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Director of Development

Amelia Earhart Hangar Museum
Job Description
Reporting directly to the AAEF Board Chair, the Director of Development is responsible for planning, developing, organizing, and directing all Amelia Earhart Hangar Museum (AEHM) fundraising. This responsibility includes major gifts programs, capital campaigns, annual fund, planned giving, and special events. Above all, the Director of Development is charged with developing and executing a financial plan that ensures the AEHM continues to meet its core mission and evolving goals. The Director of Development is a leading role, working closely with the Board and other volunteers to develop and articulate the strategic direction of the Museum, and to implement the resulting strategies and initiatives.

Directs capital and endowment fundraising for Amelia Earhart Hangar Museum.
  • With Campaign Leadership Cabinet and Board of Directors, identifies, engages, and directs activities of capital fundraising projects.
  • Develops and executes plan for capital and endowment fundraising including but not limited to case preparation; donor identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship; donor recognition; and associated solicitation and celebration events.

Directs annual fund development activities for Amelia Earhart Hangar Museum.
  • With the AAEF Board, establishes the annual fund goal as part of the museum’s overall operating budget.
  • With the AAEF Board, articulates annual development plan for achieving goal in the following areas from individual, foundation, corporate, and government prospects: unrestricted operating funds, temporarily restricted funds (designated specifically for exhibits and/or programs), and events.

Creates, implements, and maintains an ongoing system for donor identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship.
  • With the AAEF Board, personally identifies, cultivates, solicits, and stewards both individuals and corporations for major gifts, including planned gifts and  endowment.
  • Maintains a visible presence in the community through attendance at events, receptions, and other activities in order to identify and cultivate museum supporters.
  • Develops personal relationships with past and present board members to encourage and increase board giving.
  • Ensures systematic documentation of donor activities.
  • Increases membership participation and advances entry-level members to donor levels.
  • Develops and pursues a strategy for government funding.

SECONDARY JOB FUNCTIONS (upon opening of museum)
Oversees museum’s membership program.
  • Oversees development and implementation of an annual membership acquisition and renewal plan.
  • Ensures that membership, marketing, and visitor services activities are coordinated to optimize membership sales and renewals.

Necessary Education or Work Experience
  • Bachelor’s degree.
  • Minimum three years experience in successful major gifts fund raising for nonprofit institutions.

Required Knowledge and Skills
  • Highly motivated and innovative self-starter.
  • Ability to develop and implement creative fundraising strategies to enhance the museum’s profile in the community and optimize resource development efforts.
  • Comfort and skill in developing personal relationships during museum events and in off-site social and professional settings.
  • Excellent planning and organizational skills.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Excellent analytical skills for sound business decisions in budgeting and resource allocation.
  • Familiarity with strategic marketing and its relationship to development activities.
  • Experience in running annual, capital, and endowment campaigns.
  • Success with national foundation grants.
  • Familiarity with planned giving strategies.
  • Occasional weekend and evening work required.
  • CFRE preferred.
Interested candidates should send a resume, cover letter, and salary requirements to by June 24, 2019.
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