Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute (MWPAI) is a dynamic arts center serving diverse audiences and advancing the appreciation, understanding, and enjoyment of the arts. MWPAI fulfills its mission through three program divisions: Museum of Art, School of Art, and Performing Arts. Founded in Utica, New York, in 1919 and opened in 1936, MWPAI is named after the three generations of family members who had a love for and were inspired by the creation of “an artistic, musical, and social center” with a commitment to this vibrant area in Upstate New York and well beyond.
The Museum of Art began with the family home, Fountain Elms, a Victorian-era Italianate mansion. In 1960 a new museum building, designed by renowned architect Philip Johnson, opened to the public. Fountain Elms was refurbished to feature mid-nineteenth-century period rooms and exhibition galleries. In 1995 the two museum buildings were connected with the Museum Education Wing, which houses offices and art storage. The Museum of Art features 300 years of American art, with a focus on nineteenth-century fine art and sculpture, nineteenth-century decorative arts, and modern and contemporary art. With a collection of more than 13,000 artworks, the Museum of Art hosts eight to ten special exhibitions and a wide range of public programs each year.
The School of Art offers two dynamic components: an active Community Arts Education program with year-round classes and workshops for all ages and the PrattMWP College of Art and Design. Established in 2000, PrattMWP is an extension campus of the prestigious Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York. PrattMWP students are fully matriculated Pratt students who spend their freshman and sophomore years on the vibrant MWPAI campus. Offering majors in fine arts, photography, communications design, and art education, PrattMWP is a residential program with a ten-to-one student-to-faculty ratio and a student body from all over the world.
The Performing Arts Division presents more than a dozen live performances, featuring rising stars, famous soloists, and ensembles. Programs include recitals with commentary, cinema, family programs, outdoor festival concerts, special events, and educational activities. MWPAI also offers a summer arts festival, art and music libraries, an active membership program, a museum shop, café, and rental facilities for private events.
MWPAI arts and educational programs have an annual attendance of approximately 150,000 people. Led by an active 12-member board, MWPAI has an expansive urban campus that includes 23 buildings, more than 175 staff members, an annual operating budget of $12.2 million, and an endowment approaching $115 million.
Located in the beautiful Mohawk Valley, the City of Utica is the 10th most populous city in the state of New York. Rich in history and scenic beauty, the region is nestled at the foothills of the Adirondack Preserve. The region is at the epicenter of the major commercial centers in New York City, Boston, Philadelphia, Toronto, and Montreal. Utica is a diverse city with a vibrant community of more than 40 different nationalities. According to the most recent census, the city’s demographics are 69 percent White, 15 percent Black, and 10 percent Latino. Five colleges are located within the city limits, offering a myriad of degrees and doctoral programs for students from all over the world.
With a growing population of 62,000 residents, Utica is home to a range of businesses, including national brands, small business startups, expansions, and entrepreneurs. The city is a key part of the larger Utica-Rome Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA), which boasts a population of roughly 300,000 residents. Utica’s parks system consists of 677 acres of parks and recreation centers. Frederick Law Olmsted, Jr., whose father’s firm designed New York City’s Central Park, designed the Utica Parks and Parkway Historic District.
Sources: greateruticachamber.org; cityofutica.com
Reporting to the President and CEO (President), the Director of Development will oversee all activities related to philanthropic support for operating, capital, and endowment funds. In partnership with the President, this individual will provide leadership, strategic direction, and management for all areas of institutional fundraising. The Director of Development will also work with the President in engaging the board in development initiatives where appropriate.
Charged with conceptualizing and implementing a comprehensive development plan, the Director of Development will be a goal-oriented self-starter with a passion for MWPAI’s mission. As a part of the senior management team, this individual will play an active role in planning for the organization’s overall advancement. The Director of Development will drive an effective and growing fundraising program; provide hands-on, day-to-day direction of development strategies that are forward thinking and elevate MWPAI’s visibility and brand; and create a culture of relationship building that will last well into MWPAI’s future. Areas of responsibility will include membership, annual giving, major gifts, grant writing, alumni solicitation, fundraising events, and planned giving.
Departmental Planning and Operational Effectiveness
Stewardship and Cultivation
Annual Fund and Membership Programs
The Director of Development will be motivated and determined, with a passion for the role of art and arts education. A people-focused leader, this individual will be committed to developing a culture of customer service and will appreciate frequent interactions with a diverse range of community stakeholders and potential partners. Versatile and comfortable with frequent change, the Director of Development will value collaboration across the institution and will be comfortable juggling multiple projects and priorities within a complex environment.
Other key competencies include the following:
A bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) and five to seven years of relevant experience in a cultural organization, educational institution, or similar entity are required. A demonstrated commitment to the arts, arts education, and community collaboration in working with faculty, staff, board, and an array of external stakeholders is necessary. Previous managerial experience is preferred. Strong written and verbal communications skills and the ability to interact at the executive level are key.
Compensation is competitive and commensurate with experience. Excellent benefits include medical, dental, and vision insurance, paid time off, and participation in a matching 401(k) retirement plan.
Please submit a letter and resume with a summary of demonstrable accomplishments (electronic submissions preferred) to:
Ms. Wyona Lynch-McWhite, Vice President
292 Newbury Street, Suite 315
Boston, MA 02115-2801
Tel (888) 234.4236 Ext. 225
Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute is an equal opportunity employer
that welcomes any qualified applicant and values diversity of all kinds.
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