career opportunities

We pride ourselves in having innovative employees who love to think, play and create! We are excited to have the following openings:

Open Positions

Teaching Artist

OVERVIEW

Title: Teaching Artist
Department: Education & Exhibitions
Reports to: Manager, Visitor Programs and Manager, Education
Type of Position: Part-time, Non-exempt, 15-29 hours/week

Teaching Artists at The New Children’s Museum are key members of the visitor experience team who work directly with the Museum’s diverse audience of children and families. They tap into the participatory nature of art and the positive outcomes that result from engaging in the arts. By realizing this potential, Teaching Artists help connect our visitors to the Museum’s mission (a new model of children’s museum whose mission is to stimulate imagination, creativity, and critical thinking in children and families through inventive and engaging experiences with contemporary art) and theory of change. They perform in a dynamic group environment and work collaboratively to deliver high levels of creative engagement.

Teaching Artist candidates must be experienced in working with children, early childhood development, hands-on art, group management, and teamwork. To effectively engage participants, Teaching Artists must enjoy working with diverse audiences and be solid public speakers who can manage groups. Ideal candidates should be versed in different art media and techniques and be knowledgeable about contemporary art. To provide enriching activities that stimulate creativity, Teaching Artists need to embrace their role as facilitators of learning and have a solid understanding of age-appropriate activities (toddler to teen) that engage children physically and cognitively. Regular training meetings cover these topics and provide for additional professional development. This position is supervised daily by department leads and reports to and evaluated by Education and Exhibitions department managers with support from department leads and other administrative staff.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Teaches daily activities including art studio workshops and group tours that are age-appropriate and involve a variety of art media (clay, collage, painting, sculpture, improvisation, performance, etc.).
  • Facilitates early childhood and school-age programs, camps, outreach, and other special programs as assigned.
  • Helps to organize and maintain all studio, art-making, gallery spaces, and the Arts Education Center.
  • Ensures the safety, orientation and comfort of visitors and provide excellent customer service.
  • Plans and develops activities, lesson plans, and other curriculum for early childhood programming.
  • Collaborates with other visitor experience staff to perform engagement strategies as directed by department leads.
  • Supports program assessment by performing administrative duties such as evaluations, reports, and tracking.
  • Assists with minor installations and light fabrication/construction as needed.
  • Maintains communication with supervisors and team members in person and via email.
  • Attends monthly, mandatory meetings and trainings (part time staff and all-staff meetings).
  • Effectively engage Museum volunteers.
  • Additional duties as required.

In particular, we are seeking candidates with experience in any of the following:

  • Early childhood education
  • Working with children with special needs
  • Art therapy
  • Classroom instruction and group management
  • Various art media specialization
  • STEAM
  • Making/Tinkering

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Minimum of one (1) years college experience or equivalent work experience and minimum of one (1) year experience with teaching and/or art-making to children
  • Minimum two (2) years’ experience working with children and/or families in a private and/or professional setting, preferably in a museum, school, daycare center, or as a nanny or tutor
  • Strong customer service work experience
  • Demonstrates experience and passion for the arts, art-making, child development, and teaching
  • Ability to project plan, prepare, and organize
  • Enjoys working with and understand the needs of children and families of all backgrounds, ages, and abilities
  • Able to communicate effectively and perform work in a public, high-energy environment
  • Outgoing, friendly manner and ability to promote the Museum’s mission and sales with ease
  • Positive attitude and excellent team player
  • Extremely reliable and dependable
  • Highly adaptable, collaborative, flexible, and able to problem solve creatively
  • Required availability of 15 hours per week between 8am and 5pm, must work weekends and some evenings
  • Mandatory availability during summer hours, beginning May to September
  • Flexible to work during peak holiday seasons, beginning November-January
  • Daily access to internet and communication via email is required
  • Willingness to be certified in First Aid and CPR.
  • Bilingual a plus

PHYSICAL DEMANDS

The physical demands described herein are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit, talk, see and hear. The employee is required to stand, walk and lift or move up to 30-50 pounds. The employee must be able to verbally communicate in a concise manner.

WORK ENVIRONMENT

The majority of work is performed in a museum environment with attendant noise level and requires observance of safe work practices, fire regulations, and avoidance of falls, trips, and similar office work hazards.

TO APPLY

Please submit your resume and three references, along with a thoughtful cover letter that clearly describes how your skills and experience meet the qualifications of this position. Email to careers@thinkplaycreate.org and reference “Teaching Artist” in the subject line. No phone calls, please.

Visitor Services Associate

Title: Visitor Services Associate

Department: Education and Exhibitions

Reports to: Manager, Visitor Services and Human Resource Coordination

Classification: Part-time, hourly

The role of the Visitor Services Associate is to support the Education and Exhibitions Department in providing a quality museum experience for all visitors. The Visitor Services Associate works directly with the Manager, Visitor Services and Human Resource Coordination and the Welcome Desk Lead to ensure that our visitors have a positive, fun, and educational experience from the moment they arrive at the Museum. The Visitor Services Associate acts as the hub of information for Museum happenings, and facilitates general visitor communication about the Museum and surrounding areas via telephone and in person. Visitor Services Associates are responsible for greeting and welcoming visitors as they arrive in the parking garage and enter the Museum, as well as providing high-quality service with ticket and membership purchases and visit planning suggestions. Visitor Services Associates also facilitate birthday parties at the Museum to ensure that party visitors have a positive, fun, and creative birthday party experience. Depending on scheduling, each Visitor Services Associate may be assigned to fulfill all of the above three areas of responsibility on a given workday.

Ideal Visitor Services Associate candidates are those who enjoy working with people of all ages and backgrounds, as well as those who have a strong desire to provide consistent, excellent customer service to visitors.

RESPONSIBILITIES

Parking Garage

  • Open and/or close the visitor parking garage at the beginning/end of the Museum’s public hours.
  • Greet motorists and direct them to parking spaces.
  • Promote and sell parking and daily admissions.
  • Check in members.
  • Provide information regarding Museum programs and services, including but not limited to school visits, camps, birthday parties, etc.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Welcome Desk

  • Cash register opening and closing procedures in accordance with written policies & procedures.
  • Sell daily admission tickets, parking, and merchandise to visitors, and check in existing members.
  • Promote and sell memberships.
  • Answer main Museum phone line or return voicemail messages; respond to customer inquiries and visitor complaints and concerns.
  • Provide information regarding Museum programs and services, including but not limited to school visits, camps, birthday parties, etc.
  • Data entry for new/existing members in Raiser’s Edge (Membership database).
  • Monitor cash in reserve banks to ensure adequate change is maintained. Notify Manager, Visitor Services if smaller bills and coins are needed.
  • Update daily workshop schedule and announce times to all staff via walkie talkie.
  • Working knowledge of all aspects of the Museum’s point of sale (POS) system – QuickBooks POS. Provide maintenance when necessary. Contact vendor when necessary.
  • QuickBooks POS report generation and metrics reporting. Provide information about the current exhibition and offer suggestions for engagement to visitors.
  • Maintain Welcome Desk Will Call sheet.
  • Monitor visitor sign-in log and distribute badges. Notify Manager, Visitor Services if more badges are needed.
  • Monitor sticker and receipt tape supplies. Contact Manager, Visitor Services to replenish stock.
  • Maintain inventory stock of the following items used or offered to patrons at the Welcome Desk/Lounge:
  • Administrative supplies
  • Museum information pamphlets
  • Membership forms
  • Customer feedback and visitor experience forms
  • Restaurant recommendations
  • Prepare item request list for low or out of stock items and submit to the Manager, Visitor Services.
  • Assist with Lost and Found.
  • Troubleshoot visitor issues.
  • Ensure the safety, orientation, and comfort of visitors.
  • Ensure the safety and cleanliness of public areas.
  • Handle emergency situations (Serve as lead in calling 911, contact Senior Staff, and ensure incident reports are completed).
  • Promote the Museum’s mission.
  • Provide feedback to the Manager, Visitor Services regarding work-related issues.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Birthday Parties

  • Set up party room prior to guests arriving.
  • Communicate the party schedule and content to the birthday party host family upon arrival.
  • Assist the birthday party host family with set up, clean up, and time management for the duration of the party.
  • Be present in or near party room while it is occupied with visitors.
  • Answer birthday cost/content questions that may arise.
  • Escort birthday party host family to the Welcome Desk at the conclusion on the party to process payment. Ensure that the checkout form is properly filled out.
  • Work cooperatively with multiple departments including Operations, Visitor Services, Education and Exhibitions, etc.
  • Clean up party room prior at the conclusion of the party.
  • Troubleshoot visitor issues.
  • Ensure the safety, orientation, and comfort of visitors.
  • Ensure the safety and cleanliness of the party room.
  • Handle emergency situations (Serve as lead in calling 911, contacting Senior Staff, and ensure incident reports are completed).
  • Provide feedback to the Welcome Desk Lead regarding work-related issues, comments, or concerns.
  • Other duties as assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS

Education:

  • Two years college experience preferred.

Experience & Characteristics:

  • Minimum two years of related customer service/sales experience.
  • Available to commit to a consistent, part-time schedule that includes weekends, holidays, and occasional evenings.
  • Ability to promote sales with ease.
  • Outgoing, friendly, positive attitude.
  • Ability to effectively communicate to visitors the content and value of the Museum’s exhibitions, studios and programs.
  • Ability to work successfully with children, parents and caregivers from a diversity of backgrounds.
  • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written.
  • Willingness to be certified in First Aid and CPR.
  • Cash handling skills required.
  • Must be an exceptional role model with a demonstrated ability to work with a team to accomplish goals in a supportive, collaborative and empowering manner.
  • Excellent problem-solving skills – must have a positive, creative approach to both and be an imaginative, flexible and resourceful individual.
  • Demonstrated ability to contribute to program ideas, develop effective plans and execute them with excellence.
  • Bilingual a plus.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS

The physical demands described herein are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit, talk, see and hear. The employee is required to stand, walk and lift or move up to 30-50 pounds. The employee must be able to verbally communicate in a concise manner. 

WORK ENVIRONMENT

The majority of work is performed in a museum environment with attendant noise level and requires observance of safe work practices, fire regulations, and avoidance of falls, trips, and similar office work hazards. Due to the nature of the position, weekend hours will be required.

TO APPLY

Please submit your resume, three professional references, salary requirements, and a thoughtful cover letter that clearly describes how your skills and experience meet the qualifications of this position. Email all of the above to careers@thinkplaycreate.org and reference “Visitor Services Associate” in the subject line.

NO PHONE CALLS, PLEASE.

Updated 12/5/16

Event Services Coordinator

TITLE: Event Services Coordinator
DEPARTMENT: Marketing & Communications – Event Services
REPORTS TO: Sr. Manager, Event Services
TYPE OF POSITION: Full-time, Non-Exempt

JOB SUMMARY:
The Events Coordinator is a full-time position supporting all events at the Museum including the following: 1) fee for service facility events; 2) development/fundraising events; and 3) community /other events that are free of charge or included in the price of admission. The Events Coordinator position focuses on the administrative planning necessary for Museum events including event tracking, set up, staffing, catering, and entertainment.

Roles and responsibilities:

  • Coordinates External Facility Usage Events
  • Coordinates the production of Facility Usage events
  •  Conducts walk-throughs with clients and/or vendors
  • Advises the client throughout the planning process and provides pre-event guidance to clients to assure adherence to all Museum regulations
  • Creates fact sheets and floor plans and distributes to key personnel
  • Develops professional relationships with vendors and works closely with them throughout the event planning process, including the load-in and load-out logistics
  • Coordinates on-site coverage at each event
  • Works closely with Museum operations/facilities staff to ensure events are adequately staffed to properly clean the building and grounds before and after events
  • Is knowledgeable on emergency procedures during an event
  • Schedules Event Leads and Event staff
  • Coordinates all post-event activities, including thank you letters to clients, requesting photos and finalizing the event files

Sales Assistance

  • Responds to event inquires
  • Assists with facility usage contracts and other sales functions as requested
  • Attends industry events as needed

Event Resources

  • Updates and edits the Museum Events Booking sheet
  • Adds scheduled events to Museum Master calendar and other Museum calendars as needed
  • Keeps all filing and administrative tasks up-to-date and accurate
  • Attends bi-weekly Museum Calendar meetings
  • Keeps event storage clean and organized

Budget Management

  • Assist Senior Manager, Events Services in preparing and managing event budgets
  • Track expenditures and maintain budget for events
  • Process invoices for vendors/suppliers

Marketing and Communication

  • Coordinate with Marketing Department on social media and e-communications
  • Keep up with industry blogs and log as needed
  • Attend monthly bridal consulting networking and education meetings

Qualifications and Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree or Associate’s degree preferred, special event certification a plus
  • 3-5 years special events experience
  • Exemplary customer service skills
  • Must have rigorous attention to detail, ability to manage multiple deadlines, and excellent organizational abilities
  • Proficient in computer applications, including Microsoft Word, Excel and Outlook
  • Database experience preferred, Blackbauds Altru experience a big plus
  • Ability to work late nights and weekends

PHYSICAL DEMANDS

The physical demands described herein are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit, talk, see and hear. The employee may be required to stand, walk and lift or move up to 30 pounds. The employee must be able to verbally communicate in a concise manner.

WORK ENVIRONMENT
The majority of work is performed in a school/classroom environment with attendant noise level and requires observance of safe work practices, fire regulations, and avoidance of falls, trips, and similar office work hazards.

TO APPLY

Please submit your resume and three references, along with a thoughtful cover letter that clearly describes how your skills and experience meet the qualifications of this position. Email to careers@thinkplaycreate.org and reference “Event Services Coordinator” in the subject line. No phone calls, please.

Museum Playworker

TITLE: Playworker
DEPARTMENT: Exhibitions and Education
REPORTS TO: Exhibition Assistant
TYPE OF POSITION: Part-time, Non-Exempt (15-29 hours/week)

  • DESCRIPTION:
    Playworkers at The New Children’s Museum work as a team to support open-ended, child-directed play experiences within the Museum’s public spaces. Playworkers are at the heart of the Museum’s theory of change, which proposes that if we provide children with artistic exposure and engagement, then children will experience personal successes that increase skill development in the areas of optimism, creativity, confidence, interpersonal skills, problem solving, and critical thinking. As part of the Exhibitions team, Playworkers also work with the Exhibition Development Manager, Exhibitions Coordinator, and commissioned New Children’s Museum artists to prototype and test future exhibition elements and concepts.
    RESPONSIBILITIES:
  • Play provision and visitor interaction
  • Work to create a climate that is conducive to play—behavior that is personally directed, freely chosen and intrinsically motivated.
  • Intervene in carefully measured ways to support the play process, modeling creative and respectful ways to interact with children through play.
  • Develop good communication with adult caregivers and engage those adults in appropriate play opportunities.
  • Value caregivers as important partners in the museum by maintaining frequent contact with and engaging them on their own terms; support caregivers in their chosen roles, which may include play partners, observers, learners, or mentors.
  • Provide inclusive physical and verbal cues that allow caregivers to obtain information on the museum, its philosophy, artworks, and programs.
  • Recognize and adjust for each individual child’s and adult’s cognitive, physical, cultural, and social differences.
  • Provide opportunities for families to witness and talk about their play experiences.
  • Engage in strategies that help museum experiences resonate after families leave, providing resources, ideas or inspiration for extending play beyond the visit.
  • Engage in a daily individual and group reflective practice that includes recording observations of children’s play and sharing them, in order to consistently improve and adjust to diverse play experience at the Museum.
  • Learn about and be prepared to communicate information about Museum artworks and artists, deepening visitor experience and encouraging visual literacy and critical thinking.
  • Assist the birthday party host family with set up, clean up, and time management for the duration of the party. Answer questions as needed.
  • Other duties as assigned.
  • Exhibition cleaning, safety and artwork development
  • Maintain a physical environment that is comfortable and engaging for both children and adults; clean and stock galleries to ensure the safety and cleanliness of all public areas/
  •  Troubleshoot visitor issues and be trained and prepared for emergencies.
  • Ensure the safety, orientation and comfort of visitors. Assist parents/caregivers in administering first-aid and complete incident reports.
  • Share information on daily offerings, future programs and membership opportunities with adult caregivers.
  • Communicate with the Museum’s maintenance team to identify safety issues.
  • When appropriate, assist commissioned Museum exhibition artists to test future artwork/installation components; document the experiences of children and adults as well as support the documentation of exhibition experiences.
  • Load in and out of furniture and supplies throughout the Museum for facility events and birthday parties as needed.
  • Other duties as assigned.
    QUALIFICATIONS
  • Two years college experience preferred.
  •  Experience with contemporary art, performance, improv, and/or playspace design a plus.
  • Available to commit to a consistent part-time schedule, at least three days a week .
  • Available to work weekends, holidays and occasional evenings.
  • Ability to work successfully with children, parents and caregivers from a diversity of backgrounds.
  • Willing to learn and grow with other members of the Museum community by participating in staff development opportunities.
  • Positive attitude and team player.
  • Solid communicator: participate as a member of our community in which collaboration, dialogue, and exchange are practiced values.
  • Outgoing, friendly manner and ability to engage with visitors with ease.
  • Flexible and adaptable, with a sense of humor.
  • Willing to be certified in First Aid and CPR.
  • Bilingual a plus.
    PHYSICAL DEMANDS The physical demands described herein are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit, talk, see and hear. The employee is required to stand, walk and lift or move up to 30 pounds. The employee must be able to verbally communicate in a concise manner.
    WORK ENVIRONMENT The majority of work is performed in a museum environment with attendant noise level and requires observance of safe work practices, fire regulations, and avoidance of falls, trips, and similar office work hazards. Due to the nature of the position, weekend hours will be required.
    TO APPLY
    Please submit your resume and three references by e-mail to careers@thinkplaycreate.org and reference “Playworker” in the subject line. Failure to provide the requested information will render your application incomplete and not eligible for consideration.
    Every resume is carefully reviewed, but please note that due to the large number of applications received for each position at the Museum, only candidates whose backgrounds most closely complement the requirements of the position will be contacted directly. We are unable to respond to phone calls.
    Updated 10/11/16

Vice President of Development

TITLE: Vice President of Development

REPORTS TO: Executive Director

DEPARTMENT:  Development

TYPE: Executive Full-time Exempt

Date Posted: May 18, 2017

Salary: Competitive/commensurate with experience

 The New Children’s Museum is a new model of children’s museum whose mission is to stimulate imagination, creativity and critical thinking in children and families through inventive and engaging experiences with contemporary art. Serving San Diego for 30 years, the Museum opened in 1983 in La Jolla as the Children’s Museum/Museo de los Niños and reopened downtown in 2008. The Museum brings families together in a rich educational environment that fosters creativity, critical thinking, skill building and collaboration; skills needed for 21st century leaders.  The museum content and programming blends elements of children’s museums and art museums and science museums. The Museum collaborates with contemporary artists on an ongoing basis, both for large-scale thematic exhibitions, individual installations and educational programs for children, and with artists and local engineers in the STEAM science programming.  The New Children’s Museum is a non-profit institution funded by admissions, memberships and community support.

OVERVIEW

The New Children’s Museum (NCM) has recently embarked on an ambitious plan, launching a bold vision with an emphasis on creating an organization with greater national significance and increased local impact and visibility.  NCM is looking for a talented, strategic, experienced, dynamic and inspiring strategic leader with superior relationship skills and demonstrated success in building financial capacity, increasing revenue and stewarding donors. We are looking for a motivational leader who will embrace an organizational culture based on integrity and teamwork, steeped in a deep and genuine commitment to the mission and vision of the organization. The ideal candidate will be well positioned to partner with the CEO/ED, Board of Directors and the Senior Leadership Team to take the organization to the ‘next level.’

POSITION DESCRIPTION

The Vice President of Development (VP/Dev) will lead and foster an enhanced culture of philanthropy throughout the organization.  The position reports directly to the CEO/ED and is a key member of the Senior Leadership Team.  The VP/Dev will have a critical role in shaping and implementing the organization’s overall revenue strategy.  This individual will be responsible for leading the organization to meet/exceed its annual contributed revenue fundraising goals while growing and diversifying its funding base and to building/executing a plan that ensures long-term sustainable and transformational growth.  The VP/Dev will have day to day responsibility for planning, implementing and managing all fundraising related activities including engaging a larger, broader and more diverse audience; managing the development department/team; partnering with other departments to increase contributed revenue; developing new contributed revenue initiatives; collaborating on all donor-facing marketing and branding efforts and supporting the COO/CFO and finance team in projecting revenue and managing cash flow.  The successful candidate will be a demonstrated, successful fund development professional.

Responsibilities:

  • Become proficient in the history, the programs, educational initiatives, exhibitions/installations and community outreach programs of the organization.
  • Meet/exceed annual contributed revenue fundraising goal which is set annually in the organizational budget process.
  • Develop annual contributed revenue goals and plans to diversify and increase organizational budget through a comprehensive development strategy.
  • Building on the current success of the team to date, work with the CEO/Board and Sr. Team to create, develop and implement a comprehensive fundraising strategy/plan to support the museum’s strategic objectives, including the cultivation of current and prospective individual, corporate, government and foundation donors.
  • Lead/manage all fundraising and donor recognition events including the annual gala.
  • Prepare and deliver monthly contributed revenue reports for the board. Staff the board development committee and support the development committee chair.
  • Be the champion, across the organization, for revenue centric strategies; work with the Executive Team to understand revenue impacts of current and proposed programmatic strategies.
  • Generate short-term results; deepen and diversify the NCM’s funding base; increase restricted and unrestricted funds from all constituencies; ensure that resources are appropriately utilized. Lead solicitation efforts and engage CEO and Board of Directors as appropriate in all efforts.
  • Collaborate effectively with the VP/Marketing & Membership & the Executive team to ensure effective overall positioning of NCM including the use of public relations, marketing tools and the public role of the NCM and the CEO to promote revenue growth and program impact.
  • Maintain cost effective fund development practices, maintaining acceptable industry standard ratios for costs vs funds raised.
  • Advise the board and leadership team on optimal contributed revenue strategies.
  • Ensure compliance with all relevant regulations and laws; maintain accountability standards to donors and ensure compliance with governance standards, code of ethical principles and standards of professional conduct for fundraising professionals.
  • Evaluate internal and external forces that may impact the organization and its fund development. Recommend short and long range fund development plans and programs that insure continued and sustaining support for the museum’s programs and initiatives.
  • Keep informed of developments in philanthropy and fund development as well as the general fields of management and the nonprofit sector. Keep CEO, Sr. Leadership Team, Development Committee and Board of Directors informed on current trends, issues, potential threats and activities in order to support organizational planning and policy making.

Portfolio Management:

  • Lead donor (individual, corp, fdn, gvmt) cultivation including the portfolio of current donors and prospects.
  • Develop and implement a strategy to build a broad and diversified portfolio of contributed revenue sources to mitigate funding risk for the organization.
  • Systematically identify, cultivate and steward current and prospective major donors and personally steward those at or above the $5k level.

Relationship Management:

  • Maintain, build and strengthen relationships with current museum donors and supporters to retain and increase annual support for NCM.
  • Deepen all donor alliances through regular, relevant communications and stewardship, and expand the donor base and partnership opportunities. Maintain a significant portfolio of principal donors, and facilitate relationships between donors, the executive team and the Board of Directors.
  • Cultivate effective relationships with the board, current partners and others who can positively impact new revenue stream generation. Develop strategic relationships to expand the reach, organizational awareness and programmatic capabilities of NCM.
  • Identify, develop and secure new donor support from individuals, corporations and foundations
  • Partner with and support the CEO and Board of Directors in order to ensure their efficiency and effectiveness as organizational spokespersons and fundraisers.
  • Collaborate across departments to create an environment that nurtures a fundraising mindset throughout the organization.
  • Partner with VP Marketing to create and deliver impactful and revenue generating direct mail campaigns to support NCM.
  • Manage and strengthen current donor acknowledgement processes, systems and practices.
  • Appropriately represent NCM, the CEO and Sr. Leadership team and the Board of Directors to donors, prospects, regulators, auditors and the public.

Internal Management, Infrastructure and Team-Building

  • Lead all aspects of the development department and build a strong and nimble advancement team through recruitment; professional development; performance management; and motivational leadership. Create a stable and positive work environment for development team.
  • Foster an environment of cohesiveness, collaboration and achievement and ensure staff accountability for excellence through clearly defined and measurable goals. Evaluate performance regularly and provide recognition or coaching as appropriate.
  • Create a climate that promotes respect for others and acceptance of alternative ideas and approaches, as well as the highest ethical standards and practices. Embrace diversity as a strategic advantage.
  • Oversee grant writing and grant reporting to insure all requirements are met and applications as well as reports are made in a thoughtful and timely manner.
  • Develop and oversee a comprehensive donor recognition process/procedure.
  • Provide strategic oversight of the donor database system and build a best practices environment to support the development of external engagement efforts.
  • Be transparent and accountable in creating high-quality reporting in partnership with the program team for donors and progress reports for the Board. Collaborate with the COO/CFO to ensure appropriate processes to support and create timely and accurate reporting including pipeline projections, cash-flow projections and  any other critical reporting requirements.
  • Collaborate with COO/CFO and the Sr. Team in developing accurate and realistic budget projections, performance measures and regular reporting that will track progress against annual/monthly revenue goals/projections.
  • Collaborate with Deputy Museum Director and the creative team to fully understand programmatics and exhibition/installation plans, and then develop fundraising strategies fully fund and support the work.

Personal Qualities:

  • Strategic Thinker
  • Articulate Spokesperson
  • Effective Team Leader and Team Player
  • Positive and motivational leader
  • Humble and self-confident
  • Strong business and financial acumen
  • Excellent time and project manager
  • Highly authentic and articulate communicator skilled at making a compelling case for support with a genuine passion for the work of the museum.
  • Ability to translate broad goals into achievable steps and a working plan
  • Able to develop meaningful and authentic relationships with people from all walks of life, professions, neighborhoods and socio-economic backgrounds

Experience, Education and Requirements:

  • An established thoughtful and strategic senior level professional with a least 10 years of successful and relevant nonprofit fund development experience
  • Demonstrated record of innovative and entrepreneurial leadership within the nonprofit philanthropic sector.
  • Demonstrated success in implementing a successful, comprehensive fund development program, preparation of an annual development work plan and calendar to achieve goals.
  • Proficiency in the nature and dimensions of philanthropy, ethics, motivations for giving, research and cultivation practices, standard fundraising techniques including face-to-face solicitation, proposal and grant writing, special events, telephone solicitation, direct mail, development office functions including gift processing, prospect and donor histories and fundraising reporting.
  • Experience in developing special events preferred
  • Experience operating in the local, San Diego philanthropic community preferred
  • Demonstrated success in achieving six figure gifts
  • Demonstrated success in making initial outreach to prospective donors in collaboration with organizational leadership
  • Ability to think creatively about how to effectively engage a new donor audience
  • Ability to engage and work with the Board of Directors to leverage their contacts in support of NCM
  • Demonstrated experience and success and confidence in asking individuals to donate money.
  • Experience taking a leadership role in a successful capital or endowment campaign.
  • Direct experience working with non-profit boards preferred
  • Knowledge of planned giving, charitable remainder trusts and other funding vehicles preferred
  • Ability to work in a fast paced environment, and to manage multiple deadlines simultaneously.
  • Commitment to organizational mission and desire to learn the field.
  • Demonstrated experience training and working with executives, senior staff and board members on development related activities, providing them with quality support and increasing their comfort with and success in fundraising.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with the intellectual and emotional maturity and collaborative skills to work effectively across all levels of the organization, the board, visitors, community partners and current/potential donors.
  • Strong writing, oral communications and presentation skills required
  • A strong work ethic, ability to maintain and model high personal, ethical and professional standards, as well as an outgoing and positive personality. Able to work in a fast paced, high impact and nimble environment.
  • Hands on experience with one or more donor database software required. Working knowledge with Altru is preferred
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite including Excel and Word and Power Point is required
  • Able to maintain a flexible work schedule (including occasional evenings and/or weekends) to meet the demands of executive management and this external facing leadership role.
  • Ability to plan and meet deadlines
  • Bachelor’s degree is required
  • CFRE preferred
  • Demonstrated commitment to continued professional growth and development

WORK ENVIRONMENT

The majority of work is performed in a museum environment with attendant noise level. Occasional evening and weekend work will be required.

TO APPLY

Please submit your resume and salary requirements along with a thoughtful cover letter that clearly describes how your skills and experience meet the qualifications of this position. Additionally, please be sure to explain your interest in pursuing or continuing your career in the non-profit sector. Email to careers@thinkplaycreate.org and reference “Vice President of Development” in the subject line.