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
The 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 Senior Manager of Foundation and Corporate Relations (“Senior Manager”) is an important member of the Institutional Advancement team that is responsible for securing funding and partners for NYSCI’s educational 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 Senior Manager will support our 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 major donors, foundations, corporations, and donor prospects. The Senior Manager will report to Director of Campaign Strategy, and work closely with the Chief Development Officer and President/CEO, and in concert with program directors and other Institutional Advancement management 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

  • Design, implement and manage a comprehensive and strategic fund development plan focused on expanding and enhancing corporate and foundation support for the institution.
  • 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.
  • Write compelling, original grant proposals that increase donor awareness of NYSCI’s mission and programs and encourages their engagement and financial support.
  • Seek opportunities to enhance NYSCI’s mission and programs and help position the institution as a leader in the STEM education field.
  • Support the department’s Chief Development Officer, Director of Campaign Strategy, and NYSCI leadership (Board, President and CEO and other cabinet members) to help advance the institution’s mission and vision.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Demonstrated donor research skills including familiarity and/or experience with RelPro, RelSci, iWave, 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 (within department, cross departmental, and with external partners) with the ability to harness team creativity and translate into effective fundraising.
  • 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

  • Bachelor’s degree required, master’s degree preferred.
  • A minimum of seven 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 with cover letter 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.