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Sr. Manager of Development, 54208 - The National Museum of Toys and Miniatures

University of Missouri Kansas City
Missouri, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
Dec 27, 2021

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Position Type
Administrative, Business & Administrative Affairs, Community Relations & Institutional Outreach, Development & Advancement, Alumni Affairs, Executive, Executive Directors, Other Executive
Employment Type
Full Time
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The National Museum of Toys and Miniatures

Job Description

Position Summary:

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 relationships.

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 proposals.
  • Departmental management
    • As a member of the senior leadership team, contribute to the strategic planning, policymaking, and organizational management of the museum.
    • 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 collaborations.
  • 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 CRM system.
    • 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 giving initiatives.
    • 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 necessary.
Minimum Qualifications

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.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Prefer 5+ years in fundraising; Masters of CFRE is highly desirable.
  • Demonstrated success in fundraising (membership, capital campaign, sponsorships, etc.), preferably in a cultural setting.
  • A proven leader with excellent communication skills, demonstrated management ability, and understanding of strategic and operational planning.
  • 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 platforms.
  • 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 problem-solve proactively.
  • Ability to adjust leadership and communication style to meet needs of variable constituencies, both internal and external.
  • High level of demonstrated personal accountability.
Full Time/Part Time

Full Time


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:

Application Deadline

Open til filled, review of applications will begin January 10, 2022

Application Instructions

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 attachment.

Limit document name to 50 characters. Maximum size limit is 11MB. Do not include special characters (e.g., /, &, %, etc.).

If you are experiencing technical problems, please call (855) 524-0002.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Equal Opportunity is and shall be provided for all employees and applicants for employment on the basis of their demonstrated ability and competence without unlawful discrimination on the basis of their race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable state or federal law. This policy shall not be interpreted in such a manner as to violate the legal rights of religious organizations or the recruiting rights of military organizations associated with the Armed Forces or the Department of Homeland Security of the United States of America. For more information, call the Vice Chancellor - Human Resources at 816-235-1621.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the duties and functions of this job. If you believe you may have difficulty performing any of the duties or functions of this job, please contact the Office of Affirmative Action at (816) 235-1323.


To read more about Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) please use the following links:
UMKC Statement on Diversity

Diversity, equity and inclusion are central to the UMKC mission as an urban-serving institution. Kansas City is a particularly diverse city, including African, African American, Asian, German, Irish, Italian, Latino, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, Native American and Slavic communities. Such ethnic diversity, in addition to our thriving neighborhoods of the Westside, Northeast Kansas City and the Eastside, fosters creativity, connection and innovation, which is showcased across the region. Major attractions such as the Annual Ethnic Enrichment Festival, the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, the Filipino Cultural Center, the American Jazz Museum, Guadalupe Centers and Mattie Rhodes and Kansas City Irish Fest are a small sample of the many ways our diverse city enriches us.

For the reasons enumerated above, UMKC’s strategic plan prioritizes our commitment to multiculturalism, globalism, diversity and inclusion. The university’s values call upon its faculty, staff, students and community to position themselves as global citizens who seek out, embrace and celebrate the many benefits of diversity. UMKC received the Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award in 2019 in recognition of our continued commitment to equity and inclusion. Such commitment is demonstrated across teaching, service and research. We welcome applicants to share in our commitment to these core values and know that you will quickly understand the beauty of calling Kansas City your home.

Please visit these pages to learn more about UMKC’s engagement in diversity, equity and inclusion .

Roos Advocate for Community Change

The Division of Diversity and Inclusion

Annual Report

Multicultural Student Affairs

Benefit Eligibility


We offer full benefits that start day one, generous paid time off, paid winter break, and continuing education benefits. Visit our Total Rewards page to learn more.

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