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The Executive Director leads the Institutional Advancement team at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University (ANS). As a key member of the ANS leadership team, the Executive Director will strategize and expand philanthropic support for the Academy and its interdisciplinary approach to the environment and sustainability. As the primary advancement liaison between ANS and Drexel University, the Executive Director will work closely with both ANS leadership and Drexel’s Office of Institutional Advancement (IA) to launch a fundraising campaign that widens engagement, grows revenue, and builds an open, innovative and inclusive culture.
The Executive Director will be responsible for securing principal gifts in addition to overseeing all aspects of the Academy's membership, individual giving, annual fund, major gifts, planned giving, and stewardship programs; member, donor, and fundraising events; and foundation, corporate, and government support. They will work collaboratively across departments toward the shared vision of creating a healthy, sustainable and equitable planet. This position reports to the Academy’s VP, CFO/COO, and works closely with the Academy's President and CEO and the Senior Vice President, Institutional Advancement of Drexel University. This position currently has three direct reports and oversees a dedicated and skilled team of ten.
- Secure principal gifts and develop future donors by pursing the identification, qualification, cultivation, solicitation, recognition, and stewardship of donor prospects with capacity to give $100,000 or more to the Academy
- Build and manage a dynamic portfolio of prospects (individual, corporate, foundation) and who are believed capable of making major commitments, based on giving patterns, prospect research, and other indicators
- Maintain an active schedule of meetings with trustees and major gift prospects. Travel may be required
- Staff the Academy's President & CEO and Board Chair on principal gift prospect stewardship and solicitation visits
- Oversee all aspects of the Academy's fundraising program, including annual fund appeals, Leadership Circle giving, Major Gifts, planned giving, and foundation and corporate relations
- Oversee the Academy's Membership program, including membership recruitment, solicitation, upgrade and renewals program, communications, and fulfilment
- Oversee all Academy fundraising, cultivation, and member fulfilment events
- Act as primary liaison with Drexel's departments of Institutional Advancement and Government Relations
- Provide staff liaison support and management of the Academy's Board Development and Board Nominating and Governance Committees
- Work collaboratively across the organization to advance the development goals and strategic initiatives of the Academy
- Provide leadership and effective management to take the Academy’s Institutional Advancement programs to a higher level of sophistication and demonstrated success
- Bachelor’s Degree
- Minimum of 7 years of experience in development with progressively increased responsibility
- Knowledge of prospect management systems
- Proven ability and success in managing all aspects of a fundraising program, including individual giving, membership, and institutional giving
- Demonstrated success in soliciting and closing six figure gifts from individuals and institutions
- Supervisory experience
- Experience working with Board members, including staffing Board committees or advisory boards
- Ability to work collaboratively with various constituent groups, museum staff, Trustees, and volunteer committees
- Knowledge of database fundraising software, Raiser's Edge or CS Advance
- Experience with fundraising campaigns
- Familiarity with planned giving concepts and experience in soliciting planned gifts
- Experience in development at a museum or cultural organization
- Typically sitting at a desk/table
- Typically standing, walking
This position is classified as Exempt with a salary grade of N. For more information regarding Drexel’s Professional Staff salary structure, https://drexel.edu/hr/career/ducomp/salstructure/
Special Instructions to the Applicant
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Review of applicants will continue until a suitable candidate pool is identified.