Senior Manager, Partnership and Patronage

Full-time Position

The Singapore Art Museum is offering an outgoing and enterprising individual the unique opportunity to contribute to SAM’s fundraising efforts for the long-term sustainability of the museum. You will need to raise significant funds for the building project as well as for on-going and future programming. You will work closely with a small but dynamic team to cultivate and provide stewardship of corporate and individual partners including sponsors, donors, and patrons. 





1. Secure major gifts and sponsorship while growing SAM’s database of potential and actual partners

  • Network effectively to secure donations and sponsorship for SAM
  • Work closely with key departments to develop relevant sponsorship proposals 
  • Research and prepare compelling packages to offer prospects
  • Identify and cultivate prospects   
  • Pitch effectively and persuasively to potential partners
  • Develop hosting opportunities that generate leads and grow relationships with existing and potential partners
  • Conceptualise effective and innovative fundraising campaigns 
  • Leverage established personal networks to expand SAM’s existing database
  • Manage contractual negotiations and obligations 

2. Provide effective stewardship of partners

  • Track SAM’s historical giving to re-engage former patrons
  • Develop good rapport with all partners and ensure consistent stewardship of all patrons
  • Establish ways to engage patrons regularly on a sustainable basis to prevent donor fatigue
  • Utilising good project-planning skills, work closely with relevant SAM departments to ensure the implementation of sponsor programmes fulfill all contractual benefits

3. Research, prepare, and submit applications to grant-making bodies

  • Identify foundations and grant-making bodies with causes aligned to SAM’s mandate 
  • Work closely with key departments to customise compelling proposals
  • Closely monitor and meet grant criteria and submission/reporting deadlines
  • Prepare and submit post-project reports

4. General administration and communications

  • 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 necessary paperwork is submitted to finance department to process all incoming monies and to generate tax relief receipts
  • Oversee the annual nominations for NAC’s Patron of the Arts Awards
  • Oversee regular maintenance of databases and keep track of budgets 
  • Prepare appreciation letters for active partners 
  • Prepare EDMs for fundraising campaigns 
  • Keep abreast of international and local art calendar and events
  • Regularly keep management and relevant teams aware of latest developments, opportunities, and deadlines with regard to fundraising 
  • Serve as Secretariat to Development Committee: organise thrice-yearly Development Committee meetings – preparing and circulating meeting agenda and minutes
  • Serve as a primary contact for all partners




  • Degree holder with relevant experience in the areas of fundraising, sponsorship, donor relations, or development services. 
  • At least 10 years of work experience
  • Driven, goal-oriented, and resourceful self-starter with proven ability to lead 
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to build trust and productive relationships
  • 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 Microsoft Excel and PowerPoint skills and skills to efficiently manage 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

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