Development Manager, Society of Fellows

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The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art invites all people to explore the art in its care, and through its vast collections, the depths, and complexities of human experiences.

We strive to create a sense of belonging, where staff and volunteers can do meaningful work connecting people to art. We create an informed, invested group of staff and volunteers through shared values and open, direct, and respectful communication. We embrace IDEAS (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, Access, and Sustainability) in every aspect of our ideals and aspirations, as we believe these values to be paramount to success.

Each staff member and volunteer will embody the institution’s commitments and agrees to exhibit behaviors that align with them. We hold one another to these expectations so that, together, we may know, own, energize and sustain our culture and the institution for generations to come.

*The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art requires all employees be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. This position requires on-site work at the museum.

Development Manager, Society of Fellows

Reporting to the Development Director, Society of Fellows, the Development Manager, Society of Fellows, is responsible for members within the $1,250 – $5,000 range. This position will oversee renewal and upgrade strategies and ensure stewardship and benefit fulfillment for Society of Fellows members.

Fundraising: Develop strategies to acquire, renew, and upgrade members in Society of Fellows to meet an annual set revenue goal with asks ranging from $1,250 – $5,000. Manage a comprehensive outreach plan—including print, email, and phone campaigns—to increase membership and steward donors.
Strategy Development: Using data analytics and donor feedback tools, recommend new and/or improved strategies to acquire, renew, and upgrade Society of Fellows members. Frequently assess performance of program through ROI measurement and benefit fulfillment tracking to identify membership trends and areas of improvement and suggest innovations.
Program and Event Management: Lead all programming efforts for Society of Fellows members, including Collector’s Circle events, exhibition openings, and other annual programming as needed. Collaborate with the museum’s curatorial and education teams to identify unique programming opportunities for members. Manage invitation lists, invitation design, entertainment booking, and other event logistics as needed in consultation with the museum’s event department. Oversee the museum’s participation in travel programs.
Development: Participate in the implementation of department target strategies that support the overall long-terms goals and objectives of the development division and museum.
Other: Complete all other duties as assigned or requested for the general support of the organization
Bachelor’s Degree in a related field or equivalent combination of education and experience.
Minimum of 5 years in individual giving/fundraising programs.
Strong expertise using Tessitura or other CRM software.
Extensive knowledge of fundraising principles, techniques, and ethics; an understanding of annual giving and membership strategies.
Emotional Intelligence: High EQ (emotional intelligence) with experience managing and building positive relationships with cross-functional teams.
Inclusion: Including and integrating all people and groups; respecting people from all backgrounds and cultures; understanding, accepting, and valuing differences between people
Communication Skills: Ability to interact professionally with all levels of internal staff and with external stakeholders. Strong interpersonal communication skills; diplomatic and collaborative work style. Excellent public speaking skills and ability to work with multiple audiences.
Organization Skills: Ability to establish priorities, meet deadlines, and handle numerous assignments concurrently.
Collaboration and Teamwork: Highly effective as a team member and collaborator. Excellent relationship management skills with proven ability to quickly earn the trust of key stakeholders, mobilize and motivate others, set direction and approach, and resolve conflict.
Integrity: Demonstrating honesty and a consistent and uncompromising adherence to strong moral and ethical principles and values.
Service Focus: Highly responsive and resourceful; strong propensity to provide excellent service and support internally and externally with a professional and approachable manner.
Technical Acumen: Well versed in technology and/or the ability to identify the technologies that have impact on the growth and sustainability of the museum and to attain the knowledge required to leverage the power of those technologies in the daily job.

Job Family: Development/Membership
Salary Grade: Starting Salary Range Grade Level 6: $52,200 – $58,770 per year
FLSA Classification: Exempt
Working Conditions/Physical Requirements:
Working conditions are typically that of an office environment. Works primarily at a desk, uses a PC/ Perform with frequent interruptions and/or distractions. Perform effectively under conditions of fluctuating workload.
Hours/Travel Expectations: Monday to Friday Workweek. May work nights, weekends, and holidays.
0-5% of Travel Required

The Nelson-Atkins is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages applications from people of color, persons with disabilities, women, and LGBTQ+ applicants.

The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate based on race, religion, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, non-disqualifying physical or mental disability, national origin, veteran status or any other basis covered by appropriate law. All employment is decided based on qualifications, merit, and business need. For individuals with disabilities who would like to request an accommodation, please contact the Human Resources Department.

The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art conducts pre-employment background checks as part of our selection process.


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