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Director of Development

Company: MOXI, The Wolf Museum of Innovation + Exploration
Date Posted: June 9, 2017


  • Spearhead the museum's annual giving campaigns to meet monthly revenue goals as determined collaboratively by the Director of Development and CEO, and approved by the Board of Trustees.
  • Manage a successful annual major fundraising event; coordinating an event committee comprised of internal staff, board, and community members to provide an extraordinary experience for attendees.
  • Work with the museum's Advancement Committee and Development and Board Coordinator on strategic donor cultivation and stewardship. Specific activities include:
  • Developing a clear, comprehensive, effective plan for stewarding existing individual, foundation and business donors while also expanding MOXI's base of support.
  • Collaborating with other departments - particularly education and exhibits - to best understand their highest priority funding needs, and implementing a plan to meet those needs.
  • Coordinating and preparing donor materials, solicitation packages, and tracking actions in the museum's donor tracking database; producing gift letters and correspondence letters.
  • Setting meetings with prospects and existing donors, and including other museum leadership as needed, for the purpose of establishing a strong network of individuals, foundations and businesses who share our passion for the mission of MOXI.
  • Providing progress reports to the museum's CEO and Advancement Committee; present financial updates to the Board of Directors on a monthly basis.
  • Writing and submitting grant proposals, establishing priorities, timetables, and measures of success.
  • Managing a Development and Board Coordinator in the process of tracking and reporting according to grant requirements and timelines.
  • Expand and deepen a network of strong relationships with existing and potential community partners, funders and supporters using a strategic portfolio of communications and events.
  • Conduct government, corporate and foundation prospect research and management, assisting with prospect identification, cultivating strategies and donor pipeline development.
  • Create and manage department operational budgets each fiscal year in consultation with the CEO.
  • Oversee and grow a vibrant, creative Membership program for families and businesses that provides significant annual revenues for MOXI and serves as an opportunity for stewardship to larger giving.
  • Direct a team of 2-3 Events staff in the execution of approximately 30-40 facility rentals contracted by outside individuals and organizations; support the growth of the facility rental program to maximize revenues.
  • Direct a staff of 2 to 4 individuals in the planning and implementation of the museum's membership program, facility rentals, donor management tracking, and board communications.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Experience, Required Skills and Abilities

  • Proven success and 5 or more years' leadership experience with major gift fundraising in a non-profit center.
  • Strong communication skills and an excellent ability to write proposals and make major presentations to outside individuals and organizations.
  • Demonstrated experience with best practice fundraising methods and techniques to develop new concepts and approaches.
  • Ability to take initiative and ownership of projects and work with minimal direction and supervision.
  • Strong leadership, managerial, and interpersonal skills to guide a professional and effective team; pro-active and positive attitude in a fast-paced environment.
  • Ability to work with a creative and collaborative team and receptive to the ideas of others, working cooperatively to prioritize tasks and accommodate many different concerns.
  • Demonstrated use of creative and innovative problem-solving processes and coordination of multiple individuals to arrive at an efficient, workable solution to challenges.

Essential Functions

The employee is regularly required to stand; use hands to touch, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; talk and hear.  The employee frequently is required to walk and to use small hand tools.  The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 60 pounds.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, and ability to adjust focus.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to allow individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.