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JOB OPPORTUNITY: Dev. / External Affairs at SugarHill Children's Museum of Art and Storytelling

Tuesday, January 14, 2014   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Linda Hudson
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ABOUT BHC: A growing organization founded in 1983, Broadway Housing Communities (BHC) is committed to addressing the challenges of poverty and homelessness experienced by adults, children, families and entire communities in Upper Manhattan. BHC has developed six buildings that provide housing and other services for adults, children and families living in deep poverty; operates an award-winning early childhood center; and provides opportunities for tenants and the wider community to engage with the cultural arts. A seventh project now under construction in the National Historic District of Sugar Hill will include 124 units of permanent, affordable housing; an expanded childcare center; and a children’s museum of art and storytelling along with other community facilities. ABOUT SHCMAS: The Sugar Hill Children’s Museum of Art & Storytelling (SHCMAS) is the cultural capstone of BHC’s development in Sugar Hill, at the intersection of the historic African-American community of Harlem and the Latino community of Washington Heights. SHCMAS will provide young visitors with opportunities to discover, engage with and appreciate important works of art while strengthening their own cognitive and creative skills. Museum programs developed for 3-8 year olds and their families will feature exhibitions, ranging from single-artist presentations to thematic surveys and newly commissioned artist projects, intensive hands-on art education programs, monthly storytelling series and other public programs. Acknowledging the significance of art and storytelling in Sugar Hill’s history, intergenerational and cross cultural participation will be encouraged. POSITION Description: The Development and External Affairs Manager will provide leadership, strategic direction, management and execution of all fundraising efforts in cooperation with the Museum Director, senior staff, the Board of Trustees and outside consultants. S/he is responsible for the design and implementation of a comprehensive development campaign to raise at least $2 million annually in restricted and unrestricted gifts and grants in support of exhibitions, education programs, general support, capital and other special programs. The Development and External Affairs Manager identifies and profiles current and prospective corporate, individual, and foundation supporters; develops and cultivates positive relations with donors and prospects, and solicits and stewards major gifts. The Development and External Affairs Manager should be an experienced speaker and writer with excellent verbal and written communication skills and the ability to present and interpret program goals to potential donors. Must also have a demonstrated ability to establish and maintain positive and productive working relationships with all levels of staff, donors, and volunteers. Must be able to interact and network actively in the local community as well as among professional groups, corporate and philanthropic leaders and current donors to enhance development objectives.The Development and External Affairs Manager will be a key member of the Museum’s senior management team, will report to the Museum Director, work closely with and provide leadership for the Museum’s board and key committees, and recruit and supervise the development staff, interns and volunteers. RESPONSIBILITIES:
· Plan and execute strategic fundraising for the museum’s operations and program needs, including but not limited to: grant requests and awards; corporate and individual sponsorships; annual fund; endowment campaign; planned giving; matching and in kind gifts; and capital investments.· Work with Museum Director and department directors to implement annual development plan; identify and cultivate major gift donors, foundation and government grant opportunities; develop Board fundraising capacity; grant writing; solicit corporate sponsors; coordinate a multi-pronged capital campaign; manage targeted direct mail campaigns; and manage all special events. · Ensure timely preparation and follow up for solicitation and grant writing; assure proper acknowledgement for all gifts and grants through thank-you letters, fulfillment of benefits, reporting mechanisms, and ongoing contact to donors; and manage the matching gifts and in-kind gift solicitation and responses.· Supervise the successful planning, development and implementation of the Museum’s membership program; plan, direct and attend member events and donor receptions; and ensure recognition of distinguished contributors.· Provide staff leadership to the Board Development Committee; assist Museum Director in training board members in development best practices and engage them in various fundraising initiatives; attend Board meetings and report briefly. · Responsible for leading the Museum’s communications strategy, including the copy writing and design of all fundraising literature and website content. Work with Museum Director and Communications Consultant to develop and implement comprehensive marketing and public relations strategy, and the use of social media.· Oversee management of the donor database and list management; implement and maintain reporting mechanisms to monitor income, provide analysis of status toward annual goals and program funding needs; set policies and procedures for retention of other data and reporting; and maintain security and quality control.· Supervise development staff; train and lead other staff, interns and volunteers to support fundraising and marketing efforts. QUALIFICATIONS/REQUIREMENTS: · A bachelor’s degree required, with graduate training preferred, in professionally appropriate field;· 5+ years of direct fundraising experience, within a museum, arts and culture institution, or similarly complex not-for-profit organization;· A proven track record of designing and leading efforts to secure high five and six figure gifts/grants and meet fundraising goals, revenue targets and deadlines; demonstrated ability to prospect, cultivate, and manage new accounts;· Strong verbal communications skills and demonstrated ability to write clearly and persuasively; effectively represent SHCMAS and articulate its mission to diverse constituencies;· Proven organizational skills; able to schedule and complete multiple short- and long-term tasks; solid experience developing budgets and cost controls;· Superior interpersonal and leadership skills to collaborate effectively with Museum constituencies and staff; Ability to effectively manage and motivate board members and volunteers and to cultivate meaningful relationships with donors and prospects; · Proven management and leadership capabilities; strong partnership-building and event planning skills; · High energy, positive, "can-do” attitude, flexibility, teamwork, and attention to detail; high degree of initiative;· Computer literate, including familiarity with Donor Perfect or other fundraising and database software; · Fluency in Spanish a plus. APPLICATION: To apply for a position at BHC/SHCMAS, please email your resume and cover letter with salary requirements to Applicant review will continue until the position is filled. Please indicate your last name and "Development and External Affairs Manager " in the subject line. No phone calls, please -- we will respond to those candidates whose qualifications are best aligned with the components of this job description.BHC is committed to providing equal employment opportunity without regard to race, ethnicity, religion, gender identity, national origin, age, citizenship status, marital status, sexual orientation, veteran status, height, weight, or disability. Women, older adults, people of color, poor and low-income people, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Salary commensurate with experience. We offer a comprehensive benefits package, including health, dental, 403(b) retirement plan and paid time off.

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