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Friday, September 09, 2011

Minnesota Children's Museum - Development Events Manager

Position Summary

The Development Events Manager is responsible for executing all development-driven events, including the Museum’s annual gala as well as the coordination of smaller-scale sponsor, donor cultivation, and stewardship events. This position independently plans, implements and evaluates these events to meet corresponding goals within the approved budget. This position is responsible for development, oversight and monitoring of gala budget. This position works in collaboration with the Development Department and in support of all associated committees, board members, volunteers, sponsors and Museum staff from all departments to successfully implement events. This position is responsible for achieving operational objectives which support the mission of the Museum. They are an advocate and leader in implementing our mission “Sparking Children’s learning through play”.

Major Job Accountabilities

Independently manage the Museum’s annual gala including budget development and oversight to achieve the net revenue goal.

· Financial Management – Negotiate and finalize all contractual agreements. Monitor financial encumbrances.

· Volunteer Committee Support - Work in partnership with VP of Development to identify, recruit and secure volunteer chair(s) and committee members with contacts and fresh ideas.

· Corporate Sponsors - Collaborate with key staff and board members. Network, research and strengthen relationships. Seek and secure in-kind donations.

· Live and Silent Auction - Review and determine auction items needed to reach fundraising goals. Develop ambitious timeline to solicit and secure auction items. Record items and send acknowledgements on a timely basis. Oversee set up of the live and silent auction.

· Logistics and Staffing - Coordinate all logistics for the event, raffles, volunteer staffing, board and committee assignments, check-in/check-out procedures. Ensure that all event information is entered into Raiser’s Edge in a timely fashion. Collaborate with Volunteer Services.

· Marketing/Communications - Work closely with External Relations Department to develop and implement marketing and communications plan that generates elevated community awareness, increased attendance and deepens donor participation. This includes printed materials, advertising, press releases programs, signage, invitations, scripts and event presentation materials.

· Event Wrap Up - Thank all event attendees in a timely manner. Plan and run volunteer committee appreciation event(s). Prepare reports prepare and send benefit execution summary for each corporate sponsor following the event.

Execute other events to support the overall philanthropic goals and strategies of the Development Division.

· Coordinate and implement Individual Donor Cultivation and/or Stewardship Events.

· Coordinate and implement Corporate, Foundation and Sponsor Events.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree and/or equivalent experience.
Three to five (3-5) years experience in special event management, including major fundraising
events, with high level of autonomy and decision-making.
Experience working with volunteer committees.


Please submit cover letter, resume and salary requirements by September 29th to:

Human Resources Minnesota Children’s Museum
10 West 7th Street
St. Paul, MN 55102

Fax: 651/225-6006

You may apply online at:

No phone calls please.