Vice President of Development

Perot Museum of Nature and Science
January 29, 2020
2201 N. Field St., Texas
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Reporting to and working in close collaboration with the Chief Development Officer (CDO), the Vice President of Development will lead and execute on a comprehensive development strategy for the Perot Museum of Nature and Science.


  • Work with the Chief Development Officer and members of the senior team to provide strategic leadership to advance organizational fundraising priorities.
  • Partner across the development team and organization to drive high priority initiatives related to Founders Circle, Night at the Museum, sponsorships, a growing endowment, and major gift fundraising for the Museums Centers of Excellence.
  • Serve in a leadership capacity to strategize, solicit and drive funding across the organization.
  • Develop cultivation and solicitation strategies for prospects and donors within assigned portfolio, collaborating as appropriate with staff leaders, volunteers, and Board members.
  • Develop a strategic development plan to grow the Museums endowment and oversee the implementation of a planned giving program.
  • Partner with CDO and CFO and/or other financial staff to ensure good financial stewardship of gifts and planned gifts entrusted to the Perot Museum of Nature and Science.
  • Maintain record of all cultivation strategies, contacts, solicitations, and results of contacts with prospects and donors in the database of record.
  • Performance will be evaluated and reported via various metrics, including face-to-face prospect visits, documented communications and interactions, and solicitations submitted and secured.
  • Provide effective stewardship to major donors and develop and document plans for continued engagement.
  • Leverage prospect management and prospect research best practices and tools.
  • Participate or lead departmental or organizational project teams as requested 

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelors Degree.
  • Ten plus years of experience in a fundraising leadership capacity with demonstrated success closing major gift commitments.
  • Experience working with high-level decision makers, trustees and other volunteers.
  • Ability to develop brand and engagement strategies to encourage interest in the Perot Museums fundraising priorities.
  • Experience thinking strategically and holistically about annual fund development.
  • Proven ability to effectively develop and steward long-term relationships with diverse internal and external stakeholders.
  • Ability to set expectations, establish priorities and manage multiple projects in a fast-paced development department.
  • Ability to serve as an entrepreneurial leader across cross-functional departments; values relationship building and collaborative problem solving.
  • Fundamental understanding of planned giving.
  • Experience closing corporate sponsorships.
  • Knowledge of and experience with the Dallas and North Texas philanthropic community desired.
  • Ability to work both independently and as part of multiple teams, and to encourage and support both individual and groups of people.
  • Keen judgement to know when to act decisively and when to seek consensus, and then have the ability to respond accordingly.


  • An entrepreneurial spirit and creative approach to strategy development.
  • Ability to prioritize and multi-task, while working efficiently and addressing a wide variety of considerations under deadlines.


***The Perot Museum of Nature and Science is also currently looking for a Major Gift Officer, Corporate and Foundation Programs, please use this link to apply*** -

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