The mission of the Perot Museum of Nature and Science is to inspire minds through nature and science. Focusing on its collections-based research, displays, exhibitions, and educational programs, the museum is dedicated to instilling and advancing an understanding of the natural and man-made world in children, families, students, teachers, and life-long learners in the City of Dallas and throughout North Texas.
The Perot Museum opened in December 2012 after surpassing a $185-million capital campaign goal more than one year ahead of schedule. Located on a 4.7-acre site just north of downtown Dallas, the 180,000-square-foot museum features five floors of public space with 11 permanent exhibit halls, including a children's museum complete with an outdoor play space/courtyard, and a state-of-the-art hall designed to host world-class traveling exhibitions. The Perot Museum hosts, educates, and amazes visitors, not only from Dallas but from across the state, the country, and the world. Through permanent exhibits and programming, by hosting world-renowned traveling exhibitions, and by supporting world-class research, the Perot Museum has drawn international press and become a premier attraction for curious minds locally and beyond. The museum has welcomed more than 3.8 million visitors since opening.
Museum leadership is increasing the focus on its development program and related functions, seeking to increase the donor base and pipeline for major gifts, improve donor retention, lay the groundwork for the next major campaign, and to prepare for the normalization of admissions-related revenue from higher-than-expected opening levels. They are also aspiring to a future that extends beyond the museum's current regional emphasis, leveraging its collection, programs, and technological and research expertise for a national platform. Improving penetration in underserved communities, creative community engagement, an expanded physical footprint, building Centers of Excellence for content aggregation and dissemination, and enhanced educational programs are among the critical imperatives informing the museum's strategic direction. The appointment of new CEO Linda Abraham-Silver, effective July 1, 2017, is adding to the brimming energy and optimism of the institution. Linda brings deep experience in museum and science center leadership and fundraising acumen to her role as CEO.
The Perot Museum has newly created the position of Chief Advancement Officer (CAO), signaling a major organizational realignment and the adoption of an advancement model that integrates development, marketing and communications, membership, and sales/events functions under a single, more prominently positioned leader. The CAO oversees a total of 68 staff and will be empowered to optimize the organizational design/functional alignment of the advancement team in consultation with the CEO. The CAO will have access to and work closely with the chair of the board Development Committee. The CAO will marshal these resources to significantly increase contributed revenue, high-impact partnerships, awareness, and powerful connections with both the Perot Museum's existing stakeholders and emerging audiences. The CAO will work closely with the CEO to create advancement plans and institutional marketing goals. S/he must champion strategic, data-informed decision-making, industry best practices, and an ethos of continuous improvement and transparency. The CAO also collaborates with the CEO, as well as other members of the senior leadership team, on overall organizational strategy.
The museum seeks an innovator in philanthropy who has deep experience in major gifts fundraising and campaign strategy and execution. S/he must be a student of modern philanthropy and able to effectively leverage complementary advancement functions through strategic, forward-thinking integration. The successful candidate will be a proven leader, manager, mentor, and collaborative colleague who is comfortable leading major initiatives and supporting the leadership of others, and has a track record of effectively leading organizational change.
Required qualifications and experience: bachelor's degree, advanced degree preferred; minimum of seven to 10 years of experience in progressively responsible development leadership positions, which includes work in all functional areas (individual giving, institutional giving, annual giving, planned giving, stewardship, board relations) and participation in a major capital campaign, preferably within a major cultural institution, nonprofit organization, educational institution, or other environment of similar complexity; demonstrated ability to provide management oversight, leadership, and direction with at least five years of significant supervisory experience, including experience creating and managing a budget; steeped in modern philanthropy best practices and able to effectively integrate advancement functions; must have the breadth of skills required to devise macro-level external relations strategies, including those related to organizational branding, marketing, and communications; strength in developing the case for support and strategic, complex, and innovative fundraising plans, and executing against those plans to achieve goals and objectives; experience working directly with the most senior levels of an organization; hands-on experience with six and seven-figure gifts and greater, including cultivation through solicitation and stewardship, as well as experience working with annual giving strategies; demonstrated ability in planning and executing integrated, strategic marketing and communications in support of achieving programmatic, institutional, event, and fundraising goals; ability to extract and analyze data to make effective, efficient decisions about donor strategy and process; experience in high-level Dallas philanthropy and knowledge of the players, strategies, and trends in the region's philanthropy is strongly preferred.
The Perot Museum has retained Diversified Search to assist in this confidential search process. Inquiries, nominations and applications (current resumes and cover letters) should be directed electronically to:
Gerard F. Cattie, Jr.
Practice Leader – Development & Philanthropy
The Chrysler Building, 405 Lexington Avenue, 49th Floor, New York, NY 10174
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