Vice President of Development
Reports To: President and CEO
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.
Reporting to the President and CEO, the Vice President of Development is responsible for planning, managing and implementing the development strategy driving all contributed income for the Kohl Children’s Museum of Greater Chicago in support of its current and long term strategic objectives. S/he will ensure the effective delivery of the Kohl Children’s Museum vision, mission and brand through its fundraising programs and develop and implement strategies to build upon current relationships and develop new connections with individual donors, corporations, foundations, government and others that will increase contributed income, planned and endowment revenue.
The Vice President of Development will possess a proven track record in providing creative and innovative leadership in resource development and in creating, promoting, and administering aggressive fund-raising strategies. S/he will have demonstrated skills in the full spectrum of development activities including capital campaigns and also special emphasis in soliciting major gifts. S/he will be self-motivated, results-oriented, creative, entrepreneurial, high-energy and intelligent with exceptional interpersonal and organization skills.
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS AND RESPONSIBILITIES
The Vice President of Development must have the ability to build strong relationships with the Museum’s board of trustees and its two auxiliary boards. S/he will have a cohesive partnership with the President and CEO; will participate as a member of the museum’s senior team, leading a department of 3-4 people.
- Lead efforts to design, implement and evaluate strategies for the stewardship of all aspects of fundraising including individuals, corporations, foundations and government.
- Play a key role in the execution and completion of the museum’s current campaign.
- Establish a presence in the community to increase the organization’s visibility as a funding source for potential and current/past donors; identify opportunities and programs to engage new donors and maintain relationships with current and past donors.
- Build and diversify funding base and strategically match grant opportunities with programmatic priorities.
- Maintain contact with and develop grant proposals for foundations, corporations and governmental opportunities.
- Supervise donor and gift acknowledgment, record-keeping and report requirements.
- Develop and implement a major gifts program to expand the cultivation and engagement of new partners that will increase the number and size of gifts over time.
- Deliver the highest of professional standards with an ability to be sensitive to sophisticated donors.
- Facilitate the myriad tasks that must be undertaken to advance the work and progress of the museum, including preparing materials and information that will be used in meetings with prospective donors.
- Design and implement an online outreach program to expand the cultivation and engagement of new members and increase online donations.
- Research, develop and implement a strategy to integrate phone and online giving to allow for multiple channels of contacts for donors and members.
Other duties and responsibilities:
- Participate as active member of the Museum’s Senior Team.
- Collaborate with other Museum departments to ensure seamless flow of information needed for other activities related to the functions of the division, such as writing grants and other reports, and external communications.
- Create and sustain strong working relationship with the President and CEO, Board of Trustees, Women’s Board, Development Board, members of the Museum senior staff and create and communicate reports as needed.
- Develop annual fundraising budget and develop benchmarks and metrics to ensure budgeted goals are met or exceeded.
- Manage and mentor fundraising team and auxiliary boards.
- Maintain office systems to support all development projects and operations.
The successful candidate will possess the following:
- Bachelor’s Degree in a related field of study
- 7 – 10 years of progressive and comprehensive development experience in similar roles of increasing responsibility and leadership in the non-profit sector
- Demonstrated success in personally securing multiple major gifts ($100,000+) from individuals, foundations and corporations
- Administrative and management experience related to the development function
- Ability to communicate effectively
- Knowledge of Chicago philanthropic community
- Must be team oriented
- Proficient with the Microsoft Office suite of computer programs, specifically Word, PowerPoint, and Excel, as well as Raiser’s Edge
- Valid Driver’s License, own vehicle and good driving record
- Flexibility with work schedule to support evening and weekend activities
The Museum offers a comprehensive benefits package, including medical, dental and vision coverage; 401k, life and disability insurances; paid vacation, sick and personal holidays and a work-life balance culture.
HOW TO APPLY
Interested candidates can submit a resume and cover letter, along with salary requirements to Cheryl Crawford, Director of Human Resources at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information about the position or the Museum, please visit www.kohlchildrensmuseum.org.
Kohl Children’s Museum is an Equal Opportunity Employer.