Director of development, ICA

About the position

The Institute for Contemporary Art (ICA) at VCU is a young arts organization dedicated to creating and sharing new art and ideas from around the world. The ICA was launched in 2018 thanks to the commitment and generosity of a core group of founding donors. Building on that core group, the ICA’s now seeks to expand its support community, engaging all those who are interested in understanding and navigating the contemporary world through art and culture. The ICA’s Director of Development will lead the advancement of that work. 

The Director of Development will build, energize and nurture a community of supporters (both individual and institutional) around the mission and activities of the ICA. The goal is twofold: to raise the contributed revenue needed to sustain the ICA’s operating and strategic objectives; and to make meaningful connections across contemporary culture in Richmond and beyond. The role requires creative, entrepreneurial abilities, strategic thinking, and strong storytelling powers. 

The Director of Development will plan, implement, and evaluate comprehensive fundraising strategies, developing an engagement plan for donors, and will carry a portfolio of individual donors.


How to apply

VCU’s Executive Search Team is assisting Virginia Commonwealth University in this search. Application materials should be submitted to the VCU job portal located at the link below:

VCU job portal:

Confidential inquiries, nominations and application materials should be directed to Tanya Giscombe. Submission of application materials as PDF attachments is strongly encouraged. The search will be conducted with a commitment of confidentiality for candidates until finalists are selected. 

Inquiries, nominations and application materials should be directed to: 

Tanya Giscombe:



Virginia Commonwealth University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action university providing access to education and employment without regard to race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, age, sex (including pregnancy), political affiliation, military status (including veteran status), genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression or disability. Women, minorities, veterans and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.