Director of Development

Visions Museum of Textile Art
2825 Dewey Road, San Diego, CA 92106
$70,000 - $80,000 a year - Full-time

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  • $70,000 - $80,000 a year

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  • Full-time

Shift and schedule

  • Weekends as needed
  • Evenings as needed
  • Monday to Friday


2825 Dewey Road, San Diego, CA 92106

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  • 401(k)
  • Employee discount
  • Health insurance
  • Paid time off

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DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT, Visions Museum of Textile Art

Visions Museum of Textile Art (VMOTA) is a premier national venue for exhibiting contemporary art quilts and textiles. Located in the historic Liberty Station Arts District in San Diego, VMOTA hosts stunning exhibitions, in-person and virtual education workshops, and multiple special events. VMOTA’s Mission is to celebrate and share with the public the rich history, artistry, and cultural significance of quilting and textile arts. We provide a welcoming and inclusive space where individuals of all ages and backgrounds can explore, appreciate, and engage with the beauty and craftsmanship of textile art. VMOTA also benefits from a growing permanent collection of textile art and is fortunate to have over 80 volunteers and 400 annual members. VMOTA is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation.

  • Reports to: Executive Director
  • Supervises: Marketing Manager
  • Location: San Diego, California
  • Start Date February 1, 2024 (or before)
  • Benefits: Health insurance; 401(K); & other


The Director of Development leads the overall accomplishment of VMOTA’s fundraising activities throughout the year. This is an exciting period of growth and development for the Museum, both locally and internationally. To meet existing and new exhibit, programmatic, and organizational needs, VMOTA is committed to increase revenues vis-a-vis a diverse portfolio, including individual donations, corporate sponsorships and donations, museum memberships, foundation and government grants, special events, and more. Each fundraising area has targeted financial goals that the Director of Development will report on regularly. He/she will serve as a key driver and leader of the newly adopted Fund Development Plan for the entire organization. The Director of Development will work closely with the Executive Director (ED), Development Committee, and Board of Directors, and will supervise the Marketing Manager.

Fundraising Responsibilities

  • Drives the implementation of VMOTA’s Fund Development Plan.
  • Together with the ED, develops relationships with existing and new grant funders (government, corporations, and foundations). Takes the lead on researching new grant opportunities and preparing and submitting grant proposals.
  • Responsible for tracking grant requirements after a grant is rewarded to ensure compliance and proper reporting.
  • Creates, leads, and manages VMOTA’s mid- and end-of-the-year campaigns, and the San Diego Gives campaign, as well as more focused campaigns related to museum exhibits and education programs.
  • Develops and implements a planned giving program that engages current and prospective donors on the importance and advantages of long-term philanthropic planning.
  • Identifies new audiences for VMOTA to interact with to expand membership and grant opportunities.
  • Manages stewardship of donors and supporters of VMOTA.
  • Supervises the Marketing & Website Managers and oversees development of communication plans and strategies to increase awareness, participation, and support of VMOTA exhibits and programs through electronic, hardcopy, and social media.
  • Works closely with the ED and Board of Directors to identify new prospects and to develop strategies for increasing giving levels of donors.
  • Provides and presents status reports on fundraising efforts at Board meetings in conjunction with the ED.
  • Develops and executes creative ways to motivate and interact with the Board, staff, and volunteers to work together on development opportunities.
  • Adheres to best practices and established timelines to reach revenue goals.
  • Co-leads the Development Committee with the Board committee chair to prioritize and support existing and new fundraising activities by engaging and activating volunteers.
  • Participates in regular fundraising meetings and works cross functionally with all the other departments.

Database Management and Fundraising/Membership Support

  • Implements and utilizes DonorPerfect, and ensures it is used consistently and accurately to inform data-driven decision making and gift reporting. Reconciles records with the bookkeeper.
  • Ensures timely and accurate DonorPerfect reporting, data entry, improvements, and data integrity.
  • Monitors outstanding pledges, pledge payment activity, and reminders.
  • Manages general correspondence (e.g., thank you letters to donors, membership renewal correspondence).
  • Creates and maintains analytics related to donations and constituents, management metrics, and giving trends that support VMOTA’s membership and fundraising efforts.
  • Proofreads external and internal communications to ensure consistent messaging and tone aligned with VMOTA’s mission.
  • Assists in developing fund development and marketing budgets for reports, grants, the Board, and special projects.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.

Skills and Qualifications

  • Development professional with a proven track record of successful grant writing, solicitation, and stewardship of individual, corporate, and foundation donors.
  • Capacity and creativity to engage and inspire a diverse set of donors, stakeholders, funders, community leaders, and volunteers.
  • Passion for VMOTA’s mission.
  • Strong organizational skills and ability to smoothly manage competing priorities and effective problem solving and decision-making skills.
  • Ability to work independently and follow through on assignments with accuracy.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills; skilled speaking in groups and creating presentation decks or related materials for donor meetings and proposals.
  • Ability to maintain confidential office information, including donors, contributions, and all constituent information.
  • Bachelor’s degree and a minimum of 4 years’ experience in organizing fundraising events, major gifts, sponsorship, grants, and special events.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to successfully work as part of a team, and with funders, donors, vendors, and consultants.
  • Ability to close face-to-face sponsorships and donor asks.
  • Proven ability to manage multiple projects with varying priorities at one time.
  • Willingness and ability to travel off-site for meetings, presentations, etc.
  • Familiar with non-profit management and working closely with a Board.
  • Technical knowledge about non-profit tools, software, and services.
  • Highly effective team player.
  • Ability to prioritize, manage multiple tasks, and exercise sound judgment and common sense.
  • Proficiency in SharePoint, Microsoft applications, Google Drive, DonorPerfect, and Constant Contact.
  • Willing to work one Saturday per month and occasionally evenings.

Soft Skills

  • Ability to work under pressure.
  • Self-motivated.
  • Works well in a team within a fast-paced environment.
  • Has a positive, flexible, and can-do attitude.
  • Emotional intelligence: demonstrates good decision-making; is proactive and solutions focused.
  • Demonstrates respect for diverse and multiple viewpoints.
  • Values-based with a strong sense of integrity.

Applicants should submit their cover letter, resume, and any supplemental materials by email to zeb_bill@vmota.orgwith the subject line "Director of Development and [the applicant’s full name]." Any attached files should also have the applicant's full name in the file name. All applications must be received by March 1, 2024, however, please apply as early as possible.

Job Type: Full-time

Pay: $70,000.00 - $80,000.00 per year


  • 401(k)
  • Employee discount
  • Health insurance
  • Paid time off


  • Monday to Friday
  • Weekends as needed

Application Question(s):

  • Please provide a cover letter describing how your education and experience relate to the requirements of this position.

Work Location: In person

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