Director of Institutional Advancement: The African American Museum in Philadelphia

Posted November 10th, 2016 at 1:10 pm.

The African American Museum in Philadelphia seeks a Director of the museum’s Department of Institutional Advancement.  The primary responsibility of the Director of Institutional Advancement is advancing and supporting the museum’s capital and annual support campaigns. The museum has launched a capital campaign to raise $3.5 million in five (5) years beginning in January 2014.  The Director provides managerial oversight and leadership to the Advancement portfolio including the management of the capital campaign prospects, working with the President, Campaign Chair, and the Trustees on all aspects of fundraising and plans, develops and carries out the museum’s development programs through the cultivation of individual donors, the stewardship of relationships with external partners, and fundraising initiatives.  The Director develops and implements strategies to raise the museum’s visibility, confirm its credibility, and enhance the public’s appreciation of the museum’s mission and services. This is to be achieved by maintaining regular communications with museum donors, members, stakeholders and other partners, and by implementing marketing and public relations strategies that include collaborative partnerships, newsletters, calendar listings, media placements, ads, and social media.

The Director reports to the President and serves a key leadership role within the museum’s senior management team.  The Director is also responsible for the management of the Membership and Volunteer program and the direct supervision of Membership and Volunteer Coordinator, as well as the administration of the Department, and supervision of all Department staff and volunteers.


The successful candidate will have a full commitment to the museum’s mission, its capital campaign, the growth of its resources through support from diverse sources, and the strategic advancement of its brand.  The candidate must be a dynamic self-starter with the ability to provide leadership support to an ambitious, long-term development strategy.  The candidate must have strong leadership qualities and:

  • Demonstrated success in fundraising from individuals, corporate and private foundations, and government sources;
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills that will allow them to actively participate in the cultivation and solicitation process;
  • Strong communication skills including public speaking;
  • Management experience with the ability to build, organize, and direct a team;
  • Collegial and collaborative work style;
  • Excellent writing skills;
  • Familiarity with standards and best practices for the administration of a fundraising office; and
  • Knowledge of fundraising software.


At least five years experience in development, sales or a related field.  Prior experience working with or in the non-profit sector a plus. Prior supervisory/management experience preferred.


$70,000 – $80,000 and full benefits.

To Apply

If you are interested in applying for this position please email your resume along with a cover letter to:

Amber Mays
Administrative Manager

Education Level: BA required, advanced degree preferred.
Filed under: Executive Level by Margie DuBrow

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