Vice President of Development - Museum of Latin American Art, Long Beach, CA

Founded in 1996 in Long Beach, California, the Museum of Latin American Art (MOLAA) is the only museum in the United States dedicated to modern and contemporary Latin American art. Its mission is to expand knowledge and appreciation of modern and contemporary Latin American art through its collection, ground-breaking exhibitions, stimulating educational programs, and engaging cultural events.  Since its inception, MOLAA has doubled its size, added a 15,000-sq. ft. sculpture garden and expanded its permanent collection, ranging from works by Tamayo and Matta to Cruz-Diez, Los Carpinteros, and Tunga.

MOLAA is led by Lourdes Ramos, who joined the museum as President in May, 2017. She previously served for 12 years as Executive Director and Chief Curator of the Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico in San Juan, Puerto Rico.  Her vision, 21 years after the museum’s creation, is to help MOLAA grow from being a “good institution into an extraordinary one.” She sees this new chapter as one where MOLAA encourages alliances that drive the institution into a leading position, locally, nationally and internationally, where it acts as an agent of change with a holistic philosophy of Latino American and Latino artists and art.  The “new” MOLAA will be an institution which, through the encouragement of diversity and inclusiveness, research and innovation, transcends the traditional establishment and creates provocative dialogue as a contribution to the general culture.  Further, it will seek to broaden the voices, knowledge of, and presence of Latino American and Latino artists in dialogue with artists from diverse geographies’, demographics, provenance and forums.

This fall the museum will be participating in the second edition of Pacific Standard Time, a regional initiative funded by the Getty Museum to highlight modern Latin American and Latino art in Southern California.  MOLAA’s exhibit, Relational Undercurrents: Contemporary Art of the Caribbean Archipelago, will focus on art from the island nations of the Caribbean and study issues around race, history, the legacy of colonialism, and the environment.  The exhibition will feature artists from the Hispanophone, Anglophone, Francophone, and Dutch Caribbean.  Relational Undercurrents will emphasize the thematic continuities of art made throughout the archipelago and its diasporas, challenging conventional geographic and conceptual boundaries of Latin America.

In addition to its exhibition and events programs, MOLAA offers an array of vibrant education programs throughout the year, including its summer art and culture camp and upcoming juried art show, Día de los Muertos.  These programs reach over 3,500 students, teachers and adults annually.

The museum is located in the city’s rapidly developing East Village Arts District.  Between 1913 and 1918 the site that the museum now occupies was the home of the Balboa Amusement Producing Company, then the World’s most productive and innovative silent film studio.  Before there was a Hollywood, Balboa was the king of the silver screen, producing as much as 20,000 feet of negative film a week.  The building that was renovated as MOLAA’s Entertainment / Education / Special Event venue may have been part of the old Balboa film studio.  MOLAA’s exhibition galleries, administrative offices and store are housed in what was once a roller-skating rink known as the Hippodrome.  Built in the late 1920s, after the film studios were gone, the Hippodrome was a haven for skaters for four decades.  The building then served as a senior health center for fifteen years.  The high vaulted ceilings and beautiful wooden floors were perfectly suited for the Hippodrome's final metamorphosis into the Museum of Latin American Art.

The museum has a full and part time staff of 47, and is governed by a 10-member Board of Directors.  MOLAA has an annual operating budget of approximately $3.5 million and an endowment of $25 million.  A new strategic plan, which will include laying the ground work for a capital campaign, will be implemented in 2018.


The Vice President of Development serves as MOLAA’s chief fund raising officer and is responsible for planning, organizing, and directing all of MOLAA’s fundraising including the major gifts program, annual fund, planned giving, special events and capital campaigns, and develops the strategy for donor cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship.  The Vice President of Development is a key member of the senior management team, reports to the President and works closely with her, the Board of Directors, and other museum staff in all development and fund raising activities.  The position supervises a full-time staff of four; direct reports include the Director of Donor Relations/Individual Giving, Membership Manager, Events Coordinator, and Development Assistant. 


The most important roles for the Vice President of Development position are the following:

1.  Work with the senior leadership of MOLAA to establish and execute a strategic and comprehensive development plan that will support the operating and capital needs of the museum for the present and the long term.

2.  Aggressively lead and direct the organization and implementation of the museum’s fundraising from individual, corporate, foundation, and government sources.  Key initiatives include the ongoing identification and cultivation of individual and corporate donors, with particular focus on accessing new constituencies and major gift development, an increased emphasis on the effective stewardship of donors, developing a more robust planned giving and legacy building program, and the productive use of research and data.

3. Work with MOLAA’s senior leadership to motivate and strengthen the Board in its role in development and expand, manage, and coordinate the Board members and other volunteers’ involvement in fundraising activities.

4.  Work closely with staff, Board members, and other volunteers to maximize the effectiveness of MOLAA’s special events, in order to help develop, attract, and retain donors; act as the liaison between the museum and the contracted food and beverage company. 

5.  Work collaboratively with and serve as a resource to the Curatorial, Education, and Marketing / Communications departments in the design of marketable and fundable programs, and help secure new sources of funds for these programs; foster ongoing, collegial communications among the development department and other departments of the organization and the Board, and help integrate fundraising into the culture of MOLAA.

6. Team with the President, Board, and other staff to enhance MOLAA’s public identity and positioning, foster positive external relations and build long-term strategic alliances, and play an active, public role as a spokesperson and representative of the museum.

7. Build, train, mentor, and supervise an effective and professional development team and support staff, and recruit and replace as necessary, in consultation with MOLAA’s senior leadership.

8.  In conjunction with the President and the Vice President of Finance, help prepare and manage the department’s financial reports and budget; monitor the development budget and control expenses, and oversee the administration of the development department, its procedures and policies.

9.  Supervise and manage the research and preparation of all foundation, corporate and government grant proposals, and oversee grant administration and reporting.


The successful candidate will:

1.  Have a background in the cultivation and solicitation of individual, corporate, foundation, and government donors, with proven ability to develop, solicit, and steward major gifts, and a demonstrated track record in the management of successful development programs, including staff and volunteer management.

2.  Understand and support the mission of MOLAA, appreciate the important role cultural institutions play in the life of a vibrant community, and have the ability to articulate this mission and role to others.

3. Be an effective leader and administrator, with solid experience in managing, mentoring and motivating staff, and the ability to inspire those working with him/her toward accomplishing common objectives.

4.  Be very well-organized, able to plan strategically, set priorities and focus on details and follow through while not losing sight of the big picture, with the flexibility to welcome and embrace change, and the ability to balance the many challenges inherent in a changing, growing organization.

5. Be a highly personable and positive individual, with integrity, a strong work ethic, and self confidence, who works effectively with Board members, donors, volunteers, and inside staff, and who relishes taking an active, public role in the cultivation and solicitation of donors, and as a representative of MOLAA.

6. Possess excellent verbal and written communication skills, and experience with fund raising technology and integrated database systems..

7.  Be someone with initiative, creativity, and energy, who enjoys working as a team player.

8.  Have, at minimum, a Baccalaureate degree, though postgraduate training is a plus, and at least seven years of progressive fund raising experience in a not for profit organization, preferably in the arts. Knowledge of Spanish a plus.


A review of prospective candidates will commence immediately, continuing until the position is filled. Interested and qualified individuals, and recommendations of same, are encouraged to submit their credentials as soon as possible for full consideration to the consulting firm retained for the search as listed below.  Complete credentials should be submitted electronically and should include the following:

• Cover letter;

• Résumé or CV;

• Four professional references, including name, email, phone and relationship. 

The salary will be competitive with other organizations of comparable stature and size.

Management Consultants for the Arts, Inc.

Attn: Louise Kane or Diane Frankel

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