Arts/Culture/Humanities, Capital Campaigns/Endowment, Major Gifts
4 Year Degree
Los Angeles, an ethnically diverse metropolitan city known for its incredible biodiversity and fantastic weather, is currently on the verge of a once-in-a-generation transformation with the rise of light rail transportation, new museums, and gleaming stadiums that will welcome soccer teams and Olympians. Between the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art, Los Angeles Football Club, and the 2028 Summer Olympics, $2.5 billion is currently being invested in the park first anchored by the Natural History Museum. In the coming years, the visitor level is expected to increase significantly. NHMLAC demonstrated overwhelming success from its recent NHM Next Campaign: a transformative capital campaign that raised $151 million and breathed new energy into NHMLAC’s historic home. Dr. Lori Bettison-Varga — the Museum’s President and Director — and NHMLAC’s Board of Trustees are currently envisioning another major campaign to complete the second phase of this transformation and claim a central place in Los Angeles’s newly revitalized Exposition Park. The total cost of the project is estimated at $170 million, of which $70 million is expected from County support with a $100 million from private philanthropy.
The Chief Advancement Officer, a visionary, energetic, and science-based fundraising strategist, will have an exciting and rewarding opportunity to build the next phase of transformative growth for the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County. The CAO reports to the President and Director, works closely with NHMLAC’s Board of Trustees, serves as a high-functioning member of NHMLAC’s executive leadership team, leads a talented staff of 22 advancement professionals. S/he will be responsible for planning and leading all aspects of fundraising and campaign initiatives for the Natural History Museum, the La Brea Tar Pits and Museum, and the William S. Hart Museum. This leader will set a strong institutional vision for NHMLAC’s role in philanthropy by managing, inspiring, and continuing to grow the advancement team in order to support the upcoming campaign, developing a targeted, innovative strategy that enhances private philanthropy and builds a pipeline for major gifts from new high-net worth donors and prospects, and establishing a best practices advancement system operating from robust but achievable goals with clear metrics that ensure greater accountability.
The ideal candidate must be a skilled listener, communicator, and relationship builder who possesses a passionate commitment to the vision and values of NHMLAC; a minimum of seven to ten years of senior-level leadership experience managing comprehensive fundraising teams; a track record of building significant annual, major, principal, and planned gifts; proven ability to hire, manage, motivate, and retain an advancement team; and experience planning and executing major multi-year campaigns. A bachelor’s degree from an accredited university or college is required; an advanced degree is preferred.
NHMLAC has retained Campbell & Company to conduct this search. The team for this project includes Dan Nevez, Senior Consultant, and Joey Scheiber, Associate Consultant. NHMLAC offers a generous compensation and benefits package. Relocation will be provided for the successful candidate. NHMLAC seeks applicants who have demonstrated experience and commitment working with a diverse community.
To be considered for this opportunity, please follow the application instructions outlined in the full Position Guide here: https://bit.ly/2XwyOvS
Employer will assist with relocation costs.
About The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County
The Natural History Museums of Los Angeles County (NHMLAC) — comprising the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, the La Brea Tar Pits and Museum, and the William S. Hart Museum — is a public-private partnership between the nonprofit Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County Foundation and the County of Los Angeles. As home to over 35 million specimens and artifacts, NHMLAC has one of the largest natural and cultural history collections in the world. The Natural History Museum’s diverse audiences include people of all ages and ethnicities, as well as families with children, schoolchildren with teachers, young adults, seniors, and visitors from all over the world. Located in Exposition Park in central Los Angeles, the Museum is currently joined by other major cultural and athletic facilities including the California Science Center, California African American Museum, Lucas Museum of Narrative Art (under construction), Memorial Coliseum, Swimming Stadium, Banc of California Soccer Stadium, and one of the largest rose gardens in the nation.