Director of Major Gifts and Institutional Giving
Reports To: Vice President of Development
Kohl Children’s Museum of Greater Chicago is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide experiences and memories to build a foundation for a lifetime of learning. Through our museum space in Glenview, IL, we offer engaging learning environments featuring interactive exhibits and programs that encourage young children to become effective learners through play. As part of our commitment to ensuring that every child has access to the best learning experiences possible, we extend our footprint throughout the Chicagoland area through outreach programs, traveling exhibits, and partnering with educators to inspire meaningful change in the education of young children.
The Director of Major Gifts and Institutional Giving is responsible for designing and implementing a comprehensive, donor-centric development plan with a focus on raising private, foundation and corporate support. The development plan should build upon the success of existing fundraising efforts while expanding the program to identify, cultivate, solicit and steward donors, as well as retain and upgrade current donors and constituents. This position includes submitting grant applications and reporting, as well as tracking deadlines and producing impact reports.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
• Develop and implement strategies to personally manage a portfolio of individual donors capable of giving $1,000+: identify, cultivate, solicit and steward
• Manage the foundation and corporate giving renewal review process. Submit grant applications, proposals, impact reports, financials, updated board lists, budgets, and other requested information
• Manage a Gift Opportunities List to track and update naming opportunities, general operating revenue, program support, corporate sponsorship, and event support
• Oversee the major donor stewardship plan and ensure its execution with the VP of Development and the President and CEO
• With the VP of Development, create and implement a donor-centric communications strategy, including but not limited to setting meetings, calls, emails, tours or invitations to KCM events and overall relationship-building
• Assist VP of Development in overseeing the Development Assistant
• Oversee and supervise the work of the contract Government Grant Writer
• Respond to individual, corporate and foundation donor requests on a timely basis
• Prepare Impact Reports and/or other materials to formally solicit and update donors on the impact of their giving
• Provide data for annual and capital fundraising plans including revenue and expense forecasts and budgets
• Learn and know the integral components of early childhood education and how the Museum’s various
Programs contribute to the positive development of young children and their families
• Gather and maintain accurate organizational data/statistics to report to donors on programs, outcomes and grant compliance
The successful candidate will possess the following:
• Bachelor’s Degree required; Master’s Degree preferred
• Minimum of five-years exposure and/or experience within an organization that has a progressive Development Department
• Experience with donor communications including written letters/notes, phone calls, virtual and in-person meetings
• Strong written communication skills with the ability to write structured, grammatically, and substantially correct proposals
• Excellent attention to detail and timely follow-up, with the ability to meet deadlines
• Good working knowledge of current trends in donor-centric engagement and charitable giving
• Knowledge and familiarity with research techniques for fundraising prospect research.
• Strong leadership skills with the ability to work well independently and in a team environment
• Ability to handle multiple assignments and understand priorities
• Basic familiarity with donor record-keeping; knowledge of Blackbaud system and products preferred
• Valid driver’s license, own vehicle, and good driving record
• Flexibility with work schedule, as necessary, to support weekend scheduling and/or evening activities
HOW TO APPLY:
Interested candidates can submit an online application found on the Careers page of our website, kohlchildrensmuseum.org.
For more information about the position or the Museum, please visit www.kohlchildrensmuseum.org.
Kohl Children’s Museum is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.