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Program Manager, Philanthropy
Program Manager, Philanthropy
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA)
Post Date: 10 Jun 2022


The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art is one of the largest museums of modern and contemporary art in the United States and a thriving cultural center for the Bay Area. We cannot imagine life without art; it inspires and connects us every day. Now more than ever, these connections matter, and are aligned with our values. 

  • Inclusive: We know we make the greatest impact when a full range of voices is represented.
  • Passionate: We believe art and the creative process can open our minds to help us build a better world.
  • Brave: We nurture a responsive, action-oriented atmosphere fueled by curiosity and innovation.
  • Empathic: We aim to act like a person, not an institution, and forge authentic relationships with our community. 

SFMOMA is a place for the infinitely curious to explore, support and experience the art of our time. We believe that modern and contemporary art can influence the way we think, view the world, and embrace the many voices and perspectives around us. We aspire to foster an environment that elicits joy, nurtures a sense of belonging and purpose—where difference is seen as a strength, and everyone is appreciated for their whole self. ​

General Job Overview:

Reporting to the Chief Philanthropy Officer (CPO), the Program Manager, Philanthropy has a critical role in helping advance the museum’s robust and innovative department yielding more than $20 million in annual donations.

The Program Manager, Philanthropy is a seasoned Development professional with expertise fundraising from and partnering with individual donors and trustees. They partner with the CPO to manage the trustee giving portfolio, spearhead SFMOMA’s Philanthropy department operations, communication, and administration, and serve as a member of the Senior Staff leading a progressive Philanthropy program that attracts, engages, inspires and yields meaningful long-term relationships with museum supporters and reaches its fiscal goals.

The Program Manager, Philanthropy supervises the Philanthropy Associate, Research and Administration.

Responsibilities and Duties:

  • Partners with CPO to manage the Trustee giving portfolio. Helps set strategy for annual solicitation initiative, coordinates solicitations and tracks responses, manages accounting and reconciliation, ensures timely and accurate gift processing and acknowledgment, as well as recognition and stewardship. Supports additional board of trustees fundraising campaigns.
  • Manages, with guidance from and in collaboration with the CPO, Philanthropy $30M+ operating budget, building a strong alliance with program budget managers. Works with staff to develop annual expense budgets. Leads revenue planning, tracking, reporting, and short-and-long-term forecasting exercises.
  • Supporting the museum’s Strategic Plan, develops, tracks, synthesizes, and reports on program metrics and KPIs. Presents on progress to staff, executives, and the Board of Trustees. Ensures data informs decision making as well as accountability.
  • Is a key Senior Staff member serving on the museum’s Technology Steering Committee, advocates for Philanthropy needs, and leads the Philanthropy department’s Tessitura Working Group. Sees and seizes opportunities and finds solutions to improve systems and enable data-driven decision-making.
  • Manages Philanthropy department diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) initiatives. Partners with established working groups and their liaisons. Collaboratively organizes regular department DEI meetings. Owns reporting against progress. Participates in organizational DEI initiatives.
  • Owns the museum’s Gift Acceptance Policy, working closely with the museum’s CFO, General Counsel, and board Development and Governance Committees to regularly update and evolve.
  • Owns Philanthropy’s role in the museum’s annual endowment draw process. Works with Finance and key Philanthropy department staff on annual allocations and donor stewardship. Partners with Foundation and Government team to develop annual endowment donor reports.
  • Serves as Philanthropy liaison for the museum’s Exhibition Development process. Participates in meetings led by CED and organizes Philanthropy’s response presentations.
  • Is a key partner assisting CPO to develop strategic slide presentations and talking points for department and Board of Trustee meetings.
  • Leads the program’s staffing strategies, policies, and procedures. Ensures job descriptions are accurate and up-to-date. Shapes and activates strategy for staff recruitment, hiring, and onboarding, ensuring that SFMOMA continues to attract, hire and engage the best talent in the field.
  • Leads Philanthropy staff engagement initiatives, including developing and activating a professional development plan. Liaises with and partners to support the Philanthropy Culture Committee (PCC), a staff-run group leading monthly department meetings (including setting agenda and identifying content presentation), engagement events, and staff training workshops. Leads action plan in response to museum’s annual Employee Engagement Survey.
  • Is the best practice Philanthropy expert for the museum in terms of donation trends and governance, including giving mechanisms such as DAFs and crypto, as well as ethics. Has strong relationships with peers in the field and leads benchmarking.
  • Responsible for overseeing the staff-generated organization of, and guiding and reviewing, correspondence between museum Director and donors.
  • Strategizes regarding and oversees the program’s communications, including owning the content and coordination of the monthly donor e-newsletter SFMOMA Moments and ensuring refreshed and relevant letter acknowledgements.
  • Sometimes acts as proxy to the CPO; is deeply enfranchised to make program decisions. Organizes and prioritizes critical issues and required information for CPO to facilitate their decision-making.
  • Oversees department’s donor research function. With Philanthropy Associate, Research and Administration, ensures museum has correct tools and processes to yield productive research in order to grow revenue.
  • Represents Philanthropy at internal meetings to be identified; is a member of the museum’s Senior Staff, participates in various working groups as needed, advocates for Philanthropy and influences business practice.

COVID-19 Environmental Factors: In keeping with city, county, and state regulations regarding large gatherings, and to contain the spread of coronavirus, the museum is following the city of San Francisco guidelines. As a part of our commitment to health and safety, COVID-19 vaccination is required for all current and newly hired employees and contractors.

Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, we will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.

SFMOMA is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity.

Job Details

Reference #34479
Posted on31 May 2022
Closes on14 Jun 2022 23:55
Expertise5+ years
Career levelHighschool Diploma or GED, Other
More details (document)Philanthropy Program Manager.pdf


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