Employment Opportunities

Palm Springs Art Museum provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.

Palm Springs Art Museum seeks a creative, experienced, and entrepreneurial Chief Development Officer to oversee and grow all aspects of the museum’s fundraising to help achieve its ambitious vision. 

About the Position

Reporting directly to the ED/CEO, Adam Lerner, the new Chief of Development (CDO) will be a key member of the Museum’s leadership team. This person will be responsible for the planning, management, and success of the comprehensive fundraising efforts to support the museum and its vision, which will shape the next chapter of its history. This role is an exceptional opportunity for a motivated individual to partner with a visionary ED/CEO to further develop a high-performing fundraising program through the implementation of proven methodologies as well as the application of innovative and enterprising strategies. The CDO will lead the development team and all aspects of fundraising for unrestricted annual support as well as programmatic, exhibition, capital, and endowment funds This person will work to set annual targets and strategic long-term priorities for the development department in support of the Museum’s mission, vision, goals, and objectives. The CDO will manage, motivate, and build a team of development professionals who are responsible for individual gifts, institutional giving, events, and development operations. 4 The ideal candidate will be a confident and accomplished fundraiser who is passionate about art and skilled at making a strong case for both restricted and unrestricted support in advance of the Museum’s mission.

Key Responsibilities

  • As senior member of leadership team, partner with the ED/CEO on overall fundraising strategy in support of executing the vision for the PSAM.
  • Actively cultivate, solicit, and steward a personal portfolio of donors from individuals and institutions.
  • Create a comprehensive strategy for donor cultivation, solicitation, and retention based on the donor’s giving history and capacity.
  • Identify and engage new donor prospects through creative donor engagement strategies.
  • Manage a current team of development professionals as well as hire additional development colleagues as needed.
  • Work closely with the Board on their giving strategies as well as potentially engaging new donors through their network.
  • Work collaboratively across the museum with the executive team including the Chief Curator, Chief Financial Officer, Chief Education & Community Engagement Officer and Director of Collections and Exhibitions.
  • Use and analyze data to make effective, efficient decisions about donor strategy and process.
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of fundraising initiatives, track key performance metrics, and provide regular reports to senior leadership and board members.
  • Oversee the management and execution of donor events including the annual Gala.
  • Consistently use the CRM (Tessitura) to accurately track and reflect donor information and contacts.
  • Work closely with program and curatorial staff to achieve their fundraising priorities.

Key Qualifications

  • At least eight years of fundraising experience at a non-profit, educational, or cultural institution of similar size to the PSAM.
  • At least three years of managing and motivating high-performing and high-achieving teams.
  • Experience working in a leadership role with boards, senior management, staff, major gift donors, and support organizations.
  • Track record of soliciting and closing gifts at the 5-6 figure level gifts from individuals, corporate, government and/or foundations.
  • Demonstrated ability and proven experience leading a department and managing staff, including organization of priorities, clear communication of expectations, training, and retention.
  • Proficiency in donor management software and CRM systems; experience with Tessitura, or similar fundraising database, is preferred.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills; ability to write effective correspondence and funding proposals for major gifts and creative solicitation materials.
  • Demonstrated skill in recruitment, management and supervision of development and administrative personnel with a focus on diversity and equity.
  • Skill in establishing and maintaining cooperative working relationships with staff across the institution.
  • Excellent analytical and organizational skills.
  • Passion for art, museums, culture, and social change.
  • Ability to work evenings and weekends, as necessary.
  • Travel as needed especially during the summer season when potential donors are not in Palm Springs.


The annual salary range for this role is $160,000-$190,000 and is commensurate with experience, competencies, and skillset.

Palm Springs Art Museum strives to create an inclusive, equitable, and welcoming environment that honors all experiences and identities. They are committed to attracting and retaining a diverse staff and are looking for a candidate that represents the diversity of its staff, visitors, and community.

To express interest, please submit your cover letter and resume in confidence here.

The Security Officer is responsible for the protection and safety of the art, visitors, and staff. Patrol and monitor premises to prevent and detect signs of intrusion and ensure security of points of entry.

Job Classification: Full Time / Part Time  Hourly / Non-exempt

Department: Security

Reports To: Security Manager, Assistant Security Manager And Security Supervisors

Major Duties & Responsibilities

  • Maintain a safe and secure environment by patrolling and monitoring premises.
  • Performs fire watch duties as directed, and assists in emergency evacuation of visitors and staff when required.
  • When assigned to night shifts, performs safety and hazard patrols throughout public and all non-public areas.
  • Responds to exhibit case or fire alarms and reports conditions by radio to Control.
  • Reports to supervisor any damage to exhibits, unsafe conditions, loose floor tiles, torn window shades, etc., also any unusual occurrences such as minor accidents, and other cases requiring additional help or authority.
  • Inspect access points during closing.
  • Inspect fire extinguishers while patrolling.
  • Perform opening and closing procedures.
  • Actively support an environment of teamwork, cooperation, and service excellence.
  • Other duties and responsibilities as assigned.


  • Professionalism, dependability, alertness.
  • Good communication and customer service skills are a must as visitors interact with security officers with questions and concerns.
  • Must have strong work values and quick decision making.


Must have a current Guard Card and pass a background check. Must have good social skills and be team-oriented. Must be flexible and resourceful. High School Diploma or equivalent is preferred. Previous security guard experience is preferred.


To apply for a position, please send a letter of interest and resume to:
Search Committee at jobs@psmuseum.org (No phone calls please)

To apply for a position, please send a letter of interest and resume to:

Search Committee at jobs@psmuseum.org (No phone calls please)

Please note that due to the high volume of interested applicants, we are only able to contact candidates with the most relevant experience and skill sets for our open positions. 

We are not able to accept phone inquiries or confirm receipt of applications. Thank you for your interest in employment at Palm Springs Art Museum.