Did you know there’s a planet in our galaxy where it rains glass? Or that light bounces around inside the Sun for 175,000 years before shooting off into space? If you think that’s freaking awesome, and you’re passionate about STEM, community outreach, education, and working in a welcoming environment, this might be the place for you!
The Adler Planetarium is seeking a Senior Director of Development to join our dynamic team located on Chicago's Museum Campus.
The Senior Director of Development will implement the annual development plan, including identification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship strategies for principal giving, major giving, planned giving, corporate and foundation relations, and membership. This individual will also be responsible for:
Working in partnership with division and institution team leaders in the development of annual and long-range fundraising plans
Establishing a collaborative culture where responsibility for managing donor relationships resides with the person or people best positioned to meet each donor’s unique needs and preferences
Maintaining a personal portfolio of 50 key principal donors, including individual, corporate and foundation relationships
Creating processes that ensure donors and members receive a “personalized” donor experience, including solicitation and cultivation strategies that match identified donor interests and seeking to build connections and investments intelligently
Designing and administering an institutional prospect management system that builds the donor pipeline across donor audiences
Ensuring that mid-level donors are stewarded effectively and prepared for major gift tactics; Making certain that the transition process between mid-level donor and major donor prioritizes that donor relationship and supports long term loyalty
Overseeing a process that provides donors with high-quality reporting on the impact of their gift
Overseeing a comprehensive solicitation, benefits fulfillment, and customer service program for all donors
Working collaboratively with the Vice President of Development and President in their communication and interaction with major donors and institutional supporters
Providing mentorship and management to the Development Team, working with team members to identify professional development opportunities while building a team culture focused on learning, growth, and collaboration
We’re looking for a fundraising professional who is excited about the opportunity to pitch innovative ideas, implement new strategies, and take the next step in their career. This person is a mentor, coach, and cheerleader for their team, always looking for ways to help their department learn and develop professionally.
This is a person who is able to strategize, set and meet goals, be proactive, and who has meticulous attention to detail in the completion of tasks. Someone who has excellent communication skills, and is a creative thinker. This person will need to have the ability to multi-task effectively in a fast-paced environment, and is flexible—happy to work autonomously or on a team in an organization of tremendously talented people. We are looking for someone who is excited about the opportunity to work in an organization that values a healthy work/life balance, and who will cultivate that culture within their team.
Seven years of progressively challenging experience in institutional fundraising, including a track record of closing five and six figure gifts from individuals, families, family foundations, memberships, grants, sponsorships from corporations, foundations, and public entities
A minimum of four years of supervisory experience, including success supervising, training, and developing staff members in institutional Development roles
Tangible experience developing and implementing creative strategies to engage current and prospective donors
Master’s degree, advanced degree, or CFRE
Previous experience working in a museum, cultural or educational setting
Under the direction of a new Vice President of Development, the department is quickly growing and evolving. Our stellar team is passionate about creating innovative fundraising initiatives, building an outstanding team culture of collaboration and learning, and fostering deep connections between our donors and the Adler mission. They are cheerleaders for science and technology, megaphones for our incredible programs, and advocates for science literacy. All of this in service of inspiring exploration of that mind-blowing thing we call our Universe.
The Adler Planetarium is dedicated to complying with its obligations as an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. Our recruiting and hiring procedures are free of discrimination based on race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin, disability, covered veteran status, including disabled veterans, recently separated veterans, other protected veterans, and Armed Forces service medal veterans or any protected group status as defined by law.
The Adler Planetarium—America’s First Planetarium—was founded in 1930 by Chicago business leader Max Adler. As a recognized leader in public engagement, the Adler Planetarium’s scientists, historians and educators inspire the next generation of explorers. The Adler is home to three full size theaters, extensive interactive exhibitions, and a significant collection of antique scientific instruments... and print materials. In addition, the Adler boasts the lakeside Doane Observatory, one of the only research-active, public urban observatories, and the only place in Chicago where the public can see planets, stars, and galaxies up-close and in person.