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Director of Development


The Creative Discovery Museum is a leader in effectively sparking children’s passions for learning through hands on experiences in the arts and sciences. It is a vital educational resource serving over 275,000 people a year and partnering with schools and community partners throughout the region. As a non-profit institution with a budget close to $3 million, approximately 65% of its budget is funded through ticket sales and earned income programs and the rest is supported through its fundraising efforts.
The Director of Development plays a key role in the development, implementation, coordination and evaluation of the Museum’s fundraising efforts. In this role, you will oversee annual and capital campaigns, corporate sponsorships, special events, foundation and government grants, planned giving and membership.
We are looking for a seasoned development professional with a college degree and at least three years of proven success in fundraising or a related field. We value energy, passion and the ability to work well with others including the board of trustees, staff, volunteers, and guests.

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Creative Discovery Museum
Web Address
321 Chestnut Street
Postal Code
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Job Status
Exemption Status
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills • Prior experience and demonstrated success in development or related field • Ability to work well with people and in team efforts including board of trustees and volunteers • Strong networking skills • Strong customer service orientation • Highly organized and detail oriented • Ability to manage multiple tasks at one time • College degree with at least three years of experience in fundraising or related field • Strong budgeting and financial skills • Excellent computer skills including presentation and database management • Strong social media skills
Job Responsibilities
• Develops the Museum’s fundraising goals and strategies • Determines how the Museum can work most effectively with funders and potential funders, including individual donors, corporations, government agencies and foundations • Evaluates the impact and effectiveness of the Museum’s fundraising efforts • Prepares and administers development budgets • Implements strategies for membership acquisition and retention including direct mail, on-site sales, telemarketing and emarketing • Plans and implements all fundraising events including the Museum’s “Amuse”um fundraiser • Oversees preparation of government and foundation grant proposals as well as compliance with all provisions of grants awarded to the Museum • Coordinates the annual campaign including preparation of campaign materials, recruitment and coordination of volunteer solicitors, organization of phonathons, and appropriate recognition and acknowledgment of all donors • Identifies corporate sponsor prospects and solicits sponsorships including scheduling meetings, preparing proposals and ensuring fulfillment of sponsor benefits • Oversees planning and implementation of all membership and donor events including exhibit openings and the annual member Halloween party • Oversees membership and donor fulfillment • Develops and implement planned giving program • Oversees staff of two to three people including Membership and Development Managers
Application Instructions
Interested candidates are asked to submit a cover letter and resume online at

 Ad ID : 389

Leah Wilson,Chattanooga, Tennessee - 37402