Development Director job at the National Gallery of Art

ABOUT THE NATIONAL ART GALLERY: The mission of the National Gallery of Art is to serve the nation by inviting everyone to explore and discover art, creativity and our common humanity. Conceived and given to the people of the United States by Andrew W. Mellon, the National Gallery serves as a center for visual art, education and culture.

The collection of over 150,000 paintings, sculptures, decorative arts, photographs, prints and drawings spans the history of Western art and showcases some of the triumphs of human creativity. Each object added to the collection is a private donation or purchased with private funds. Loan exhibitions further allow the museum to present works of art from a wider range of cultures and eras. The gallery welcomes over five million visitors each year, 60% of whom come from outside the district’s metropolitan area. Admission to the National Gallery is free at all times.

Located on the National Mall between 3rd and 9th Streets along Constitution Avenue, NW in Washington, DC, the National Gallery of Art campus includes the West Building, opened in 1941; the East Building, which opened in 1978; and Sculpture Garden, which opened in 1999. To learn more about the National Gallery’s virtual programs, collections, exhibitions and more, please visit

FUNDING: In fiscal year 2020, the National Gallery had an annual operating budget of approximately $170 million, 80% of which came from federal funding sources. Annual support contributed is approximately $30 million.

THE OPPORTUNITY: The National Gallery is currently completing a new strategic plan that will: reflect and engage the nation; build deeper connections through content; provide a visitor-centric experience; and operate a sustainable and equitable museum.

The Chief Development Officer (CDO) reports to and works closely with the Deputy Director and his entire External Affairs team, which includes the offices of Special Events, Communications, Visitor Experience, Content Strategy and branding to develop and implement strategies that attract, welcome, and engage diverse donors from across the country. He/she/they will secure private funds that meet the Museum’s broader vision of serving the nation and foster a strong culture of philanthropy to ensure the Museum is built on its ability to achieve its mission, goals and objectives. goals for the years to come. The CDO also oversees the solicitation and stewardship of the Museum’s Board of Trustees and donor circles that provide opportunities for volunteer engagement and support. The CDO manages a full-time team of 22 people.


  • Genuine interest and appreciation for the National Gallery and its mission.
  • Outstanding development professional in the arts, culture, education, or other related fields with a history of successful leadership in a competitive philanthropic landscape.
  • Demonstrate ability to create and implement effective strategies to expand a national and international donor base.
  • Ability to assess, evaluate and re-imagine the current donor affinity group structure.
  • Successfully build a prospect pipeline and manage a portfolio of major donors and prospects.
  • Front line experience in major gift solicitation having secured 6-7 figure gifts.
  • Fundraising experience.
  • Strategic and creative thinker.
  • Proven ability to foster, enhance and expand relationships with existing donors and to influence and leverage new diverse supporters.
  • Highly developed administrative, interpersonal and social skills.
  • A collaborative working style.
  • An exceptional communicator who can craft and articulate persuasive and persuasive arguments for obtaining help.
  • Working knowledge of commonly used fundraising software applications.
  • Commitment to adopt current and emerging best practices in philanthropy.
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion and to managing, supporting and advancing a diverse team.
  • Ability and willingness to regularly attend National Gallery evening and weekend events and to travel as required.

Howe-Lewis International is pleased to assist the National Gallery of Art in this exciting research. Please click here to apply online through the Howe-Lewis Talent Portal. You can also send your CV and letter of interest to [email protected]

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