Seeking a dynamic professional fundraiser to join the team that is raising funds in support of the Children’s Science Center’s mission today and vision tomorrow as we build Northern Virginia’s Science Center. This candidate will be an integral part of a team that is creating a regional resource that will be part of our cultural and educational landscape for generations. The Advancement Manager will help the organization raise major gifts from individuals, companies and foundations. This position reports directly to the Director of Advancement and works collaboratively with the Executive Director, Board External Affairs Committee, Administrative, Finance, Experience and Communications teams.
Specific responsibilities include:
Oversee day-to-day operations and calendar of events and activities for the Advancement team
Collaboratively manage the duties of Advancement Associates and Grants Coordinator to meet annual budget goals in contributed revenue from individual, corporate and foundation sources
Plan and execute fundraising, stewardship and cultivation events
Coordinate the activities of a volunteer Ambassador Committee to raise community awareness and support
Oversee individual gift solicitations, acknowledgements, pledge reminders, online and mail appeals
Supervise corporate and foundation research, solicitation, acknowledgements and reporting for program funding
Assist the Director of Advancement with major gift cultivation, solicitation and stewardship
Manage Advancement department’s internal/external communications including donor newsletters, profile articles, invitations and mailing list coordination
Collaboratively develop activities, strategies, solicitations and communications for the capital campaign to build Northern Virginia’s Science Center
Serves as an integral leader of the Advancement team and participates in:
Budget review and setting of Advancement annual plan and goals to align with Center’s Strategic Plan;
Working with volunteers and consultants;
Managing and utilizing technology for efficient donor communications and tracking; and
Building strong relationships with current and future donors.
Other duties as assigned.
A minimum 3 years experience in a nonprofit Advancement office, knowledge of Blackbaud systems a plus.
Experience in managing projects, programs or events.
Experience in developing sustaining relationships, including providing excellent customer service.
Knowledge of Advancement processes to acquire, cultivate and steward donors.
Understanding of technology needs for Advancement office functions including database tracking/reporting, research, email marketing, social media and online giving communications.
Bachelor’s degree required
IDEAL PROFESSIONAL CHARACTERISTICS
Strong relationship skills and excellent written and verbal communication skills.
Strong organizational skills with emphasis on attention to details.
Demonstrated ability to forge mutually respectful, trusting, and effective relationships with a diverse group.
Demonstrated success as a team leader who can contribute to a positive and effective work environment.
Comfortable and up-to-date with current technology.
Be a passionate advocate for hands-on STEM learning, personally and professionally committed to the Children’s Science Center mission, objectives and programs.
Be a persuasive and articulate communicator who is able to connect with a broad spectrum of people in a meaningful way.
Able to energize and engage potential supporters.
Emotionally mature, with a sense of humor to maintain balance and perspective.
Telecommuting is allowed.
Additional Salary Information: F/T, Exempt 40/hrs weekly with remote/flexible work opportunities
About Children's Science Center
The Children’s Science Center is a non-profit, 501(c)3 educational organization dedicated to inspiring a love of learning science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) by providing unique opportunities to explore and create. The organization was founded in 2004 and today we serve more than 70,000 children and their families annually at the Children’s Science Center Lab at Fair Oaks Mall and through our community programs delivered to schools, libraries and STEM festivals across five jurisdictions in Northern Virginia. The Center's long-term vision is to build a world-class interactive science center on donated land in Dulles, VA that ignites the curiosity in all of us.