department, and by Museum of Contemporary Art, Inc. (MOCA Inc.), a 501(c)(3) entity overseen by a Board of Trustees.

Even before new building opened, MOCA became a collecting institution at a time when no other museum in Miami-Dade County was assembling a collection that documented contemporary art. MOCA’s reputation for discerning curatorial vision immediately attracted the support of South Florida’s community leaders who have made pivotal donations to MOCA’s collection. Today, after an institutional reorganization concluded in 2015, the collection totals 500 works of art, including paintings, sculpture, works on paper, digital media, and mixed media installations created since 1955 by more than 250 artists. The collection belongs to the MOCA, Inc.

The Museum of Contemporary Art is known for its provocative exhibitions, for seeking a fresh approach in examining the art of our time, and for its commitment to innovative educational programs for audiences of all ages and backgrounds.

Through its collecting and exhibitions, MOCA has also played a leadership role in championing South Florida artists by providing first museum exhibitions to several who have since achieved international renown, including Hernan Bas, Teresita Fernandez and Mark Handforth, among others.