Fund Development Manager - Flint Children's Museum

COMPENSATION: $35,000-$45,000/year

EMPLOYEE CLASSIFICATION: Full-time, non-exempt, paid time-off

WORK SCHEDULE: Varies - Monday-Sunday, 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Occasional evenings and/or weekends required.

JOB SUMMARY: The Fund Development Manager fosters a culture of philanthropy within the organization and is responsible for implementing a comprehensive and integrated fundraising program that develops individual and corporate contributed income sources, with an emphasis on donor cultivation, annual fund, capital campaign, endowment, and planned giving. Models a professional and positive image and attitude regarding the Flint Children’s Museum (FCM) and the audience it serves. Promotes the FCM mission to inspire a lifelong love for learning through the power of play. Serves as liaison to the Board of Directors’ Fund Development Committee in its special events, capital campaign, and other fundraiser activities.

1. Ensures that philanthropy and fund development are carried out in keeping with the FCM’s values, mission, and vision.
2. Works with the Executive Director to chart the FCM’s course for fund development. Assists in the development of and implementation of annual and long-term fund development plan(s), including a capital campaign.
3. Participates in proper planning including goal setting, strategy identification, benchmarking, and evaluation to support fund development.
4. Assists in designing and assuring implementation of a cost effective fund development program(s), employing economy while maintaining an acceptable level of quality and return on investment.
5. Helps to develop a balanced funding mix of donor sources and solicitation programs that are tailored to the needs of the FCM that will enable it to attract, retain, and motivate donors and fundraising volunteers.
6. Cultivates, stewards, and solicits contributions on behalf of the FCM.
7. Assures development and writing of foundation, corporate, and government proposals and solicitation and final report materials. Tracks deadlines.
8. Conducts prospect research.
9. Assures the implementation of cultivation, acknowledgment, and recognition programs.
10. Assists the Executive Director and Board of Directors in evaluating the effectiveness of the fund development program. Measures results, short and long-term objectives, establishes performance measures, and monitors results.
11. Assures maintenance of development software system(s) to track donor records, giving histories, gift processing, recognition, and cultivation opportunities.
12. Manages the day-to-day operations of the development function. Monitors activities through coordination with staff, the Fund Development Committee, and the Board of Directors.
13. Ensures compliance with all relevant regulations and laws, maintains accountability standards to donors and funding sources, and ensures compliance with standards of professional conduct for fundraising executives.
14. Appropriately represents the FCM, its Board, and Executive Director to donors, prospects, regulators, the Fund Development Committee, and Board of Directors.
15. Trains, places, coordinates, supervises, and evaluates fundraising volunteers.
16. Ensures the fulfillment of the fund development plan and informs the Executive Director and volunteer leadership on its progress and all factors influencing it.
17. Works with the Executive Director and volunteer leadership to make the Fund Development Committee and the Board of Directors function effectively in fund development.
18. Participates with the Executive Director in long-term and short-term strategic planning to identify and address issues that challenge the health and support of the FCM.
19. Serves as a member of the Management Team and actively contribute to annual plans to achieve operational goals.
20. Collaborates in annual budget preparation and participates in realizing the success of FCM.
21. Attends events and programs as a representative of FCM.
22. Participates in regularly scheduled staff meetings and ongoing trainings.
23. Remains current with FCM’s policies, standards and communications.
24. Performs additional tasks as assigned by the Executive Director.

1. Bachelor’s degree or higher and minimum three years’ experience in development, or equivalent combination of education and related development experience.
2. Proven success in donor solicitation on the local, regional, and national level with professional experience in capital campaigns.
3. High level proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite. Experience with Bloomerang software preferred.
4. Exceptional written, verbal and interpersonal skills.
5. Donor contacts and community involvement highly desirable.
6. Must be able to prioritize and plan activities in a timely manner.
7. Ability to adapt to changes in the work environment and balance competing demands. 8. Flexibility and reliability to work occasional evenings, weekends, and special events.

1. Work is performed in an office environment and out of doors (up to 10%).
2. Must be able to climb, bend, stoop and reach.
3. Must be able to walk and/or stand for long periods.
4. Must be able to push, pull or lift at least 25 pounds.
5. Must be able to read and write various forms of material and recognize symbols and colors.


The Flint Children’s Museum is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to providing equal employment opportunities to employees and applicants for employment. The Flint Children’s Museum does not discriminate on account of national origin or ethnicity, race, color, sex or gender identity, mental or physical disability, religion, age, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status, parental status, or pregnancy status.

Please send cover letter, resume, and references to: No phone calls please.

Posted on 1/3/2022

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