Development Director

This application closed on April 19, 2019. Thank you for your interest!

About this Position:

The Development Director is a new, part-time position. The responsibilities and priorities will support three of the museum’s most impactful sources of income: grants, individual donors, and corporate partners. Regarding grants, the Development Director will be responsible for securing grant funding through foundations and corporations, as well as through local, state and federal agencies. Furthermore, they will manage the organization’s current portfolio of grants, ensuring compliance, maintaining an organized grant administration, and developing strategies for providing measurable outcomes of success. The Development Director will also manage and organize the Design Museum’s bids and stewardship of corporate partners and individual donors. Current programs include but are not limited to corporate and individual museum membership, exhibition sponsorships, year-end annual fund campaign, and fundraising events.

This position will report to and receive support from the Design Museum’s Executive Director, and collaborate with staff and the board of directors to develop proposals that align with our mission and objectives. This is a part time, salaried position equal to approximately 20 hours per week. The schedule is flexible, and the candidate will work from our offices at 1917 N Elston in Chicago. The position was created to increase the fundraising capacity of the organization, transitioning responsibilities from the ED.

About the Design Museum of Chicago:

We believe design has the fundamental capacity to improve the human condition, and strive to make it accessible to everyone through free exhibitions in a public space in the Chicago Loop. A local, non-profit cultural institution, Design Museum of Chicago strives to meet people where they are, facilitating conversations around design comprised of a variety of voices, backgrounds, and viewpoints. We believe that design is not just a single discipline or process, but rather a persistent element present in our everyday environments and experiences.


  • Manage and increase the museum’s current portfolio of grants, individual donors, and corporate partners.


  • Research, manage, write and submit grant proposals, letters of inquiry, applications, and reports
  • Manage annual year-end giving campaign
  • Proactively identify new grants, individuals, and corporate support
  • Work closely with Executive Board on developing and managing fundraising events
  • Work with programming staff and measure impact
  • Maintain workflow documents including but not limited to budgets, grant compliance, support documents, and reports

Skills and Qualifications

  • Strong and efficient writer and communicator
  • Proven ability to secure grants in the arts
  • Experience in budgeting, data analysis, and grant reporting
  • Experience in writing local, state, and federal grant applications and reports
  • Experience and interest working in the arts a plus


  • Grant Writing: Minimum 2 years (required)
  • Development: Minimum 2 years (required)


Job Type: Part-time, approximately 20 hours per week, salaried
Salary: $2,083 monthly (the full-time equivalent of a $50,000 salary)

Non-Discrimination Policy

Design Museum of Chicago does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. These activities include, but are not limited to, hiring and firing of staff, selection of volunteers and vendors, and provision of services. We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our staff, clients, volunteers, subcontractors, vendors, and clients.

Design Museum of Chicago is an equal opportunity employer. We will not discriminate and will take affirmative action measures to ensure against discrimination in employment, recruitment, advertisements for employment, compensation, termination, upgrading, promotions, and other conditions of employment against any employee or job applicant on the bases of race, color, gender, national origin, age, religion, creed, disability, veteran’s status, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.

To Apply:

This application closed on April 19, 2019. Thank you for your interest!