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FotoFest fully subscribes to the principles of Equal Employment Opportunity. It is our policy to provide employment, compensation, and other benefits related to employment based on qualifications, without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, veteran status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, or any other basis prohibited by federal, state, or local law. In accordance with requirements of the Americans With Disabilities Act, it is our policy to provide reasonable accommodation upon request during the application process to eligible applicants in order that they may be given a full and fair opportunity to be considered for employment. 

Associate Curator
Development Manager



The Associate Curator is a full-time, exempt member of the FotoFest senior staff and, with the Executive Director and exhibitions and programs team, provides artistic direction and coordination to the organization’s artistic programs and publications. The Associate Curator provides curatorial support for internally generated exhibitions and their accompanying publications, and is responsible for the conception, execution, quality, and scholarship of a number of internally generated exhibitions and their accompanying publications. They are also responsible for the oversight of designated traveling exhibitions that tour to FotoFest.

The FotoFest Associate Curator is expected to be an active and visible member of the local, national, and international photography and art communities, and to participate in the overall institutional advancement of the organization and its programs. These responsibilities include occasional travel to represent FotoFest at international photography festivals.

The Associate Curator works closely with the Executive Director and other members of the senior staff to advance the organization’s mission, to execute and develop support for its programs, and to achieve the goals of its strategic plan.

Principle Duties and Responsibilities

Exhibitions, Programs, and Publications

  • Manage the organization’s exhibition program by planning and executing exhibitions and overseeing the production of exhibition-related materials
  • Lead exhibition meetings and develop related agendas
  • Maintain long-term exhibition schedule and establish shipping, production, and installation schedules with Exhibitions Manager
  • Curate thematic exhibitions
  • Occasionally manage and facilitate exhibitions for outside curators
  • Manage and facilitate FotoFest Biennial exhibition Discoveries of the Meeting Place
  • Create and manage exhibition budgets in coordination with Executive Director, Exhibitions Manager, and Bookkeeper
  • Contribute to grant applications for exhibitions and programs and track related funding
  • Manage FotoFest publication projects (including books, catalogues, brochures, gallery guides, etc.)
  • Manage FotoFest Participating Spaces program; collect and coordinate information and materials from spaces for Biennial publications
  • Handle logistics for exhibition signage, vinyl, banners, labels and other displays in the galleries and on the exterior of buildings
  • Draft exhibition press releases
  • Respond to outside inquiries proposing exhibitions at FotoFest
  • Research and follow trends in exhibition display and curatorial practice
  • Respond to inquiries from researchers and visitors
  • Work with the FotoFest staff to develop, produce, and analyze exhibition-related programming and educational materials
  • Insure that the highest level of professional care is given to works of art on loan to the organization
  • Foster and actively participate in the collegial dialogue, sharing of professional opinions, and advancement of ideas and scholarship related to contemporary photography within and outside the organization
  • Maintain a visible role in the immediate and national/international photography community including the maintenance of relationships with artists, galleries, collectors, donors, and members of the general public

Public Information and Communications

  • Provide information and assistance to the Director of Communications to develop communications and marketing materials and strategies regarding exhibitions and programs
  • Provide information regarding exhibitions and programs for website and social media content
  • Collaborate with the Director of Communications to prepare exhibition-related materials for public relations and marketing efforts
  • Contribute to the development of communications and marketing strategies and materials to serve audiences and to enhance the Museum’s image, identity, and donor prospects

Additional Duties

  • Occasionally present gallery talks and lead tours for student and community groups
  • Supervise curatorial interns and student practicum; act as mentor
  • Attend and participate in scholarly conferences and evolve as a curator and scholar of photography
  • Evening and weekend hours are expected, especially during FotoFest Biennial
  • Other duties, as assigned


  • Degree in art, photography, curatorial studies or a relevant related field, and a wide knowledge of and enthusiasm about contemporary photography
  • 5+ years of professional experience with a record of increasing curatorial responsibility and measurable accomplishments
  • Record of exhibitions and publications
  • Excellent project management skills
  • Ability to work on multiple projects collaboratively in a fast-paced, team-based environment
  • Excellent written and spoken communication skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with a proven ability to work well with colleagues, other employees, artists, donors, and lenders
  • Familiarity and experience with current computer software and technology, including Word, Excel, Outlook, and Adobe Creative Suite
  • Training in art handling
  • Ability to lift 60 lbs.

For consideration, please submit your cover letter and resume via PDF or Word document to No phone calls please. Applicants whose candidacy is being considered will be contacted.

Review of applications will begin on January 21, 2019.


The Development Manager is a full-time, exempt member of the FotoFest senior staff and, with the leadership and guidance of the Executive Director, the FotoFest Fundraising Committee, and Fundraising Committee Chair, the successful candidate will administer the coordination and implementation of FotoFest’s grants and contributed income programs to advance the organization’s mission, strategic goals and objectives by maximizing potential and increasing the base of support for FotoFest’s programs and activities.

Principle Duties and Responsibilities

  • With the Executive Director, maintain a portfolio of current donors and prospects; facilitate communication with portfolio through face-to-face solicitation and stewardship meetings, as well as written proposals when needed; ensure that each major donor and prospect has a clear strategy and timeline for cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship
  • Work closely with Executive Director to prepare written proposals tailored to selected prospects
  • Develop meeting support materials including talking points, solicitation materials, background, and follow-up proposal
  • Arrange meaningful face-to-face visits weekly, including major gift solicitations on a monthly basis; attend selected meetings with or without Executive Director
  • Create and manage budgets for special campaigns; track and report on progress to goal, including contacts, gifts, pledges, and cash-flow projections
  • Extract and analyze data from database and electronic wealth screening services to help identify and qualify major gift prospects
  • Identify potential new sources of support from individuals and private foundations; develop strategies to cultivate and solicit these prospects; conduct one-on-one prospecting sessions with Executive Director, Co-founders, high-level donors, board members, staff, and others to identify and qualify major gift prospects
  • Be a visible presence at fundraising special events, such as receptions during exhibitions, major donor cultivation events, and fundraisers such as the Biennial Fine Print Auction and Igniting Creativity Luncheon
  • Coordinate stewardship of current donors through program of personal contact, recognition and communication; coordinate the preparation of customized thank-you letters as well as written stewardship reports to major gift donors
  • Establish forecasts and prepare evaluations of fundraising potential for development activities by identifying and rating prospects with special attention given to those prospects having the highest potential
  • Develop calendars and action plans for campaigns, including annual fund, individual support, sponsorship and underwriting programs, private foundation grants, government grants, corporate support, membership and special events, etc.
  • Assist in the cultivation, recruitment, and orientation of volunteer fundraising leadership and meet with key leaders to propose required organizational networks in order to build the necessary structure to ensure the best matches and maximize the number personal contacts made
  • Develop a strategy and supporting materials for the organization’s planned giving program
  • Direct the production, coordination, and implementation of solicitation in volunteer orientation and training materials
  • Direct the production of campaign summaries and management reports by setting priorities and working with colleagues in order to implement campaign action plans, gauge results, and determine future courses of action
  • Monitor campaign results by division and activity on an ongoing basis by meeting with fundraising leaders and communicating regularly with volunteer committees in order to help project outcome of the campaign sent to identify areas of highest concern and priority
  • With Executive Director, establish benefits, privileges, recognition, acknowledgments, and incentives for donors and volunteers in order to maintain and improve relationships
  • Develop a plan to organize and produce a possible endowment and capital campaign with additional attention devoted to an adjunct deferred giving program
  • Prepare for and follow up on internal and external meetings, including preparing briefings, talking points, presentations, proposals, and meeting materials
  • Manage projects and initiatives assigned by the Executive Director


  • B.A. degree in appropriate field (business, nonprofit administration, or public administration, etc.)
  • Three to five years of professional fundraising experience with a record of increasing responsibility and measurable accomplishments, preferably with an arts-related institution
  • Advanced research, analytical, planning and organizational skills
  • Excellent written and spoken communication skills, with the ability to present information in a variety of formats
  • Demonstrated ability to plan, prioritize and problem solve creatively and effectively
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with a proven ability to work well with colleagues, other employees, donors, and prospects
  • Ability to perform well under pressure and work with tight deadlines
  • Familiarity and experience with current computer software and technology, including Word, Excel, Outlook, and fundraising software(s)
  • Strong sense of fundraising ethics and respect for confidentiality of donor information
  • Ability to work on multiple projects collaboratively in a fast-paced, team-based environment
  • Ability to keep track of the big picture while maintaining accuracy and attention to detail
  • Ability to work independently and exercise professional judgment
  • Willingness to work evenings, weekends, and to adjust hours to accommodate the needs of the job
  • Familiarity with Houston, photography, and contemporary art collectors and donors will be considered a plus

For consideration, please submit your cover letter and resume via PDF or Word document to No phone calls please. Applicants whose candidacy is being considered will be contacted.

Review of applications will begin on January 28, 2019.

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