Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Job Posting - Vice President, Development

Please Touch Museum®   
Position Description
Vice President, Development

Reports To:
 President & CEO


Direct Reports:
Associate Dir. Development
Development & Membership Coord.
Mg. Foundations & Gov’t Relations
Membership Manager

FLSA Status:


Effective Date:

Hours / Week:


Please Touch Museum, the Children’s Museum of Philadelphia (PTM) was founded in 1976 and was the first children’s museum to focus exclusively on young children ages birth to seven. PTM is multidisciplinary, providing exhibits and programs in the visual and performing arts, including theater, music and dance, literacy, humanities, math and science.  PTM’s exhibits are themed environments that are hands-on and interactive helping children to learn, develop and practice the skills and social skills they need to be ready for and successful in school and in future careers. The mission of Please Touch Museum is to enrich the lives of children by providing learning experiences through play.  In 2008 PTM moved to Memorial Hall in Fairmount Park, a National Historic Landmark Building built for the 1876 Centennial Exhibition.

Position Summary:

As a member of the Museum’s senior management team – provide leadership, management and strategies for all fundraising and membership related campaigns, programs, events and initiatives. 

Essential Functions:
  • Maintains and grows current funding and membership based relationships; through “moves management” looks for opportunities to increase funding from current sources;
  • Identify, research, attract and cultivate new funding prospects and sources; maintains and grows a personal list of current donors and prospects (individuals, corporations, foundations and government resources)
  • Raise $2M-$4M through identified strategies and tactics
  • Manage the $1.5M membership campaign, including identification of areas for growth
  • Successful management of Development Committee of Board of Directors 
  • Work closely with the President & CEO, Senior Management, Board of Directors and key constituents to expand museum’s current development program, setting both long and short-term goals
  • Advises, guides and provides leadership on planning for funding requests and outreach.
  • Work closely and collaboratively with the President & CEO and EVP on fundraising strategies. Provide support for the President & CEO, EVP, Board of Directors, and committees with their donor prospect lists, calls, letters and meetings.
  • Develops and implements strategies, plans and timelines to meet fundraising and membership goals.
  • Coordinate closely with the VP, External Relations and VP, Visitor Engagement on corporate sponsorship, grant proposals and events.
  • Participate with senior management in the ongoing planning and programming/development of the Museum as it relates to contributed revenue and membership
  • Serve as a representative of the Museum and its’ mission at internal and external events, programs, meetings, conferences and presentations.
  • Prepares and deliver activity reports on departmental activities for the staff, board and related committees.
  • Participate in professional societies and activities;
  • Manage, supervise and coordinate the Development & Membership Department.
  • Coordinate all development and membership activities across departments and must stay current with business trends and reports.
  • Manage and oversee the membership program and look for opportunities of growth within the program.
  • Manage and oversee all areas of contributed revenue and fundraising events and look for opportunities of growth within each program.
  • Participate in the development and maintenance of the Museum’s plans and programs as a community partner in evaluating & advising on the impact of long range fundraising planning.
  • Ensure and facilitate the Museum’s Strategic Planning Goals.
  • Demonstrates our commitment to the city and the region through a comprehensive plan for our historic home and through partnerships in our community and beyond;
  • Attain a long-term financial stability.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Competencies Needed for Position:

  • Strong Organizational Skills and attention to detail
  • Excellent leadership and interpersonal skills
  • Impeccable integrity
  • Exemplary communications and writing skills
  • Critical Evaluation

Minimum Qualifications:
  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited school; advance degree in relevant field preferred.
  • Minimum of eight years prior experience in senior level position with a nonprofit organization with proven success in development. Experience in fundraising and membership in a Museum or arts/culture related field
  • Experience in working closely with the Board of Directors and related committees
  • A proven track record of substantial and diverse fund development.
  • Demonstrates excellence and competence, collaboration, innovation and commitment to the mission of the museum.
  • Experienced leader who has been a member of an executive management team, demonstrating excellent accountability, leadership, communication, mentoring, empowerment and resource management skills.
  • Proven ability to make effective and persuasive presentations.
  • Proven ability to plan, develop and coordinate multiple projects to meet business goals.
  • Must demonstrate strong interpersonal skills, maturity and good judgment and be capable of communicating with a diverse range of individuals.
  • Budget analysis and various contributed revenue proposals.
  • Ability to put together a metrics plan to incorporate into a development & membership plan to achieve budgeted goals for the fiscal year.
  • Ability to analyze donor prospect research information to put together a solicitation plan.
  • Event management and, project management.
  • Understanding of best practices in the fields of development & membership; understanding and execution of the donor cultivation process

Please Touch Museum offers an excellent working environment; 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: Email: jmeyers@pleasetouchmuseum.org. fax: 215-581-3182 Office telephone:  215-581-3189     EOE

Posted on: Monday, October 13, 2014

Internal Deadline: Friday, October 17, 2014

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