The Allentown Art Museum of the Lehigh Valley has the following openings:

• Vice President of Development and Communications

Curatorial Fellow

Adult and College Programs Coordinator


Vice President of Development and Communications

Job Summary
The Vice President of Development and Communications is responsible for developing, implementing, managing, and evaluating the development, fundraising, and communications strategies for the Allentown Art Museum. The position reports to the President and CEO of the Museum and is a member of the Museum’s senior management team. The position is responsible for achieving the AAMLV’s fundraising goals, including efforts to build membership; individual giving; corporate and foundation giving; and governmental support. The position is also responsible for engaging multiple constituencies in ongoing fundraising activities as well as developing new initiatives and strategies for communications and branding. The development of a fundraising plan and an implementation schedule in consultation with the President and CEO and the Development Committee of the Board of Trustees is a key responsibility of this position.

The position will establish and maintain strong, collaborative working relationships with varied internal and external constituencies to ensure meeting revenue goals. The individual will work to further define and advance the case for support; set new levels of expectations for fundraising and stewardship; evaluate and augment existing annual and major giving efforts; and articulate clear and achievable goals for development and donor relations, as well as lead and inspire the staff to meet and exceed departmental development expectations. The position is expected to not only manage the development plan but be actively engaged with the Museum’s President and CEO and with the Board in the solicitation of funds.

The position is also responsible for developing and overseeing the annual PR and Marketing plan and for the coordination of the Museum’s development efforts with annual marketing, messaging, and brand development. S/he will work in tandem with, and provide leadership to senior staff and relevant trustee committees ensuring that all work is within the museum’s brand profile and strategic long-term direction.

Essential Job Functions
• Lead and manage the Museum’s efforts to meet all development and communication goals.
• Develop a comprehensive institutional strategic development plan and effective fund development programs.
• Develop an integrated Marketing and Communications plan that supports the museum’s mission and long-range strategies.
• Provide staff leadership to the Development and Marketing Committee of the Board of Trustees and attend all relevant Board committee meetings; Work with the Board of Trustees’ Development Chair in delivering bi-monthly reports and in leading committee meetings.
• Coordinate all fundraising activities with the museum’s finance department to ensure accuracy of development records and deposits; adhere to protocols established by audit standards;
• Provide leadership and input on annual budget planning.
• Work with and direct PR, Marketing and Communications to create marketing materials as needed and ensure the museum’s brand.
• Oversee implementation of all communication and fundraising databases for communication, mailings and development.
• Responsible for tracking and filing multi-year campaign pledge and payment documentation and communication.

• Provide strategic vision, planning and management of all fundraising including but not limited to: Annual Fund; Endowment enhancement and Capital needs; Planned Giving; Matching, and in-kind gifts; Corporate and Individual Sponsorships; Grant requests and awards; Membership and, Donor research,
• Oversee and coordinate and author grant proposals to corporate, foundation, and government funders; evaluation and final reporting. Conceptualize, implement, and evaluate effective solicitation strategies and participate in the cultivation and solicitation of major gifts from individual donors, corporations and foundations.
• Manage the Museum’s high-level donor circles, including the Kress Society, and coordinate related special event programming.
• Generate support for capital projects for the museum campus and operating support for museum exhibitions, programs, communication strategies, and endowments.
• Staff and work in partnership with the Board of Trustees Development Committee.
• Ensure the creation of synergies between marketing and development at all levels of the museum staff and within the community.

• Oversee successful planning and management of the Museum’s membership program.
• Supervise creation of marketing materials as needed.
• Manage aspects of fundraising programs such as patron cultivation and management of benefits.
• Responsible for all audience tracking and analysis.
• Ensure initiatives to engage younger and more diverse audiences.

• Oversee the creation of an integrated marketing plan including goals, strategies, and benchmarks for all social, printed, and electronic media,
• Coordinate synergies between development opportunities and marketing through industry trades and sponsorships.
• Oversee all Museum communications to define and enhance the museum brand.

Supervisory Responsibilities
• Departmental staff as of April 2017: Business Development Manager, Manager of Marketing and PR, Membership Coordinator, Visitor Services Coordinator, Interns, Volunteers.

Job Requirements
Education and Experience
The successful candidate will possess, preferably, a Master’s degree from an accredited university with 7 or more years of professional fundraising experience within a museum or similarly complex not-for-profit institution or an equivalent combination of education and experience, with an established record of donor development operations experience. Candidates should have a successful track record of securing sponsorships, membership growth, major individual, corporate, and foundation gifts, and experience managing multiple campaigns, including capital, endowment, and special project campaigns, and initiatives.

Knowledge, Skills and Ability Requirements
The ideal candidate must possess a drive to set and meet fundraising goals and have a strong commitment to quality work and high productivity with close attention to detail.
The ability to manage people effectively and able to multitask is essential. Must possess excellent donor relations skills. Must possess keen analytical skills and have experience with prospect research and reporting methods. Can work with multiple constituencies and provide leadership to the Board and Volunteer support to ensure success.

Proficient in Microsoft Office, Raiser’s Edge and Altru is highly desirable. Ability to handle confidential records and sensitive donor information with discretion. Excellent research, writing, editing and verbal communication skills. Able to work independently and as part of a team. Proven organizational skills with ability to manage and complete multiple short-term and long-term tasks and responsibilities. Flexible to work weekday evenings and weekends for meetings and special events.

Please submit your resume and cover letter by email to: hr [at] allentownartmuseum [dot] org

The Allentown Art Museum is committed to providing equal employment opportunities without regard to race, creed, color, national origin, sex, age, veteran status, sexual orientation, and disability.



Curatorial Fellow

Job Summary
The Grippe Curatorial Fellow is responsible for the Peter Grippe Collection, comprised of about twelve thousand works of art, including sculpture, paintings, prints, drawings, collages, printing plates, and sketchbooks by Peter Grippe, with additional works by his wife, Florence Grippe, and a small selection of prints and drawings by other artists. This Fellow will be a full-time, one-year appointment who will report to the Vice President of Curatorial Affairs. Start date is July 1, 2017.

Known primarily as a sculptor and printmaker, Peter Grippe took on the directorship of Atelier 17, the renowned and influential print workshop, in the early 1950s in New York.

• Make recommendations regarding accessioning and dispersal for works of art in the Grippe Collection. Provide specific recommendations for institutions to which to donate and a selection of works to offer to each. Make recommendations for dealers and auction houses to approach for possible sale of works. Contact institutions, dealers, and auction houses to complete the dispersal of the collection.
• Evaluate condition of artworks to determine whether conservation is necessary.
• Write a narrative explaining the criteria and reasoning for the selection of works from the Grippe Collection recommended for accessioning into the Allentown Art Museum’s permanent collection. This will be based upon an evaluation of the Grippe collection as a whole, with consideration of how this collection fits into the Allentown Art Museum’s print collection, American art collection, and overall collections.
• Conduct research as necessary to complete this work.
• Catalogue accessioned works from the Grippe Collection and enter information into database.
• Develop exhibition and project proposals based on the Grippe Collection.

• Master’s degree in Art History or a related field
• 1-3 years museum experience preferred
• Knowledge of prints preferred
• Art handling experience preferred
• Excellent research and writing skills
• High level of organizational skills, aptitude for detail, and ability to work well independently
• Strong time management and interpersonal skills

Please submit your resume and cover letter by email to: hr [at] allentownartmuseum [dot] org

The Allentown Art Museum is committed to providing equal employment opportunities without regard to race, creed, color, national origin, sex, age, veteran status, sexual orientation, and disability.



Adult and College Programs Coordinator

Job Summary
Reporting to the Manager of Public Engagement, the Adult and College Programs Coordinator is responsible for engaging broad and diverse audiences through the development, implementation, and promotion of public programming for the Allentown Art Museum. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, coordinating and designing various public programs for adults; staffing programs; building relationships with other arts organizations, artists, performers, and Museum volunteers; developing awareness efforts; being a liaison between other departments within the Museum; working as a liaison to Museum docents and the education and public programs division regarding programs, printed, and interpretive text and materials. This position also collaborates with Teen, Family and Public Engagement programs and oversees logistics for all Adult programs. Duties will include being out in the field attending community events, as well as some nights and weekends.

1. Working with curators, community advisors, Museum educators, artists, and performers to research, develop, and ensure focused and engaging public programs for adult audiences in connection with the Museum’s special exhibitions and its permanent collections as well as independent programs. Establish and maintain contact with other Museum departments, community members, and organizations as collaborative partners for the purpose of program planning and presenting, and audience development.
2. Coordinate and manage adult public programs, including education programs (i.e., lectures, panel discussions, gallery talks, and symposia), receptions and catered events, tours, performances, film programs, and workshops. Ensure all speaker and artist arrangements and facility logistics for the success of the program.
3. Work with the entire Public Engagement staff to develop strategic long-range plans, including annual goals, education programs, and budget.
4. Develop and manage budgets for the adult programs relating to the Museum’s special exhibits, permanent collection installations, and independent-programming efforts to place the Museum in a thought-leadership position in the Lehigh Valley.
5. In consultation with the Manager of Public Engagement and the Development department, solicit underwriting and sponsorships for council projects.
6. Analyze target audiences and develop appropriate outreach strategies. Working with the Marketing and Development departments to ensure effective promotion of all public programs through the Museum’s program guides, rack cards, press releases, elevator and lobby signage, fliers, postcards, brochures, paid advertisements, social media, and other creative forms of information dissemination.
7. Function as a member of the Public Engagement long-range planning team.
8. In collaboration with the Manager of Public Engagement, work to increase and deepen participation of diverse audiences in Museum activities. Work to raise the level of community awareness, interest in, and appreciation for art.
9. Collaborate with appropriate departments to create materials for the Museum website and newsletter. Review and assess the effectiveness of website and newsletter on a regular basis to ensure community awareness of the Museum’s programs. Meet with the Marketing department to ensure the adequate promotion of the Museum’s Adult programs.
10. Guarantee access to the Allentown Art Museum through collaborative and outreach programs.
11. Establish and maintain relationships with individuals, groups, and institutions to extend Museum services to a wider community. Build and foster relationships with other organizations.
12. Establish and maintain a regular flow of information within the Museum staff with other areas through meetings and email correspondence. Serve as a liaison between other departments within the Museum and Public Engagement regarding matters related to programs.
13. Research, design, develop, and coordinate Adult Public Programs and all administrative aspects of the Adult Public Programs.

Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Required:
1. Bachelor’s degree in Art History or cultural studies, or the equivalent combination of education/experience. Master’s degree preferred.
2. Two or more years of relevant experience in public programming with responsibilities in planning, development, and implementation of complex educational/public programs.
3. Strong oral and written communication skills.
4. Knowledge of volunteer management, program development and administration, budget development and management, and membership recruitment, maintenance, and benefit programs.
5. Demonstrated proficiency with and accuracy in using MS Office products, including WORD, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, and Access and other related software applications.
6. Passion for the dual mission of achieving artistic and educational excellence and broad audience participation.
7. Working knowledge of new technologies and ideas in cultural programming and museum practice.
8. Demonstrated ability to work well with artists and volunteers.
9. Ability to assess priorities, manage multiple projects simultaneously, and work well under pressure with excellent time-management, problem-solving, and analytical skills.
10. Demonstrated ability in the successful development and maintenance of a wide variety of partnerships.
11. Organizational ability with strong management and supervisory skills.
12. Ability to work accurately with close attention to detail and maintain the confidentiality of sensitive information.
13. Ability to work with coworkers, volunteers, and the public professionally and tactfully, and support management decisions and goals in a positive, professional manner.

The AAM is committed to diversity and inclusion. Qualified individuals who bring diverse perspectives to the workplace are especially encouraged to apply. Please submit your resume and cover letter to: hr [at] allentownartmuseum [dot] org