Director of Corporate, Foundation & Government Relations
Did you know there’s a planet in our galaxy where it rains glass? Or that light bounces around inside the Sun for 175,000 years before shooting off into space? If you think that’s freaking awesome, and you’re passionate about STEM, community outreach, education, and working in a welcoming environment, this might be the place for you!
The Adler Planetarium is seeking a Director of Corporate, Foundation & Government Relations to join our dynamic team located on Chicago's Museum Campus.
The Director of Corporate, Foundation & Government Relations will serve as a primary fundraiser for gifts from institutional donors. The Director manages a portfolio of external relationships, leads the Corporate, Foundation, and Government Relations team, and collaborates with the Vice President of Development to support and facilitate the work of the President, program staff, and volunteers with institutional supporters and prospects. This individual will also be responsible for:
- Managing a portfolio of current and potential corporate and foundation donors and sponsors at the level of $25,000 or more
- Designing and administering an institutional prospect management system for individuals, families, and family foundations
- Leading the Corporate, Foundation & Government Relations team
- Working collaboratively with the Vice President of Development, President, program staff, and volunteers in their communication and interaction with institutional supporters
We’re looking for someone who is excited about the opportunity to pitch innovative ideas, implement new strategies, and take on new challenges. This person is a mentor, coach, and cheerleader for their team, always looking for ways to help their department learn and develop professionally.
This is a person who is able to strategize, set and meet goals, be proactive, and who has meticulous attention to detail in the completion of tasks. Someone who has excellent written and oral communication skills, and is a creative thinker. This person will need to have the ability to multi-task effectively in a fast-paced environment and meet multiple deadlines on time, and is flexible—happy to work autonomously or on a team in an organization of tremendously talented people
- Bachelor’s Degree
- Six to ten years of progressively challenging experience in institutional fundraising, including a track record of closing five and six figure gifts, memberships, grants, and sponsorships from corporations, foundations, and public entities
- At minimum of three years of supervisory experience, including success supervising, training, and developing staff members in institutional Development roles
- Tangible experience developing and implementing creative strategies to engage current and prospective donors
- Master’s or advanced degree
- Previous experience working in a museum, cultural or educational setting
The Adler Development team is small, but mighty. Under the direction of a new Vice President of Development, the department is quickly growing and evolving. They are cheerleaders for science and technology, megaphones for our incredible staff, and advocates for science literacy. They shout about the museum’s exhibitions, programs, sky shows, collections, special events, and active research projects. All of this in service of inspiring exploration of that mind-blowing thing we call our Universe.
The Adler Planetarium is dedicated to complying with its obligations as an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. Our recruiting and hiring procedures are free of discrimination based on race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin, disability, covered veteran status, including disabled veterans, recently separated veterans, other protected veterans, and Armed Forces service medal veterans or any protected group status as defined by law.