Senior Development Officer

DEPARTMENT: Development/Advancement

SUPERVISOR: Director of Institutional Advancement

The Senior Development Officer reports to the Director of Institutional Advancement and holds primary responsibility for the following functional areas including corporate gifts of all sizes and for all Museum purposes, project management for all fundraising aspects of the annual Museum Ball, and cross-departmental collaboration for prospecting, cultivation, and solicitation for sponsorship of exhibitions and programs. The Senior Development Officer also serves as the senior member of the Development Department in the absence of the Director and assists in high-level strategy and planning.


  • Identify and secure Corporate Partners at levels of $1,000 – $50,000 annually, manage the stewardship (including benefit delivery and recognition) and renewal process of existing Corporate Partners including upgrade strategies where appropriate. Total program goal is approximately $350,000 annually.
  • With the Advancement Director, Development Events Manager and Ball Fundraising Chairs, coordinate and manage the overall fundraising plan for the Museum Ball. Identify potential sponsors, coordinate Ball fundraising plans within the overall Development Plan, assign individual prospects to the Executive Director, Director of Institutional Advancement or volunteer solicitors, personally solicit or coordinate the solicitation of corporate sponsors, and ensure proper acknowledgement of Ball sponsorships including recognition in printed materials. Serve as primary liaison to Museum Ball Fundraising leadership. Annual goal: $650,000
  • With the Advancement Director and Development Officer for Grants and Administration, coordinate the fundraising plan for corporate sponsorship of exhibitions, special programs and capital projects. Serve as development liaison to curatorial and education departments to identify sponsorship needs. Identify, cultivate and solicit potential sponsors. Prepare and execute sponsorship agreements and ensure delivery of all agreed-upon sponsor benefits, recognition and events.
  • Responsible for researching and identifying potential prospects, developing a cultivation plan and facilitating solicitation, including involving volunteer leadership and/or Museum personnel when appropriate.
  • With the Development Officer for Grants and Administration, responsible for preparing documents, proposals and supporting materials as needed to secure corporate gifts.
    Once a gift is secured, provide outstanding stewardship throughout the year, coordinate benefit delivery, and develop ongoing cultivation strategies to deepen the corporate donor’s involvement and loyalty to the Museum.
  • Identifies strategies for aligning multiple corporate giving opportunities with the interests and capacity of corporate donors.
  • Serves as the senior member of the Development Department in the absence of the Director of Institutional Advancement and assists the Director of Institutional Advancement in high-level department planning, strategy and staff oversight as-needed.


  • Bachelor’s Degree required; MBA or Masters in Non-Profit Management preferred.
  • At least five (5) years combined experience in non-profit fundraising, business development, corporate marketing or sales management required. Management, strategic planning or project management experience preferred.
  • Willingness to work evenings or weekends to support Museum events

An offer of employment is contingent upon verifying the accuracy of the information provided by the candidate and the successful passage of a background check. Review of applications will be ongoing until the position is filled.

Candidates should submit:

  • Letter of interest
  • Resume
  • Names, addresses, and phone number of three professional references
  • Representative writing sample

No phone calls or emails, please

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