Reporting to the Museum Director, the Senior Associate Director for Museum Development is an inspired and inspiring leader; an innovative development professional; a fearless frontline fundraiser; a strategic, creative, and collaborative colleague; and a key member of the Museum's senior management team, contributing broadly and strategically to all aspects of the Museum's mission, who ensures that the donated resources essential to the Museum’s operational success are secured. With a new building anticipated to open in 2025, we require a Senior Associate Director for Museum Development who thrives in a fast-paced environment committed to excellence and is equal to the opportunity to develop and implement ambitious capital, endowing, and annual giving fundraising plans.
In partnership with the Director, the Sr. AD-MD sets priorities and devises integrated and coordinated strategies for meeting and sustaining the Museum's growing programmatic needs from donated revenue, both term and endowment, providing leadership, strategic direction, management, and coordination for individual major gift fundraising as well as shaping a strategy that further engages diverse audiences, from alumni, parents, and friends to the wider public. They lead a growing team of five in the Museum’s Development office, shaping well diversified, detailed, and actionable work plans, including developing, implementing, and achieving a major multi-year fundraising effort that builds on the success of the building campaign and is aimed at securing an additional $36.5 million in new endowments and operational support by June 2025, of which nearly $19 million has already been committed. In addition, the Sr. AD-MD will lead efforts to double annual donated revenues by 2026.
With the Director, the Sr. AD-MD develops short-, mid-, and long-term fundraising strategies to ensure a balance between major gift fundraising and annual support needs, including shaping ladders of support. A strategist and team leader with a history of success in securing leadership gifts, they oversee the cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of the Museum’s prospects and benefactors from major gifts to modest annual commitments, partnering with the Director, three in-house gift officers, events and support staff, and the University’s Office of Advancement. The Sr. AD-MD is a member of the Museum’s six-person Management Team and leads a major department, supervising a major gifts officer, an individual giving officer, senior managers for foundation and government relations and for event and donor engagement, a data support specialist, and other administrative staff and volunteers who support membership, events, and special projects as required. The Sr. AD-MD also collaborates seamlessly with the University’s Office of Advancement. They manage a personal portfolio of approximately 30 major gift prospects ranging from $250,000 to more than $1 million.
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Job Duties and Responsibilities:
Cultivation, Solicitation, and Relationship Management
Collaboration and Coordination
Supervision and Leadership
Writing and Other Responsibilities
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