Adventure Science Center’s purpose is to transform lives through extraordinary experiences in science and innovation, and our vision is to become a nationally renowned destination science center that welcomes all audiences. ASC provides powerful exhibitions and inspiring programs with exceptional guest experiences that deepen the engagement of all ages in science and science-related disciplines. ASC supports STEM education and workforce development through industry collaboration by presenting science in an engaging, innovative manner.
Over the next several years, ASC will undergo a number of exciting changes including exhibit, facility and program upgrades, ultimately culminating in a full transformation from a locally well-known and loved cultural institution to one that has strong regional and national prominence as a leader in informal science experiences. This work will be guided by a comprehensive master plan that ASC is scheduled to complete in 2020. The Chief Development Officer will play the primary role in creating the structure for the major capital campaign that will enable those changes – most notably, broadening community support in both the private and government sectors and working alongside the President/CEO and Board of Trustees to establish and engage a board-led capital fundraising committee.
The Chief Development Officer will develop a strong external network of organizational support, and enthusiastically foster a culture of philanthropy within the organization to ensure that the organization’s culture, systems and procedures support fund development and vice versa. The CDO will lead the Board of Trustees, staff and other volunteers to institutionalize philanthropy and fund development within the organization.
THIS POSITION IS LOCATED IN NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE
ACCEPTING RESUMES THROUGH DECEMBER 31, 2019
INITIAL CONTACT TO QUALIFIED CANDIDATES WILL NOT OCCUR UNTIL AFTER 12/31/19.
Work with the CEO and Board to establish and measure annual and long-range fund development goals, and implement the necessary tactics that reach or exceed those targets.
Grow the center’s operating revenue, reserves and financial assistance funds
Maintain an active list of funding priorities that can be easily communicated to prospects
Maintain a robust Relationship and Fund Development Committee with a strong plan to engage their efforts to support fundraising goals for ASC
Oversees and cultivates a balanced funding mix of donor sources and solicitation programs tailored to the needs of the organization that will enable it to attract, retain and motivate donors, members and fundraising volunteers.
Helps establish performance measures, monitors results and helps the CEO, fund development committee and board evaluate the effectiveness of the organization’s fund development program.
Provide general oversight of all the organization’s fund development activities, manage the day-to-day operations of the development staff, and monitor activities through coordination with staff, appropriate committees and the board.
Participate with the CEO, staff and board to define and communicate the organization’s vision.
Provide vital input in short- and long-term strategic and operational planning and positioning of the organization.
Serve as a key representative and important face of the science center in the community
Along with the CEO, create and steward a robust list of donors and prospects, seeking every opportunity to foster key relationships that have immediate or future strategic value. Network extensively within the Nashville community, while also seeking state- or national-focused opportunities for support of ASC’s mission.
Ensure attainment of the organization’s fund development activities through the selection, development, motivation and evaluation of human resources, both professional and volunteer.
Establishes personnel accountabilities for development staff and evaluates performance regularly.
Design educational programs in fund development for staff and volunteers; participate as teacher and facilitator. Pursue formal and informal education for self and others.
Design and ensure implementation of cost-effective fund development programs, employing efficiency while maintaining a high level of quality and solid return on investment.
Ensure proper planning including goal setting, strategy identification, prospect research, benchmarking and evaluation to support fund development.
Help board members, CEO, other fundraising volunteers and staff identify, cultivate and solicit charitable gifts.
Solicits contributions on behalf of the organization
Ensure development and writing of foundation, corporate and government proposals, solicitation materials, and required reporting.
Ensure design, maintenance and communication of donor and prospect records, gift management systems and informational reports.
Ensure design and implementation of cultivation, acknowledgement and recognition programs.
This positions reports to the CEO and serves as a part of the Executive Leadership team. The position supervises the following capacities/staff: annual fundraising, grant writing and administration, membership, and facility rentals/events.
Within the agency, the position has primary relationships with the financial operation, senior management staff, and program staff. Outside the agency, the position coordinates with the board, fundraising volunteers, donors, members, community leaders, content partners, and funding sources.
QUALIFICATIONS: SPECIFIC JOB KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, ABILITIES AND TRAITS
The CDO must be a passionate, outspoken, fun and energetic supporter of the mission of ASC, capable of establishing and maintaining a large network of supporters and promoters of the organization.
Bachelor’s degree and a minimum of 10 years fundraising experience in a professional position. Membership in a professional fundraising association is expected of a professional. Baseline certification in fundraising, the CFRE (Certified Fund Raising Executive) is preferred.
Comprehensive management skills and experience are required including but not limited to short and long-term planning, evaluation, directing and motivating staff, oral and written communication skills, marketing and financial management, values clarification, organizational behavior and development, and governance.
Demonstrated experience in managing and implementing a comprehensive fund development team/program and producing charitable contributions. The individual is expected to be a highly competent and inspiring enabler of volunteers and staff.
Knowledge and experience in the following areas is required: the nature and dimensions of philanthropy, ethics, motivations for giving and volunteering, research and cultivation practices, standard fundraising techniques including face-to-face solicitation, proposal writing, special events, telephone solicitation, and direct mail, and, development office functions including gift processing, prospect and donor histories, and fundraising reporting. The individual is also expected to have demonstrated experience and confidence in asking people to contribute time and money. Familiarity with computer systems is necessary.
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We think big, embrace risk, and evolve our ideas in order to lead.
We are collaborative with each other and our whole community.
We foster diversity, curiosity and creativity to make our experience unique.
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About Adventure Science Center
"Adventure Science Center’s purpose is to transform lives through extraordinary experiences in science and innovation. We provide powerful exhibitions and inspiring programs with exceptional guest experiences that deepen the engagement of all ages in science and science-related disciplines. ASC supports STEM education and workforce development through industry collaboration by presenting science in an engaging, innovative manner. Our team comes from varied backgrounds but has one thing in common: a desire to open everyone's minds to the wonders of science and technology and foster a better understanding of ourselves and the world around us