Walt Disney Family Museum

San Francisco, CA

Director of Development

m/Oppenheim Associates is assisting The Walt Disney Family Museum in the search for a Director of Development to increase contributed revenue for programs that inspire and educate new generations of artists, filmmakers and animators. For more information please review the complete position description.

Using art and rare artifacts from the permanent collection combined with revolving temporary exhibitions, The Walt Disney Family Museum tells the story of Walt Disney the real man, the artists surrounding him and their art, and the story of new techniques invented and new technologies employed. The story is told with reference to the work of successor generations of today’s contemporary artists and imagineers who often have multiple roles as independent artists, as film makers, and as contributors at animation, film and computer gaming studios. With visitor attendance reaching 400,000 last year, and the WDFM rated as the Bay Area’s number one museum by the Bay Area A-List and the Morey Group, the management team has set a 10 year goal of increasing attendance to 600,000. This will be accomplished largely by simultaneously enriching the exhibition schedule and expanding education & public programming that engages children and youth interested in art and animation.

The Director of Development will harness the energies of WDFM’s development group, senior management team, board and advisors to aggressively drive solicitations of new donors, in particular targeting the Bay Area’s creative ecosystem, businesses and leadership in support of WDFM expansion.

WDFM has a 2017 budget of $15 million, a professional staff of 65, a Board of 8 consisting of family members and the Executive Director, and over 150 active volunteers. The Development, Membership and Marketing/Communications team includes 6 professionals. Of the current annual operating budget of $15M, about one-third is funded by earned income from ticket sales, other sales and rentals and education programs; the balance is funded by contributed revenue, with a large portion provided by the Walt & Lilly Disney Foundation and contributions from Disney-connected philanthropic interests, individuals and businesses. In the next years, it is anticipated that WDMF will significantly diversify its base of financial support.

For additional information or to apply, please contact Mark Oppenheim or Lee Kappelman at info[at]moppenheim[dot]com.

Learn more about The Walt Disney Family Museum, in our interview with Executive Director Kirsten Komoroske: