Senior Director of Development

Children's Museum of Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh, PA, USA


US$110-135k (annually)


Full time


Aug 22

Status: Full-time, Exempt

Reports to: Executive Director          

Compensation:  $110,000 - $135,000 per year

About The Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh:

The Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh provides innovative and inclusive museum experiences that inspire kindness, joy, creativity and curiosity for all learners. We forge connections with artists, community partners and neighbors to work on behalf of children, youth and families. We have a vision to transform education. We believe people of all ages can benefit from different types of learning experiences. We value Learning, Experimentation, Partnerships, Diversity, Kindness, Good Design as well as Art and Artists, and Reflection and Improvement.

About the Position:

The Senior Director of Development is responsible for the overall coordination, development and operation of the Children’s Museum’s fundraising efforts to achieve the Museum’s mission. Leading a high powered team, the Senior Director will play a critical role as the museum maps its future as a creative learning institution. This position requires a demonstrated ability to lead people and get results through others.


We are proud to offer a comprehensive benefits package to eligible employees that includes: Medical, Dental, Vision, Flexible Spending Account, Life Insurance, Short-Term and Long-Term Disability. Paid Time Off (Vacation, Sick and Holidays). Floating Holiday. Paid Meal Break. 403(b) Retirement Plan. Educational Assistance and Professional Development. Free Museum membership. Parking at a discounted price.

Supervisory Responsibilities:

Supervises Associate Director of Institutional Giving, Grants Manager, Database Coordinator and Individual Giving Coordinator.

Essential Job Duties:

  • Develop, manage and lead a successful team of professionals to meet operational fundraising goals of the museum. Current annual operating fundraising goal is approximately $5 million
  • Works with the Executive Director in seeking and securing funding for capital/special projects. 
  • Meet prospective donors and supporters on a continual basis to establish effective communications with them
  • Oversee grant seeking including research, proposal writing, and reporting requirements
  • Direct the annual funds program, including mailings and annual fundraising drives
  • Develops a robust individual and major gifts fundraising program
  • Coordinate fund raising special events
  • Oversee prospect research
  • Oversee fundraising database and tracking systems
  • Oversee various publications to support fund raising activities
  • Maintain gift recognition programs

Additional Responsibilities:

  • Responsible for assisting in developing, maintaining, monitoring and reporting on the department’s budget.
  • Monitor appropriate contracts
  • Monitor cash flow and review all payments.
  • Observe all policies and procedures for financial management and record keeping
  • Responsibilities include interviewing, hiring and training employees; planning, assigning and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints and resolving problems
  • When requested, share information about the Mission of the Children’s Museum in the community
  • Must partner with management team to ensure the best possible service and effective communications to museum visitors and customers
  • Positively and accurately represent the Children's Museum to the community at large
  • This job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time based on business needs and in support of the mission of Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh.


  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent required.
  • Graduate degree or equivalent in a related field preferred. 


  • Minimum of 5 years supervisory/management experience required. 
  • 5 years’ experience in professional fundraising including knowledge of Annual Giving, Capital Campaign, Foundation/ Corporate solicitations, Individual Giving, including Deferred Giving and Special Events
  • Have fundraising knowledge and experience in fund raising techniques.
  • Experience in not-for-profit arts organization preferred.


  • Display a positive attitude, show concern for people and community, demonstrate presence, self-confidence, common sense and good listening ability
  • Position requires leadership skills exemplified by initiative and good communication skills, oral and written, within the museum, with Board members, and in the community
  • Be a “self-starter” and goal driven to initiate donor visits and fundraising calls
  • Be organized and exhibit “follow-through” on tasks and goals
  • Possess the skills to work with and motivate staff, board members and other volunteers
  • Have the desire to get out of the office and build external relationships.

 Physical Requirements & Equipment Usage:

  • No excessive physical effort required.
  • The physical demands and work environment characteristics are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Work Environment, Hours of Work, and Travel Requirements:

  • Duties will be performed in a museum environment, which includes interaction with the public and exposure to children and families
  • Moves about Museum in normal course of administrative and supervisory activities 
  • The Director may be required to travel 

 Clearances:    FBI fingerprint, PA Child Abuse History (Act 33) and PA Criminal Record Check (Act 34) Clearances are required.

Vaccination Policy:                   

Our commitment to safety currently includes the requirement that all staff members be vaccinated for the COVID-19 virus, unless an exemption has been granted or otherwise in compliance with our Mandatory Vaccination Policy for the COVID-19 virus.

The Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, ancestry, national origin, gender, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, marital status, religion, age, disability, gender identity, results of genetic testing, veteran or military status, or any other characteristic or trait protected by local, state, or federal law.

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