Chief Development Officer

Job Type

Full Time




4231 Avenue of the Republic
United States


How would you like to work for a nonprofit organization that strongly believes in a culture of philanthropy, where everyone has a part to play in raising resources for the Museum? How would you like to be part of an Executive team of the most beloved children’s museum in Philadelphia? Now is your chance to represent a nonprofit organization that changes a child’s life as they discover the power of learning through play. Please Touch Museum (the Children’s Museum of Philadelphia) a non-profit organization with an $8 million operating budget, seeks an experienced, energetic, and dynamic Chief Development Officer (CDO) to provide the leadership, direction, management and coordination of the Museum’s fundraising efforts to support the organization’s mission and the goals in its innovative new strategic plan.


The CDO’s primary focus is to develop and maintain a culture of philanthropy within PTM and to ensure the success of fundraising programs including individual and corporate giving, foundation and government grants. The CDO will serve as a lead strategist for the Museum fund development, helping the President &CEO creating a multi-year plan for increasing revenue which support the Museum’s plans for aggressive growth in the next five years. Works closely with the President & CEO and the board, board committees and staff to achieve the fundraising goals of the Museum. 


Other responsibilities include but are not limited to: Maintain and grow current funding based relationships ;identify, research, and cultivate new funding prospects; coordinate closely with the other departments on corporate sponsorship, grant proposals and events; participate in the development and maintenance of the Museum’s plans and programs as a community partner; assist with securing business partners for programs and major fundraisers; serve as a representative of the Museum and its’ mission; and support and implement the Museum’s Strategic Planning Goals into department objectives.


Requirements: Bachelor’s degree required, with an emphasis on Education, Communications, Museum Communications or related fields preferred; CFRE certification is preferred; 8 years plus demonstrated success in fundraising in all categories of giving, and a minimum of 2 years of management experience; experience in working closely with the Board of Directors and related committees is required.

Candidates must demonstrate understanding of the best practices in the fields of development , execution of the donor cultivation process and current philanthropic trends and stewardship practices; proven track record of proactive identification, cultivation and solicitation of major gifts; ability to analyze donor prospect research information; experience at negotiating and activating sponsorship agreements; ability to work in multi-disciplinary teams; very strong writing and editing skills; and exceptional interpersonal and oral communication skills (public speaking, presentations).

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply

Please Touch Museum offers an excellent work environment with, a comprehensive benefit package, and competitive salary. To apply for this opportunity, please mail your cover letter including your accomplishments, resume and salary requirements to: Human Resources, Please Touch Museum, 4231 Avenue of the Republic, Philadelphia, PA 19131; fax to: (215)-581-3182; Email: Office phone: 215-581-3189 EOE