Vice President of Strategic Engagement

Job Type

Full Time


Minimum: $85,000
Maximum: $95,000



Application Deadline



301 N Washington Street
United States



Vice President of Strategic Engagement

Full-time, exempt

Organizational Overview: DuPage Children’s Museum has a 30-year history of interactive, hands-on experiences that are carefully designed to foster curiosity, creativity, problem solving, and innovation through the power of play. We share our expertise in early childhood development with parents and other important adults, and offer professional development opportunities to caregivers and teachers. 

This new position is mission centric, yet outward-looking, as it focuses on how the museum is understood and supported by the communities and philanthropists who know the vital impact of early childhood learning. This position will develop a global view of the intersection of DCM’s mission and community needs in order to champion the Museum’s value proposition. This position offers tremendous rewards as you live the mission o “ignite the potential of all children to learn through hands-on exploration by integrating art, math and science.”

Job Summary: As the Vice President of Strategic Engagement for DuPage Children’s Museum (DCM) you will have the opportunity to lead a values-driven, mission-focused organization where you are expected to raise the visibility and profile of DCM and attract supporters and partners. Working with institutional leadership, you will create the strategic vision for growth, activate the current strategic plan and lead the organization into the extension of that plan in the next decade of this century. You will play a significant role in supporting and forging partnerships across the organization among staff, volunteers, the executive leadership team, and the Board of Directors, and within the community of DCM’s partnerships in early learning. You will serve as a principal advisor to the President & CEO and Board of Directors in relation to strategic planning for fundraising and financial growth and sustainability, and as a key member of the executive leadership team.

What it will take to be successful:

●      Ability to lead and inspire established Development and Marketing and Sales departments including senior department managers, major gift officers, sales development, events, graphics, and social media professionals

●      Ability to lead the development of both the strategic and master plans for fundraising goals in the local, regional and national prospects, including major fundraising events, and the alignment of strategic marketing messaging of DCM’s mission, brand, learning framework and community impact.

●      Ability to leverage community knowledge and contacts to advance the mission and objectives of DCM. Local and regional governmental, community leader and funder knowledge and relationships highly desirable.

●      Ability to be a key brand ambassador and driver of donor relationships, directing the market research for internal and external constituencies according to revenue and service priorities, and analyzing these data with key staff to support strategic planning and immediate institutional needs.

●      Strong and persuasive written and verbal communication and skills of consensus building and diplomacy with all internal and external audiences.

●      Ability to build and support a collaborative work environment, mentoring and developing directors and senior manager level staff and enhancing their supervisory capabilities, and working with all staff to identify professional development opportunities focused on a team-based culture of learning and growth. Work collaboratively at a higher level: enjoy a fast paced work environment, while demonstrating respect for all and open and honest communication.

●      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.

●      Excellent supervisory skills: motivating a staff with diverse capabilities and varying communication and work style preferences.

What success will look like:

·        Successfully execute and achieve the aggressive budgets for each fiscal year’s fundraising and earned revenue goals.

·        Work in collaboration with the President & CEO, and the Director of Development, as well as the Board Fund Development Committee, to enhance and engage the team in developing donor programs and strategies, identifying goals and determine best or new opportunities for raising financial support for the Museum.

·        Achieve the retention and expansion of the museum’s target audiences, through strategic marketing, dynamic web and social media presence, and brand positioning.

·        Propose and execute budget planning to support fundraising, marketing and sales departments.

·        Work with Board Leadership and President & CEO to plan and coordinate the Museum’s future capital campaigns so that it can be successful, including fully leveraging current donors.

Position Relationships

Reports directly to the President & CEO

Education and Experience:

●      Minimum ten year experience in development/fundraising and/or marketing, and working knowledge of both with proven ability to engage in strategic planning. Demonstrated record of cross departmental alignment, preferably in a non-profit setting.

●      Minimum seven years of senior leadership positions with supervisory experience, at director level or equivalent, successfully leading, motivating and developing managers, directors, and teams.

●      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 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 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

Please send resume and cover letter to