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Director of Development & Communications

Job Summary

We are seeking a motivated development and communications professional with exceptional fundraising, writing, organizational and people skills. The Museum is going through an exciting period of growth. We are looking for someone who can effectively communicate the Museum’s purpose, elevate our profile and raise resources to help meet our ambitious goals. This critical member of our senior management team will create, lead and implement our development strategy, mobilize the resources and partnerships for the Museum to rapidly grow our impact through exhibitions, programs and events and to establish a model for excellent donor stewardship. Although this is an all-encompassing development role, there is a particular emphasis on developing proposal submissions, requiring exceptional writing skills as well as attention to detail.

The Director of Development & Communications will report directly to the Executive Director and will supervise the development and marketing departments.

Responsibilities

The responsibilities of the Director of Development & Communications will include, but are not limited to:

Development Leadership, Strategy

The Director of Development & Communications will lead the creation and implementation of the Museum’s development strategy: the Museum has grown exponentially since its re-opening in 2014. We are nonetheless still an organization working to define its place within the Evansville community. With the current marketing research project, we hope to more clearly define our future role in order to meet the ever-changing needs of our community. The Director of Development & Communications will build and deliver on a rigorous, ambitious and achievable strategy to enable the Museum to continue this planned growth.

Proposal Development & Reporting

  • Create and oversee team-wide processes for researching, developing, writing and submitting grant proposals
  • Write proposals and organize all of the necessary supporting materials to complete funding submissions
  • Author donor reports and quarterly impact reports, working with the development team to acquire the necessary supporting information
  • Write, review and/or edit all proposals and external communications
  • Compile a master document that encompasses all development activity
  • Collect stories, images and video to help convey the power of the Museum’s work in proposals and before external audiences

Donor Relations

  • Identify and engage major funding prospects, including new sources of funding support from individual philanthropists, private foundations, corporate foundations and community partners
  • Interface with current the Museum Trustees, Executive Director, staff, development committee and volunteers and conduct outside research to identify new sources of support
  • Meet individually with prospects and donors to build strong funding partnerships
  • Write thank you letters and make follow-up calls to donors
  • Develop and help execute the Museum’s fundraising campaigns
  • Maintain and improve the Museum’s online donor relationship management system (DonorPerfect)
  • Help fellow staff, Trustees and development committee members use our DonorPerfect system to document leads and donor interactions
  • Oversee fundraising and community engagement events with the assistance of committees, staff and volunteers

Marketing & Communications

  • Create, implement, and oversee online communications and fundraising strategies, including social media messaging and e-communications
  • Write and publish Tweets, Facebook and blog posts, in coordination with the Executive Director
  • Oversee the development of the Museum’s website, including content and design
  • Author and oversee the development of all marketing collateral, member newsletters, electronic communications and annual reports
  • Work with the Executive Director to ensure that the Museum’s marketing materials are clear, compelling and beautifully presented
  • Promote the Museum’s work via online (social media), TV, radio and print media, writing press releases, op-eds and pitching stories
  • Support the Executive Director in representing the Museum’s work in the public sphere through presentations and outside meetings (Rotary, Chamber, etc.)

Governance Support

  • Prepare fundraising reports and revenue projections for Trustee meetings
  • Contribute analysis of growth prospects to strategic planning processes
  • Interface with and support Trustees in their individual fundraising efforts
  • Staff the board’s development committee and contribute new fundraising ideas
  • Supervise and support a development team that will oversee the design and production of the Museum’s development & communications goals

Qualifications

Minimum Qualifications:

  • At least 5 years of experience in a development, communications and/or senior role within a nonprofit organization or social enterprise
  • Experience writing grant proposals
  • Experience using social media and online fundraising tools
  • Experience leading and executing fundraising campaigns while motivating others to participate
  • Experience managing and supporting other employees and volunteers
  • Advanced knowledge of DonorPerfect preferred (or similar donor database/fundraising software), Microsoft Office (Word, PowerPoint, Excel) and social media apps
  • Experience updating website content (WordPress) and preparing e-communications

Desired Qualities:

  • Superior writing and editing skills
  • Highly organized and attentive to detail
  • Able to balance multiple tasks from multiple sources, remaining calm amidst the fast-paced work atmosphere
  • Able to take initiative, proactively managing and prioritizing organizational needs
  • Able to work effectively and sensitively with donor records and information
  • Flexible in schedule and willing to work some evenings and weekends to meet goals and objectives
  • Adaptability, patience and a sense of humor

How to apply:

Required Materials: Send your cover letter outlining your experience and how it relates to this position, résumé, three references, writing sample and salary requirement to Development & Communications Search, Evansville Museum of Arts, History & Science, 411 SE Riverside Drive, Evansville, IN 47713. Applications that do not include all of the required materials will NOT be considered. Applications will be accepted and reviewed until the position is filled.

The Evansville Museum of Arts, History & Science is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

No phone calls please.

 

HISTORY INTERN PROGRAM


 This unique opportunity is designed to give university students an introduction to curatorial work at a mid-size, general museum. The successful candidate will work directly with the Museum’s curator of history. The emphasis of the internship is the history exhibition process. Students will gain experience in exhibition research, exhibition prep work, and exhibition installation. Students will also be introduced to collection management work including the acquisition process, the cataloguing process and collection research.

The successful intern should be familiar with basic historic research techniques, have the ability to accomplish varied tasks and have the ability to work both in a team setting and independently.

This internship is non-paying and requires a minimum of 150 hours for completion, generally completed 10-15 hours per week. Hours for interns will be scheduled in a period from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday-Friday. Interested applicants should send a resume and cover letter detailing what they would like to obtain from an internship to Tom Lonnberg at the Evansville Museum at lonnberg@emuseum.org.

SCIENCE GRAPHICS INTERNSHIP

Applications are open for Spring and Summer 2017.

This is a unique opportunity for individuals who are interested in a computer graphics practicum. While the program is geared towards current students at the junior or senior level of a university program, any interested person is encouraged to apply. This internship is non-paying.

The primary responsibility of the Science Graphics Intern will be to assist the Director of Science Experiences with the creation of content at the region’s only digital planetarium, the Koch Immersive Theater. The Museum’s Koch Immersive Theater utilizes a highly capable Digistar 5 software system to present astronomical presentations, scientific visualizations, and giant screen movies on a 40 foot domed projection screen. Tasks will be assigned based on the department’s needs and the intern’s specific skill set, interests, and goals but may include: programming development, the creation of graphics and multimedia for use in the planetarium dome, 3D modeling, script enhancement for existing planetarium shows, sound recording, organizing materials, etc. No previous knowledge of astronomy, or the operation of a digital planetarium is required; however, a thorough knowledge of Windows ÿ and the Adobe Creative Suite is compulsory.  Fluency with one or more of the following tools, such as Maya, 3DS Max, and Blender is required. In this internship you will have the opportunity to gain valuable job knowledge and work in a highly creative environment with skilled professionals. Specific tasks and a schedule will be decided on a case by case basis to meet the needs of both the department and the intern.

Interested individuals in are encouraged to apply. Not all applicants may be accepted, and all interns must successfully pass a criminal background check. Applicants should send a resume and cover letter either by mail or email detailing any previous experience and desired internship outcomes to Mitch Luman 411 SE Riverside Drive, Evansville, IN 47713.  Questions about internship may be directed to mluman@emuseum.org

 

 

 

EDUCATION DEPARTMENT INTERN PROGRAM

Applications are open for Spring and Summer 2017.

This is a unique opportunity for individuals interested in an educational practicum.  While the program is geared towards current students at the junior or senior level of a university program, any interested person is encouraged to apply.  This internship is non-paying.

The primary responsibility of the Education Intern will be to assist the Curator of Education with tasks within the education department.  Tasks will be assigned based on the department’s needs and the intern’s specific skill set, interests, and goals, but may include program development, facilitating programs, developing education resources, working with visitors of a variety of ages, marketing, working with teaching collection items, researching topics, organizing materials, etc.  Specific tasks and schedule will be decided on a case by case basis to meet the needs of both the department and the intern.

Individuals interested in education (formal and non-formal), science, history, and/or art are encouraged to apply. Not all applicants may be accepted, and all interns must successfully pass a criminal background check. Applicants should send a resume and cover letter detailing any previous experience and desired internship outcomes to Karen Malone at karen@emuseum.org or 411 SE Riverside Dr, Evansville, IN 47713.

 

REGISTRATION INTERN PROGRAM

This is a unique opportunity for Archaeology, Anthropology, Art History, History and Studio Art majors for an educational practicum. Qualified applicants will be current students at the junior or senior level of a university program. Graduate students and recent graduates will be considered.

The Registration Internship Program prepares students for the challenges of working with a museum collection. Interns have the opportunity to work with new acquisitions as well as large collections within the permanent collection. Each internship is a unique experience based on current projects within the museum and will generally include: training on proper art and object handling, database management, object care and storage, condition reporting, exhibition preparation, art installation and packing.

This internship is non-paying and requires a minimum of 150 hours for completion, generally completed 12-15 hours per week. Hours for interns will be scheduled during the registrar’s regular working hours, Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Interested applicants should send a resume and cover letter detailing what they would like to obtain from an internship with the Evansville Museum to Liz Fuhrman Bragg at liz@emuseum.org.