Posted on July 18, 2012
Vice President of Development and Marketing
Brooklyn Children's Museum
Brooklyn Children's Museum - Vice President of Development and Marketing
The Brooklyn Children’s Museum seeks a Vice President of Development and Marketing to work closely with the Museum’s President and Board of Trustees to advance, secure, and grow the Museum’s financial portfolio. The Vice President of Development and Marketing will direct, manage, and implement a fundraising plan for the Museum’s portfolio of corporate, foundation, government, and individual donors and prospects. The Vice President is responsible for ensuring that the Museum’s organizational structure and procedures maximize fundraising potential and will lead the staff and Trustees in supporting fundraising activities across the organization. The Vice President will oversee development and maintenance of appropriate fundraising systems, including: donor management and stewardship; donor research and cultivation; gift processing and recognition; and accountability and compliance standards for donor and tax purposes.
- Work with the President, Board of Trustees, and staff to find private and competitive public funding to support an expanded facility at a time of reduced contributed income.
- Provide vital input into the Museum’s short- and long-term strategic and operational planning and positioning.
- Evaluates the effect of internal and external forces on the organization and recommends short- and long-range development plans and programs that support the organization’s values, mission, and objectives.
- Maintain current knowledge of developments and best practices in the fundraising, philanthropy, general management, and not-for-profit fields; informs the President, development committees and Board of current trends, issues, problems and activities in order to facilitate policy-making and make policy recommendations.
- Direct annual fundraising, campaigns, and benefit events, with focus on cultivating new individual, foundation, and corporate support.
- Help develop a balanced and diverse mix of funding sources and solicitation programs tailored to the needs of the organization that will enable the Museum to attract, retain, and motivate a greater number of donors.
- Establish performance measures, monitor results, and help the President and Board development committee evaluate the effectiveness of the organization’s fundraising program.
- Oversee development of innovative marketing and media/public relations strategies to increase visibility, attendance, earned income, and corporate and media sponsorships.
- Meet with Museum staff to: determine departmental needs, funding goals and objectives for programs, projects, and operations; evaluate funding feasibility; and create recommendations, strategies, and plans for present and future programs and projects.
- Manage and direct writing, editing, and submission of proposals and reports to corporate, foundation, and government sources.
- Manage and create income goals for the annual operating fund; create income status reports; and project funding needs by program area.
- Maintain relationships with successful and prospective donors and oversee the stewardship process for corporate, foundation, and government gifts including: acknowledgement of gifts; filing of all financial and narrative reports as necessary; fulfillment of benefits; and the planning and coordination of events for corporate and foundation funders.
- Demonstrated fundraising and marketing abilities and understanding of museum and educational issues. Knowledge of non-profit fundraising and financial management. Advanced degree preferred.
- Excellent interpersonal and team building abilities, outstanding oral and written communication skills, and the ability to manage multiple, complex projects. Good sense of humor.
- Must have a minimum of 5 years in a senior management position in museum or non-profit administration and 7 years in development and marketing.
Working knowledge of:
- Museum programs and practices, especially as they relate to the need for corporate, foundation, and government funding and support.
- Cultivation and solicitation strategies.
- Gift planning techniques to advise donors and prospects on available giving options and techniques and their tax implications.
- Raiser’s Edge or other automated fundraising software.
Brooklyn Children’s Museum, the world’s first museum for kids, is recognized as an innovative educational institution with an outstanding natural history and cultural collection. The Museum serves a diverse annual audience of over 250,000 children and families city-wide, 250 youth in an award-winning afterschool program, and over 500,000 per year through national touring exhibitions. It has an annual operating budget of $7 million. For more information, visit www.broooklynkids.org.
The Brooklyn Children’s Museum is an equal opportunity employer.
Send resume, letter, and three references to:
Vice President of Development and Marketing
Brooklyn Children’s Museum
145 Brooklyn Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11213