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The Dayton Art Institute

The following positions are open at this time; please check back often for updates. If you are applying for a position at The Dayton Art Institute, we encourage you to explore our website, in order to learn more about the museum!

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The Dayton Art Institute is an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity Employer

Development Director

Posted 7/13/16 

Come join our amazing team at an extraordinary time in the museum’s history, as The Dayton Art Institute prepares for its Centennial in 2019.  The DAI is a strong contributor to the arts community, and we are laying the groundwork for a stronger future.  This is an amazing time to join our team and make a significant impact on the future of this museum and our community.

Reporting to the Director and CEO, and leading a team of five, the Development Director will work closely with the Board of Trustees and senior leadership team to lead and provide strategic vision for all aspects of the museum’s fundraising activities and constituent relationships including annual memberships (General, Jefferson Patterson Society, Corporate Jefferson Patterson Society, and Carnell Society), planned giving, annual fund, grants and sponsorship of programs and exhibitions while promoting the museum's visibility, as well as providing centralized gift processing and donor relations services that are in constant alignment with broader organizational objectives.  In addition, the Development Director is the museum's coordinator and primary writer for all grants produced by The DAI and is involved in all aspects of securing and administering grants including those to government agencies, corporations, foundations and other sources in order to meet the museum's annual capital and endowment goals.  The Development Director will participate with the Director and CEO in The DAI’s Centennial Campaign, currently in its silent phase, by executing grant proposals and involvement as appropriate with solicitations.

Funding Background
The Dayton Art Institute has 72 full time equivalent employees and an operating budget of nearly $5 million. Endowments total approximately $17 million. Half of the museum’s operating revenue is generated through its philanthropic efforts, while endowment support and earned revenue provide 18% and 21%, respectively.  Approximately $2 million is raised annually through membership, corporate donations including sponsorships, foundation and individual gifts.

The museum’s fundraising team has raised nearly $4 million in private and public sector support in 2015 (from over 5,000 contributors). This includes gifts and pledges for all purposes, unrestricted and restricted support and endowment. Over the last six years, gifts, pledges and memberships have averaged nearly $3 million per year. The museum has 5,500 members and 123,000 visited the museum in 2015.

Education and/or Experience Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree required; Advanced degree preferred
  • 7-10 years related experience in all areas of fundraising to include major gifts, corporate sponsorships, memberships, planned gifts, grants, etc. 
  • Equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Demonstrated senior level experience in a small to medium size organization, preferably in a non-profit and/or arts related organization
  • A generalist experienced in all facets of fundraising, including campaigns, planned giving, individual and institutional fundraising, events, and memberships; success building, leading, and mentoring fundraising teams
  • Track record of success in earned income and fund development including donor solicitation and cultivation, corporate sponsorships, grants and membership campaigns
  • Experience with prospecting, cultivating and soliciting individuals, corporations, foundations and government entities essential 
  • Demonstrated ability to write successful grant proposals and funder reports, expertise in current fundraising techniques, and experience creating and following through on donor/funder strategies and action plans.
  • Experience with Raiser’s Edge or similar fundraising software; ability and willingness to attend evening/weekend events on a regular basis and to travel, as required.

 Competencies, Skills and Abilities:

  • Demonstrated experience in fiscal management, budget oversight and financial analysis
  • Genuine passion for The Dayton Art Institute and its Mission
  • Familiarity with the Dayton philanthropic community
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate and work effectively with wide range of target audiences including board members, donors, current and prospective members and volunteers to strategize for the future, tap into new opportunities and employ new approaches all while assuring day-to-day operations are effective. 
  • Excellent interpersonal skills – must possess an attitude and personality that exudes a charismatic and engaging image to the public - fostering goodwill among the museum's many users and guests, and recognizing the dynamics involved in working with the city's social, business and civic leaders and organizations.
  • Excellent project/time management skills - able to plan and organize multiple projects simultaneously.

How to Apply:
For consideration, please submit letter of interest including salary expectation, resume and four (4) references to The Dayton Art Institute, Attn: Monica Walker, Human Resources/Administration Director or email Email is the preferred method for applying, with all attachments in MS Word or .pdf format only.  The subject line of your email must include your full name and title of the position for which you are applying (for example: Jane Doe, Development Director).  Please do not include the cover letter and/or resume in the body of your email. 

Candidates must be able to pass pre-employment drug screen, nicotine/tobacco test and criminal records check.

Submission deadline: Open until filled.  Please note that incomplete application materials may not receive full consideration for the position.

Hone Research Fellowship for Museum Engagement

Re-Posted 06/14/2016

The Dayton Art Institute (DAI), one of the most dynamic art museums in the region, is seeking a highly talented Research Fellow to join DAI’s Education and Curatorial Team on a temporary basis for 12 months. The fellow will research and develop content in a variety of media to add to the museum’s interactive program, What is a Masterpiece?, and re-secure rights for existing content . The successful candidate collaborates across museum departments, reporting to the Chief Curator and Curator of Education, and will work with community resources and identify and interview artists and scholars to contribute to the understanding and interpretation of each object.

For 2016-17 we are particularly interested in either a candidate with experience working with K-5 educational objectives to develop content to engage this age group with a broad range of art or someone who has education and experience with new media initiatives in museums and making them accessible.


Applicants must have completed a bachelor’s degree with studies in art history, art education, the humanities, education or new media technology; candidates pursuing or with completed graduate degrees are preferred. Familiarity with object research, making and editing video as well as software to record content (such as Apple iMovie, FinalCutX (or FinalCutPro) or Adobe Premiere), and uploading media from a variety of sources is preferred. Must be well organized, deadline driven, and able to work independently with good attention to detail. 

The work schedule is 35 hours per week, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.  This 12-month fellowship will award stipend support in the amount of $21,430. The Dayton Art Institute stipends are not considered salary or compensation, but are awarded to help support a fellow’s study, research and travel efforts during the tenure of their appointment. Fellows awarded stipends must complete a W-9 and will receive a financial summary at the end of each calendar year.  Fellows are responsible for meeting their own state and federal tax obligations. 

For consideration, please submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae or resume, research-based writing sample and four (4) references to The Dayton Art Institute, Attn: Monica Walker, HR/Administration Director, 456 Belmonte Park North, Dayton, OH 45405 or email to  Candidates must be able to pass criminal records check.

Applications due:  July 29, 2016
Position term: August 2016 – July 28 , 2017

To view What is a Masterpiece?:

Workshop Instructor

Posted 2/1/16

The Dayton Art Institute seeks workshop instructors for art classes in grades PreK-12.  Instructors will teach students skills for painting, drawing, sculpture and other media while guiding their self-expression, and ability to be innovative and think critically.  Instructors must be able to relate the art history content of students’ tours in the museum galleries to the workshops. Classes are scheduled on an on-call basis and usually require two hours of time, including set-up and clean-up, as well as helping to monitor workshop supplies.

This position is part-time and the work schedule will be determined on an on-call as needed basis as workshops are scheduled.


  • A bachelor of arts degree in arts education, or equivalent experience with/teaching of the visual arts;
  • PreK-12 teaching experience; classroom management skills and willingness to work with a team of educators required.
  • Experience with lesson plans;
  • Enthusiasm for arts education; and
  • Excellent project management – organizational, multi-tasking, prioritization – skills essential. Effective interpersonal skills. 
  • Highly developed public speaking skills.
  • Self-directed, able to work independently and effectively. 
  • Strong organizational and research skills; exceptional resourcefulness and flexibility; displays good judgment; problem solving; exercises tact and diplomacy at all times.
  • Able to deal professionally and sensitively with a diverse audience. 
  • Position requires the ability to work a flexible schedule.  Work schedule may vary to accommodate business needs. 
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite, electronic mail, and calendar software applications.

Candidates must be able to pass pre-employment drug screen, nicotine/tobacco test and criminal records check. 

For consideration, please submit cover letter including desired hourly rate, resume and four (4) professional references, photographs of your own artwork and/or your work with students, as well as a sample lesson plan for a student art project to The Dayton Art Institute, Attn: Monica Walker, HR/Administration Director or email to

Submission deadline: Position will remain open until filled.  Submissions will be reviewed on an ongoing basis.  Please note that incomplete application materials may not receive full consideration for the position.

Safety/Security Officer

Posted 12/3/15

The Dayton Art Institute seeks to hire Safety/Security Officers to guard and protect museum property and to ensure a safe environment for staff, volunteers and guest.  Additional responsibilities include patrolling areas of assignment to prevent theft, damage and vandalism of the art or other property; daily completion of activity logs and incident reports; radio dispatching; controlling entry to restricted areas; key management, card reader and access control; inspecting areas for security, fire, and accident hazards; watching for museum policy infractions and irregularities in public areas; answering questions and directing visitors; maintaining exceptional customer service with all persons visiting assigned areas; diligence when patrolling parking lot to prevent crime; and maintaining order during special events.

The Security Department maintains a presence at the museum 24-hours a day, 7 days a week within three shifts.  Scheduled hours may fluctuate based upon museum need.  

Associate's degree (A.A.) or equivalent from two-year college or technical school preferred; High School Diploma or GED required; a minimum of two years’ experience in a relevant professional position, preferably in a security, law enforcement, or other related field.

Ability to manage control room equipment and systems including but not limited to monitoring alarms, CCTV, fire, security and HVAC systems, radio, and site access a plus.  

Excellent customer service and problem-solving skills; strong oral, interpersonal, and written skills with high attention to detail essential.  Able to deal professionally and sensitively with a diverse audience. 

Must be able to work flexible and variable hours that include evenings, weekends and holidays. 

Physical agility required – strength, endurance, in good health and comfortable standing/walking for long periods of time.

This is an excellent opportunity for retired professionals who were previously employed as law enforcement, first responders, firefighters, correction officers, military personnel or those establishing a career in these respective areas.

For consideration, please complete The DAI employment application or send letter of interest (including desired hourly rate), resume and four (4) references to Monica Walker, HR/Administration Director, 456 Belmonte Park North, Dayton, OH 45405 or email to EEOC

Submission deadline: Open until filled

WEDNESDAY 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
THURSDAY 11 a.m. - 8 p.m.
FRIDAY 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
SATURDAY 11 a.m. - 5 p.m
SUNDAY Noon - 5 p.m.
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