Director of Development

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The McLean County Museum of History, located in historic downtown Bloomington, IL, is one of America’s premier county historical museums. In 2020 it was recognized with the Award of Excellence by the American Association of State and Local History, the premier recognition of excellence in our field. The Museum’s mission is rooted in education, and it has built a reputation for delivering high-quality, thought provoking and inclusive exhibits and programs to our growing, diverse community. The museum has recently completed a very successful capital campaign. It is now shifting its development efforts to building annual support and on planned giving.

The Museum is currently seeking a full-time Director of Development to work directly with the Executive Director to cultivate and secure philanthropic support. This includes work on annual giving, major gifts, planned giving, grants, special events, and the Museum’s membership program. The Director of Development is supported by a half time assistant.  The successful candidate would ideally begin working no later than September 30, 2020. Salary range is $45,000-$65,000 depending on experience.

The ideal candidate should:
Enjoy building personal relationships with donors and community partners who are passionate about local history and education;
·       Develop and implement a successful donor strategy and execution plan in partnership with a team of staff, volunteers, and the Museum Board of Directors;
·       Prepare and present reports to the Museum Director and Board regarding outreach activities, the status of fundraising efforts, and progress toward reaching donor and fundraising goals;
·       Take ownership for or assist with special projects as needed and as assigned by the Museum Director to advance the mission and effectiveness of the Museum;
Be able to prioritize and manage numerous ongoing projects;
Have excellent organizational, writing, and verbal communication skills;
Work effectively;
Be knowledgeable of the communities of McLean County;
Enjoy asking people to invest financially and meaningfully in the Museum.

The Director of Development is responsible for:
The Museum’s Philanthropic support, which is achieved through:
Collaborative work with the Executive Director;
Recruitment of board members willing to aid in solicitation;
Working collaboratively with Museum Board and Executive Director in carrying out solicitations;
Maintaining an up-to-date donor database;
Analyzing giving trends of museum donors;
Producing giving reports for the Executive Director and Board;
Managing matching gift fulfillment;
Becoming personally acquainted with museum supporters;
Generating membership-related solicitations and acknowledgements;
Organizing museum’s annual Gala and other donor-related events;
Supporting as primary staff for Lincoln Club activities;
Identifying and cultivating with the Executive Director planned gift donors;
Identifying sponsorship opportunities for Museum activities and identifying and soliciting sponsors for those activities;
Writing Museum newsletter articles, annual report, and other Museum literature;
Supervising an assistant who will be tasked with donor data management and production of direct mail programs and thank you letters, as well as assisting win the production of special events;
Developing with the Executive Director relationships with corporate and foundation donors.
Sponsorship development: identification and solicitation of prospects:
Seek corporate sponsorship
Research potential corporate and foundation funding sources.
Grant research, writing, and management:
Work with Museum staff to identify funding needs and grant sources
Collaborate with staff to research, write, and manage grants.
Participate in professional organizations in development and museums.
Performs other duties as assigned by the Executive Director.

Bachelor’s degree; additional fundraising certification a plus
Minimum 3 years of development or related experience, preferably in Central Illinois.
Basic knowledge of donor software and fundraising principles and techniques.
Strong personal integrity and intentional follow-through.
Available for occasional weekend/evening donor solicitations and activities.
Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite.

Send résumé, cover letter, and three professional references to Executive Director by August 31, 2020.

Dr. Julie Emig

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