Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum

Development Director

Organization: Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum

Position: Development Director

Pay Range: $70,000-$85,000

Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum – 7711 East Academy Blvd, Denver CO, 80230 (primary)
Wings Over the Rockies Exploration of Flight – 13005 Wings Way, Englewood CO, 80112 (secondary)

FLSA classification: Full-Time | Exempt

Salary Range: $70,000 – $85,000 (DOE)

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Founded in 1994 and housed on the former Lowry Air Force Base in Denver, Wings Over the Rockies is a diverse non-profit community organization dedicated to unlocking dreams of flight through exhibits, local events, and educational programming. Each year we welcome roughly 160,000 visitors representing all 50 states and dozens of countries internationally. We are Colorado’s premier Air & Space Museum and have been recognized by CNN Travel as one of the 20 Best Aviation Museums in the World. We are committed to diversity, inclusion, and accessibility for all and boasting more than 100,000 sq. ft. of hanger space full of iconic aircraft, space vehicles, artifacts, and much more. Visitors can also experience thrilling flight simulators, discover educational programs, and participate in many of our exciting museum-sponsored events.


The Development Director oversees all fundraising, philanthropic activities, and capital campaigns. The ideal candidate will have significant leadership experience and robust generalist expertise as a fundraiser. Candidates must have solid understanding of individual and major giving, grant writing, capital campaign, event planning, annual funds, membership programs, planned/estate giving, and corporate sponsorship management. The Development Director reports directly to the CEO and is responsible for much of the Museum’s public engagement priorities. The Membership & Annual Fund Manager, Director of Marketing, Major Gift Officer, and Director of Education all report directly to the Development Director.

Duties & Responsibilities

Note: This list is not inclusive but intended to be a general guide to the primary duties of this role.


-Serve as a key member on the Museum Leadership Team
-Manage special projects as needed Guide interdepartmental activities to ensure greatest efficacy and effectProvide input on budgets for the Development Department
-Report on goals and milestones to CEO, adjust plans as necessary


-Develop annual fund donor base from membership rolls and other audience
-Prospect & upgrade select Membership, Annual Fund, and other donors to higher giving levels
-Perform Administrative duties as necessary, including but not exclusive to:
-Recording and reporting data
-Generating presentations
-Generating written correspondence
-Perform prospect and donor research
-Manage vendors and contracts
-Promote & grow museum events to increase profitability
-Research, write, and execute necessary reporting for grants to support museum projects
-Grow alternate giving pathways, including stocks, crypto, planned giving, & in-kind donations
-Seek out & cultivate Corporate Partners and Sponsors for events and exhibitions
-Funnel appropriate prospects to projected Capital Campaign projects
-Work to increase Board participation in fundraising and to leverage their personal & professional contacts to benefit Wings


-Manage the Membership and Annual Fund Manager
-Grow membership program to remain attractive & competitive in the Denver community
-Grow membership rolls through thorough marketing, promotion, and an appealing benefits package
-Support Visitor Services goals to increase audience/attendance by fostering cooperation with Marketing and Events to achieve cross-organizational efficiency and common-good goals


-Recruit Corporate & Individual Sponsors for Wings’ Signature Events & Gala
-Coordinate with Events team to increase net profitability of Wings’ events
-Support Events team goals to become a top event venue in CO by fostering cooperation with Marketing and Visitor Services to achieve cross-organizational efficiency and common-good goals


-Actively participate and support museum-led DEAI initiatives
-Identify adjacent fields of interest and build relationships with key players
-Participate in other NPO events & activities
-Participate in aerospace community events & activities
-Cultivate effective & profitable partnerships with for-profit organizations


-Lead administrative/staff team to achieve capital campaign goals, participate as member of capital campaign committee
-Support campaign by funneling appropriate prospects
-Capture & cultivate those prospects who choose not to participate at Capital Campaign levels for Annual Fund, Major Donor, or -\Corporate Partnerships

-Bachelor’s degree required; graduate degree, CFRE, or other certifications desirable
-Minimum 10 years of proven success as a front-line fundraiser
-Minimum 4 years of progressively growing leadership experience within a non-profit organization required, experience within cultural institutions highly desirable
-Proven success as a grant writer and grant manager required–experience with SCFD grants desirable
-Proven success in event management required, gala experience highly desirable
-Proven success in managing a capital campaign
-Expertise in fundraising best practices and donor rights
-Exceptional communication skills, both oral and written, including extemporaneous public speaking
-Experience preparing budgets and generating impactful reporting
-Commitment to learning, supporting, and implementing DEAI best practices
-Understanding of data-driven marketing and promotional best practices
-Understanding of informal education, alternative education, and CTE best practices
-High professional standards, impeccable ethics, and attention to detail
-Ability to work independently as well as in conjunction with the team
-High interpersonal skills for working with staff, board, volunteers, and patrons
-High energy and quick learner
-Experience in aviation or aerospace fields desirable
-Expertise with databases and CRM software required, Blackbaud product experience desirable
-Proficient with Microsoft Office Suites and other common web-based services


-Company paid Medical, Dental, and Vision insurance
-Health Savings Account (HSA) & Flex Spending Account (FSA) participation (optional)
-Group retirement plan 403(b) with discretionary company match (optional)
-Short Term Disability (STD), Accident, Life & ADD, and Critical plan coverage(s) (optional)
-Generous paid Vacation, Sick, and Personal leave policies
-Potential for annual bonuses, merit pay increases, and career advancement

Working Conditions

Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum operates in an 80-year-old aircraft hangar. Environmental conditions may vary. Work days and hours will vary as dictated by operational demands. The Museum is normally open 7 days a week and for periodic private events. Normal office hours are 8:00 – 5:00 PM, Monday through Friday. On occasion, this position may be required to work on weekends, evenings, and holidays or as necessary.

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