Strategic Partnership & Relationship Manager

Minnesota Children’s Museum Rochester

| Rochester, MN |  October 2, 2018 |

Sparking children’s learning through play.

The Strategic Partnership and Relationship Manager for the Rochester site of Minnesota Children’s Museum creates, develops, and implements effective, comprehensive and strategic programs & plans to bring lasting impact for families through building sustainable contributed revenue streams. This individual works as the leader for Minnesota Children’s Museum Rochester to oversee and ensure annual and long-term revenue goals are met by identifying strategic partnerships, supporters, and collaborators within the community. The Strategic Partnership and Relationship Manager oversees the direct implementation of the plans and programs they create including: corporate and private foundation grants, securing of individual and corporate partners, as well as leading the planning and execution of events. This position is responsible for maintaining a portfolio of prospective and active donors with the support of museum Director. Position requires ability to act in an autonomous fashion in an environment that encourages collaboration, creativity and flexibility in how the position duties are performed.

Supervision Summary
This position does not directly supervise any staff but may supervise and work with volunteers.

Major Job Accountabilities
• Identify, cultivate and steward strategic partners within the community that align with the organizations revenue objectives and enable execution of the museum’s mission for families.
• Create sustainable collaborations with these community partners that can achieve long-term revenue streams.
• Prepare and implement annual plan to achieve contributed revenue goals and prepare forecast for annual budget in collaboration with Development Department at MCM
• Ensure annual contributed revenue budget goals are met and recommending corrective actions to close any projected gaps
• Research and lead submission of strategic funding requests from corporate, foundation, and government granting sources that align with museums mission in collaboration with the MCM Development Department.
• Manage partnership projects including people processes and deadlines
• Lead execution of all development-driven events, including the Museum’s annual gala as well as the coordination of smaller-scale sponsor, donor cultivation, and stewardship events. Manage and maintain a portfolio of prospective and active institutional donors and sponsors and facilitate the museum Director with resources to manage their portfolio as well.
• Oversee systems for reporting, tracking, and analysis of individual and corporate giving and results
• Serve as an integral leader within the museum. Responsibilities may fall outside of specific items mentioned above.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required
• Ability to develop, implement, and sustain partnerships and relationships
• Skill and flexibility required for leading, influencing and motivating a diverse group of people.
• Ability to work and collaborate with people at all levels of the organization/across departments
• Innovative and creative strategizing and problem solving skills.
• Ability to be proactive and communicate effectively with variety of staff, volunteers, board members, donors and donor prospects
• Proven skills and ability in event planning, coordination, evaluation and wrap-up.
• Ability to see overall vision as well as focus on detail.
• Proven ability to manage and organize several projects and tasks simultaneously adhering to, ambitious timelines.
• Ability to work independently and use sound judgment in making decisions.
• Excellent skills in written, oral and interpersonal communication.
• Budget management.
• Flexibility to work weekends and evenings as required by job responsibilities.

• Minimum of three (3) years of formal education, training or experience in building strategic partnerships or a similar role that demonstrates the skills and abilities required
• Proven track record of meeting financial goals
• Prior experience in writing, achieving and managing grants (preferred, but not required)
• Proven ability to prioritize and manage simultaneous deadlines and tasks
• Experience working with volunteer committees (Preferred, but not required)

Available Benefits
• Competitive pay
• Health, dental, vision, short-term disability, life, AD&D, critical illness, accident, and hospital indemnity insurance
• Employer paid long-term disability, basic life insurance, and basic AD&D insurance
• Retirement savings plan with employer match
• Pre-tax options for: health spending, dependent care, and transportation
• Free family admission to museum

About MCM
Minnesota Children’s Museum’s mission is sparking children’s learning through play. We are dedicated to providing children with a fun, hands-on and stimulating environment to explore and discover. With locations in St. Paul and Rochester, MCM employs 65 full-time and 90 part-time employees and engages over 1,500 volunteers and interns. At MCM, our workplace values that guide how we work together are: Play, Include, Grow, Serve, and Strive.

Minnesota Children’s Museum is dedicated to growing a diverse and culturally competent team of highly engaged staff and volunteers to reflect and equitably serve the vibrant community around us. We embrace differences in age, ability, color, ethnicity, gender identity and/or expression, national origin, race, religion, and sexual orientation. We strongly encourage the application of individuals from diverse backgrounds, including but not limited to: Black, Indigenous, and people of color; immigrants and refugees; LBGTQIA individuals; people with disabilities; religious minorities; and the elderly.

Submit a resume and cover letter and complete and online application at

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