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Vice President of Philanthropy Position Opening

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Vice President of Philanthropy Position Opening








The Tallahassee Museum seeks a seasoned and accomplished Vice President of Philanthropy to join its team in shaping a new vision for its future-a future that builds upon its unique 65-year history and values, commitment to its region, and propels its mission into the 21st century.

Reporting to the Museum’s President/CEO and member of the Senior Management Team, the Vice President of Philanthropy will lead the expansion of the Tallahassee Museum’s fundraising efforts and serve as a critical cultivator and solicitor of donors and inspire constituents to higher levels of giving. The Vice President of Philanthropy will collaborate with Museum Board members, staff, and volunteers to ensure success in building substantial donor and constituent relationships to support the Museum’s mission and vision for the future.

The Vice President of Philanthropy will have a unique opportunity to build upon the Museum’s culture of philanthropy, provide strategic direction to the President/CEO and Board, steward the Museum’s established donors, and foster new relationships. The Vice President of Philanthropy will lead the Museum toward success in a current Capital Campaign and the Division of Institutional Advancement, including annual fund, membership, marketing, sponsorships, and grants.

Essential Functions

 Identifies, cultivates, solicits and stewards capital campaign, annual fund, foundation, corporate and planned gift and existing and prospective donors in close collaboration with the President/CEO, Board members and senior leadership staff.

Establishes, manages and provides strategic direction for major gifts and planned giving programs encompassing all development activity phases from prospect identification to cultivation, solicitation and stewardship.

Working with the President/CEO and the Board successfully leads a Capital Campaign for new and expanded facilities.

Directs the Annual Fund and Membership Manager, Administrative Operations Manager, and Membership Assistant in developing and implementing communications and membership strategies and publications to support development activities. Directly supervises the Annual Fund and Membership Manager and Administrative Operations Manager.

Works with and in conjunction with senior staff and department heads in conducting corporate, foundation, and government fundraising activities, including research, proposal writing, and reporting requirements.

Creates an annual development plan with prioritized goals and objectives and develop and manage the Division of Institutional Advancement’s revenue/expense budget with the President/CEO.

Leverages excellent donor engagement and social interaction opportunities by participating in and engaging visitors, members, and donors at Museum events and gatherings.

Assist with Board recruitment, training, and development.

Oversees the maintenance of the donor/membership database and maintains gift recognition programs. Provides staff support to the Board’s Governance, Development, and Capital Campaign Committee(s).


 Bachelor’s degree required and 7-10+ years of progressively responsible development experience, quantifiable results in all areas of fundraising with a focus on major gifts, previous capital campaign leadership experience, and a strong record of building long-term relationships and excellent philanthropic planning skills.

Excellent written and verbal communication skills and a solid ability to influence, inspire, and lead.

Ability to gather and synthesize information and turn it into a compelling case statement. Ability to effectively communicate the Museum’s mission and goals to current and prospective donors and stakeholders.

Possess a strong work ethic and ability to be highly organized, efficient, and effective in task and time management.

Demonstrated ability to collaborate, coordinate, and work effectively with peers, Board of Directors, volunteers, and community leaders.

Ability to work in a high-visibility, fast-paced environment and manage multiple projects, initiatives, and events in parallel.

Ethical compliance, confidentiality, and professionalism.

Preferred Qualifications

 Knowledge and use of Blackbaud Altru or Razor’s Edge fundraising platforms and wealth intelligence/prospect- building software such as WealthEngine;

CFRE certification; and

Previous experience in a museum, cultural, or arts organization.


 Competitive and commensurate with experience.

Starting Date

 As soon as the position is filled.

Application Procedures

 Interested applicants should send a letter of interest detailing how their qualifications meet the profile of this position, a resume, and salary expectations in confidence to:

Russell S. Daws


Tallahassee Museum 3945 Museum Drive

Tallahassee, FL 32310-6325


Museum Background

 The Tallahassee Museum is a vibrant non-profit organization that has served the Big Bend community since 1957. In recent years, the Museum has made significant investments to thoughtfully plan its future, diversify and strengthen its revenues, and offer programs and activities to attract and delight a diverse audience. The result has been a substantial increase in visitors and steady revenue growth.

The Tallahassee Museum is also one of the leading history and natural science museums in Florida and the Southeast. Located on fifty-two acres on a chain of lakes in southwest Tallahassee, the Museum offers distinctive programs, exhibits, and events focused on North Florida’s and South Georgia’s unique cultural and natural history. The Museum has remained accredited by the American Alliance of Museums since 1985.

As one of the few museums in the nation combining historical buildings, displays of native wildlife, and a beautiful natural setting, the Tallahassee Museum illustrates the dynamic interactions between people and their environment. Furthermore, the Museum is unequaled in the state with its displays of vernacular architecture and live animals historically native to the region.

The Museum is also the home of the internationally acclaimed exhibit Jim Gary’s Twentieth Century Dinosaurs. These vividly colored dinosaurs sculpted from recycled car parts evoke thoughts about art, science, and sustainability. Tallahassee Tree to Tree Adventures, the Museum’s aerial adventure course with zip lines, encourages visitors to explore the majesty of nature from high in the trees.

The Museum is the region’s oldest museum. For many Tallahassee residents and visitors, the Museum is their “favorite place,” “a beloved family tradition,” and “the premiere cultural organization in this community.” With services to over 150,000 people per year, the Museum is a crucial element in the Region’s cultural and educational fabric.

The Museum enjoys a broad base of support. Approximately 70% of the Museum’s 3.2 million dollar budget is generated from earned income activities. Private and public donations and grant support account for the remaining 30% percent of the Museum’s budget. Furthermore, 80% of the Museum’s expenses are directly associated with program services expenses, while only 10% are allocated to management and general costs and 10% to fundraising expenses. A recent economic impact study demonstrated that Tallahassee Museum visitors directly spent 7.5 million dollars in our community and that the Museum had a total economic impact of 14 million dollars.

The Museum is a private 501(c) 3 nonprofit Florida corporation with a Board of Trustees, a staff of 50 full-time and part-time employees, and approximately 800 volunteers.

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