Development Manager


Development Manager


Reports to: Executive Director

Department: Development

Classification: Full Time, Exempt

Compensation Range: $65,000-$75,000; Comprehensive employee benefits’ package provided


Bellevue Arts Museum (BAM) is seeking an experienced and dynamic Development Manager to lead the Museum’s fundraising efforts. Development Manager manages all fundraising initiatives including individual gifts, corporate sponsorships, grants, and membership. In addition to managing BAM’s annual fundraising, this is a unique opportunity to collaborate with the Executive Director in his efforts to launch and implement a significant multi-year strategic growth campaign. BAM seeks a candidate who thinks strategically and acts tactically.

Job Summary

Development Manager will be responsible for working with the Executive Director (ED) to create and implement the contributed income strategy for Bellevue Arts Museum, including relationships with individuals, corporations, and foundations. The successful candidate will support, maintain, and grow the Museum’s donor base and will work closely with and provide support for the development efforts of the ED and Board of Trustees. 

Key Responsibilities

  • Assist in the development and oversee the implementation of a fundraising plan for all aspects of fund development, including but not limited to major gifts, annual fund appeal, membership program, activities, and events, including the annual fundraising gala, Artful Evening.
  • In collaboration with the ED and the Board of Trustees, manage a major gifts strategy and plan and execute a multi-year strategic growth campaign.
  • Oversee the grants pipeline and work with BAM’s Development team on the development of grant proposals to foundations, corporations, and public agencies.
  • Analyze and generate development reports for the Executive Director and Board of Trustees.
  • Lead donor research and cultivation and provide appropriate briefings; work with staff to research and develop future-prospect lists.
  • Collaborate closely with the Marketing team to develop case statements and ensure that all development materials are accurate, timely, and compelling.
  • Improve and maintain a high-functioning development operation for managing donor records, annual development plan, and grant calendars. Ensure that appropriate recognition, stewardship and reporting occurs for all donations, grants, and contracts.
  • Directly supervise Development staff.
  • Other responsibilities as required to support the mission of the Museum.


Skills & Experience

  • A seasoned 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.
  • A genuine interest and passion for the mission of Bellevue Arts Museum and an effective working knowledge and background in the arts.
  • Experience in coordinating events for cultivation and donor appreciation.
  • Ability to prioritize effectively and handle multiple projects and deadlines; demonstrates flexibility and excellent time management and organizational skills.
  • A strong communicator able to effectively articulate BAM’s mission, programs, and accomplishments to funders, prospects, BAM stakeholders, and the Puget Sound community.
  • Strong interpersonal skills combined with a high degree of emotional intelligence.
  • Knowledge of Puget Sound arts organizations and philanthropic community.



  • Required BA/BS; advanced degree preferred. Work experience in lieu of formal education will be considered.
  • Minimum 5 years demonstrated senior-level fundraising experience in a medium-size organization, preferably in a non-profit and/or arts-related business.
  • Strong community connections with local, regional, and national funders.
  • 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.
  • Experience with donor and membership databases, especially Altru.
  • Ability to work across diverse teams and departments toward common goals.
  • Demonstrated leadership and management skills with an emphasis on setting direction, executing goals and measuring success.

To Apply

Please send cover letter and resume with “Development Manager” in the subject line to [email protected].

Preference given to candidates who apply by August 20, 2022. Applicants will receive an automated response. Candidates whose qualifications and background are of interest will be contacted directly.

Bellevue Arts Museum provides Equal Employment Opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, Bellevue Arts Museum complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training.

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