Advertising, Marketing, Public Relations, Arts/Cultural/Humanities, Community, Social Services, Nonprofit
4 Year Degree
National Children’s Museum is seeking aDirector of Institutional Advancement to join the leadership team. This crucial position, reporting to the President and CEO, will oversee development, marketing, and board relations throughout the museum’s reopening and into full operations. This individual will take the lead on all fundraising initiatives of the capital campaign, museum development, institutional planning, and visitor engagement. The Director of Institutional Advancement will provide exceptional creativity in the development of STEAM learning opportunities, supporting the mission of the National Children’s Museum to inspire children to care about and improve the world. The Director of Institutional Advancement will:
Lead the $25 million capital campaign to reopen the National Children’s Museum;
Oversee strategic planning for development and fundraising initiatives;
Build an annual fund program, using direct mail and in-house appeals;
Solicit and secure support from individuals, corporations, foundations and government sources;
Develop overall fundraising strategies and recognition guidelines for consistency;
Work to develop a robust Membership program;
Collaborate with Education and Exhibits to maximize fundraising opportunities and steward donors;
Partner with Marketing to recognize donors, grow membership and promote NCM in the community;
Staff and manage various exhibition task forces and Board Committees as requested;
Maintain own portfolio of major gift donors and prospects; Create Top 20 portfolio for the President and CEO and staff accordingly;
Oversee all fundraising and stewardship events;
Prepare fundraising budget projections and reports quarterly, and as requested;
Develop donor database and establish systems to enhance fundraising;
Provide leadership to Institutional Advancement as it grows with the National Children’s Museum.
7+ years working in development, preferably in a cultural institution;
Demonstrated leadership skills, strong manager with experience financial planning and budgeting;
Passion for serving as a change agent, with interest in helping build the foundation for sustainability to make an impact for years to come;
Ability to work effectively on a team and think strategically;
Highly organized with ability to prioritize and meet deadlines;
Strong written and verbal communication skills;
Must be highly professional with the ability to serve as a public representative of the museum;
Self-starter able to take charge of a task once assigned, but welcoming of feedback from all staff and open to adaptation for the betterment of the museum;
Passion for educating children and the mission of National Children’s Museum.
Additional Salary Information: Salary commensurate with experience, plus benefits.
Founded as the Capital Children’s Museum in 1974, the museum served kids and families in the Washington region for thirty years in Northeast Washington, D.C. Renamed in 2003 with US Congressional designation, the National Children’s Museum operated as a museum without walls for several years; serving the region through traveling exhibitions, partnerships with other nonprofits, as well as community... and school outreach programs. For a few years, a small museum space was opened to the public at the National Harbor, but closed in preparation for NCM’s next stage. Today, the National Children's Museum is poised for its greatest chapter yet, as it prepares to reopen on the National Mall in 2019.