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 60-year history and values, commitment to its region and propels its mission into the 21st century.
Reporting to the Museum’s President/CEO and a member of the Senior Management Team, the Vice President of Philanthropy will lead the transformation and expansion of the Tallahassee Museum’s fundraising efforts and serve as a key cultivator and solicitor of donors, inspire constituents to higher levels of giving and work collaboratively with Museum Board members, staff and volunteers to ensure success in building strong 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 establish a new culture of philanthropy for the Museum, provide strategic direction to the President/CEO and Board and steward the Museum’s established donors, foster new relationships and position the Museum for a successful capital campaign. The Vice President of Philanthropy will have a unique opportunity to build the Philanthropy Department over the course of their tenure.
Identify, cultivate, solicit and steward 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.
Establish, manage and provide strategic direction for major gifts and planned giving programs that encompasses all phases of development activity from prospect identification to cultivation, solicitation and stewardship.
Working with the President/CEO, prepare the Museum for and help lead a successful Capital Campaign for new and expanded facilities.
Work with the Director of Membership and Marketing to develop and implement communications, membership strategies and publications to support development activities. Directly supervise the Director of Membership and Marketing who supervises a department of two.
Work with senior staff and department heads in conducting fundraising activities including research, proposal writing and reporting requirements.
Create annual development plan with prioritized goals and objectives and develop and manage the Philanthropy Department’s revenue/expense budget in coordination with the President/CEO.
Leverage greater opportunities for donor engagement and social interaction by attending, participating in and engaging visitors, members and donors at Museum events and gatherings and serving as an ambassador to the community.
Assist with Board recruitment, training and development.
Oversee the maintenance of the donor/membership database and maintain gift recognition programs.
Provide staff support to the Development and/or Capital Campaign Committee(s).
Bachelor’s degree required as is at least 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, a strong record of building long-term relationships and excellent philanthropic planning skills.
Excellent written and verbal communication skills and a strong ability to influence and inspire.
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.
Strong work ethic, ability to be highly organized, efficient and effective in task and time management.
Ability to collaborate, coordinate and work effectively with peers, Board of Directors, volunteers and community leaders.
Ability to work in high-visibility, fast-paced environment and manage multiple projects, initiatives and events in parallel.
Ethical compliance, confidentiality, and professionalism.
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 or arts organization.