Director of Development

Portland Institute for Contemporary Art acknowledges and advances new developments in contemporary art while fostering the creative explorations of artists and audiences. For more than 25 years, PICA has championed contemporary artists from around the world who push disciplinary boundaries and spark vital conversations about art and ideas. Through presentations, exhibitions, and public engagement programs, PICA links audiences to work that reflects artistic developments from the region and across the globe, presenting work that might not otherwise be seen in Portland and providing direct access to artists representing a broad range of identities and perspectives. We work to improve our community by creating thriving outlets for creative expression and increase access to affordable, accessible, inclusive spaces for people to come together in Portland. You can learn more about us at 


PICA is seeking a forward-thinking fundraiser and dynamic, community-oriented relationship builder to join the organization’s leadership team as our new Director of Development. This role is a key leader for PICA in developing, nurturing, and managing institutional and individual relationships, communicating our value to the community, acting as a primary connector between our staff and board of directors, and leading our fundraising efforts to secure individual, corporate, and other philanthropic support for PICA’s mission – to acknowledge and advance new developments in contemporary art while fostering the creative explorations of artists and audiences. 

PICA has undergone significant shifts in recent years, including moving from a single curatorial leadership model to one that encompasses a horizontal, three-person Artistic Director team, as well as a transition from an itinerant model to one that prioritizes place-based, year-round programming in an adaptable warehouse space in the Eliot neighborhood. Our long-term tenancy in N/NE Portland requires us to participate in meaningful neighborhood engagement and to know our context in this place, particularly regarding issues of urban planning, equity, accessibility, community gathering, and how we can create an environment that is inclusive, open, and accessible to those who live, work, learn, play, and worship, around us. 

PICA is a $1.5-1.8m organization with a year-round staff of 12, a board of directors with 13 members, and a wider network of seasonal staff, interns, volunteers, and community members. Individual and corporate contributions account for ~30% of our total revenue. This position will be pivotal in evolving our fundraising approach with these conditions in mind and leading our team to co-create more equitable, just, and community-centric approaches in fundraising and arts non-profit work at large.

This role is a great opportunity for someone who is excited to contribute to a working culture and art community that leads with equity and inclusion; to put their storytelling skills to use to support a diverse array of artists and their projects, and to activate our contemporary arts space as a community hub. 




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