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National Museum of Wildlife Art seeks director of development

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National Museum of Wildlife Art

From the National Museum of Wildlife Art in Jackson:

The National Museum of Wildlife Art (NMWA) seeks an experienced advancement professional with a demonstrated track record of success to bring the development activities of the Museum to the next level of sophistication and effectiveness. The Director of Development will join a strong Museum that has expanded its reach and reputation in spite of a difficult economy and unexpected facilities renovations.  Over the past three years, with the benefit of careful portfolio management and a generous bequest, the Museum’s endowment has nearly doubled to $10 million.  It has also circulated and developed major exhibitions and produced significant new publications.  It occupies an architecturally impressive building on a breathtakingly beautiful site.

To build on these achievements, the Museum is executing a four-point strategic plan to build the collection, create a surpassing visitor experience, grow its endowment and earned revenue, and renovate interior facilities to better organize public and work spaces to serve audience and program needs.

The NMWA was established as a fine art museum in 1987, initially based on the art collection of the Museum founders. Its mission is to enrich appreciation and knowledge of humanity’s relationship with nature, focusing on the highest quality wildlife art. The Museum enjoys extraordinary leadership from both its staff and its Trustees, many of whom are prominent in their fields, dedicated to the institution, active and generous. The Museum employs 33 people, receives an average of 75,000 visitors per year, and has an annual budget of $4.2 Million.

The NMWA is located in Jackson Hole, a vibrant cultural and arts community.  Three major arts organizations plus numerous art galleries and events have made Jackson Hole an arts destination. In addition, Jackson Hole offers an extraordinary array of both summer and winter sports and provides easy access to Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks, attracting over 3 million visitors each year. Many families and individuals including celebrities, CEOs, and top politicians make Jackson Hole their part time or full time residence. The affluence in this region has resulted in outstanding infrastructure including an excellent public school system.

The Director of Development, working closely with the President & CEO and leading Trustees, will undertake a $30 Million capital campaign, manage a caseload of top private and public prospects, oversee all development and membership operations, and participate in Museum leadership with other senior managers. The ideal candidate will have an appreciation for art, wildlife and the outdoors, and will have: at least six to ten years experience as a senior development professional; a demonstrated track record of building programs, effecting change, raising money and managing a team; the ability to think creatively and to strategically develop relationships with people from all walks of life.  Experience with creative structuring and management of a capital campaign will be particularly important.  This position represents the opportunity to make a significant difference to a Museum of exceptional quality with a growing national presence.

Compensation will be competitive and commensurate with the successful candidate’s background and experience.

Inquires and applications should be directed to James C. McNutt, President & CEO.

P.O. Box 6825

Jackson, WY 83002


(307) 732-5414

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