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Director of Development

Company: Museum of Vancouver (MOV)
Date Posted: May 8, 2015

The Museum of Vancouver (MOV) is seeking an experienced, enterprising fundraising professional to join the Museum’s senior leadership team as Director of Development

One of Canada’s most award winning museums, MOV strives to push the boundaries of the role of museums in society. 
We exist to connect people with Vancouver, people with ideas, and people with each other; provoke vibrant debate on contemporary Vancouver issues; deliver an outstanding museum experience through innovative, world-class exhibitions and engaging, multidisciplinary programs; explore the continuous transformation of the City in provocative, participatory, and innovative ways; and build a powerful and relevant collection of Vancouver-focused objects, photography, multimedia, and more.

MOV is one of Vancouver’s most important cultural spaces and the City of Vancouver is a vital partner.  MOV manages a collection of over 70,000 artefacts for the City of Vancouver, and the City contributes to MOV through the provision of its building, building services and an annual operating grant. 

MOV, an independent, not-for-profit, charitable organization, with an annual operating budget of $2.2 million of which 10% stems from sponsorship and donations.  The MOV has identified that as a matter of priority, MOV needs to grow and diversify its funding base.  The new role of Director of Development was created as a mission critical function and enabler of MOV’s mission and vision.

The Director of Development plays a strategic role in developing a culture of philanthropy and support for MOV.  Reporting to the CEO and working with the Board of Directors, the Director will design, direct and execute a multi-faceted fundraising program that builds communities of support, attracts high impact philanthropy to the Museum’s strategic priorities, and leads the Museum towards financial sustainability. 

The Director is an experienced fundraising professional with proven abilities in creating successful fundraising programs that engage with and build communities.  An entrepreneurial mindset and strategic intent are a must.

As a member of MOV’s Senior Leadership Team, the Director of Development:


*Fully participates with senior leadership and the board in setting MOV strategy and policy;

* Creates a fund development strategy which fully engages the organization in its execution to deliver increased revenue to MOV’s strategic priorities;

* Acts on behalf of MOV in business, civic and community organizations to foster, build and grow relationships with internal and external audiences;

* Seeks and inspires excellence and impact in all endeavours;

* Acts on behalf of the CEO, as required and when requested.

Fundraising Excellence and Impact

* Builds a diverse base of engaged donors, sponsors and partners through an innovative program that attracts funds to MOV’s annual operations and special projects and builds communities of support;

* Creates and executes a full complement of fundraising programs including major gifts and campaigns, direct marketing, sponsorship marketing, grant writing, planned giving, business development and special events; 

* Builds, motivates and supports a team of staff and volunteers, including members of the Board and its Development Committee, who advocate for the Museum in the execution of the MOV’s fund development plan;

* Sets, monitors and reports on fundraising goals and metrics that are achieved with the full participation of MOV staff and volunteers. 


* Provides strategic and operational support to standings committees of the Board (and other committees);

* Puts in place a prospect management system that holistically manages all prospects meeting the major gits threshold of $10,000 and personally manages a portfolio of prospects;

* Recruits, leads, supervises, coaches and mentors a small team of development staff (1.5 direct reports) who work as a team to achieve mutually agreed performance targets;

* Prepares business plans, sets budgets and authorizes expenditure.

MOV is a unionized environment.  The position carries responsibilities for representing the Museum in the administration of the Collective Agreement and for representing the Senior Leadership Team when required. 



* At least seven years’ experience as a fundraising professional in progressively senior roles

* Demonstrated experience creating and leading comprehensive fund development programs.

* Demonstrated experience managing annual and capital campaigns concurrently.

* Knowledge of and experience with planned giving, special events planning and management. 

* Working with museums, cultural or educational institutions would be an advantage. 

* A thorough understanding of the non-profit sector and regulations governing charitable giving.
Education and Professional Qualifications

* Post-secondary degree in a related field * Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE/ACFRE) designation and active involvement in the Association of Fundraising Professionals are desirable

* IABC accreditation is desirable

Personal Attributes

* Goal orientated and an entrepreneurial mindset required

* Excellent in written and oral communications

* Demonstrate initiative and autonomy

* Excellent interpersonal relationships

* Maintains and communicates a positive attitude

* Endorses and abides by the AFP Code of Ethics and Donor Bill of Rights


The Director of Development is a full time permanent role.  

The Museum of Vancouver offers a generous salary and benefits package.

Deadline for application:  midnight September 8, 2015

Please address all inquiries and applications (electronic submissions only) to: 
Greg Fruno

Director of Operations