Director of Philanthropy
The Director of Philanthropy plays an important role at The San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum which inspires children to learn about the world through exploration, imagination and experimentation. This position plans, directs and oversees all of the Museum’s philanthropic activities and works closely and in collaboration with the Executive Director and the Board of Directors.
The role will include cultivating, solicitating, and stewarding new and existing donors; identifying new revenue streams; assisting in the coordination and execution of special events; and directing the Museum’s annual giving campaigns to ensure the organization’s sustainability. The Director of Philanthropy reports to the Executive Director and is a part of the Museum’s Executive Leadership Team. This position is ideal for a candidate who possesses strong interpersonal, organizational and communication skills and is entrepreneurial, innovative and a self-starter.
2021 has brought a great deal of energy, momentum, and new opportunities for the Museum. The organization has a dynamic Executive Director and actively recruited new board members. It will also build presence and visibility in the region and be embarking upon a new strategic campaign and vision.
Individual Giving and Major Gifts
- Lead the Philanthropy Department (operations, budget, etc.)
- Develop and implement a comprehensive annual fundraising and stewardship plan.
- Identify, cultivate, solicit, and steward new / prospective and existing donors.
- Seek out and implement diverse revenue strategies that encourage sustainability and growth.
- Collaborate with the Education, Marketing and other departments to gather all of the necessary information for sponsorships and other reporting purposes.
- Coordinate philanthropy reports, spreadsheets, etc. and actively participate in / present at board and committee meetings.
- Become proficient in the Museum’s history, programs, educational initiatives, exhibitions / installations, and community outreach programs.
- Effectively use the donor database to track moves management and implement best practices.
- Actively engage in and represent the Museum at community / professional / networking events.
- Participate in knowledge and advocacy efforts that benefit the Museum and the arts / arts education / early childhood education space.
- Work with, and support, Board Members to develop their own give/get strategies.
Philanthropic Campaigns and Events
- Coordinate and oversee Giving Tuesday and annual giving campaigns.
- Support and ensure the success of the Gala including but not limited to identifying honorary committee members, securing auction items as well as individual and corporate sponsorships (as well as recognition and benefits), assisting with event preparations, and staffing the event.
- Assist the Executive Director and the rest of the Philanthropy team in the coordination of Salon Events.
- Work with the Marketing Manager to create and distribute online content and collateral materials for Giving Tuesday, annual giving campaign and special events.
Leadership and Management
- Actively participate as a member of the Museum’s Leadership Team.
- Effectively co-chair the Philanthropy Committee of the Board of Directors.
- In time, help to build the Philanthropy Department, including hiring and supervision of philanthropy staff.
- All other duties as assigned.
- Bachelor’s degree plus five years of direct experience as a professional fundraiser.
- Knowledge of all facets of the role especially major gifts and annual giving.
- Understanding of development principles / ethics / laws concerning charitable contributions.
- Experience with, or knowledge of, the museum industry and/or informal educational impact.
- Bilingual (preferred not required).
- Exceptional interpersonal, communication, organizational, and team-building skills.
- Possess a strong work ethic with an emphasis on flexibility, confidentiality and professionalism.
- Entrepreneurial, innovative and a motivated self-starter.
- Ability to juggle multiple projects and work both independently and as part of a team.
- Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite and working knowledge with fundraising software. Experience with Altru, Blackbaud, Raiser’s Edge is a plus.
- Ability to work a flexible schedule which may include some nights and weekends.
- Salary range - $70K-$75K depending upon the level of experience.
- Competitive benefits package including health insurance, dental and vision plans, paid vacation days and national holidays.
Please submit a cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org. This job will remain open until it is filled.