Director of Advancement

director of advancement

Washington DC’s children deserve a world-class museum to spark their imagination and encourage them to dream. Steps off the National Mall and Pennsylvania Avenue, National Children’s Museum celebrates the joy of childhood through science, technology, engineering, arts, and math (STEAM) exhibits and programs. As Director of Advancement, you will help realize this vision for hundreds of thousands of visitors each year.

what you’ll do

The Director of Advancement will oversee the strategy and management of fundraising and membership. The Director of Advancement will report directly to the President + CEO and serve on the Museum’s Leadership Team. They will be instrumental in supporting the development and implementation of the Museum’s strategic direction and play a critical role in inspiring millions of children and visitors for years to come.

Create the annual development plan for the institution;

Build a comprehensive five-year annual fund strategy that includes major gifts, corporate sponsorships, events, and planned giving to support institutional growth; 

Personally solicit and secure major gifts from individuals, corporations, foundations, and government funders;

Expand the Museum’s donor base and network of supporters;

Work with the Director of External Affairs and President + CEO to strategically grow the Board of Trustees and engage the current Trustees in fundraising and board development initiatives;

Provide staff management for the Board Advancement Committee, and support other Committees and Advisory Committees as needed;

Oversee all individual and corporate membership programs;

Plan and implement strategic communications for advancement and membership that align to the Museum’s overall goals and values, including the Museum’s diversity, equity, accessibility, and inclusion initiatives; 

Manage and support professional growth for the Advancement Team;

Create a strategy for expanding Advancement Team as needed; and

Serve as a strategic thought partner to the President + CEO. 

what we believe are important experiences + traits for this role

At least 10 years of fundraising experience, preferably in the Washington, DC region or at a cultural institution or other nonprofit, with a deep understanding of the national cultural and education funding landscape and local philanthropy;

Comprehensive experience with completing capital campaigns and successful track record securing seven figure gifts;

Previous experience creating and executing multi-year strategies that dramatically increase private support; 

An entrepreneurial spirit and ability to balance short- and long-term priorities;

Management experience is a plus, but a passion for cultivating a team and providing positive leadership to inspire a team of professionals is required;

Ability to develop relationships between supporters and an institution and identify their passions within the organization’s mission;

Knowledge of and experience with planned giving strategies;

Excellent interpersonal and communications skills, including public speaking skills, and experience working with diverse donors;

Ability to enthusiastically communicate the mission, goals, and programs of National Children’s Museum and articulate the need for the institution; and

Passion for educating children and the mission of National Children’s Museum.

hours and location

Full-time position located at the National Children’s Museum @ 1300 Pennsylvania Ave NW. Must be available to work onsite from 9am to 5pm at least four days per week, and remotely one day per week. Occasional travel required. 

Interested candidates should submit a resume and cover letter to [email protected] with the subject line “Director of Advancement.

what we value

Our mission is to inspire children to care about and change the world. The Museum is an innovative institution that sparks curiosity and wonder and a space where all children feel valued. In order to do this well, we need a team that reflects the dynamic and diverse communities that we serve and brings a variety of perspectives, abilities, and skills. We embrace that this work is critical to our mission and never finished. The more inclusive we are, the stronger our Museum.