Website Taft Museum of Art

Reports to: Director of Development

Team: Development

Status: Hourly Exempt/Full-Time, or Hourly Non-Exempt (could be part time)

Compensation: $36,500-$45,000 annually

Hours: Monday-Friday 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, 37.5 hours per week. Scheduling flexibility is possible with Manager approval

Benefits: Health Care Insurance, 401K, Dental Care, Vision Insurance, Life Insurance, Aflac, Generous Discretionary Time Off policy on day one, Free downtown parking, Employee Assistance Program (EAP), Museum membership, and other special discounts.

Condition of Employment: Full vaccination against COVID-19

The Taft Museum of Art, located in downtown Cincinnati, is seeking a full-time Museum Development Associate, reporting directly to the Director of Development. This position is unique and requires a positive, highly organized team player who communicates proactively, is attentive to detail, manages multiple priorities, and has excellent written communication and collaboration skills. This role offers an opportunity to learn about every aspect of development at the Taft, including database management, grant writing, membership, and fundraising event planning with the potential for advancement within the team. Enjoy this rare opportunity to join the staff of one of the finest small art museums in the United States.

Please ensure that you submit a cover letter, resume, and three references. Please submit only through our online portal at Our team will review your information, and we will get back to you with the next steps. If you have questions, please email HR at, no phone calls, please.


The Development Associate provides support to the Development Department in most areas of fundraising, including grant writing, database management, gift processing, prospect research, stewardship, membership administration, fundraising event support, and other development activities. The Development Associate supports the work of the entire development team and owns their own portfolio of grants, database management, and membership activities. As a support position for the team, this role provides a broad overview of all areas of development, providing the individual with the opportunity to acquire knowledge and skills across many areas of fundraising. The individual will have direct access to all members of the development team, providing extensive opportunities for learning.


The Development Associate will have three primary areas of responsibility to include:

  • Grant writing and evaluation reporting
    • Manages a portfolio of grants and evaluation reports, delivering well written proposals and reports, meeting all foundation deadlines.
    • Stewards foundations and trustees with prompt acknowledgement letters.
    • Effective and efficiently tracks grant applications and evaluation reports in the donor database and excel.
    • Works well across teams, such as Curatorial and Learning & Outreach to collaborate on materials for grants and member/donor events.
  • Database management
    • Assist with the conversion from Raiser’s Edge to Altru, primarily assisting with data entry while utilizing both donor databases.
    • Process gifts and memberships in Raiser’s Edge and Altru donor databases, ensuring timeliness and accuracy of data entered.
    • Trains others as needed.
    • Runs reports regularly as needed to support special campaigns.
    • Works well with accounting to reconcile monthly entries.
  • Member/donor activities
    • Assists in planning major fundraising events like the annual gala and member/donor cultivation events.
    • Processes a portfolio of monthly renewal notices.
    • Assists the Director of Development with thank you note coordination for the Development Committee.
    • Other duties as requested.


  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent relevant experience.
  • Previous fundraising experience desired, preferably at an arts institution, but not required.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Experience working directly with the public and providing first-rate customer service.
  • Strong organizational skills; ability to prioritize and multitask.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office. Knowledge of Altru, Raiser’s Edge or comparable donor database preferred, but not required.


  • Strong leadership, interpersonal, planning and organizational skills, excellent written and verbal communication ability.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective and positive relationships with staff, members of the public, members and donors.
  • Professional, articulate, and able to use good independent judgment and discretion.
  • Must have proven ability to maintain correspondence, discussions, and materials in strictest confidence.
  • Highly organized and detail-oriented in the approach to all aspects of the job. Has the ability to plan, organize, and meet deadlines by prioritizing work.
  • Tracks projects, timelines and assists with project management.
  • Ability to work with multiple team members in a supportive role and on projects.
  • The capacity and capability to work in a fast-paced, multitasked environment; deal with changing priorities; work well under pressure.
  • Reliable transportation and a driver’s license are required.


  • Must embrace the museum’s core values of respect, integrity, excellence, creativity, and collaboration and demonstrate this understanding through words, behaviors, and interactions with our guests, staff members, volunteers, and the public.
  • Is ready to learn and to teach every day. Shares knowledge freely with colleagues and pursues opportunities to gain new skills to enhance our success as a team.
  • Appreciates, understands, and values each staff member’s expertise, background, experience, strengths, and unique perspective.
  • Shares time, energy, and knowledge with others to ensure everyone has the highest potential to succeed.
  • Strives to achieve excellence in all tasks and goals.
  • Demonstrates professionalism on and off the job; always represents the Taft Museum of Art positively and professionally.
  • Speaks truthfully and fulfills promises and obligations in all museum dealings.
  • Is comfortable and can communicate with people of diverse backgrounds.
  • Focuses on delivering the museum’s mission.
  • Adheres to all current museum policies, procedures, protocols, and processes.
  • Creates a pleasant work environment by being a positive influence and respectful to every person.
  • The success of the Taft Museum of Art is driven by our core values of respect, integrity, excellence, creativity, and collaboration, as exemplified by our team members.


  • Value diversity, equity, access, and inclusion are drivers for attracting and retaining a diverse team of board members, staff, and volunteers who feel empowered to deliver excellence.  It also is the key to reaching a diverse community and audience.
  • Include multiple perspectives and believe that differing views strengthen our museum by stretching us to learn, experience, and expand our thinking each day.
  • Embrace our mission and vision to explore the hidden gems connected to our historic house, the people that lived in it for the first 100 years, and the extensive art collection, bringing all of this to life and making it relevant and unique to each guest.
  • Work together as a board and staff to ensure that our members, partners, and key stakeholders reflect and embrace these core values.

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