Development Manager

The Iowa Children's Museum

Coralville, IA Fundraising / Human Services & Non-Profit $40,000 to $50,000 yearly
The Development Manager (DM) is an innovative, self-starting professional responsible for building relationships and raising funds to support the ongoing program needs and long-range goals of The Iowa Children’s Museum. This important work is carried out in tandem with the executive director, development committee, board of directors and fellow members of the staff leadership team. The DM seeks to meet annual contributed revenue goals through the formation and implementation of an annual development plan--drawing on a range of strategies, including individual gifts, special events, grants, sponsorships, major gifts, planned giving, etc. In coordination with the marketing and communications manager, the DM plays a key role in shaping and advancing the museum's overall public relations and brand strategy.

Supervisory Responsibilities:
Development/Marketing Assistant and Volunteer Guild

Key Responsibilities:

  • Creates an annual development plan with the executive director and the development committee to meet contributed income goals outlined in the museum’s annual budget. Identifies, cultivates and solicits donors--including, but not limited to, individuals, corporate sponsors and foundations.
  • Nurtures and sustains productive relationships and collaborations with key donors, colleagues, and individuals who are in a position to advance the mission of the museum.
  • Identifies, develops and facilitates special event fundraisers with the support of staff, volunteer guild and board of directors.
  • Manages the ICM donor database as a key fundraising and communications tool, maintaining accurate and secure records of donor information.
  • Serves as a liaison to the ICM board of directors and staff leadership team.
  • Increases the financial stability of the institution by maximizing resources, growing contributed revenue over time and continually developing innovative approaches to the work.
  • Participates in a range of community activities and events that help to keep the museum front and center. Serves as a main spokesperson for the organization on a regular basis.
  • Leads the board development committee, setting meetings, agendas, overall strategy, etc.
  • Assists in the review of all programs and exhibits to confirm that they reflect the museum’s mission and attract visitors, engage children, empower parents, inspire educators and meet the needs of an increasingly diverse community.
Volunteer Management
  • Recruits, trains and leads volunteers to support special event fundraisers.
  • Helps to lead, inspire and nurture a cohesive, effective and innovative volunteer guild.
Other duties as assigned by the Executive Director.

  • College degree in relevant field required.
  • Minimum of three years of fundraising and/or other relevant non-profit management experience required. Past experience in an educational or arts & culture institution preferred.
  • Demonstrated ability to plan, execute and lead others.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication, interpersonal, and customer service skills required.
  • Past experience with a range of different approaches to non-profit fundraising--including presentation-making, grant-writing, storytelling and face-to-face "asks"--required.
  • Strong computer skills required. Substantial experience with database management highly preferred.
  • Self-motivated and responsible.
  • Highly organized and capable of juggling multiple priorities, projects and deadlines.
  • Flexibility and a strong spirit of teamwork are essential.
  • Enthusiastic about working in a children’s museum environment.
  • Appreciates the value of The Power of Play.

Work Schedule:
Generally weekdays, Monday-Friday. Evening and weekend work required throughout the year, especially during (and in the weeks preceding) major special event fundraisers and ICM celebrations, as well as peak seasons for museum traffic.

$40,000-$50,000 annually based on relevant experience in the field; paid time-off; health, dental, vision, life, retirement, disability and all other federally mandated benefits. This is a full-time, exempt position.

To Apply:
Please submit resume and cover letter by 5 p.m. on Friday, November 8. We believe that, in order to create the team-oriented atmosphere that is crucial to our success, we should never ask another staff member to do a job that we would not do ourselves (i.e. clean, pick up props, attend to a toilet training accident, etc). Our entire staff must have the attitude to “do whatever it takes” to make The ICM a wonderful place for kids to play and learn. Our visitors are our guests. We strive to be known for our friendliness, outstanding customer service and high quality learning experiences. The ICM inspires all children to imagine, create, discover and explore through the Power of Play!

The Iowa Children’s Museum is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Application Instructions:

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Development Manager

The Iowa Children's Museum

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Job ID: 69676

Posted 26 days ago

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