VICE PRESIDENT OF DEVELOPMENT
The Hiller Aviation Museum in San Carlos has seen nearly one million visitors since opening in 1998. With over 40 aircraft on display and numerous program offerings for all ages, the museum is an inspiring destination for Bay Area residents and a rich asset to the K-12 education community. The mission of the museum is to use aviation as a gateway for people to embrace adventure and innovation while using tools of science to explore how the physical world works and how the dream of flight is made into reality. Today, the museum enjoys positive trends in attendance, programmatic development and fiscal performance guided by an enthusiastic Board and staff who share a bright vision for the future.
A focus on new, immersive programs has helped generate a 60% increase in general visitation in recent years along with expansion of the museum's K-12 educational programs and camps. As a result, the museum is recognized as a key learning resource and cultural destination for visitors throughout the Bay Area. This community engagement has translated to financial success and stability with earned income from attendance, educational program fees, events, facility rentals and retail sales accounting for more than 70% of total income with the remainder generated from contributions by individuals, corporations, foundations and endowment.
The museum''s plans for future growth include further expansion of educational offerings and improvements to the visitor experience through the creation of immersive exhibits and interactive program experiences that complement the museum's aircraft collection. The Vice President, Development will be central to fulfilling those plans.
Reporting to the President & CEO and working closely with the museum's Board of Directors, the VP of Development is responsible for the successful implementation of all aspects of Hiller Aviation Museum's institutional fundraising efforts with a primary focus on major gift programs for capital projects and annual support, as well as directing efforts to secure individual, corporate and foundation support for ongoing museum operations. This is a full time position.
THE IDEAL CANDIDATE
- Collaborates with and guides the Executive Team including the President & CEO and Board members and committees in developing institutional fundraising capabilities and implementing major gift strategies.
- Creates institutional fundraising plans and goals that articulate focused strategies including projected revenues and expenses each fiscal year.
- Develops and implements appropriate cultivation strategies that progress prospects toward solicitation and closure of major gifts including the stewardship and management of existing donors and the development of relationships with potential major donors.
- Directs Development department staff and activities involved in ongoing operational fundraising efforts including sponsorships, annual campaigns, fundraising events and membership programs.
- Recruits, develops and orients volunteers to assist in fundraising activities in coordination with the Executive Team, including the President & CEO and the Board of Directors.
- Assists in recruiting new Board members and Board Committee members.
The ideal candidate will have many of the following attributes:
- A proven track record of accomplishment in fundraising with a highly-respected non-profit organization in the Bay Area with particular focus on Silicon Valley and the Peninsula.
- Major gifts success across corporate, corporate foundation and family foundation communities as well as individual donor communities.
- Demonstrated ability to organize and engage Boards and an Executive team in enthusiastically implementing fundraising strategies including identifying, cultivating and soliciting potential donors.
- Exceptional relationship building skills, high energy and self-confidence and a collaborative style and reputation. A first class reputation among peers.
- The leadership potential and ambition necessary to play the central role in an organization's development function. High potential individuals aspiring to step up to such a role are encouraged.
- Past experience with educationally-oriented non-profits including museums, while not necessary, would be a plus.
- Bachelor's degree in a related field with advanced education preferred.
- Likely, a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and/or a Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE) certification.
The successful candidate will be motivated by this opportunity to take a leadership role in achieving the Hiller Aviation Museum's mission while advancing their own career and reputation in the community and non-profit sector. A competitive compensation package of base salary and benefits consistent with the candidate's fundraising success and potential will be provided.
Send cover letter and resume to Janie Carmena via email to firstname.lastname@example.org