Fundraiser / Relationship Manager – Fundraising Trade Magazine

Design Museum Den Bosch has the ambition to become the Dutch Design Museum. The museum has the drive, programs at the forefront and connects design with today’s society. The museum uses the recognizability and social significance of design to understand current cultural, social and technological developments. This concerns not only the designer’s intentions or the context of a design, but also the user side of it: how does the design affect society? The museum manages an important design collection and competes with international design museums. The development department, consisting of two employees, is responsible for raising funds, (corporate) sponsors and private donors to make the museum’s program possible.

As a replacement for the current fundraising employee, Design Museum Den Bosch is looking for one fundraiser / relationship manager (24 hours p / w).

As a fundraiser, you support the development manager in applying for funding and scholarships, and you get the opportunity to implement a new program for larger donors. You thus form an important link between the museum and its patrons. Design Museum Den Bosch works on a diverse composition of its team and cordially invites graduates with a bicultural background to respond.

What do you want to do?

  • You are involved in the preparation, writing and submission of fund and grant applications for exhibitions, public programs, educational programs and procurement;
  • You maintain contact with foundations and grants, and you research potential new benefactors;
  • You will be given an important task in executing a new relationship program aimed at large donors;
  • You keep in touch with friends and major donors, answer questions and inform them about developments in the museum;
  • You devise and organize meetings for benefactors and you are present as the host. You will work with the public affairs department, the curators and the director;
  • You are actively building a relevant network of foundations and private donors in and outside Den Bosch.

Who are you?

  • A representative and communicative fundraiser with a good business sense, who enjoys developing appealing proposals;
  • You have a university degree, for example a Master in Art Policy and Art Business or equivalent;
  • You have an affinity with design or art in general, and you enjoy making the content of exhibitions your own;
  • You have at least 2 years of experience in a similar position and you have knowledge of the important cultural means, both nationally and locally;
  • You are curious about trends in fundraising and philanthropy;
  • You have insight into economics and are not afraid to analyze and (eventually) set a budget yourself;
  • You have a hospitable attitude and know how to receive donors in an appropriate way and offer them a valuable program;
  • You enjoy developing skills such as presenting and holding an evening;
  • You are accurate, a good planner and have good writing skills.

We offer:

  • The opportunity to work in an ambitious team on a high-profile design program.
  • Opportunity to implement a new major donor program under the leadership of the Development Manager. You have great freedom to interpret this yourself.
  • A good salary: Scale 8 in the Museum Agreement applies; Periodically depends on experience.
  • And further: 8% holiday allowance, year-end bonus, discount card for the museum shop and (partial) travel allowance.
  • The position is initially for a fixed period of 1 year with the possibility of extension.

We would very much like to hear from you why you are the perfect candidate. Send your motivation letter and CV to no later than Wednesday 15 June. The first round of job interviews will take place on June 21 or 22.

For more information, please contact Rieke Righolt, Head of Development & Partnerships on 06 52307663 or

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