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A group sits on a bench looking at art and talking about it
A group sits on a bench looking at art and talking about it
Clyfford Still Museum educators by Trevr Merchant


Thank you for your interest in the Clyfford Still Museum. Please review the available employment, contracting, and volunteer opportunities. The Museum is currently seeking applicants for the following positions (please scroll down the page to see complete descriptions):

  • Director of Development

Non-Discrimination Statement

The Clyfford Still Museum bases its employment decisions on job-related qualifications and ability to perform a job, and therefore prohibits (a) making employment decisions or basing terms and conditions of employment, and (b) making contracting, admissions or facility use decisions or basing terms and conditions of contract or facility use on the basis of a person’s:  race, creed, color, religion, sex, age 40 and over, height, weight, national origin, ancestry or ethnicity, sexual orientation, transgender status or gender identity or expression, marital status, military or veteran status, political affiliation, genetic information, or disability, as well as any other basis now or in the future protected by federal, state or local law, ordinance or regulation.

The Museum follows this policy in all terms and conditions of employment including, without limitation, recruitment, hiring, testing, training, certification, opportunities for advancement, promotions, demotions, terminations, performance evaluations, compensation, and leaves.

The Museum expressly prohibits retaliation against anyone who brings a complaint of discrimination or who assists the Museum in the investigation of a complaint of discrimination.

Director of Development

Application Deadline: June 30, 2021
Start Date: As soon as possible
Annual Compensation Range: $95,000-$115,000 (commensurate with experience)
Status: Full-time, exempt
Benefits: Medical, dental, and vision insurance; SIMPLE retirement plan employer match; short- and long-term disability, life, and AD&D insurance; sick and vacation PTO; ten paid holidays annually
Reports to: Deputy Director/Director

The Clyfford Still Museum (CSM) is a renown non-profit organization located in Denver’s Golden Triangle Creative District. CSM’s staff ranges between 35-45 employees, and it has an annual budget of approximately $4.25 million. CSM also has an endowment that is managed by the board of an affiliated Foundation. CSM is seeking a dynamic, full-time development director who has a combination of entrepreneurial drive, innovative thinking, and technical proficiency. The position is responsible for devising and implementing all development efforts including individual giving, corporate partnerships, grants and foundation support, donor-focused events, and capital support.

This is a hands-on position in a small organization with the prospect of a growing team. The successful candidate will play a significant role in supporting the Museum’s mission, vision, values, and strategic goals and objectives.

Principal Responsibilities:*

  • With CSM leadership, develops strategic fundraising plans and budgeted revenue goals. Serves as the institution’s primary source for and oversees all funding opportunities.
  • Serves as an active, visible ambassador for CSM in the local and regional civic, business, and cultural communities and, as appropriate, within the national art museum and philanthropic communities.
  • Cultivates donor relationships with a high level of personal communication; implements strategies for the identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of new and existing donors; confirms and secures donations.
  • Identifies new major gift sources and maximizes the closure of short- and long-term gifts and corporate partnerships.
  • Oversees the strategic approach, preparation, submission, and tracking of all proposals for government and foundation grants.
  • Develops, implements, and leads anticipated future capital campaign.
  • Works with the marketing and design teams to consistently raise CSM’s public profile. Oversees all fundraising communications including appeals and donor acknowledgments.
  • Responsible for cultivation and stewardship events.
  • Oversees and ensures effective use of the constituent management database; responsible for accurate record-keeping.
  • Interfaces with CSM Board members on all matters related to fund development and their personal support of the institution.
  • Provides meaningful regular reports to leadership; communicates new funding opportunities throughout the organization and works with departments to match departmental initiatives to potential funders based on institutional priorities.
  • Works with the controller/CFO to maintain appropriate gift accounting, computer systems, and records management operations.
  • Serve on the senior staff management team with other department heads.
  • Performs other related duties as may be necessary or assigned.

Minimum Education, Job Qualifications and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree in a related field.
  • A minimum of ten years’ progressive experience in comprehensive fund development, preferably in the arts, with a museum or another cultural institution. Experience should include major gift work with individuals and corporations and previous capital campaign experience, with a proven record of achievement.
  • At least five years in a management/supervisory role. Excellent administrative and management skills, and a collegial management style that promotes teamwork, creativity, and open communication. Strong collaborative skills.
  • Ability to understand, articulate and seek support for CSM’s programmatic objectives with energy and passion for CSM’s projects and core values.
  • Extensive knowledge of fundraising principles, techniques, strategies, and ethics.
  • Familiarity with local and national philanthropic community and knowledge of the major sources of funding, including foundations, corporations, individuals, and government.
  • Ability to network, establish rapport, and interact effectively with all constituents, including staff, Board members, community groups, and funders.
  • Strong planning and organizational skills, and sound judgment.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills; strong social skills, including a high degree of comfort in public speaking situations.
  • Personal qualities of integrity, maturity, honesty, discretion, decorum, trustworthiness, and forthrightness; maintains high ethical standards and manages confidential information appropriately. Strong professional presence.
  • Microsoft Office Suite software proficiency and knowledge of internet and database applications. Experience with Altru or other Blackbaud products is desirable.
  • Interest in and appreciation for the visual arts.
  • Satisfactory criminal and credit background checks required.
  • The ability and willingness to attend evening and weekend events.

*The described work requirements are representative of those an employee encounters in performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations will be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions wherever possible. Some duties are performed in a modified way during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Please send a cover letter, resume and references to

Diversity and Inclusion:

The Clyfford Still Museum is committed to the goal of building a diverse staff to serve the needs of our visitors. We encourage individuals of all backgrounds to apply.