WOW! Children’s Museum

Development Director

WOW! Children’s Museum is an equal-opportunity, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that offers employees a creative and collaborative working environment. We engage all families in educational, hands-on experiences that connect curiosity, creativity and discovery and serve approximately 90,000 visitors annually. The ideal candidate will have strong partnership-building and outstanding people skills as well as the ability to take the lead in ensuring the successful execution of a diverse and robust fundraising program.

To apply, send a resume and cover letter to: No phone calls, please.

FLSA Status: Exempt
Job Status: Full-time
Grade/Level: Experienced
Reports to: Executive Director
Work Schedule: Average 40 hrs./week
Amount of Travel Required: Minimal
Benefits Eligibility: Eligible
Positions Supervised: One

COMPENSATION: $50,000 annually

WOW! Children’s Museum is seeking a dynamic and results-driven Development Director. The Development Director is a key member of the leadership team and is responsible for developing and implementing the overall fundraising strategy for the Museum. This position secures $290K in annual contributions for the Museum to support our mission to engage all families in educational, hands-on experiences that connect curiosity, creativity, and discovery. Primary duties include individual donor cultivation, grant writing, corporate sponsorship solicitation, and supervision of the Development and Communications Associate.

Program Oversight
• Develop the organization’s fundraising strategy and annual fundraising plan
• Manage development department budget
• Oversee the maintenance of Blackbaud Altru database to ensure accurate accounting of all fundraising revenue
• Oversee the management of donor base
• Oversee gift acknowledgement process to ensure donors are thanked in a timely manner
• Ensure compliance with Gift Acceptance Policy and Development Office procedures

Donor Cultivation
• Work with the Board of Directors and Executive Director to identify, cultivate, solicit and steward major and annual fund gifts from individual, corporate and foundation donors

Grant Writing
• Prepare grant proposals and reports for foundation, corporate and government funders

Special Events Management
• Oversee fundraising events and manage the special events committee, including corporate sponsorship and auction item solicitation

Donor Communications
• Work closely with Marketing Director and Development and Communications Associate to integrate and execute communications, organize solicitation drives and annual giving campaigns, including direct mail and online solicitation

Participate in Interdepartmental Collaboration and Training
• Attend all staff and leaderships team meetings as required
• Keep up to date on Museum policies, standards, and specific language
• Assist in additional tasks as assigned by supervisor

• Experience with creating strategy for an integrated fundraising program
• Experience cultivating individuals, corporations, and foundations with major gift potential and a track-record of success in soliciting major gifts
• Knowledge and experience in fundraising techniques including face-to-face solicitation, direct mail, special events, grant writing, and online solicitation
• Strong partnership-building, excellent leadership and outstanding people skills
• Detail-oriented with the ability to manage multiple tasks and deadlines
• Local fundraising experience desired but not required

• Bachelor’s Degree required
• 3 years of development experience with a nonprofit required

• Regularly required to stand, sit, walk; talk, and hear
• Regularly required to use hands to finger, handle, grasp, or feel
• Regularly required to use close vision
• Occasionally required to lift up to 20 lbs.

• Routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers, and filing cabinets
• Subject primarily to indoor conditions
• Occasionally subject to a loud and busy environment