Vice President for Development, Bechtler Museum of Modern Art - Charlotte, NC

  • 18 Nov 2019 12:06 PM
    Message # 8127504
    Susan Perry (Administrator)

    Timeline for Hiring VP of Development

    • ·          November 18: Post job description
    • ·          December 16: Conduct phone interviews
    • ·          January 6: In-person interviews
    • ·          January 13: Offer extended
    • ·          February 3: Preferred start date

    Position Description: Vice President for Development

    Working closely with the President + CEO, the VP for Development serves as a front-line fundraiser responsible for developing and implementing strategies for identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of individual and corporate donors to advance the mission and strategic goals of the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art.  Additionally provide focused support for endowment-raising efforts in concert with the President Emeritus beginning Spring, 2020.

     Provide Comprehensive Plan Development, Vision and Strategy (30%)

    ·         Work closely with the President + CEO to create a development plan to increase revenues to support the strategic direction of the organization;

    ·         Aggressively lead and direct the implementation of the Bechtler’s development plan from individual, foundation, corporate and government sources and events. Key initiatives include increased identification and cultivation of individual donors, with a focus on new constituents and major gift development;

    • ·         Plan and execute the annual Gala to generate revenue, build relationships, awareness and make a case for support.
    •  ·         Prepare regular progress reports, monitoring budgets, receipts and expenditures related to fundraising;
    • ·         Develop and own the annual budget for contributed revenue to meet the strategic needs of the Bechtler, its programs and initiatives.
    •           Work with the Development Committee Chair to plan Board Development Committee meetings and implement initiatives;
    •        Lead Board and Advisory Council-led fund raising activities;
    •        Develop and manage timelines for fundraising activities to ensure critical fundraising benchmarks are met in a timely fashion;
    • Cross-functionally collaborate with other departments including Marketing, Finance, Curatorial and Programing on key projects and reports throughout the year;
    • Coordinate with the Vice President of Marketing and Communication the design, printing and distribution of marketing and communication materials for development efforts;
    • Build relationships with community stakeholders to advance the mission and fundraising goals of the organization;

    Corporate Giving Solicitation (40%):

    ·         Lead the growth of corporate philanthropy for the Bechtler by securing increased support for core annual operations, gala, exhibitions and programming;

     ·         Identify, research, evaluate, cultivate and solicit corporations and corporate foundations;

     ·         Craft and draft proposals and gift agreements for donors;

     ·         Proactively develop relationships with new funding sources leading to solicitation;

     ·         Engage institutional contacts on a regular basis with invitations to Bechtler programs;

     ·         Perform research on corporate prospects and corporate giving; write donor profiles and briefings for solicitations involving Trustees and the CEO; 

     ·         Ensure proper recognition and stewardship of corporate donors;

     Staff Management (30%):

    ·         Recruit, interview and select well-qualified development staff and evaluate roles as necessary.

    ·         Provide consistent and clear leadership to the development team of three (3) in support of both the short and long-term development goals in accordance with ethical fundraising principles, assisting as necessary in the successful implementation of projects.


    ·         Represent the Museum at external meetings, events, and programs.

    ·         Seek opportunities for professional development.

    ·         Develop and maintain knowledge of best practices in the cultural and nonprofit sectors as well as the field of philanthropy.

    ·         Fill other duties as assigned.

     Work Schedule

    ·         Full-time exempt, salaried position.

     Desired Qualifications 

    The right fit is an imperative for an efficient organization like the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art. Below is a list of qualities that we are looking for in the person who takes on this critical role. If these ring true for you, then we hope you’ll apply for this position.

    Approach to Work

    ·         A collaborative spirit, positive attitude, sense of humor and desire to work as part of a team are critical.

    ·         Exceptionally high personal and professional integrity.

    ·         Excellent interpersonal and communications skills. This position requires the personal presence and poise to inspire comfort and confidence among board members, volunteers, members and donors.

    ·         Ability to articulate the Bechtler’s case for support with passion and persuasion, along with a genuine desire to build lasting relationships.

    ·         Maintain confidentiality of all internal materials and information.

    ·         Flexible, creative, and have the ability to work independently or collaboratively as the situation demands. Have no problem taking direction.

    ·         Reflective and proactively work to grow and improve; a strong "learner" orientation.

    ·         Great at connecting and building deep relationships, 

    ·         Highly interested in people and institutions and how things work.

    ·         Strong motivation, initiative and the ability to prioritize and a willingness to take on projects of all sizes.

    Demonstrated Experience and Skills

    ·         Bachelor’s degree

    ·         Tech savvy, proficiency with Microsoft Office suite, and experience with Altru/Raiser’s Edge database platform preferred.

    ·         Excellent written, interpersonal and oral communication skills.

    ·         Ability to attend meetings and events during evening hours and weekends as needed.

    ·         Sharp attention to detail, highly organized.

    ·         Project management and event planning skills; the ability to lead multiple projects from concept to delivery to reporting; ability to prioritize and commitment to following through.

    Compensation and Benefits 

    The Bechtler Museum of Modern Art offers a competitive compensation package commensurate with anticipated duties and responsibilities, including comprehensive health and insurance benefits, matched 401k plan and paid vacation and 13 holidays.

    To Apply

    The Bechtler Museum of Modern Art is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to inclusive hiring and dedicated to diversity in its work and staff. Employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sex, national origin, physical or mental disability, age, sexual orientation, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable state or federal law. The Bechtler encourages candidates of all groups and communities to apply for this position.

    Interested applicants should submit a resume and cover letter to with “VP of Development” in your Subject Line. No phone calls or faxes accepted. In your cover letter please include your salary requirement.

    About the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art

    The Bechtler Museum of Modern Art, opened to the public on January 2, 2010. After inheriting a portion of his parents' extensive collection and augmenting it with his own acquisitions, Andreas Bechtler committed the collection to the city of Charlotte, NC. Comprised of more than 1,500 works, the collection includes works by the some of the most important and influential artists of the mid-20th century. Virtually none of these artworks had ever been on public view in the United States as the collection was formed and privately held by the Bechtler family of Switzerland. Some works are accompanied by books, photographs and letters illustrating personal connections to the Bechtler family. Constructed specifically for this family’s art collection, the museum building was designed by renowned Swiss architect Mario Botta and is regarded as an iconic structure that has transformed the city’s landscape.

    The museum has a full-time staff of 28 and has operated with positive cash flow since its opening, has built a significant cash reserve along with a $15,000,000+ endowment.  It has both a fiduciary Board of 25 and an Advisory Council of c.20 civic, corporate and academic leaders from the region.

    The Bechtler Museum serves the community by providing access to the uniqueness of the Bechtler collection of mid-20th century modern art.  Each year, the museum welcomes an average of 50,000 visitors representing the diversity of the area from 100 counties in North Carolina, across the country and around the world to visit the museum and enjoy its programs. Since opening in January 2010, the museum has presented exhibitions that have addressed modern art—with an emphasis on mid-century modern—through examinations of individual artists, movements, styles and themes.  Exhibitions change 4-5 times per year.  The Bechtler also presents a wide variety of programming, both at the museum and beyond its walls. Museum public programs appeal to a wide audience through these monthly or quarterly offerings of: Jazz at the Bechtler, Modernism + Film, Guest Lectures and Family Days.

    Partnering with schools and community organizations, the Bechtler provides outreach programs to bring art experiences to those that have been traditionally under-served by the visual arts sector. For those who are not able to physically visit, the museum works with community partners to provide meaningful art programs and projects that relate to the museum's art and artists. Additionally, to those mentioned above, community partners currently include Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (c.70% of school tours are with Title 1 schools), Metrolina Association for the Blind, Veterans Bridge Home (Charlotte-based military, veterans and their families), Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office (where Bechtler-trained teaching artists are placed directly in the Mecklenburg County Jail System to conduct multiple week-long art residencies for youthful offenders and incarcerated adults), the Western Carolina Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association and InReach, an organization supporting adults with developmental disabilities.

    To learn more about the Bechtler please visit:

    November 17, 2019.