Chief Development Officer

Philadelphia 19131, Pennsylvania

JoB Description

How would you like to work for a nonprofit organization that strongly believes in a culture of philanthropy, where everyone has a part to play in raising resources for the Museum? How would you like to be part of an Executive team of the most beloved children’s museum in Philadelphia? Now is your chance to represent a nonprofit organization that changes a child’s life as they discover the power of learning through play. Please Touch Museum (the Children’s Museum of Philadelphia) a non-profit organization with an $8 million operating budget, seeks an experienced, energetic, and dynamic Chief Development Officer (CDO) to provide the leadership, direction, management and coordination of the Museum’s fundraising efforts to support the organization’s mission and the goals in its innovative new strategic plan.

The CDO’s primary focus is to develop and maintain a culture of philanthropy within PTM and to ensure the success of fundraising programs including individual and corporate giving, foundation and government grants. The CDO will serve as a lead strategist for the Museum fund development, helping the President &CEO; creating a multi-year plan for increasing revenue which support the Museum’s plans for aggressive growth in the next five years. The position reports directly to the President & CEO and works closely with the President & CEO and the board, board committees and staff to achieve the fundraising goals of the Museum.

Other responsibilities include but are not limited to: Maintain and grow current funding based relationships ;identify, research, and cultivate new funding prospects; maintain and grow a personal list of current donors and prospects; prepare short and long term plans and timelines for strategies that build value to the members, donors and corporate partnerships; advise, guide and provide leadership on planning for funding requests and outreach; coordinate closely with the other departments on corporate sponsorship, grant proposals and events; manage and oversee the ongoing planning and programming/development as it relates to contributed revenue and fundraising events; participate in the development and maintenance of the Museum’s plans and programs as a community partner; assist with securing business partners for programs and major fundraisers; serve as a representative of the Museum and its’ mission at internal and external events, programs, meetings, conferences and presentations; prepare and deliver activity reports on departmental activities; participate in professional societies and activities; and support and implement the Museum’s Strategic Planning Goals into department objectives.

Requirements: Bachelor’s degree required, with an emphasis on Education, Communications, Museum Communications or related fields preferred; CFRE certification is preferred; 8 years plus demonstrated success in fundraising in all categories of giving, and a minimum of 2 years of management experience; experience in working closely with the Board of Directors and related committees is required.
Candidates must demonstrate understanding of the best practices in the fields of development , execution of the donor cultivation process and current philanthropic trends and stewardship practices; proven track record of proactive identification, cultivation and solicitation of major gifts; understanding of direct mail, crowdsourcing & public campaigns; strong analytic thinking skills; ability to analyze donor prospect research information; high energy, positive, “can do” attitude, flexibility, teamwork and attention to detail; proven project management experience; ability to think strategically; ability to prioritize, make independent decisions and work well under deadlines; skills in budget management; experience at negotiating and activating sponsorship agreements; ability to work in multi-disciplinary teams; very strong writing and editing skills to write clearly and persuasively; exceptional interpersonal and oral communication skills (public speaking, presentations).

Please Touch Museum offers an excellent work environment with, a comprehensive benefit package, and competitive salary.

To apply for this opportunity, please mail your cover letter including your accomplishments, resume and salary requirements to: Director of Human Resources, Please Touch Museum, 4231 Avenue of the Republic, Philadelphia, PA 19131; fax to: (215)-581-3182; Email: [email protected]. Office phone: 215-581-3189 EOE


Contact: Judy Meyers

Phone: 215-581-3189

Fax: 215-581-3182

E-Mail: [email protected]

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