Manager, Advancement Fundraisers
The Nelson Gallery Foundation - Kansas City, MO

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As the primary point of contact, the Manager, Advancement Fundraisers will provide leadership and operational responsibility for special events and projects that, by design, are in support of development, advancement, and general promotion of the philanthropic strategies of the museum and its mission.


1.Project Leadership & Management – Plan, develop, and execute a robust, strategy-driven events calendar with a keen understanding of development cultivation and stewardship strategies. Develop deep knowledge of assigned projects and drive the development of the event/project from the onset; including theme/vision; formulating/tracking guest lists; creating related activities, communication plans, and time lines; providing budget control; and developing project goals that enhance the museum’s vision and development growth.

2.External Relationships – Cultivate existing relationships and develop new donor relationships that expand opportunities for fundraising/development and the revenue growth of the museum. Build and manage relationships with partner organizations.

3.Internal Relationships – Anticipate, understand and respond to the needs of internal constituents. Work with volunteer groups, honorary committees associated with the special events, building strong support, consensus around the design and execution of the project. Work closely with the development staff to ensure philanthropic strategies complement each other.

4.Goal Achievement - Collaborate with internal staff to achieve goals and contribute to the overall development goals for the division.

5.Knowledge Management – Develop the necessary systems, processes, and tools to better support the facilitation of advancement’s special events & projects. Monitor the effectiveness and results of the event/project and plan adjustments.

6.Team Building –. Work cooperatively and effectively with others to set goals, resolve problems, and make decisions that enhance project effectiveness. Positively influence others to achieve results/outcomes that are in the best interest of the project/museum.

Reports to the Director, Advancement and may direct the work of volunteers.
Challenges and Opportunities

Position Requirements
  • Bachelor’s degree in related field.
  • Five or more years experience in non-profit development, fundraising, and/or program management.
  • High EQ (emotional intelligence) with experience managing and building positive relationships with volunteers and donors.
  • The ability to work effectively in collaboration with diverse groups of people.
  • The ability to handle a variety of constituencies, manage multiple tasks simultaneously and thrive in a complex environment with multiple priorities.
  • Strong analytical and critical-thinking skills; basic business acumen.
  • Strong understanding of donor engagement/development pipeline.