Assistant Director of Development

Connecticut, United States
03 Jun 2020
End of advertisement period
03 Aug 2020
Contract Type
Full Time

Position Focus:

Reporting to the Director of the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History, the Assistant Director is responsible for developing and implementing financial solicitation programs for annual and capital giving to the Museum, from individuals and organizations, as well as developing and implementing financial and non-financial programs to promote active and ongoing engagement with the scientific and educational missions of the Museum. The Assistant Director will directly supervise a Development Coordinator, and will be responsible for all membership programs at the Museum.

Essential Duties

  1. Develop strategies of qualification, cultivation, and solicitation for a portfolio of individual prospects and donors capable of making annual and capital gifts to the Peabody Museum.  Create annual fund communications and manage an annual giving strategy for the Museum.  Perform full range of activities required to prepare, submit, and manage private (non-federal) grant proposals. Perform prospect research.
  2.  Implement solicitation strategies by recommending gift opportunities, ask amounts, and giving vehicles to prospective donors.  Meet activity and revenue goals by managing solicitation mailings and planning and maintaining a schedule of travel.
  3. Collaborate with principal, major, parent, international, reunion and planned giving officers in the central Office of Development, serving as a knowledgeable resource in support of potential prospect/donor development.
  4. Develop opportunities for top prospect engagement with the Museum Director and other museum leaders, scheduling meetings, writing briefings, letters, and other correspondence.
  5. Manage the activities of and correspondence with the Museum’s advisory board.  Assist with planning the advisory board meetings and develop programs and events on an ongoing basis for members. Plan and execute other development programs, events, and group cultivation approaches as appropriate.
  6. Craft all communications for use in fundraising and alumni engagement activities, including correspondence, proposals, brochures, briefings, gift acknowledgements, stewardship reports, donor recognition, and indentures. Manage the presence of museum giving opportunities on the website, updating descriptions and information as necessary.
  7. Write all stewardship correspondence and other donor communications. Manage the stewardship of gifts, including the acknowledgement of gifts in writing and through personal contact. Work with the Museum’s Business Office to ensure that new and existing funds are spent appropriately and ensure that all stewardship obligations are fulfilled.
  8. Works with other Development units (e.g., Planned Giving, Corporate & Foundations, etc.) to identify, engage and steward prospects appropriate for the Museum.
  9. May perform other duties as assigned.

Required Education and Experience

Bachelor's degree and five years of experience in development/fundraising, or other relationship-building areas in complex organizations; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Required Skill/Ability 1:

Entrepreneurial approach to fundraising, with a keen appreciation for the specific challenges of working with prospects who may lack a direct affiliation and/or involvement with the Museum or Yale University. Knowledge of and proficiency in annual fundraising strategies and techniques.

Required Skill/Ability 2:

Ability to work regularly and effectively with the Museum Director, Director of Development, other senior members of the Museum, and the university’s academic and administrative leadership. Affinity for the Museum and New Haven and a desire to spread the same feeling to others.

Required Skill/Ability 3:

Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to relate to donors, volunteers, and colleagues as well as University leadership and students. Professionalism, maturity, good judgment, and ability to foster and work well in a team environment. High level of integrity and ability to exercise confidentiality and discretion. Well-developed written and oral communication skills.

Required Skill/Ability 4:

Ability to prioritize and balance multiple tasks and projects with excellent attention to detail. Knowledge of and proficiency in Microsoft Office and ability to learn University databases.

Required Skill/Ability 5:

The ability and willingness to travel periodically and work occasional evenings and weekends.

Preferred Education, Experience and Skills:

Experience in a museum or cultural environment. Appreciation of natural history and science. Knowledge of corporate and foundation fundraising.

Weekend Hours Required? Occasional

Evening Hours Required? Occasional

Drug Screen: No

Health Screening: No

Background Check Requirements

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Posting Disclaimer

The intent of this job description is to provide a representative summary of the essential functions that will be required of the position and should not be construed as a declaration of specific duties and responsibilities of the particular position. Employees will be assigned specific job-related duties through their hiring departments.

Affirmative Action Statement:

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