VP of Development
Company: Betty Brinn Children's Museum, Inc.
Posted on: November 19, 2023
VP of DevelopmentStatus: Full-time - ExemptLocation: 929 E.
Wisconsin Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53202Reports to: CEOOur
Mission:Inspire all children to wonder and explore their world
through play and innovative, hands-on learning experiences.Become a
valued member of the Betty Brinn Children's Museum's (BBCM) team!
We are looking for enthusiastic, driven, analytical team players
with a passion for early childhood education to help us reach our
goal of providing ALL children with high-quality, hands-on, playful
learning experiences. We believe teamwork stems from supportive and
cooperative discussions. We invest in our team members'
professional growth and celebrate curious minds.At the Museum, we
are committed to equal employment opportunities for all employees
and job applicants, and it prohibits any form of discrimination or
harassment based on factors such as race, color, religion, age,
gender, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected
veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other
characteristic protected by federal, state, or local laws.Position
Summary: BBCM is seeking a proven fundraiser and pivotal leader to
serve as the next Vice President (VP) of Development. The VP of
Development is responsible for leading the organization's
fundraising and development strategies and goals. This role will
build a robust and comprehensive fundraising program, playing a key
role in shaping the organization's financial sustainability to
create a stronger and more diverse network of stakeholders to
enhance the Museum's impact.Primary responsibilities include
creating and leading the implementation of a comprehensive
development plan, designing, executing, and monitoring a robust
moves management fundraising operation aimed at securing funding
from a diverse array of individual, corporate, and foundation
contributors, overseeing donor communications, and nurturing strong
donor relationships. The VP provides guidance and direction to the
development team, ensuring that their goals, outcomes, and
expectations align with the Museum's mission. This position
directly supervises the Annual Fund Director and Grant Writer.The
VP of Development collaborates closely with the Board of Directors
and serves as a member of the BBCM leadership team to advance the
organization's vision, with a specific focus on leading the Museum
through a Capital Campaign to secure a new location in
- Develop and execute a comprehensive development and fundraising
strategy aligned with the Museum's mission. This includes providing
leadership of a portfolio of current and prospective donors with
the capacity to make annual donations of $10,000 or more, providing
fundraising strategy and direction for the BBCM leadership and
development teams to support their moves management activities,
creating and implementing a comprehensive development plan to
enhance donor retention, increase donor engagement, boost
visibility and meet the ongoing annual and capital needs of
- Oversee and drive campaign activity, including strategic
planning, campaign reporting, campaign communications, and a robust
moves management plan aimed at meeting, if not exceeding, campaign
goals and priorities.
- Design strategies to enhance donor retention, increase donor
engagement, and identify new donors.
- Provide fundraising strategy, direction, and support to the
board in learning about the fundraising function, identify those
activities in which they will support fundraising and support/train
them in their moves management activities.
- Identify and qualify prospective donors to support donor
acquisition and BBCM's focus on establishing a major gift
- Elevate donor engagement through effective communication,
stewardship, and retention strategies to foster deeper
relationships and support.
- Work with the finance function to create annual fundraising
goals, budgets and fundraising projections.
- Identify, cultivate, solicit, and expand the number of
individual annual, mid-level, and planned giving prospects and
- Provide analysis and reporting on the overall performance of
fundraising against goals and strategic plans, thereby ensuring
financial sustainability and growth for the organization.
- Create fundraising strategies to maximize revenue opportunities
at appropriate events, initiatives, and programmatic work.
- Collaborate across the organization to develop fundraising
goals and strategies that align with the organization's mission and
- Partner with the marketing function to create an intentional
and integrated communications strategy that includes collaboration
on message creation, donor communications (including direct mail
and other writing currently done by development staff), and
- Serve as a key leadership team member and active participant in
making strategic decisions.QualificationsSeven years of progressive
experience in development and fundraising, with a minimum of three
years in a senior leadership role overseeing operational and
performance outcomes.Skills and Abilities
- Joy for fundraising, including a passion for making asks and
managing donor relationships.
- Verified track record of meeting or exceeding measurable
fundraising goals in a medium to large, fast-paced nonprofit
- Demonstrated fundraising success in corporate, foundation,
workplace, individual and major gifts.
- Excellent written and verbal communication and presentation
skills to effectively convey the Museum's vision and the importance
of the campaign to potential donors.
- Experience supervising and managing a diverse team with
demonstrated ability to work collaboratively, delegate
responsibility, and inspire, engage and motivate staff.
- Highly motivated self-starter with strong organizational skills
and the ability to perform and prioritize multiple tasks.
- Several years of experience building, developing and retaining
strong relationships with donors and volunteers, including board
members. A collaborative and communicative work-style that
translates into strong results with donors as well as internal
- Experience with capital campaigns is a plus.
- Commitment to the Museum's mission.BBCM offers a generous
benefits package, including but not limited to the
following:Starting salary begins at $90,000
- Medical Insurance (BBCM pays 80% of cost)
- Dental Insurance (BBCM pays 80% of cost)
- Vision, Critical Illness, Accidental Insurance, Supplementary
Life, and Accidental Death Dismemberment eligibility
- HSA with employer contributions
- HRA employer-paid plan
- Employer-paid plans for Life and Accidental Death and
Dismemberment Insurance &
- Long-Term Disability
- 401k with the Museum contributing 5% at year-end (not matching
every pay period)
- Three weeks PTOAll offers of employment are contingent upon
clear results of thorough background and reference checks. This
position will remain open until filled.To apply, please submit your
resume, cover letter, and three professional references.
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