- Full-time, permanent position
- Development Division
- Reports to the Senior Philanthropy Manager
Overview of the MCA
The Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA) is Australia’s leading contemporary art museum. Focusing on the work of living artists, MCA’s vision is to engage audiences with contemporary art and ideas through the presentation of a diverse program of exhibitions and special events. From major thematic exhibitions and surveys of established artists, solo exhibitions, and artist projects to new work by emerging artists, the MCA program covers the range and diversity of contemporary art.
Overview of the position
The MCA’s vision is to take a leadership role in shaping a creative and equitable Australia that values contemporary art and artists, and we are committed to making contemporary art accessible and inspiring for everyone. The Philanthropy Manager plays a pivotal role in the MCA’s primary supporter program called MCA Ambassadors. MCA Ambassadors support exhibitions, social impact programs and the MCA Collection. Working with the Senior Philanthropy Manager, the Philanthropy Manager prospects new supporters for the MCA as well as implements the renewal process of the annual giving program. MCA Ambassadors have access to exclusive curatorial previews, private viewings and special events, the core program of which is implemented by the Philanthropy Manager in conjunction with the Philanthropy and Bequest Assistant.
Tasks and responsibilities of the position
- Support the administration of the MCA Ambassador program, including donor renewals and donor follow-up.
- Develop trusted relationships with MCA Ambassadors to create lifelong engagement.
- Work with the Philanthropy and Bequest Assistant on the delivery of the MCA Ambassador core event
programs, including artist dinners, curatorial previews, special events, and plan and deliver domestic and
- In conjunction with the Events Manager, play a central role in the planning and delivery of the primary annual
fundraising dinner for the MCA.
- Proactive management of the MCA Ambassador database with the relevant assistants including maintaining
donor information, preparing donor information for the MCA Board and the Divisional Director and donor list
- Develop and deliver prospecting and stewardship activities and programs for the MCA Ambassador program.
- Coordinating and liaising with MCA Patrons Circles and committees.
Key selection criteria
Applicants must be able to demonstrate they have:
- 5-plus years’ experience in patronage and donor programs, or experience in a relationship/client-focused
- experience in supporting pitching and fundraising discussions with existing and potential donors
- experience coordinating successful fundraising events and client event programs
- developed interpersonal and project management skills and a desire to enhance the MCA brand, develop
trusted relationships, and work as a team
- good organisation skills with the ability to prioritise
- excellent communications skills, both written and oral
- excellent database management and administrative skills.
Profile of candidate
- passionate about the work of development in museums
- pro-active with the ability to exercise good judgement
- dynamic and flexible
- interest in contemporary art.
COVID-19 Vaccination Requirements
Please note that it is currently a requirement as per the MCA’s COVID-19 Vaccination Policy, that all employees are fully vaccinated. You will need to provide evidence of your COVID-19 vaccination if you are successful. Please note that full vaccination as per the current NSW Government guidelines means two doses of COVID-19 vaccine for adults, and any future approved vaccination boosters. The MCA continues to review this Policy on a regular basis and may change the vaccination mandate requirements in the future.
To learn more about working with the MCA and how to apply please visit our website (https://www.mca.com.au/about-us/work-for-us/philanthropy-manager/).
The MCA encourages applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people with disability, and people from diverse cultures. The MCA acknowledges the enormous contribution Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists, staff, educators, arts professionals, and guests have made to the fabric of the museum since its inception. Contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art practice has long been central to MCA collection and exhibition programs.
Working for the MCA
The MCA is committed to equal opportunity and diversity. The MCA promotes a work environment that is free from discrimination and harassment, and where individuals are treated with fairness, equality, and dignity. Find out more about the MCA.
Deadline for applications is Monday 19 September, 9am.Find Out More
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