Senior Manager, Partnership and Patronage

Full-time Position

The Singapore Art Museum is offering a seasoned fundraiser the unique opportunity to contribute to SAM’s development efforts for the long-term sustainability of the museum. You will need to raise significant funds for the building project as well as for programming. You will work closely with a small but dynamic team to cultivate and provide stewardship of corporate and individual partners including donors, sponsors and patrons. Only suitable and serious applicants will be shortlisted through a written assignment.




1. Secure significant donations for SAM’s Capital Campaign 

  • Source and cultivate key prospects 
  • Effectively transition prospective donors to major donors 
  • Secure significant donations
  • Grow SAM’s network of prospects and partners
  • Work closely with key departments to customise relevant sponsorship proposals
  • Pitch persuasively to potential partners
  • Develop hosting opportunities that generate leads and grow relationships with existing and potential partners
  • Conceptualize effective and innovative fundraising campaigns 
  • Leverage established personal networks to expand SAM’s existing database


2. Effective stewardship of partners 

  • Maintain good rapport with partners and ensure consistent stewardship of patrons
  • Establish systems to engage partners meaningfully to prevent donor fatigue
  • Ensure the implementation of sponsored programmes fulfill all contractual benefits 
  • Develop and implement a productive Museum Patrons’ Programme


3. Grant applications

  • Research, prepare and submit applications to grant-making bodies
  • Closely monitor and meet grant criteria and submission/reporting deadlines 
  • Prepare and submit post-project reports 


4. General administration

  • Undertake contractual negotiations and ensure terms are met
  • Prepare compelling briefing materials for internal and external meetings to attain buy-in of internal teams and prospective external partners 
  • Prepare necessary agreements and paperwork to formalise and secure partnerships
  • Observe due procurement processes to ensure fund movements adhere to proper governance and tax requirements
  • Oversee SAM’s annual nominations for NAC’s Patron of the Arts Awards
  • Oversee regular maintenance of databases and budgets 
  • Ensure compliance to non-profit and government regulations and  (e.g. IPC concessions, IRAS tax benefits, CMF applications, etc)
  • Facilitate the appropriate and necessary auditing of funds raised and disbursed 
  • Keep abreast of international and local art calendar; and maintain good network and relations within the art industry
  • Keep the Management Committee and relevant teams aware of latest developments, opportunities and deadlines with regard to fundraising 
  • Serve as Secretariat to Development Committee: organise thrice-yearly meetings 
  • Supervise and mentor junior team members



  • Degree holder with strong business acumen and relevant experience in the areas of fundraising, development, donor relations or wealth management. 
  • Familiarity with Singapore non-profit government sector practices and regulations (e.g. IRAS, Charities Act, MAS, etc) 
  • At least 12 years of relevant work experience
  • Ideally with experience in capital campaigns
  • Driven, goal-oriented and resourceful self-starter with proven ability to lead 
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to build trust and productive relationships
  • Outgoing and adept in different social settings and able to network effectively  
  • A mature lateral-thinking problem solver with a positive and strategic mindset 
  • Strong planning and critical-thinking abilities 
  • Ace communicator (both verbal and written) with high EQ 
  • Resilient, adaptable, analytical, organised, detail-oriented and industrious
  • Ability to work congenially with internal teams and external partners
  • Excellent Excel and PowerPoint skills, and experience in managing databases 
  • Ability to manage several projects simultaneously and meet firm deadlines under pressure
  • Wide network of appropriate contacts would be advantageous 
  • Familiarity and interest in the arts & cultural sector a bonus
  • Strong references a necessity

Please send your application to [email protected]. We regret that only short-listed candidates will be notified.