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Vice President, Development

Company: Comic-Con Center for Popular Culture, San Diego, California
Date Posted: January 10, 2018

Vice President, Development
Comic-Con Center for Popular Culture
San Diego, California

Summary of Position

Comic-Con International (CCI) is seeking a dynamic leader to serve as Vice President of Development for the upcoming Comic-Con Center for Popular Culture.  Located in San Diego’s Balboa Park, this new cultural attraction will encourage an appreciation of comics and related popular arts through exhibitions, performances, educational programs, and outreach efforts.  The Vice President of Development will be closely involved in the process of taking the Center from startup mode to full operations. The main strategic responsibility will be to instill a productive, relationship-based Culture of Philanthropy in the new organization.  This will include hiring a staff team and building a full range of development programs from the ground up. 

About The Center

Established in 1970, Comic-Con International is a 501(c)3 nonprofit dedicated to building appreciation for comics and related popular art forms.   CCI’s conventions and events draw record attendance and the organization has become the premier advocate for awareness and appreciation of comic book and popular arts, which have grown to include aspects such as films, TV, videogames and science fiction/fantasy literature. 

The Comic-Con Center for Popular Culture will be a year-round operation, manifesting the same values of accessibility, curiosity and appreciation that have driven the organization’s world-famous conventions.  Through exhibits that refresh frequently and consistently, and programs that offer opportunities to learn, experience, and participate, the Center will continue to build awareness and appreciation for the valuable contribution of comics to art and culture. The Center will be visitor focused, whether a Comic-Con fan or a member of the general public, and will provide engrossing experiences that engage curiosity and inspire learning. 

The Center will be located in San Diego’s Balboa Park, a unique 1,200 acre urban park that features 17 museums and cultural organizations, and attracts 14 million visits per year.  The Center will be housed in a 68,000 square foot Maya Revival style structure that originated with the California Pacific International

Exposition of 1935.

The Center is currently in startup mode.  Working to a strategic plan, an Executive Director was recruited in October 2017 and the process of forming a new Board is underway. 

About This Position 

The Vice President, Development will have the opportunity to work with one of the most exciting and vibrant cultural brands in the nation, along with the passionate and highly engaged audience of creators and fans that CCI has developed over its 48 years of operations.  This is also a rare chance to play a significant part in creating a groundbreaking visitor attraction, and to establish a brand-new development function inside a successful organization that has strong existing relationships. 

Up to this point, CCI has been largely funded through earned income from its successful conventions and events.  However, the presence of the Center as a year-round educational facility will require a more traditional approach to nonprofit fundraising, including components such as major gifts, annual fund, grant writing, events and planned giving.  Reporting to the Center’s Executive Director, the Vice President, Development will be responsible for putting the staff, systems and programs in place to raise contributed revenues.   CCI has made a substantial financial commitment to the project but further capital fundraising will be required ahead of opening. Fundraising activities will then support annual operations and any capital expansions.  



  • Collaborate with the Centre’s Executive Director and Board to develop a Case for Support and instill a Culture of Philanthropy throughout the new organization. 
  • Design and implement a comprehensive development strategy for the new Center and have primary responsibility for development and execution of all plans, programs and proposals. 
  • Lead the new development department through the startup phase. 
  • Identify, hire, develop, and mentor a development staff to cover areas such as major gifts, annual fund, grant writing, events and planned giving. 
  • Establish systems, processes and professional practices to record and manage donor information; and to support the effective use of data in fundraising activities.
  • Monitor and report regularly on the progress of the development program.



  • A minimum of five years of leadership and senior management experience in a museum or cultural setting.
  • Demonstrated success in building productive long-term relationships with a wide range of donors.
  • Experience in the startup phase of a major project.
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and oral.
  • A passion for the vision of the new Center and an appreciation for comics and related art forms.
  • Strong work ethic, good sense of humor, sincerity, and high energy level.
  • Relationship orientation.
  • Results orientation.
  • Adaptable to organizational culture.
  • Flexible and adaptable style; open to new ideas and able to positively impact both strategic and tactical fundraising initiatives.
  • College degree desirable

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