Cincinnati Museum Center Vice President of Philanthropy

The Vice President of Philanthropy for Cincinnati Museum Center reports to the President and CEO and is responsible for leading a team of nine team members in successfully achieving the organization’s short and long-term contributed revenue goals.

The vice president is also a member of CMC’s senior management team that guides the strategic direction and management of the institution. The vice president has primary responsibility for executing and adapting an organizational fundraising strategy to ensure that the contributed revenue targets are realized. Specifically, the vice president will be responsible for successfully completing a $75 million comprehensive fundraising campaign launched in 2018. The largest campaign in the organization’s history, the Campaign for the Future includes all CMC’s capital, exhibit, endowment, and operating needs. The vice president will be the lead CMC team member responsible for aligning all resources needed to achieve this transformational fundraising goal, including managing the role of the Campaign Cabinet and CMC’s fundraising counsel.

The Vice President of Institutional Advancement oversees a division responsible for individual giving, corporate and foundation relations, and government relations. The VP manages an annual expense budget of $1.1 million, and annual revenue budget of $5 million, or 20% of Museum Center’s total annual budget of about $25 million. Its endowment, including board-approved quasi-endowment funding, is currently valued at approximately $42 million. An additional $8 million in CMC-designated endowment resides in the Greater Cincinnati Foundation.

CMC leadership is equally focused on future exhibit and program planning centered on enhancing its science and technology learning capabilities in addition to being a regional asset. Leadership is prioritizing the long-term sustainability of the entire enterprise.

Major Responsibilities:

Manages all fundraising activities that generate unrestricted support for annual operations and restricted support for specific programs, areas of collections/research, exhibits and endowment. Current fundraising activities include major annual individual giving, planned giving, foundation support and cultivation, corporate sponsorship and relations, donor cultivation, fundraising and special events and the support activities such as prospect research, gift processing and database analysis, and moves management processes.

Manages the advancement department’s expense budget, pledge receivable and cash flow reporting.

Supervise, train, inspire and develop a top performing advancement staff that will support you and the organization in achieving its fundraising goals.

Serve as President of the Cincinnati Museums Foundation and manage the work of the Foundation’s Board of Directors. The Foundation is a separate 501(c)(3) and is the primary steward of the operations and management of CMC’s endowment.

Support the work of CMC’s leadership volunteers including the Advancement Committee of the Board of Trustees and other volunteer committees that serve as ambassadors and fundraisers for the museum. These leadership volunteers support the sustainability of the institution and are instrumental in helping CMC to identify, cultivate and engage donors and community advocates.

Advises and assists the President and CEO in planning and executing CMC policies and programs. As a member of the president’s senior staff, work collaboratively with fellow vice presidents and other divisions in planning, administration, and general management of CMC.

  • A bachelor’s degree; advanced degree in business, communications and/or marketing a plus
  • Ten years or more experience and demonstrated success in different areas of institutional advancement with a track record in achieving fundraising targets of $5 million or more
  • Experience and demonstrated success in major gift solicitation and/or managing significant capital or endowment campaigns
  • Demonstrated ability to manage, inspire, and lead a professional staff
  • Significant experience and success in organizing and motivating trustees, staff, and volunteers to participate effectively in fundraising activities
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Demonstrated understanding of and appreciation for the distinctive value of museums and cultural institutions
  • Valid driver’s license with good driving record
The Ideal Person Should Be:
  • A strong manager
  • Naturally curious and excited about learning
  • Collaborative and collegial with peers, subordinates and volunteer leadership within the institution and with its external partners
  • A person of professional integrity, sound judgment, and initiative

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