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Vice President of Development

DISCOVERY Children's Museum
Nevada, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Closing date
Sep 24, 2021

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Position Type
Fundraising, Annual Fund, Capital Campaigns, Corporate and Foundation Relations, Major Gifts, Planned Giving, Special Events
Employment Type
Full Time
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For more than 30 years, DISCOVERY Children’s Museum, located in cosmopolitan Las Vegas, has been dedicated to the educational enrichment of children through hands-on, interactive learning. DISCOVERY offers one-of-a-kind, tailored experiences for families not just in Southern Nevada yet all over the world due to influx of millions of American and global tourists annually. DISCOVERY puts children’s needs for play, exploration, inspiration, belonging, and unique learning experiences above all else. In March 2013, DISCOVERY moved to its current $50-million location in the Donald W. Reynolds Discovery Center adjacent to The Smith Center in Symphony Park. Three-stories tall by design, DISCOVERY Children’s Museum 58,000-square foot building is home to nine-themed exhibitions totaling 26,000 square feet of interactive hands-on core exhibits.

Under resilient, resolute leadership, the Museum and its dedicated staff of 70 has emerged even stronger from the pandemic with zero debt with $6 million in reserves and a budget of $5.4 million. With a solid financial foundation, the Museum is now undertaking an ambitious three-year strategic plan for growth, innovation, and excellence that has been supported by a six-month master planning process and community survey. To build more comprehensive investment in DISCOVERY’s enduring mission, Melissa Kaiser, the Museum’s Chief Executive Officer, and DISCOVERY’s dedicated Board of Trustees are currently envisioning a major philanthropic campaign to complete the second phase of the Museum’s transformation and ensure even more robust financial sustainability that will further enhance their status as one of the nation’s best children’s museums.

The Vice President of Development, a new, elevated leadership position, will have an inspiring and fulfilling opportunity to help build DISCOVERY Children’s Museum’s next stage of transformative growth. The Vice President of Development reports to the Chief Executive Officer, serves as an essential member of a six-member senior leadership team, and leads a talented staff of five development professionals. The Vice President of Development is responsible for planning and leading all aspects of fundraising for DISCOVERY Children’s Museum, including future philanthropic campaigns and strategic funding. The Vice President of Development works closely with DISCOVERY’s Board of Trustees and serves as the primary staff liaison to the Development Committee.

The ideal candidate will bring a genuine, passionate commitment to DISCOVERY’s mission, vision, values, and drive to ensure a welcoming, vibrant, and inclusive environment for all children and families in Southern Nevada with at least five to seven years of senior-level leadership experience, including managing successful fundraising teams and planning and implementing a major multi-year campaign. In addition, this candidate will demonstrate significant achievement in raising leadership and major gifts at the six-figure level or greater.

To be considered for this opportunity, please send a letter of interest and resume to:

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