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Director of Advancement

National Children's Museum
District of Columbia, United States
$125,000.00 - $150,000.00
Closing date
Mar 31, 2024

The mission of the National Children’s Museum is to inspire children to care about and change the world. Steps off the National Mall and Pennsylvania Avenue, National Children’s Museum celebrates the joy of childhood through science, technology, engineering, arts, and math (STEAM) exhibits and programs. The Museum is a next generation institution, combining a science center with an interactive children’s museum, that sparks curiosity and ignites creativity for children under the age of 12.

The Museum creates wonder and fuels innovation, and is a space where children feel valued. The Museum is building a team that reflects the dynamic and diverse communities that it serves and brings a variety of perspectives, abilities, and skills. The Museum’s leadership embraces that this work is critical to their mission and never finished. They believe that being inclusive strengthens the Museum.

While the Museum is designated by Congress, it does not receive federal funding like the Smithsonian Museums and others on the National Mall.  This has required Museum leadership to secure philanthropic support to sustain operations.  Currently approximately 55% of the budget is generated through earned revenue (admissions, events, etc.) and the remainder through philanthropy.

We seek a dynamic, externally facing leader with strength in growing philanthropic support ideally in a cultural institution, with science museum experience preferable. A deep commitment to the Museum mission, demonstrable knowledge and interest in the education and development of young people is essential.   The qualified candidate will have previous experience creating and executing multi-year strategies to increase private support.  Comprehensive experience completing capital campaigns, a successful track record securing seven figure gifts, as well as knowledge of and experience with planned giving strategies is a plus.

The selected candidate will serve both as the lead on cultivation and solicitation as well as a willing and able support to the Vice President, President + CEO and Board members in their fundraising efforts. The person we seek will be an inclusive, empowering, joyful leader.  While prior management experience is a plus, a passion for cultivating a team and providing inspirational leadership is required.  A minimum of 10 years of fundraising experience, preferably in the Washington, DC region is sought. Bachelors degree required, Masters degree or Certified Fund Raising Executive certification is preferred.


The salary range is $125,000 - $150,000 plus benefits.  Must be available to work onsite from 9am to 5pm at least four days per week, and remotely one day per week. Occasional travel required.

Equal Opportunity Employer. Decisions and criteria governing the employment relationship with all employees are made in a non-discriminatory manner, without regard to race, ethnicity, creed, religion, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, age, national origin, citizenship status, military service and/or marital status, order of protection status, handicap, disability, or any other factor determined to be unlawful by federal, state, or local statutes.

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