Director, Corporate & Foundations Relations

Philadelphia 19131, Pennsylvania

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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 Management 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 is a non-profit organization seeks a Director, Corporate & Foundations Relations who is responsible for cultivation and stewardship of all corporate and foundation funders, regionally and nationally, in support of PTM’s mission.

Responsibilities include:

  • Creating an annual plan for corporate and foundation funding.
  • Determining strategies for solicitation including writing all proposals and submitting all reports as required by the funders.
  • Works in collaboration with Education, Marketing, Finance and other departments in gathering information as required by the funder and informing those key staff and departments of expectations related to fulfillment.
  • Sets annual goals for contributed revenue generation that provides both general operating support as well as support to fund key Museum programs, exhibits and initiatives, and capital needs.
  • Works with the board of trustees, key staff and others to develop a strong pipeline of corporate and foundation funders.
  • Incumbent is actively engaged in working to establish long-term partnerships and strengthen existing relationships with the corporate and foundation sector, as well as other key communities.
  • Advance the Museum’s interests by researching and identification sources of support, proactively seeking opportunities to generate new proposals based on corporate guidelines and interests, and by maintaining strong communication ties with corporate and foundation donors and prospects.
  • Create and maintain a comprehensive calendar of corporate and foundation funding opportunities and reporting deadlines.
  • Design, implement, and manage a comprehensive proactive development plan.
  • Prepare, write and submit all letters of inquiry and proposals to provide data to support the rationale for the proposal or the outcomes of a program or Museum experience.
  • Develop highly competitive proposals for corporate and foundation prospects.
  • Maintain a rigorous schedule of contacts with corporate and foundation representatives, creating management plans related to them, compelling presentations and comprehensive fundraising proposals.
  • Monitor proposal deadlines, prepare and edit proposals, and manage proposal submissions.
  • Develop sponsorship and proposal materials for use in all solicitation opportunities.
  • Lead the organization’s annual corporate partnership program.
  • Direct the solicitation of support from federal, state, and, city funding programs for capital and operating support.
  • Work with the database manager to ensure accurate, up-to-date records.
  • Creates prospect lists and cultivation plans to support leadership outreach.
  • Spearheads cash and in-kind sponsorship outreach for museum events. Design & maintains a schedule of high-quality reporting and stewardship for foundation & corp. funders.
  • Edits and proofreads grant proposals and other communications to detect and correct errors in spelling, punctuation, and syntax and to improve clarity and readability.



  • Bachelor’s degree required in fundraising, communication or management, ideally combined with nonprofit experience.
  • Minimum of five years of nonprofit experience in donor development, grant writing and gift solicitation.
  • Experience managing and strategically growing a prospect portfolio.
  • Exceptional writing skills with demonstrated ability to work cooperatively in a team environment.
  • Ability to organize, integrate and present complicated information in an understandable and compelling manner.
  • Knowledge about technical report writing; understands proposals and able to present technical data.
  • Ability to write persuasive convincing cases for funding application.
  • Very strong writing and editing skills for various proposals; ability to analyze donor prospect research information.
  • Detail-oriented, with strong organizational, analytical, and planning skills.
  • Aptitude for the management and effective use of information systems.
  • Must show initiative and independence; excellent organization skills with an ability to prioritize and manage multiple tasks and a variety of demands.
  • Strong self-motivation and the ability to work as a team member; commitment to maintain confidentiality and a high degree of accuracy.
  • Excellent interpersonal communication skills, both written and oral.
  • Ability to schedule, track and report on meetings and support high-level committees and board members.
  • Proficiency in MS and donor databases.
  • Must be able to work occasional evenings or weekends as needed for events.
  • Understanding of best practices in the fields of development.
  • Understanding and execution of the donor cultivation process.
  • Ability to analyze donor prospect research information to put together a solicitation plan.
  • Proven project management experience.
  • Serve as an ambassador for the Museum’s mission and vision.

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

To apply for this opportunity, please mail your cover letter including your accomplishments and resume to: CHRO, 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]

Mailing Address: 4231 Avenue of the Republic

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