Director of Partnerships

The Director of Partnerships will work to strengthen the curatorial and research missions of the organization by leading, planning, and managing comprehensive advancement efforts that deepen and sustain organizational growth, strategy, and vision for Monument Lab’s work at the intersection of art and justice. In collaboration with a wide range of partners, including but not limited to, foundations, museums, historic sites, municipalities, schools, and universities, the Director of Partnerships will play a key role in supporting existing projects and coordinating new initiatives, as part of the Monument Lab leadership team.

The inaugural position is open to candidates with a variety of training paths and professional expertise.  The ideal candidate will have a diversified background in fundraising and advancement, but also broad intellectual interests crossing fields and disciplines; expertise in nonprofit practices; and wide-ranging knowledge in the arts and humanities. 

Reporting to the Director, the Director of Partnerships will work in close coordination with the Chief Operating Officer and support the activities of the Advisory Board. This position will also be responsible for managing at least one Program Associate (part-time).


Organizational Development

  • Foster a culture of thoughtful and ongoing stewardship for Monument Lab individual and organizational partnerships to ensure relationships are sustained, healthy, and intact.
  • Responsibly engage with a diverse array of stakeholders, individuals, and institutions, and ensure there is consistency and energy in how Monument Lab’s reputation is built and sustained.
  • In collaboration with the leadership team, design and maintain successful new curatorial and research opportunities that will build capacity and strengthen organizational development.
  • Support the cultivation of networks of practitioners in order to distribute resources and build capacity with those who are producing the next generation of monuments.


  • Develop, manage and execute a comprehensive advancement strategy, including but not limited to foundation & corporate giving, special campaigns and annual fund, in order to strengthen organizational capacity and sustainability while driving strategic growth. Proactively work to understand the depth and breadth of Monument Lab’s portfolio of current projects and program areas in order to in develop a sustainable fundraising platform.
  • Liaise and coordinate activities with the Advisory Board and support the Board Chair in order to create and maintain a culture of responsible philanthropy that ensures an optimal fit with all program, project and operational needs.
  • Coordinate new project and grant development processes across all project and program areas by consulting with various team members to research, ideate, outline, write and fully execute proposals, as needed.
  • Maintain tracking of ongoing goals, benchmarks and timetables in order to accurately measure growth and determine areas of opportunity and development. Create and maintain a suite of ongoing fundraising collateral and key messaging.
  • Partner with the Director and Chief Operations Officer on long-term financial and resource planning as well as annual operating budget.
  • Manage direct reports to include establishing annual goals, performance reviews and professional development opportunities.

Communication and Outreach

  • Leverage and integrate partnership strategies using Monument Lab’s various media and digital platforms (website, bulletin, podcast, social media, newsletter, store) in order to expand audience. 
  • Serve as primary point of contact for external inquiries that pertain to new project and funding opportunities.
  • Lead, plan and manage a portfolio of engagement and outreach activities to include public programs, workshops, and events; this includes Monument Lab’s annual conference. Represent Monument Lab at selected public events and speaking engagements.
  • A broad range of knowledge crossing fields and disciplines, especially nonprofit leadership and the arts and humanities. Leadership experience in the fields of museum studies, curatorial practices, public art, education and/or the digital humanities is preferred.
  • Clear and effective communication skills, both orally and in writing; excellent grant-writing abilities and experience with proposal development & execution.
  • The ability to collaborate effectively across program and project areas and manage multiple projects and deadlines independently in a fast-paced environment.
  • Strong interpersonal and organizational skills that cultivate creativity, collaboration and transparency. An active listener who is empathetic, respectful and confident.
  • An inclusive leader with operational experience who can efficiently manage an extensive portfolio with grace, humor and belief in Monument Lab’s future.
  • The ideal candidate will have a graduate-level degree and five to seven years of progressive leadership experience in the areas of development/fundraising, project management, business development, marketing, external relations, and managing direct reports. We do recognize, however, that skills and talents can be developed through diverse paths, and we welcome applications from all those who can demonstrate the abilities and experience to excel in this unique position.
Application Requirements
Cover letter; resume/CV; a list of three professional references (name, contact information, relationship) to include at least one direct supervisor; and a writing or project sample (no more than five pages long). Applications will be accepted through Friday, October 30, 2020.
Position Type
Full-Time; 40 hours a week exempt; salaried with benefits. Compensation is $85,000.
Monument Lab is based out of Philadelphia. Due to Covid-19, we are currently operating in a remote environment, and are open to all candidates able to work EST business hours. Upon return to in-person operations, occasional travel to Philadelphia will be required.
For further questions, or if you do not receive a confirmation email after submitting your materials please contact opportunities@monumentlab.com