Corporate and Community Liaison


Located in San Diego’s Balboa Park, MingeiInternational Museum presents objects of folk art, craft, and design through a diverse and dynamic range of exhibitions, programs, and events. The Corporate and Community Liaison will support the Museum’s Development Department, playing an essential part in achieving the organization’s annual contributed income goal. The staff member will work to successfully secure funding for mission-centered programming from corporate sources and community groups. This position will be instrumental in helping to coordinate the Museum’s refreshed and expanded corporate fundraising program in preparation for the Museum’s reopening after a major renovation. The role will also aid the team in the stewardship of existing corporate donors and in the overall cultivation and engagement of the Museum’s individual donors and in-kind sponsors.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Annual Fundraising

    • Exhibitions
      • Seek funding opportunities for coming exhibitions including prospect research, requests, in-person meetings, and cultivation from corporate and community groups
      • Explore collaborative funding with community stakeholders for exhibition-related programs
    • Education Programs
      • Seek financial support for education programs including prospect research, requests, in-person meetings, and cultivation from corporate and institutional funders
      • Research funding avenues for new programming focused on specific audiences
      • Steward corporate supporters for education programs
    • Internship and Fellowship Funding
      • Handle various general office administrative duties such as picking up and distributing the mail, ordering name badges, filling in at the front desk when needed, updating the staff extension list, ordering office supplies, ensuring Liberty Station office machines are maintained and in working order (postage machine, printer, etc.)
      • Other responsibilities as needed/assigned
    • Community Support
      • Engage and cultivate various community organizations aligned with and/or interested in the Museum’s mission of folk art, craft and design (eg: the design community) to promote membership and fiscal sponsorship
      • Identify and secure in-kind support for events and programs (food, beverage, etc).
  • Corporate & Professional Program

    • Working in collaboration with development colleagues, lead cultivation of corporate donors to include in-person meetings and outreach (including calls/emailing to potential donors, prospect research, networking). This position is responsible for managing a prospect/donor portfolio in various stages of cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship.
    • Ensure corporate funders receive benefits such as events/ mixers, social media and marketing presence, free memberships and other perks.
    • Support launch of new, professional donor group including benefits and events with a special eye to cultivating future corporate sponsorships and partnerships.
    • Secure broad corporate/community support (in-kind and cash) for the Museum’s major events and community initiatives

Other responsibilities include working with the development team on events, database maintenance, and other duties as assigned


Believe in and be committed to the core values of Mingei International Museum, as well as the mission and vision of the organization. Experience required:

  • Minimum of 2-3 years of experience in non-profit or similar
  • Expertise with donor database a plus (ALTRU or similar)
  • Ability to interact and network with varied and diverse Mingei and prospective Mingei stakeholders and foster positive working relationships
  • Experience in fundraising
  • Strong written and oral communication skills with the ability to make oral and written presentations and/or interpret various related programs to potential donors
  • Professional demeanor
  • Creative, independent, and strategic thinker with the ability to see the big picture and assess how varied development opportunities can benefit the Museum
  • Strong organizational and time management skills
  • Ability to work well under pressure and remain flexible with multiple priorities and deadlines
  • Team player, demonstrating empathy, leadership and initiative
  • Strong project and budget management skills
  • Available for evening and weekends when needed


This is a full-time, non-exempt position with benefits, including an allowance for medical, dental and vision benefits, and a 401k at an hourly rate of $20.