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Director of Development

Company: Wonderscope Children's Museum of KC
Date Posted: January 2, 2018

Wonderscope launched a capital campaign in 2017 to build a new world-class children's museum.  As Wonderscope prepares to celebrate 30 years and the opening of the new museum it seeks a development leader to join a passionate and committed team. 

Duties include but are not limited to:

  1. Develop and implement an annual fundraising plan to support the mission of the organization.
  2. Expand the organization’s funder base to grow programs and operational support.
  3. Research, cultivate and solicit new donor prospects; foundations, corporations and individuals.
  4. Serve as lead grant manager and writer, including identifying prospects, writing, editing and submitting grants in a timely manner to secure support.
  5. Ensure timely and appropriate donor recognition.
  6. Develop, cultivate and maintain strong positive relationship with major donors.
  7. Serve as liaison to the Board Development Committee.
  8. Work with Development Committee Chair and Executive Director to prepare agenda and monthly reports for committee.
  9. Work with Development Committee Chair and Executive Director to engage board in fundraising and soliciting of support.
  10. Serve as lead to fundraising auxiliary and work to expand its capacity and its role in the organization.
  11. Lead the planning and execution of annual fundraising event.
  12. Work directly with Director of Communications to ensure the development of timely and accurate collateral and website copy, digital media, invitations and annual report. 
  13. Serve as a key member of the management team at Wonderscope. 
  14. Increase visibility of the organization to funders with outreach and communication and serve as a representative of the organization when needed for networking, speaking engagements etc.

Skills Required:

  1. Positive and dynamic personality with a passion for children and education.
  2. Exceptional interpersonal, leadership and organizational skills.
  3. Strong communication skills.
  4. Strong knowledge of local and regional philanthropic community.
  5. Ability to be creative, outward focused, adventurous.
  6. Experience researching and writing grants.
  7. Experience working with committees and auxiliaries.
  8. Bachelor’s degree with up to 5 years development experience.
  9. Willingness to step in and do all that is required for the success of the organization.


To learn more about Wonderscope visit our website:

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