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Chief Development Officer

Position Summary

The Chief Development Officer is the senior administrative officer who is responsible for all aspects of fundraising and donor relations including: Capital Campaign, Annual Campaign, and major gifts. This individual reports to the Executive Director, and works collaboratively with the Museum’s Board, staff, administration, pilots, volunteers, donors, and prospective donors. As the Museum prepares to embark on a Capital Campaign, the Chief Development Officer will also work collaboratively with those associated with the Capital Campaign (the Campaign Chair, Campaign Steering Committee, volunteers, Museum members, and prospective donors). The Chief Development Officer will work at an office at Ellington Field with 1-1.5 day per week at the Museum in Galveston.

Specific Responsibilities

Plan, implement and manage capital, major gift, endowment and planned giving fundraising

programs, including activities related to individuals, foundations, and corporations. This includes in-kind donations.

Work with the professional staff and leadership to determine institutional priorities for which philanthropic support is sought and to provide coordination of approaches to individuals, corporations, and foundations.

Coordinates and facilitates opportunities for the Executive Director and Board of Directors to develop relationships with those who can substantially support Lone Star Flight Museum through philanthropy.

Meet with Museum leadership and the Campaign Steering Committee on a regular basis to monitor progress toward Campaign fundraising goals and continuously evaluate fundraising strategies and donor management.

Oversee the Annual Campaign.

Serve as the primary grant writer for all grant proposals to be submitted by the Museum, and oversee proposal preparations.

Oversee the gift accounting and reporting functions to ensure that all donors and solicitors receive personal acknowledgment of gifts and periodic information regarding the progress of Museum fundraising programs.

Oversee the current database and records of all donors and prospective donors.

Establish effective relationships with external foundations, granting agencies, community organizations, and the broader aviation community.

Articulate the fundraising priorities for the Museum and be well-versed about all aspects of the programs, services, events, and opportunities for members to participate.

Required Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree; graduate degree preferred.

Must have a minimum of 5+ years of progressive fundraising responsibility primarily in the area of personal major gift solicitation.

A history of Capital Campaign management and/or direct participation in a high-level staff role in the management of a Capital Campaign or campaign division.

Experience in developing donor specific cultivation, solicitation, and closure strategies and the management of a personal portfolio of major gift prospects.

Demonstrated ability to foster and maintain effective, collaborative relationships with individuals, staff members, volunteer constituencies, individual donors, as well as foundations.

Ability to develop compelling presentations, proposals, and grant applications.

Evidence of effective volunteer management skills which may include board management.

Exceptional leadership traits, interpersonal skills, board room presence, organizational and team skills, and written and oral communication skills.


Commensurate with experience

To apply for this position, please e-mail your resume and cover letter to Elizabeth Rhem at erhem@dinipartners.com.

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