Development & Fundraising Events Manager


Title: Development & Fundraising Events Manager

Department: Development

Reports to: Director of Development

Status: Regular Full Time


Major Functions and Purpose

The Development & Fundraising Events Manager will design and implement the museum’s annual fundraising event(s) to raise operating funds with a targeted strategy for fundraising, event planning and management. Will manage donor recognition, membership & campaign events. Will work as part of the Development team, build relationships and identify prospects for annual giving. Will be responsible for sponsorship solicitation and corporate membership acquisition. Responsible for meeting annual budgetary goals set for these areas of responsibility.


Essential Job Functions

  • Sponsorships – Organize sponsor opportunities and benefits package, call on corporations and individuals for support of events and programs, and/or manage volunteers to make calls. Meet sponsorship goal set annually.
  • Fundraising Events – Work with volunteer committee and board members to conceive, plan and hold large and small fund raising events each year, including BrewNost!, which is the museum’s largest annual fundraiser. Recruit and organize volunteers as necessary to staff all volunteer committees. Strategize and coordinate sponsor solicitations, and marketing. Plan and see through the implementation of all details of event. Work well with outside vendors. Manage all logistical and fundraising aspects of major events, including ticket sales, food & beer vendor solicitation, and silent auction. Prepare event status reports for staff, committee and the Board of Trustees. Meet annual budgetary goal set for each area.
  • Donor Recognition Events – Work with the Development Team to plan at least three major donor recognition events per year. Manage the stewardship plans for members of two donor societies: Presidents Society and Legacy Society.
  • Membership Stewardship –Work with Director of Development to plan and organize opportunities for membership stewardship. Plan member recognition events. Perform good stewardship and cultivation with museum members. Continue to analyze membership benefits annually.
  • Solicit Corporate Members– Work with Database Manager & Prospect Researcher to ensure timely renewal cycles of current members. Solicit new corporate members. Meet annual corporate membership fundraising goal.
  • Other duties as assigned.


Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Two years of experience with donor cultivation or fundraising events preferred. Any equivalent combination of education and experience which provides the skills, knowledge and ability necessary to perform the tasks
  • Interest and experience in historical or cultural institution preferred
  • Valid Iowa driver’s license


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Knowledge of annual fundraising strategies
  • Experience with planning & execution of fundraising events
  • Experience with fundraising databases; DonorPerfect experience a plus
  • Experience with a variety of software, including all applications in the Microsoft Office Suite
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills
  • Excellent organization skills
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to work independently under pressure to meet deadlines
  • Ability to work flexible hours
  • Ability to travel when required
  • Ability to participate as a team player
  • Ability to plan, prioritize and coordinate multiple projects
  • Ability to act as a spokesperson on behalf of the organization to engage donors, prospects, volunteers and others



Include cover letter, resume, names and numbers of two current references. References will not be called without applicant knowledge. Send information electronically to: Emily Weber, Director of Development, eweber@ncsml.org



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