Director of Development

Job Type

Full Time


Minimum: $84,000
Maximum: $89,000



Application Deadline



301 N Washington Street
United States


Organizational Overview: DuPage Children’s Museum is nationally acclaimed for its interactive, hands-on experiences which are carefully designed to foster curiosity, creativity, problem solving and innovation through the power of play. With over 320,000 annual visitors, we partner with 38 school districts as well as approximately 60 social service agencies through our Community Access Network. We work directly with corporate and foundation supporters and rely on the work of more than 575 volunteers each year. We provide high-quality early learning resources for parents and offer professional development opportunities to caregivers and teachers.  

Job Summary: As the Director of Development for DuPage Children’s Museum you will have the opportunity to lead a values-driven, mission-focused organization where you are expected to elevate and raise the visibility and profile of the Development Department. You will play a significant role in forging partnerships across the organization among staff, volunteers, management team members, the executive leadership team, the Next Gen Board and the Board of Directors.

A significant focus will be the creation, adaptation, and execution of strategies that effectively fulfill the organization’s fundraising needs and priorities while celebrating the generosity and involvement of those who support DuPage Children’s Museum.

You will serve as a principal advisor to the VP of Strategic Engagement, President & CEO and Board of Directors in relation to donor fundraising and stewardship, be the guiding force for high-level institutional positioning and messaging while building on and growing donor relations. As a key member of the Executive Leadership Team, you will collaborate to build the Museum’s strategic plan. You are responsible for managing an active and engaged fundraising staff, whose responsibilities include donor cultivation and stewardship, fundraising events, and annual giving, while you are leading and executing on corporate sponsorships and government relations.

What it will take to be successful:

  • Mission-focused individual with the ability to fundraise: proven track record of setting and meeting progressively higher fundraising goals, preferably for a non-profit organization.
  • Ability to influence: build excitement and drive attendance to critical fundraising events.
  • Strong and persuasive written and verbal communication, preferably for a non-profit organization.
  • Ability to work collaboratively at a higher level: enjoy a fast-paced work environment, while demonstrating respect for all and open and honest communication.
  • Demonstrated donor cultivation experience: strong track record of effectively researching, identifying, cultivating, and deepening strong and fruitful relationships.
  • Ability to persevere: the word ‘no’ just means that the right approach yet to be discovered and/or tried.
  • Strong project management skills: maintain a strategic focus while simultaneously managing multiple projects, deadlines, goals, and needs.
  • Ability to think strategically: devote time to the projects, activities, and people that will have a long-term positive impact on the Museum.
  • Strong problem solving skills: resourceful and able to resolve challenges, while also knowing when it is time to stop and ask questions or seek additional guidance.
  • Strong technological skills: effectively use various programs to track, communicate, and capitalize on past fundraising successes in a manner that minimizes event plateaus.
  • Demonstrated supervisory experience: with three to five years of experience managing a staff with unique responsibilities and varying communication and work style preferences.

What will success look like:

·        Successfully achieving the Fiscal Year’s Development Plan ($2.0 million - $2.2 million annually in operating, capital and endowment revenue with the Major Gifts Officer, Grant Writer and Events Coordinator.

·        Develop annual fundraising plan from the ground up. Working in collaboration with the President & CEO and VP of Strategic Engagement, as well as the Board Fund Development Committee you will lead the team in developing donor programs and strategies, identifying goals and determining best or new opportunities for raising financial support for the Museum.

·        Analyze past fundraising performance to determine the strengths of the current development program and identify areas for growth

·        Plan and carry out efforts to renew gifts from current donors and identify new prospects

·        Plan and organize donor recognition activities

·        Communicate with donors on a timely basis, including overseeing required foundation reports

·        Work with the Director of Finance & Administration and President & CEO to ensure appropriate processing and acknowledgement of all gifts as well as ensure that financial books and donor database reconcile

·        Maintain the development database with accuracy and utilization of “Moves Management” to cultivate new donors

·        Propose a budget to support fundraising activities and oversee implementation of the approved development budget

·        Design fundraising strategy for annual gala and work with the Gala Committee & Events Coordinator to plan and execute a financially successful event

·        Draft reports to update the President & CEO, Development Committee and Board on fundraising activities and progress towards goals

·        Provide supervision of the Development Team, delegating development tasks and acting in a supportive role with regards to events management

·        Assist in building the board’s capacity and work to not only increase but also formalize fundraising and giving among board members

·        Work with Board Leadership, President & CEO and VP of Strategic Engagement to plan and coordinate the Museum’s future capital campaign so that it can be successful even when competing for the Museum’s operational donors, foundations, and Board support.

Position Relationship:

Reports to:        VP of Strategic Engagement

Supervises:        Major Gifts Officer, Grant Writer, Development Assistant

Education and Experience:

·        Relevant experience: 6-8 years of progressive experience in philanthropic fundraising, preferably in a non-profit setting with several years at department management.

·        Bachelor’s Degree required; Master’s preferred, in Business, Non-Profit Management or related field. 

·        Ideal candidate will have knowledge of fundraising databases, Blackbaud Altru and/or Raiser’s Edge (RE) experience preferred.

The following abilities are required for the position: (a) Communicate appropriately and clearly both verbally and in writing with telephone callers, office visitors and co-workers. Comprehend and speak English with the general public and co-workers; (b) Operate office equipment in order to send and receive information with necessary optical, auditory and manual dexterity; (c) Use a keyboard and mouse to enter, retrieve or transfer words or data; (d) Sit for extended periods of time; (e) Lift items weighing up to 20 pounds occasionally; (f) Climb up and down stairs or use an elevator daily; (g) Tolerate dust and fumes from general cleaning and maintenance procedures.


Must have valid driver’s license, access to reliable transportation, and appropriate liability insurance. Schedules may fluctuate depending on the departmental needs. Some evening and weekend hours required.

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply

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