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Posted April 19, 2017
Vice President for Advancement
Reuben H. Fleet Science Center
San Diego, California

The Fleet Science Center is San Diego’s only interactive science center and home to the world’s first Giant IMAX Dome Theater. With more than 400,000 visitors annually, we’re proud to be the most visited museum in Balboa Park. The Fleet opened in 1973 and is now growing into a dynamic, county-wide organization dedicated to inspiring and connecting San Diegans of all ages to use the power of science to improve their lives, strengthen our community and change the world.

THE JOB:

We have a bold vision and have created a new position, Vice President for Advancement to help us make that vision a reality. As a driver of growth, The Vice President for Advancement will serve as a key member of the Senior Leadership Team, reporting directly to the Chief Executive Officer. The VP will be responsible for developing the vision, strategies and tactics for all fundraising initiatives. This position will give the right person the opportunity to use their experience, existing relationships and initiative to develop creative strategies to achieve our goals. The VP for Advancement actively supports our mission and goals by:

  • Leading a team of fundraising professionals to achieve annual and long-term goals for the membership, major gifts, foundations and planned and corporate giving efforts
  • Being active in the community, strengthening our presence by building relationships with top donors and community leaders to realize a new level of philanthropic success for the Fleet
  • Partnering with the CEO, members of the Board of Trustees and other volunteer leaders, and other organizations to optimize fundraising success, achieve the goals of the institutional strategic plan, the strategic fundraising plan and foster a culture of philanthropy throughout the Fleet

WHAT YOU NEED:

If you are the ideal candidate, you will be a driver of change and passionate about creating new and innovative ways to engage individual donors in the Fleet’s programs and initiatives. In addition you will have:

  • Seven to ten years successful experience in managing multiple aspects of a comprehensive institutional giving program including special events, annual fund, Leadership Circle, grants, and major gifts.
  • Ability to effectively interface and build and retain relationships with the organization’s executive and volunteer leadership, prospects, and donors.
  • Ability to understand the needs and interests of institutional donors, sponsors, grantors, and funders in order to develop relationships between them and the Fleet.
  • Successful experience developing and executing cultivation and solicitation strategies, face-to-face fundraising, and managing a portfolio of institutional major gift, sponsorship, and grant prospects, donors, and funders.
  • Ability to interact with and represent the organization’s mission effectively to high potential prospects and donors, diverse constituents, and the public.
  • Experience in securing six- and seven-figure contributions and sponsorships.
  • Experience in developing and executing strategic fundraising and operational plans.
  • Experience in proactive performance reporting.
  • Ability to effectively supervise, motivate and support others in a dynamic team environment.
  • Project and budget management and financial reporting skills.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office and Raiser’s Edge.
  • Bachelor’s Degree or commensurate experience.
  • Previous experience in science, engineering or technology-related areas preferred.

Please apply here: www.rhfleet.org/about-us/jobs

Posted April 17, 2017
Director of Advancement
Morehead Planetarium and Science Center
Chapel Hill, North Carolina

The Morehead Planetarium and Science Center (MPSC), a division of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, seeks an experienced, entrepreneurial, and dynamic fundraising leader as its next Director of Advancement. This position will report to the Executive Director of MPSC and will serve as chief development officer for all of MPSC’s fundraising activities.

Opened in 1949, Morehead Planetarium was the first planetarium in the South and the first planetarium anywhere in the world located on a university campus. Renamed Morehead Planetarium and Science Center in 2000, the organization now serves as the primary science outreach arm of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. MPSC has experienced tremendous growth since expanding its mission, increasing on-site and off-site attendance more than 600%. MPSC now serves 600,000 people annually and provides programs in all 100 counties in North Carolina.

The Director of Advancement will serve on the MPSC senior management team; will supervise three advancement professionals with responsibility for major gifts, annual fund, and development related communications; and manage volunteer leadership groups that include an Advisory Board and Council of former student employees (Alumni Council).

Working closely with MPSC’s Executive Director, the advancement team is responsible for raising approximately one-third of MPSC’s annual operating budget, which is currently $5.5 million. The new Director of Advancement will join a dynamic team: Support and revenues for MPSC have tripled over the past ten years. In addition, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is in the quiet phase of a multi-billion-dollar comprehensive campaign with plans to go public in October 2017, of which MPSC has a $15 million working goal that includes a $5.2 million facilities renovation and campaign currently underway.

Qualifications and Experience Requirements

  • At least 5 years of progressively responsible fundraising and program management experience
  • History of meeting or exceeding ambitious revenue targets including a record of high-end fundraising results from individuals ($100,000+), in addition to success securing major gift support from corporations and foundations
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills; ability to speak passionately about MPSC offerings in a sophisticated, but not overly academic way
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills and ability to develop relationships quickly, with the appropriate level of assertiveness to solicit and follow up with donor prospects in a timely manner
  • A strategic, visionary, entrepreneurial, and driven leader
  • Seasoned leader with a record of managing collaborative work environments and volunteer boards
  • Goal, results, and detail-oriented, with exceptional planning and time-management skills
  • Working knowledge of computer-related office tools and database management required
  • Experience fundraising for a non-degree-granting unit of a university or other organization without an existing base of alumni is a plus
  • Knowledge about UNC-Chapel Hill, MPSC, the sciences, and/or museum programming is a plus
  • Communications experience is a plus
  • Master’s degree preferred; bachelor’s degree required

To apply, visit unc.peopleadmin.com/postings/116588.

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is an equal opportunity employer that welcomes all, including protected veterans and individuals with disabilities.

Posted April 14, 2017
Vice President and Chief Programs Officer
Conner Prairie Museum
Fishers, Indiana

Principal Function: The Vice President and Chief Programs Officer (VP & CPO) reports to the President/CEO and serves as the chief programmatic strategist for the organization. The VP & CPO is responsible for program innovation, development, and alignment that increase the depth, variety and quantity of engagement with our guests and the community to fully deliver Conner Prairie’s mission – to inspire curiosity and foster learning about Indiana’s past by providing engaging, individualized and unique experiences. The VP & CPO is also responsible for the day-to-day management of guest experiences by working with the directors of three divisions (Exhibits, Programs, and Interpretation) to advance organizational vision and strategic imperatives.

Education and/or Experience: Bachelor’s degree (B.A./B.S.) in history, business, or other related field is required; Master’s degree (M.A., M.S., M.B.A.) or MEd/MAT degree in a STEM field, education, museum studies, or related field is desired. Previous programmatic experience in a leadership role is required. Previous management of informal learning experiences is required. Previous supervisory experience is required. Previous experience working in the museum and/or entertainment park industry is desired to include knowledge of exhibition and program planning to serve as liaison with exhibit designers and fabricators, technical program suppliers, artists, and educators at all levels.

For a full job description, go to www.connerprairie.org/about-conner-prairie/join-our-team.

Posted March 24, 2017
Chief Development Officer
Glazer Children’s Museum
Tampa, Florida

The Chief Development Officer (CDO) is responsible for designing, strategizing, planning, managing and implementing the overall fundraising strategy for the Glazer Children’s Museum to achieve and exceed operating objectives. The Chief Development Officer will ensure the effective delivery of the Museum’s vision, mission and brand through its fundraising programs and will establish secure diversified funding resources for its future. The Chief Development Officer will lead staff, Board members and volunteers in building upon current contributors as well as developing new connections with individual donors, corporations, foundations, governmental entities , etc. that results in increased contributed income, planned giving, endowments, and long-term sustainability of the Museum.

She/He must demonstrate a proven track record in providing creative and innovative leadership in resource development and in promoting and administering dynamic fundraising strategies. The successful candidate will have demonstrated skills in the full spectrum of development activities including capital campaigns, with a special emphasis in soliciting major gifts of $100,000 to $1,000,000+ from a variety of sources over a sustained period of time. She/He will be self-motivated, results-oriented, creative, entrepreneurial, highly energetic and intelligent, with exceptional interpersonal, ethical and organization skills that apply to a wide ranging list of contacts.

Full job description can be found at www.glazermuseum.org/jobs. To apply, please email resume and salary history to employment@glazermuseum.org.