National Development Officer

  • Full Time
  • Anywhere

The National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library is the nation’s foremost institution collecting, preserving and interpreting Czech and Slovak history and culture in the United States (www.NCSML.org). The NCSML Board of Trustees approved a bold new strategic plan in that focuses on human rights, family, community and culture to intensify its embeddedness and social impact.  Every person we touch will have an experience that promotes an understanding of their connections to the world and to each other. Comprehensive fundraising efforts to support programs and increase the endowment are underway to achieve the goals of the plan. The National Development Officer will be a key member of the Development team, and will report to the Director of Development.

The NCSML seeks a National Development Officer.  This person is responsible for soliciting gifts of significance nationwide.  This person will manage relationships with approximately 100 prospective donors and identify, qualify, cultivate, solicit and steward these very important friends of the institution. S/he must be a highly energetic professional with a track record of building donor relationships and closing gifts of $10,000+.  This position may entail remote employment with monthly meetings on the NCSML facility. If applicable, this employee will sign a Telecommuting Agreement.

As a member of our staff, you will enjoy a common purpose with your colleagues along with challenging and rewarding work that provides a sense of purpose and superior emotional rewards. NCSML employees are passionate in their love for history, culture and education, and share the same goals and ideals in helping make the world a better place for us all.

Essential Job Functions (including, but not limited to, the following)

  • Manage a portfolio of primary prospects (100+).
  • Manage primary prospect activities (meetings, events, etc.).
  • Extensive travel. This position requires national travel as much as 60% throughout the year.  The Director is expected to make travel arrangements and be comfortable and competent with various forms of transportation and accommodations on behalf of NCSML.
  • Participate in all aspects of the gift cycle:
    • Initiate contacts with potential leadership and major gift donors;
    • Develop appropriate cultivation strategies for them, including working with volunteers;
    • Move potential donors in an appropriate and timely fashion toward solicitation and closure; and
    • Make solicitations when appropriate.
  • Maintain stewardship contacts with donors; adhere to the highest ethical standards; demonstrate empathetic disposition and perseverance; reflect optimistic and positive attitude and convey sensitivity to needs of the donors.
  • Work collaboratively with development team. Offer prospect strategy counsel to the president, vice president, director of development and volunteers who are managing other prospects.
  • Be a resource for development staff, from identifying potential volunteer connections to knowing about meeting and event spaces in key locations.
  • Focus on securing support for institutional priorities that include programs, unrestricted support, restricted support (such as exhibitions), facility renovations and improvements, and new facilities.
  • The ability to work remotely and productively, including necessary technology.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree, Master’s preferred
  • Five to seven years successful experience in major or planned gift solicitation
  • Ability to clearly understand and communicate NCSML’s value, its programs and exhibits
  • Ability to understand the needs and interests of leadership and major gift donors in order to develop relationships between them and the institution
  • Interest in all aspects of museum and library sciences and a dedication to promoting the NCSML’s fundraising priorities through developing excellent relationships with staff, board members, volunteers, and the development office team
  • Success in managing multi-functional or diverse areas
  • Successful experience in making cold calls as well as developing cultivation and solicitation strategies
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and a demonstrated record of completing assignments
  • Must have a valid driver’s license and be insurable to drive
  • Must have valid passport

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Knowledge of fund development strategies
  • Experience with databases (DonorPerfect experience preferred)
  • Excellent organization skills
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Ability to work under pressure to meet deadlines
  • Ability to take initiative and utilize innovative techniques and ingenuity
  • Excellent interpersonal skills. Ability to interact with various departments of the NCSML
  • Ability to research opportunities
  • Ability to work extremely flexible hours
  • Ability to participate as a team player
  • Ability to develop, write and implement strategic plans
  • Ability to plan, prioritize and coordinate multiple projects
  • Ability to gather, analyze, and evaluate a variety of data
  • Sense of humor

The search begins immediately, and will continue until the position is filled.  Compensation is commensurate with experience.  A benefit package is also included.

To apply, please send a cover letter indicating interest, résumé and the contact information for three professional references via email or postal service to:

Emily Stochl
Director of Development
National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library
1400 Inspiration Place SW
Cedar Rapids, Iowa  52404


To apply for this job email your details to EStochl@NCSML.org

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