Vice President of Development Grand Rapids,  MI
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Vice President of Development

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Vice President of Development
Grand Rapids,  MI
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“We instill a passionate curiosity and deeper understanding of the world around us.”  That is our vision at Grand Rapids Public Museum and it permeates everything we do.  At the Museum, you’ll help inspire that curiosity by leading the fundraising team to push the limits and to provide support for the creation of never-before-seen, one-of-a-kind experiences!

We are the oldest and second largest museum in the state of Michigan. The Development team works together to meet short and long term fundraising goals and to build a multifaceted revenue stream. In this role, you will provide leadership, strategy, direction and coordination for a comprehensive fundraising program that secures financial resources from all donor segments for the Grand Rapids Public Museum. This position reports directly to the President & CEO and actively participates on the Museum’s Leadership Team.

The successful candidate will be highly motivated, a strategic thinker, passionate about the mission of the Grand Rapids Public Museum and possess the poise, experience and attitude to build and sustain positive relationships with all stakeholders including the philanthropic leaders of the West Michigan community.  Our dynamic development team fosters a positive, collaborative culture. 

V.P. of Development Responsibilities 

  • Thoroughly understand and articulate GR Public Museum’s mission, programs, history, policies, culture, values, key stakeholders and financial strategy
  • Primary responsibility for the Museum’s Development plan and its related results including management of regular reporting and progress towards goals
  • Manage donor cultivation, solicitation and relationships both individually and managing the team
  • Leverage the President/CEO’s involvement in fundraising
  • Continue work on “Moves Management” or similar fundraising program
  • Oversee direct mail processes and Development publications in coordination with Marketing team
  • Coordinate with the Database Manager to manage donor data processes
  • Keep up to date with best practices in development and work regularly to implement such practices at the Museum
  • Participate in fundraising conferences and events, act as a representative of the Museum in the community
  • Communicate fundraising progress and objectives to the board and volunteers while encouraging their engagement and participation

Professional Experience and Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree required with at least 5 to 7 years of senior leadership level experience in fundraising or its applicable experience equivalent
  • Demonstrated competence in the areas of leadership, strategic and tactical planning, major donor solicitation and cultivation, designing and planning fundraising programs, management of donor data, and overseeing detailed operations
  • A team player, able to work effectively and collaboratively with colleagues; a member of appropriate professional organizations
  • Available to work evenings and weekends as required


The Grand Rapids Public Museum is an equal opportunity employer.



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