Senior Development/Development Officer

Bell Museum of Natural History

| Twin Cities, MN | Posted July 6, 2017 |


The Development Officer/Sr. Development Officer will establish and lead the full range of fundraising efforts for the Bell Museum of Natural History and Planetarium, the gateway to the sciences at the University of Minnesota. This work is both strategic and hands-on. The Development Officer/Sr. Development Officer will oversee individual and corporate/foundation giving in addition to annual fund, membership, and grant development efforts. S/he will also serve as an architect and principal leadership gift officer for a Museum capital campaign. S/he will directly supervise one individual, with the possibility of a second staff member joining the team later in the year. There is a larger context and team for the Museum’s fundraising – the Development Director will work in close collaboration with the Museum Executive Director, and is a member of the CFANS Advancement team within the College of Food, Agricultural, and Natural Resource Sciences (the Bell’s home department within the University) and the University of Minnesota Foundation.

The efforts of this position focus on the activities taking place at the new Bell Museum facility, as well as through statewide outreach efforts.

This individual is a dynamic and experienced fundraising professional with a passion for public education and cultural institutions. S/he embraces and represents the full vision of the organization and inspires others with her/his enthusiasm, knowledge, and integrity. The Development Director reports to the CFANs Chief Development Officer, works in close collaboration with the Museum’s Executive Director and serves on the museum’s senior leadership team.

Required Qualifications:
• Bachelor’s degree and three years demonstrated ability to successfully solicit major gifts; or experience in marketing, sales, public relations, financial advisement or related field with emphasis on relationship cultivation and solicitation of individuals/businesses Experience in qualification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of donors
• Demonstrated track record of securing gifts of $100,000+
• Demonstrated ability to promote and successfully solicit gifts, managing a prospect portfolio, designing and implementing cultivation and solicitation strategies, and ensuring follow-up activities and stewardship
• Proven ability to work effectively and tactfully with a diverse group of internal and external constituents
• Ability to work independently and with excellent judgment and attention to detail
• Master storyteller – excellent written and oral communication skills
• Impeccable and detail-oriented organizat ion, planning, problem solving skills
• Thrives in a collaborative environment
• Exhibits integrity and discretion
• Demonstrated evidence of ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously by employing effective management strategies
• Successful supervisory experience
• Requires occasional regional travel and attendance at some evening and weekend events
• Access to reliable transportation and ability to travel for donor visits is required

Preferred Qualifications:
• Bachelor’s degree and five years demonstrated ability to successfully solicit major gifts; or experience in marketing, sales, public relations, financial advisement or related field with emphasis on relationship cultivation and solicitation of individuals/businesses.
• Fundraising experience in nonprofits and/or cultural institutions
• Capital campaign experience
• Events development and management experience
• Experience working with advisory or other board structures and members

To apply, visit the University of Minnesota’s employment board:
https://z.umn.edu/Sr_DO_Bell_Museum

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