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

UMKC Volker Campus
Jan 04, 2021
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
Job Title: Sr. Manager of Development - National Museum of Toys and Miniatures, 54208
Location: UMKC Volker Campus
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Job ID: 34940
Hiring Department

National Museum of Toy and Miniatures

Job Description

As part of the Senior Management Team, the Sr. Manager of Development plays a vital role in the development and implementation of the museum’s strategic fundraising goals. The Sr. Manager of Development will provide critical fundraising strategy, planning, and implementation for individual, foundation, and corporate support throughout the Kansas City region and nationally; be responsible for special fundraising events, direct mail campaigns, grant proposals, donor research, stewardship, and record keeping.

The Sr. Manager of Development will proactively cultivate donor relationships of existing and potential donors to expand the museum’s donor base and deepen community and donor engagement. The ideal candidate will have a passion for T/m and the importance of art, history, and museums as educational institutions and have a high level of demonstrated personal accountability aligned with the museum’s key attributes of vision, passion, perseverance, curiosity, and excellence. Success in the position will be defined by strategic envisioning and implementation of a comprehensive fundraising plan, being self-motivated to fulfill fundraising goals, and managing external and internal communication.

  • Departmental management
    • As a member of the senior leadership team, contribute to the strategic planning, policymaking, and organizational management of the museum.
    • Cultivate a culture of fundraising with Staff and Board to maximize fundraising opportunities.
    • Develop and maintain development department budget, including analysis, reporting, and forecasting.
    • Supervise all responsibilities performed by the Marketing & Communications Manager.
    • Assure consistent use of brand, its enhancement and evolution and oversee the website, social media, and program listings.
    • In collaboration with the Executive Director research, plan, cultivate, initiate, and expand individual and major donor asks and guide board efforts to advance development goals and strategic partnerships.
  • 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.
    • Develop a plan and manage stewardship of all funders; evaluate and refine donor giving, correspondence, follow-up calls, thank yous, pledge reminders, and solicitation letter; track results in museum’s fundraising CRM system.Create and execute a strategy for a large, sustained base of annual individual donors. Envision, design, and coordinate special events, fundraising campaigns, and other special tactics as identified in development strategy.
  • Corporate and Foundation Engagement
    • Design and implement comprehensive strategy for existing and new corporate giving initiatives.
    • Oversee the development of sponsorship benefits, recruitment of supporters, and delivery of benefits.
    • Serve as a primary grant writer; research new grant opportunities; track, prepare, submit proposals and reports; oversee the development grants calendar to identify workflow and handling of grants.
  • 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
    • At least 3 – 5 years of management experience.
    • 5+ years in fundraising; CFRE accreditation is highly desirable.
    • Demonstrated success in fundraising campaigns and events with demonstrated commitment to the arts and culture field.
    • Experience measuring data and outcomes of campaigns and events for efficiency and effectiveness.
    • 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, planning, and execution.
    • Demonstrated technical proficiency with CRM database (Donor Perfect), MS Office Suite, Creative Cloud Applications (InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop, and Acrobat), 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, benefit eligible. 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:


    Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. Salary range is $55,000 - $65,000.

    Application Deadline

    This position will remain open until filled with an initial review date of January 17, 2020

    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.).

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    About The National Museum of Toys and Miniatures:

    Often described as one of the best museums 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. 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 to establish T/m’s presence at a national level. 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 32,000 visitors annually, operates in a 33,000 square-foot facility, and cares for and interprets over 84,000 objects; in 2019, more than 5,500 people enjoyed one of the museum’s 26 programs, ranging from lecture series and exhibit receptions to hands-on workshops and free admission days. For more information, click here.

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