Posted on January 15, 2013
Senior Development Officer
Wolfsonian-Florida International University
Wolfsonian-Florida International University - Senior Development Officer
The Wolfsonian-Florida International University seeks an experienced, dynamic, and entrepreneurial fundraising professional for the role of Senior Development Officer.
The Wolfsonian opened as a public museum and research center almost 17 years ago and became a department of Florida International University in 1997. Located off-campus in the heart of Miami Beach’s historic architectural district, The Wolfsonian is a source of energy and inspiration in the community life of the University, the city, and region. In its short history, it has received international recognition for its unrivaled collection of modern material culture and its multidisciplinary approach to using objects to examine the past, give meaning to the present, and help shape the future. The museum has developed and disseminated critically acclaimed exhibitions, award-winning publications, and innovative educational programs that highlight the impact of design in shaping the modern world. The Wolfsonian collection includes an amazing array of materials from postcards to paintings, from Art Nouveau vases to World War II propaganda. In its scope and range, it is among the most important collections in the world of the visual and material culture of the modern era (between 1885 and 1945). The collection addresses issues of mass politics, mass communication, technological change, war, ideology, ethnic and national identity, urbanism, globalization, and many other phenomena that remain critical to understanding today’s world.
Florida International University (FIU) is an urban, multi-campus, public research university serving its students and the diverse population of South Florida. It is committed to high-quality teaching, state-of-the-art research and creative activity, and collaborative engagement with its local and global communities. With a current student body of nearly 46,000 (which is 61 percent Hispanic and 79 percent minority overall), FIU is the largest university in South Florida and one of the 25 largest public universities in the nation. With more than 130,000 alumni, FIU constitutes one of the fastest-growing university alumni groups in the country.
The Senior Development Officer will be responsible for the overall leadership and planning for fundraising and stewardship at The Wolfsonian, including management of a Development Associate. S/he has primary responsibility for raising philanthropic and grant funding through a wide range of fundraising initiatives. The Senior Development Officer will be responsible for working with The Wolfsonian’s Director and Advisory Board to create and implement a capital campaign plan consistent with The Wolfsonian’s five-year strategic plan, and for sustaining and growing The Wolfsonian’s annual fund, pool of legacy and major donors, institutional donors, and government funding sources.
Candidates must possess a Bachelor’s degree and five or more years of related professional experience. Outstanding candidates will have a proven track record of success in personally identifying, cultivating, and securing philanthropic financial support; be adept in developing corresponding fundraising strategies, building relationships, and working closely with major donors; demonstrated ability to effectively build, lead, and motivate successful fundraising partnerships working collaboratively and strategically; a commitment to and passion for The Wolfsonian’s mission; an appreciation of the importance of leveraging new and innovative tools and techniques for fundraising, and experience in utilizing such within a comprehensive fundraising strategy; a highly professional, sophisticated persona, with the ability to interact with individuals at all levels; the ability to thrive in an intellectually challenging, fast-paced, and collegial environment; strong skills in leadership, negotiation, diplomacy, and written and verbal communication; a proven track record working collaboratively with volunteer committees and an understanding of volunteer outreach and management; and experience working in a major capital campaign.
Confidential inquiries and current resumes should be directed electronically to:
Gerard F. Cattie, Jr.
Diversified Search Odgers Berndtson
275 Madison Avenue, Suite #1801
New York, NY 10016