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Capital Campaign Director
San Luis Obispo Museum of Art

San Luis Obispo

The San Luis Obispo Museum of Art (SLOMA) is a California 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation formed in1958. Its primary mission is to provide and promote the visual arts within the county of San Luis Obispo (located between Los Angeles and San Francisco). In three galleries, SLOMA presents the visual arts by local, California and national artists; provides art education to children and art workshops to professional and aspiring adult artists. Through its permanent collection it identifies, acquires and exhibits noteworthy artworks by artists associated with the California Central Coast.

In its most recent fiscal years, SLOMAʼs revenues have been in a range of approximately $500,000 to $650,000; its current year-end assets are approximately $2 million dollars. The majority of its revenue comes from individual donations and annual fundraising campaigns. Other revenue streams include educational programs, membership and art sales. An Executive Director, supported by a small but dedicated staff, runs SLOMA. The organization has an active and involved Board of Directors that meet monthly. An architectʼs conceptual design for a new building has been approved by the City of San Luis Obispo to replace SLOMAʼs current facility on its present location at 1010 Broad Street, San Luis Obispo, in the center of the Cityʼs cultural corridor, surrounded by the downtown business district.

SLOMA seeks a Capital Campaign Director, a newly created, full-time, two-year position responsible for reaching SLOMAʼs Quiet Campaign goal of $8 million dollars by December 31, 2017. (At this time the total Capital Campaign goal is $15 million dollars—$12 million to construct and furnish the new building, and $3 million for an operational cash reserve.) The Capital Campaign Director will work closely with the Capital Campaign Chair and Campaign Committee, Board of Directors Executive Committee, Executive Director, and other staff to carry out a broad-based fundraising plan targeting individuals, corporations, foundations and government agencies to support this initiative.

Three-Month Trial Period

The successful candidate will be brought on board as a contractor for three months. This trial period allows both parties to experience the on-the-job reality and increase the likelihood of long-term success.

Primary Responsibilities: 

Reporting to the Executive Director and working in partnership with the staff, Boardʼs Executive Committee, Capital Campaign Chair/Committee and other volunteers, this position is responsible for the following: Implement and manage a capital campaign that supports a multi-million dollar construction project and an operational reserve by taking the Capital Campaign through the Quiet Campaign goal of $8 million dollars by December 31, 2017. Assuming the Campaign achieves this milestone, the Coordinator will be expected to oversee raising of the additional funding to achieve the ultimate target of $15 million under an extended two-year contract.Establish and execute solicitations, manage prospect lists and research, develop and execute targeted cultivation plans and solicitation strategies for a range of prospects; lead the staff, board members and volunteers in their solicitation efforts. Recruit and manage campaign volunteers; schedule and support campaign leadership meetings. Recommend revisions to the fundraising plan, as needed, to meet goals. Manage the capital campaign fundraising budget in concert with the Executive Director. Ensure that data related to prospects and donors is recorded and tracked in electronic and hard copy files; manage campaign record keeping; evaluate progress towards goals; prepare periodic reports on fundraising and present to the Board and senior staff.

Oversee campaign communications, creating content for the e-newsletter and talking points for the media; integrate campaign milestones into ongoing public relations outreach. Manage the writing and development of capital campaign print and electronic collateral materials and coordinate their design and production. Manage cultivation and donor recognition events. Ensure donor acknowledgement, stewardship and public recognition, as appropriate.


The ideal candidate will possess the following qualifications: Minimum of seven (7) years of professional experience in fundraising with a track record of success, with specific experience in capital campaigns, individual giving and/or major gifts, and pledges. Proven success at securing major gift support. Experience in scheduling and staffing solicitation calls and conducting prospect follow up and donor stewardship. Experience in managing capital campaign budgets. Demonstrated experience in producing campaign materials. Superior verbal and written communication skills. Excellent interpersonal, analytical and organizational skills, capable of working effectively withboard members, staff members, volunteers, consultants and donors/prospects.

Energetic, self-motivated, flexible and adaptable with a sense of humor. Able to multi-task and work independently in a hands-on work environment. A team player with an attitude of service and ability to motivate others.

Computer fluency with database software (preferably MAC and FileMaker PRO) web applications, and knowledgeable about the role of technology and electronic communication in fundraising.

Preferred knowledge of California Central Coast region preferred, as well as statewide and national philanthropic organizations, in particular those that support the arts.


SLOMA offers a competitive salary, plus a generous vacation, sick leave and holiday package. SLOMA is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against any person based on age, race, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, religion, marital status, parental status or mental/physical handicap.

To Apply

Please submit résumé, cover letter, recent salary history, and two writing samples (at least one should be a request for support). Position is open until filled.

Capital Campaign Director Search
San Luis Obispo Museum of Art
PO Box 813
San Luis Obispo, CA 93406

No phone calls, please. We cannot guarantee a response to general email enquiries about the position.


Deadline: 10-01-2015

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