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 programs, 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 80 full time and over 60 part time staff.
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. The Institutional Advancement team is currently comprised of 6 full-time staff members who raise a total of more than $6 million annually for the organization, which is expected to grow as the museum reopens following temporary closure throughout the pandemic.
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 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 Institutional Advancement, and work closely with the Chief Advancement 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.
– 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 & 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 CAO, Director of Institutional Advancement, 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
Education: BA required, MA preferred
Experience: A minimum of 7 years of foundation/corporate fundraising experience, with an emphasis on grant writing, record keeping and stewardship systems, 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 to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include job title in subject line. No phone calls, please.
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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