Background

Since its founding at the 1964-65 New York World’s Fair, the New York Hall of Science (NYSCI) has inspired millions of people—children, teachers, and families– by offering creative, participatory ways to learn and encouraging people to explore their curiosity and nurture their creativity. Located in Queens, the most ethnically diverse county in the country, NYSCI welcomes 500,000 visitors each year and serves thousands more through outreach in schools, teacher professional development, and participation in a variety of public events and research initiatives.

NYSCI is a leader in the science museum field, recognized for its highly regarded exhibitions, programs, and products, all of which 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 science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) learners. NYSCI engages diverse communities of learners, particularly young people, in STEM, by fostering the excitement of self-directed exploration and by tapping into the joy of learning intrinsic in young people’s play. Our transformative model for STEM exploration invites broad participation and makes engagement and learning irresistible.

NYSCI has approximately 120 full-time and over 180 part-time staff members.

About the Position

Departmental Role:
Institutional Advancement team at NYSCI secures funding for educational research and initiatives, exhibits, events and the overall operation of the organization; raising awareness around NYSCI’s work and programmatic objectives.
 
Function:
The Manager of Foundation and Corporate Relations (“Manager”) is an important member of the Institutional Advancement team that is responsible for securing funding and partners for NYSCI’s youth, education, and community programs, exhibit development, museum operations, and research on STEM learning. The Institutional Advancement team is comprised of 10 full-time staff members who raise a total of more than $12 million annually for the organization. The Manager will support fundraising efforts with foundations and corporations to advance NYSCI’s portfolio of private funders and donors.
NYSCI is seeking an experienced, self-directed fundraising professional to conduct prospect research, write programmatic concepts, develop proposals and progress reports for donors, foundations, corporations, and donor prospects. The Manager will report to Director of Institutional Advancement, and work closely with Chief Development Officer and President/CEO and in concert with program directors to raise funds that support the work, mission, and institutional goals of NYSCI.
The ideal candidate will have highly developed writing skills and experience crafting persuasive proposals/reports that convey strategic concepts and make compelling arguments, as well as experience in foundation and corporate relations.
 
Principal Responsibilities:

  • Manage relationships with a portfolio of corporate and foundation partners to solicit philanthropic commitments and deepen donor engagement that supports NYSCI’s work at the museum, in the community, and around the world.
  • Write compelling, original grant proposals that increase donor awareness of NYSCI’s mission and programs and encourage donor engagement and financial support.
  • Work collaboratively with other departments to help shape programmatic goals, activities and budgets to ensure alignment with NYSCI’s mission and to facilitate positive long-term relationships with donors.
  • Maintain a high-quality stewardship process for active corporate and foundation prospects and donors, working closely with program staff to schedule and lead meetings, events and site visits, and ensure the timely delivery of quality reports and evaluations.
  • Identify, research, and qualify funder prospects in support of a comprehensive and strategic fund development plan focused on expanding and enhancing corporate and foundation support for the institution.
  • Support the department’s CDO, Director of Institutional Advancement, and NYSCI leadership (Board, President and CEO and other cabinet members) to help advance the institution’s mission and vision and position the institution as a leader in the STEM education field.
  • Help create and build upon a culture of giving at NYSCI.

Relevant Experience and Skills::

  • Commitment to the philosophy and mission of New York Hall of Science.
  • Superior writing skills and demonstrated ability to develop proposals, reports, and accompanying financial materials. Strong ability to express ideas clearly both in written and oral communications.
  • Demonstrated ability to establish, maintain and strengthen relationships with significant donors on behalf of an institution.
  • Demonstrated donor research skills including familiarity and/or experience with iWave, LinkedIn, Foundation Search, and/or other prospecting tools.
  • Sophisticated understanding of the 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 teams (departmental, cross departmental and external partners) with the ability to harness team creativity and translate into effective fundraising.
  • Demonstrated ability to organize and manage multiple projects.
  • Experience fundraising for a science center/natural history museum/children’s museum or STEM education institution is preferred but not required.

Supervisory Responsibilities: None
 
Qualifications:

  • Education: BA required, MA preferred
  • Experience: A minimum of 4 years of foundation/corporate fundraising experience, with an emphasis on grant writing, and experience working within a complex organization.

Compensation: Commensurate with education, skills and experience, including a competitive benefits package.
 
How to Apply: Qualified candidates should send their resume and cover letter to jobs@nysci.org. Please include job title in subject line. No phone calls, please.

The New York Hall of Science supports diversity in the workplace. NYSCI is an equal opportunity / affirmative action employer (EOE) and supports a drug free workplace.