We are seeking a Vice President of Development who is responsible for the strategic leadership and management of Chicago Children’s Museum’s fundraising programs for operations, capital, and endowment, including institutional and individual giving, special events, direct mail, e-philanthropy and donor stewardship. The VP Development will be expected to meet and grow Chicago Children’s Museum current contributed revenue, along with completing a campaign. This position will be directly responsible for cultivating and stewarding relationships with current and potential donors. The VP Development will report to the President/CEO and work with the Board of Directors, Auxiliary Board members, Metropolitan Board members, key volunteers, and museum staff to identify, cultivate, solicit and steward gifts in support of Chicago Children’s Museum. The VP Development hires and develops motivated, donor-focused staff who nurture relationships to grow contributed revenue.
* Vice President of Institutional Giving and Development Operations (Deputy for Development department, member of Museum’s senior leadership team)
Director of Institutional Giving
* Director of Individual Giving
Fundraising Events Coordinator
Individual Giving Coordinator
Executive Assistant & Board Liaison (reports to President & CEO)
Volunteers and interns
Principal Job Duties and Responsibilities:
Lead, manage, train and motivate the development team, the Board of Directors, Auxiliary Board members, Metropolitan Board members, key volunteers and museum staff to meet and exceed all operations, endowment, and capital campaign contributed revenue goals;
Complete the current campaign (approx. $2M remaining of a $16M campaign);
Build and implement a robust, diverse fundraising platform with clearly defined revenue goals and a strategic mix of successful giving and fundraising programs, including:
Individual giving and annual fund
Work closely with the President & CEO to develop a strategic giving plan to strengthen and expand existing support in all areas, including major gifts, sponsorships and grants.
Co-partner with Vice President of Institutional Giving and Development Operations on strategies to increase corporate, foundation, government grants and sponsorship revenue.
Develop, maintain, and grow relationships with current and prospective donors through effective cultivation, solicitation and stewardship strategies with a focus on both donor growth and retention. Cultivate and solicit donors alone, with Board members, and/or the President & CEO;
Oversee and grow the individual giving program including major gifts, annual fund, direct mail, e-philanthropy, and social media;
Develop and manage the activities of the Board of Directors, serve as staff liaison as related to nominating, governance, and fundraising, with the support of the Board Liaison;
Manage the development department revenue and expenses to optimize Chicago Children’s Museum’s fundraising opportunities;
Oversee all special event activities for cultivation, fundraising, and stewardship, including a successful annual gala, with the support of the Fundraising Events Coordinator and development team;
Develop and lead innovative new and ongoing development initiatives, strategies, activities, and partnerships;
Work closely with CFO to ensure that fundraising policies, processes and reporting align with Chicago Children’s Museum’s overall financial policies;
Work closely with marketing department to optimize and promote the contributed revenue stream;
Participate on cross-departmental teams including Management Committee, Experience Oversight Team, and renovation project team, etc.
Work closely with the senior management team to maintain a full understanding of the Museum’s programs and exhibits in order to communicate effectively to donors their impact and significance; and
As a member of the museum’s senior leadership team, fully participate in the strategic oversight and decision-making of the overall museum’s functions in order to ensure fiscal responsibility, a positive culture, collaborative relationships, and effective delivery of our mission.
The ideal candidate will bring the following qualifications:
A minimum of ten years of professional experience managing comprehensive development teams for nonprofit organizations; proven success in leading and motivating high-performing, collaborative teams of fundraising staff and volunteers;
Proven achievement and ability in the areas of capital campaigns, major gifts programs, annual giving, corporate and foundation relations, sponsorship, planned gifts, special events, and in-kind contributions.
Experience building a major gifts program and growing a major gift pipeline. Successful solicitation of six- and seven-figure gifts;
A strong professional network and knowledge of the Chicago philanthropic community is required. Comfortable with having a public role of the Museum’s externally-facing team;
Proven experience as an essential member of a nonprofit organization’s senior leadership team, including regular interactions with high-level board members;
Excellent financial management skills with experience in fundraising and budget analysis, forecasting and planning;
Strong development communication skills. Articulate with strong interpersonal and motivational skills, including ease and skill in conveying the mission of the organization to a wide variety of constituencies. Proven ability in verbal and written communications and excellent presentation skills;
Understanding of marketing, communications, and social media. Knowledge of new and digital media/communications strategies and digital fundraising platforms. Comfortable with data analysis and utilization of data to inform decisions and strategy;
Creativity and entrepreneurial spirit with willingness to develop new ideas. Experience working with and contributing to creative teams;
Comfortable in building and strengthening relationships with people of culturally diverse backgrounds, ages, and circumstances;
A passionate commitment to Chicago Children’s Museum’s mission, vision, philosophy, and values;
Ability to work in a multifaceted, fun, fast-paced, team environment; high energy, a strong work ethic, sense of humor. Ability to handle multiple projects at one time, and flexibility with work assignments and schedules;
High level of knowledge and comfort with the technology necessary for fundraising. Demonstrated experience with the prospect and donor management capabilities of current applications such as Raiser’s Edge and/or Altru. Microsoft Excel, Word, PowerPoint and Outlook are essential;
About Chicago Children's Museum
The Chicago Children’s Museum staff is a dedicated group of curious individuals who embrace the playful spirit of childhood. Every employee is empowered to reach their potential and be recognized for the impact they have on our organization, visitors, and the community we serve.
Chicago Children’s Museum is committed to improving children’s lives by creating a community where play and learning connect. We embrace creativity and collaboration, we never stop learning, and we remember to stop and play along the way.