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Manager of Foundation and Corporate Relations, Institutional Advancement
New York Hall of Science in , New York
 
 
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Date Posted 09/29/2019
Category
Philanthropy-Fundraising-Non-profit
Employment Type Fulltime
Application Deadline Open until filled
 
 
 
 
 

Organizational Background: NYSCI brings the excitement and understanding of science to children, families and teachers by galvanizing their curiosity and providing creative, participatory ways to learn. Located in Queens, the most diverse county in the U.S., NYSCI welcomes 500,000 visitors annually. Since our founding at the 1964-65 World’s Fair, NYSCI has earned an international reputation as a provider of teacher professional development, classroom resources and curricula, out-of-school time programming and other educational initiatives. 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.

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:

  1. 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.

  2. Write compelling, original grant proposals that increase donor awareness of NYSCI’s mission and programs and encourage donor engagement and financial support.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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 with 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.

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