Reports To: Vice President, Institutional Advancement
Senior Manager of Foundation and Corporate Relations
DEPARTMENT AND FUNCTION
NYSCI has been a pioneer in the development of innovative and inclusive approaches to STEM learning and engagement since it was founded during the 1964-1965 World’s Fair. Today, we are developing new exhibits, experiences, and programs that align with national efforts to ensure equity and excellence in STEM and invite our broad and diverse audience to discover their own connections to it through exploration, experimentation, and problem-solving challenges throughout the museum, as well as beyond our walls. The Senior Manager of Foundation and Corporate Relations (“Senior Manager”) is a critical member of the Institutional Advancement team that raises $6-$7 million annually to support this work from private and public institutional funders such as foundations, corporations, and government agencies.
NYSCI is seeking a highly motivated, self-directed professional with ample institutional fundraising experience and superior organizational, communication, problem solving, and writing skills who is able to thrive in a fast-paced museum environment and build strong relationships with funders and cross-departmental NYSCI staff to raise funds that support the work, mission, and institutional goals of NYSCI.
1. Design, implement, and manage a comprehensive and strategic fund development plan focused on expanding and enhancing corporate and foundation support for the institution.
2. Manage a portfolio of corporate and foundation partnerships to solicit five- and six figure (and larger) philanthropic commitments that support NYSCI’s work at the museum, in the community, and around the world.
3. Write compelling, original grant proposals that convey strategic concepts and make compelling arguments to increase donor awareness of NYSCI’s mission and programs and encourage their engagement and financial support.
4. Proactively seek new opportunities to enhance NYSCI’s mission and programs and help position the institution as a leader in the STEM education field.
5. Support the Chief Advancement Officer, Vice President of Institutional Advancement, and NYSCI leadership (Board, President and CEO and other cabinet members) to help advance the institution’s mission and vision.
6. Build strong working relationships with other NYSCI departments to collaboratively shape programmatic goals, activities and budgets that ensure alignment with NYSCI’s mission and facilitate positive long-term relationships with donors.
7. Maintain a high-quality stewardship process for active corporate and foundation prospects and funders, working closely with program staff to schedule and lead meetings, events and site visits, and ensure the timely delivery of quality reports and evaluations.
8. Help create and build upon a culture of giving at NYSCI.
Education: BA required; MA preferred
Experience: A minimum of seven years of foundation/corporate fundraising experience, with an emphasis on grant writing, record keeping and stewardship systems, and experience working within a complex organization.
RELEVANT EXPERIENCE AND SKILLS
- Commitment to the philosophy and mission of New York Hall of Science.
- Superior writing skills and demonstrated ability to develop original proposals, reports, and accompanying financial materials. Strong ability to express ideas clearly both in written and oral communications.
- Experience in building a foundation and corporate relations program and proven ability to effectively inspire others.
- Demonstrated ability to identify, cultivate, solicit, and close grants from foundations and corporations.
- Highly-developed project management skills and ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously, both collaboratively with colleagues from across the organization or from NYSCI’s partner organizations, or independently.
- Demonstrated ability to conduct in-depth donor research with familiarity and/or experience utilizing RelPro, RelSci, iWave, Foundation Search, and/or other prospecting tools.
- Sophisticated understanding of record keeping and stewardship systems to support and grow a successful donor relations program (Raiser’s Edge, MS Excel, Word & PowerPoint, Google Docs & Sheets, etc.).
- Experience working with diverse teams (within department, cross departmental, and with external partners) with the ability to effectively lead and manage projects as well as harness team creativity and translate it into effective fundraising.
- Experience fundraising for a science center/natural history museum/children’s museum or STEM education institution is preferred but not required.
- Ability and willingness to participate in occasional events outside the workday schedule.
Commensurate with education, skills and experience; annual salary range is $80-85K.
NYSCI strives to be an inclusive and equitable place to work. We work to foster diverse voices and perspectives, empower staff as problem solvers, and support professional growth for all.
The New York Hall of Science also offers generous benefits and perks for all regular full-time employees. These include:
- Health, dental and vision insurance options.
- Flexible spending accounts for healthcare, dependent care and commuter benefits.
- Pension plan and 401k plan.
- Free life insurance coverage.
- Paid vacation and sick leave.
- 13 paid holidays off.
- Flexible work schedules.
- Employee Assistance Program.
- Free onsite parking.
- Professional development growth opportunities.
- A collaborative, professional and supportive environment within the Institutional Advancement team.
- Colleagues who are passionate about the different ways we provide engaging science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) learning experiences and the communities we serve.
- The chance to see first-hand the work you are supporting by walking the floor of the museum and being inspired by the exploration and wonder of science experienced by our young visitors and their families!
How to Apply
Please send cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org. Resumes without a cover letter will not be accepted. Please include job title in subject line. No phone calls.
The New York Hall of Science is an equal opportunity employer committed to fostering an inclusive and innovative environment with the best employees. We provide employment opportunities without regard to age, race, color, ancestry, national origin, religion, disability, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, military service, marital status or any other protected status in accordance with applicable law. We support a drug-free workplace.
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The New York Hall of Science is New York City's science center, a place where everyone is invited to explore how science and engineering shape our world, and how we can use scientific tools and ideas to answer questions and solve problems. Visitors pose questions, design solutions, explore phenomena, and work together to make amazing things happen.
Located in Queens, one of the most diverse counties in the U.S., NYSCI welcomes 400,000 visitors annually, including families, students on field trips, and camp and after school groups. NYSCI also works with thousands of teachers each year to make classroom science more relevant, exciting and meaningful to students, and conducts innovative research about how science learning happens through everyday experience.
Our exhibitions, programs, and products are informed by strategies of engagement called Design, Make, Play. The defining characteristics of Design, Make, Play — open-ended exploration, imaginative learning, personal relevance, deep engagement and delight — are the ingredients that inspire passionate STEM learners.
NYSCI has approximately 120 full-time and over 180 part-time staff members.