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24 Mar 2023


Deputy Chief Development Officer

Oklahoma Contemporary

 Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, United States

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Job Description

Position Summary

At a time of unprecedented expansion of its educational mission and physical presence in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center seeks a Deputy Chief Development Officer to focus primarily on generating contributed revenue through the supervision of Oklahoma Contemporary’s annual fund programs and the identification, cultivation and solicitation of current/potential donors.

Job Duties

  • With an emphasis on gifts from individuals for all purposes, create and implement campaigns that generate contributed revenue for general operating funds, events, educational programs, performances and exhibitions.
  • Supervise Visitor Experience and Membership Manager who oversees front-of-house activities and all membership initiatives.
  • With the Development team, participate in prospect review, the process of prospect identification, cultivation and solicitation; set constituent (moves) management actions.
  • As assigned in prospect review, oversee a portfolio of prospects and donors that contributes $500,000 annually to departmental goals.
  • With the Development team, utilize and analyze data from Tessitura to weigh participation, engagement and capacity to determine solicitation level, purpose and readiness.
  • Achieve performance metrics established in dialogue with the Chief Development Officer.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor’s degree in business, administration, public relations or communications preferred, and/or three to five years equivalent experience in fundraising.
  • Minimum of three years of direct fundraising/development experience in a nonprofit or educational organization — experience in an established development office at an arts institution is highly desirable.
  • Strength as a public-facing employee and enthusiasm for this aspect of the job.
  • Demonstrated ability to build relationships, cultivate and solicit prospects.
  • Experience with Tessitura database a plus.
  • Knowledge of sources and methods of prospect research.
  • Attention to detail, time management, organizational and multitasking skills.
  • Self-motivated, with demonstrated ability to excel as a leader and as a member of a team.
  • Ability to perform data analysis for departmental and executive requests.
  • Ability to work independently and to work collaboratively with various teams.
  • Prior experience working with arts administration or museums is a plus.
  • Advanced skills in Microsoft Office.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Strong organizational skills and ability to manage multiple tasks and to prioritize independently.
  • Strong analytical and reasoning skills.
  • Fluency in Spanish or Vietnamese is a plus.


Limitations and Disclaimer

The above job description is meant to describe the general nature and level of work being performed; it is not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required for the position.  Continued employment remains on an “at-will” basis.  Nothing in this job description is to be construed as a contract of employment.  All job duties are subject to change as business needs necessitate.


Other Requirements and Working Conditions

  • Use of a car required; legally registered and insured for daily use.
  • Use of a computer/monitor, telephone, and copier daily.
  • Flexible schedule with ability to participate in evening or weekend events.
  • Team environment with frequent group meeting participation.
  • Physical requirements: Lifting/Carrying – work may include routine lifting of a maximum weight of 20 lbs. – combination of sitting, standing, walking, and driving on a frequent basis.


To Apply

Submit a cover letter and resume here

Application review will begin immediately. All applications received by April 21 will be considered. Only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

Salary commensurate with experience ($65,000-75,000); excellent benefits package, including healthcare, dental, vision and retirement plan.

Oklahoma Contemporary is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace and is an affirmative action employer. We are committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, gender identity or veteran status.


Oklahoma Contemporary strives to demonstrate leadership by modeling excellence and best practices for inclusion, diversity, equity and accessibility. We believe in the power of human creativity and value the opportunities for connection and learning that exist when cultures and communities come together in collaboration and understanding.

We commit to championing policies and practices that value diversity, foster cultural equity and create an accessible and inclusive environment. Oklahoma Contemporary does not discriminate based on race/ethnicity, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, socioeconomic status, geography, citizenship status or religion. We recognize our strengths lie in the broad range of people who contribute their time and talents to our mission and are dedicated to creating a safe, inclusive place for them to explore creativity.

About Oklahoma Contemporary
Oklahoma Contemporary is an inclusive center for the arts where people of all ages and backgrounds can experience art, encounter new ideas and ignite their creative potential. Through visual art exhibitions, performances, public programs, community-building initiatives, outdoor installations and special events, Oklahoma Contemporary creates opportunities for everyone to come together in celebration of contemporary culture and artistic expression. With year-round classes and seasonal youth camps across multiple disciplines, the arts center’s education programs encourage youth and adults to express their ideas across a variety of media and learn new skills. Oklahoma Contemporary believes that art is for everyone and places accessibility and education at the center of all programming. Admission to exhibitions is free. Oklahoma Contemporary is a regional 501(c)3 nonprofit organization founded in 1989 by businessman and philanthropist Christian Keesee and Kirkpatrick Foundation Director Marilyn Myers.

About Oklahoma City
In its third decade of economic and cultural expansion, Oklahoma City is a surprisingly lively and diverse American city. Recent growth has spurred exciting developments in the city’s recreation and nightlife, with the construction of new parks, a streetcar system, bike trails, shops, restaurants, breweries and bars. The construction of Oklahoma Contemporary’s new building in the urban core, originally scheduled to open in March 2020 prior to the outbreak of COVID-19, represents a significant commitment on the part of the city and its inhabitants to a new era in contemporary culture.


Full-Time Job in Arts and Culture:
Deputy Chief Development Officer
Oklahoma Contemporary
 Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, United States

Job Categories: Arts and Culture. Job Types: Full-Time. Job Tags: administration, arts center, development, and management. States: Oklahoma.