The National Museum of Toys and Miniatures
As part of the Executive Leadership Team of the museum, the Sr.
Manager of Development plays a vital role in the development and
implementation of the team’s strategic fundraising goals. Often
described as a hidden gem in Kansas City, T/m is striving to reach
new audiences to share the world’s largest collection of fine-scale
miniatures and the largest collection of antique toys on public
display in the Midwest. Reopening in 2015 after a successful $10M
capital campaign and a stellar renovation, the museum is poised for
a new and exciting phase of development. T/m’s mission is to
educate, inspire, and delight adults and children through the
museum’s collection and preservation of toys and miniatures. The
museum serves over 30,000 visitors annually, operates in a 33,000
square feet museum and cares for over 78,000 objects.
The Sr. Manager of Development, in partnership with the Executive
Director, will identify, cultivate, solicit, steward and increase
investment relationships with individual donors, foundations and
businesses throughout the Kansas City region and nationally. The
Sr. Manager of Development will be responsible for developing
relationships with individual donors, managing donor database,
writing fundraising appeals, communicating with and steward donors
and coordinating logistics for special events. The Sr. Manager of
Development will also manage the grants submission process, develop
and manage reports and provide leadership and support in external
relations of the museum to deepen community and donor
The position reports directly to the Executive Director and offers
an exceptional opportunity to work in a creative and fast paced
environment, focusing on a design and implementation of a
comprehensive annual fundraising program. Success in the position
will be defined by the envisioning and implementation of a
comprehensive strategy to research, identify and solicit sources of
individual, institutional and corporate support through the
development of giving circles, partnerships, and highly competitive
- Departmental management
- As a member of the senior leadership team, contribute to the
strategic planning, policymaking, and organizational management of
- Direct the museum’s donor education and fundraising activities
to maximize fundraising opportunities.
- Develop and maintain development department budget, including
analysis, reporting and forecasting.
- Supervise Marketing & Communications Manager for consistent
use of brand, its enhancement and evolution; oversee the website,
social media, and program listings.
- Attend community and chamber events as a representative of the
museum, encouraging the development of partnerships and
- Donor Management
- Spearhead annual development efforts, oversee and implement
direct mail campaign to current and lapsed donors; identify,
cultivate, solicit and steward to increase investment relationships
with individual donors, foundations and businesses nationally and
throughout the Kansas City region.
- Manage, evaluate and expand financial support for current
donors while refining donor giving information through Giftworks
- Create and execute a strategy for a large sustained base of
annual individual donors.
- Envision, design and coordinate organization of special events
and fundraising activities.
- Corporate and Foundation Engagement
- Design and implement comprehensive strategy for new corporate
- Oversee the development of sponsorship benefits, recruitment of
supporters, and delivery of benefits.
- Serve as a primary grant developer and research new grant
opportunities; track, prepare, submit proposals and reports;
oversee the development grants calendar.
- Monitor the organizational grants calendar to identify workflow
and handling of grants.
- Manage outside contracted grant writing services when
A Bachelor’s degree or an equivalent combination of education and
experience and at least 2 years of experience from which comparable
knowledge and skills can be acquired is necessary.
- Prefer 5+ years in fundraising; Masters of CFRE is highly
- Demonstrated success in fundraising (membership, capital
campaign, sponsorships, etc.), preferably in a cultural
- A proven leader with excellent communication skills,
demonstrated management ability, and understanding of strategic and
- Excellent financial management skills, including experience
with developing and managing budgets.
- Experience with project management, including conceptualizing
projects and evaluating funding opportunities.
- Demonstrated technical proficiency with CRM database MS Office
Suite, Creative Cloud Applications (InDesign, Illustrator,
Photoshop, and Acrobat), and email communications software
(MailChimp, Constant Contact) and all the major social media
Full Time/Part Time
- Passion for T/m and the importance of art, history and museums
as educational institutions.
- A creative thinker who is able to generate new ideas and
- Ability to adjust leadership and communication style to meet
needs of variable constituencies, both internal and external.
- High level of demonstrated personal accountability.
Salary range is $55,000 - $65,000 and will be commensurate with
qualifications and experience . Benefits include medical insurance,
dental plans, 403(b) savings plan, paid time off, UMKC tuition
assistance, paid long-term disability and life insurance benefits.
T/m participates in the UMKC’s Total Reward program; link for
complete information: https://info.umkc.edu/hr/total-rewards/benefits/
Open til filled, review of applications will begin January 10,
Applicants must combine all application materials (cover letter,
resume, and list of three references with contact information) into
one PDF or Microsoft Word document and upload as a resume
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