Director of Advancement

The Bakken Museum

| Minneapolis, MN | January 17, 2019

This is a full-time, salaried position reporting to the Executive Director. The Director of Advancement is responsible for providing strategic leadership in advancement strategies for organizational growth and facilitating a culture of philanthropy. The Director of Advancement will build relationships with corporate and individual funders, is responsible for meeting development goals, and will oversee the museum’s marketing efforts. The Director of Advancement directly supervises the Associate Directors of Marketing and Development. This position serves as the liaison to the External Relations Committee comprised of board and community members.

Fundraising -75% of duties

– Develop and execute both The Bakken’s annual and long range fundraising plan and goals including the creation of a fundraising plan that accomplishes the goals of overall museum strategy.
– In collaboration with the Executive Director, other staff, and museum Board of Directors, secure financial support from individuals, foundations and corporations.
– Develop and maintain ongoing relationships with major donors in own portfolio as well as working with the Executive Director and key board members.
– Ensure proposals and reports for all foundation, corporate, and individual gifts are created and tracked.
– Create and execute strategies for a large sustained base of annual individual donors.
– Leads the museum’s moves management process from prospect research, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship.
– Train and mentor board, staff and volunteers on fund development and the culture of philanthropy.
– Ensures all donor communication, data management, and fundraising operations are being executed at a high level.
– Actively participate and provide leadership in the organization’s fundraising events.

Marketing/Public Relations -15% of duties
– With input from other museum leadership staff, develop and support a comprehensive marketing and communications strategy that improves our brand recognition and grows our audience.
– Assist the Associate Director of Marketing to develop, coordinate and publicize special events to generate positive awareness and support the museum’s earned revenue objectives.
-Represents the museum to diverse stakeholders including board members, donors, corporate partners, and general public.
– Provides leadership to all marketing and public relations efforts.

Strategy and Communications – 10% of duties
– With Executive Director and other museum senior leadership, develop and support museum’s short and long term strategic goals.
– This position plays a critical role in partnering with other departments and must fully understand museum exhibits, programs, and events in order to effectively foster community support.
– Effectively communicate departmental goals and progress with museum staff and Board of Directors.
– Identifies opportunities to streamline or improve current practices or systems.

Other duties as needed or required.

Associate Director of Development, Associate Director of Marketing, and Administration and Development Coordinator

1. BA (required), MA or other advanced degrees a plus, CFRE preferred.
2. 7+ years experience in all aspects of nonprofit fund development with a proven track record for increasing contributed revenue.
3. Demonstrated excellence in strategic leadership, organizational, managerial, and communication skills.
4. Museum fund development experience a plus.
5. Experience working with marketing and public relations in a nonprofit setting preferred.
6. Familiarity with a philanthropic community of the Twin Cities area, especially major corporate partners a plus.
7. Knowledge and ability to use Raiser’s Edge or similar CRM software required.

Send cover letter and resume to Michael Sanders, Executive Director, at

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