The National Museum of Natural History (NMNH) is part of the Smithsonian Institution, the world’s preeminent museum and research complex. The NMNH mission is to promote understanding of the natural world and our place in it, thus inspiring curiosity, discovery, and learning about the natural world through its unparalleled research, collections, exhibitions, and education outreach programs. Opened in 1910, the green-domed museum on the National Mall was among the first Smithsonian buildings constructed exclusively to house the national collections and research facilities. NMNH also includes a state-of-the-art collections storage facility in Suitland, Maryland, a marine science research facility in Ft. Pierce, Florida, and field stations as far away as Belize, Alaska, and Kenya.
The museum’s collections containing more than 145 million specimens and artifacts, the largest of their kind, tell the history of the planet and are a record of human interaction with the environment and one another. As we all work to shape a sustainable world, this record becomes the starting point. It is our guidebook to how the future can look and work. Because of the boundless curiosity of NMNH researchers, the breadth and depth of the scientific collections, and the ability to inspire future generations of scientists, the museum has a vital role to play. Through NMNH, people can both discover the world and learn to become better stewards of it.
Through its research, collections, education and exhibition programs, NMNH serves as one of the world’s great repositories of scientific and cultural heritage, as well as a source of tremendous pride for all Americans. In the next decade, the museum will welcome 60 million people through its doors, and millions more will engage digitally. With a growing network of interactive websites, the museum is transforming itself into a hub for national and international electronic education and scholarship, accessible to anyone with access to the Internet.
NMNH secured $224.2 million as part of the overall Smithsonian Campaign that concluded in 2017. The museum seeks to achieve and sustain total philanthropic support of $20 million on an annual basis and is currently conducting a planning process, expected to conclude in 2020, which will identify the fundraising priorities to inspire the next decade of donor investment.
NMNH is seeking candidates for Deputy Chief Development Officer (Deputy CDO). Reporting to the Associate Director for Development/Chief Development Officer, the Deputy CDO serves as the effective second-in-command of the NMNH Office of Development. The Deputy CDO oversees major and annual gift fundraising to support the broad, ever-evolving needs of the museum or Smithsonian on an annual and long-term basis. This individual supervises an eight-member team and collaborates with other colleagues across the Office of Development and museum-wide to plan, direct, and coordinate fundraising strategies and activities targeting individuals and institutional funding sources, including prospect identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship. The Deputy CDO will personally engage in frontline fundraising, managing a modestly sized portfolio of current and prospective donors capable of high-level major gifts or principal gifts. The Deputy CDO must possess the leadership stature and strategic decision-making ability to serve as proxy for the Associate Director for Development/Chief Development Officer as necessary, as well as have the ambition to grow as a leader within the organization.
Required qualifications and experience:
- Genuine passion for the natural environment and/or training or work experience in the sciences, as well as alignment with NMNH’s mission, history, and renowned programs, exhibitions, and collections.
- Minimum of seven years of experience in increasingly responsible development leadership positions, which includes work in all functional areas (individual giving, institutional giving, annual giving, planned giving, stewardship, board relations) and participation in a major capital campaign (planning, implementation, management, and successful conclusion), preferably within a major cultural institution, nonprofit organization, educational institution, or other environment of similar complexity.
- Demonstrated ability to provide management oversight, leadership, and direction with at least five years of significant supervisory experience, including experience creating and managing a budget.
- Steeped in modern philanthropy best practices, including those pertaining to research, qualification, cultivation, and stewardship, as well as face-to-face solicitations and proposals.
- Strength in developing the case for support and strategic, innovative fundraising plans, and executing against those plans to achieve goals and objectives. Experience working directly with the most senior levels of an organization and the ability to effectively strategize and engage various groups and constituents.
- Hands-on experience with six and seven-figure gifts, including cultivation through solicitation, closure, and stewardship, as well as experience working with annual giving strategies for grooming the next generation of annual leadership and major gift donors.
- A functional understanding of how to effectively leverage various marketing and communication channels and platforms to support initiatives.
- The ability to extract and analyze data to make effective, efficient decisions about strategy and process.
- Experience identifying, nurturing, and motivating volunteers, particularly board members, and an appreciation for their role in building an effective fundraising network.
- Skill at goal setting and measuring success, and agility in addressing alternate program directions to meet goals when necessary.
- Ability and willingness to travel as necessary.
The Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History has retained Diversified Search to assist in this confidential search process. Inquiries, nominations, and applications (current resumes and cover letters) should be directed electronically to:
Gerard F. Cattie, Jr.
Practice Leader – Development & Philanthropy
The Chrysler Building, 405 Lexington Avenue, 49th Floor, New York, NY 10174