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Development and Operations Director /

Location: Must be based in Chicago, IL (Remote)
Annual Salary: $80,000 - $90, 000 (Based on experience)

Position Overview:
Floating Museum is seeking a dynamic and experienced Development and Operations Director to play a pivotal role in driving the operational efficiency and strategic development of Floating Museum. This position is responsible for collaborating with the four Executive Co-Directors to oversee the day-to-day operations, streamlining systems, and facilitating collaborative efforts between various team members. The ideal candidate will have a proven track record of successful organizational operations experience, preferably in the arts or cultural sector. As the Development and Operations Director, you will lead our efforts to secure funding, cultivate relationships with donors, and drive strategic initiatives to support our mission, in addition to supporting our Co-Executive Directors in building the systems and structures to support our growth. This position is an exciting opportunity for a skilled professional to contribute to a groundbreaking art collective and make a lasting impact on the intersection of art and community engagement. The individual hired for this role must be based in Chicago, IL and will primarily work remotely as Floating Museum undergoes facility renovations. Floating Museum has a unique organizational structure in that we have four Co-Directors that also practicing artists. The Co-Directors value collective decision making, horizontal communication, and innovative organizational practices. The individual hired for this role should be comfortable working both collaboratively and independently. Our team values self-starters, who are self-directed and entrepreneurial. The Development and Operations Director will be managed by Co-Director, Jeremiah Hulsebos-Spofford.

Key Responsibilities:
1. Develop and implement efficient organizational systems tailored to the unique needs of Floating Museum.

2. Collaborate with Co-Directors to ensure seamless communication and workflows across the organization.

3. Collaborate with Co-Directors and Program Director to oversee budgeting, financial reporting, and resource allocation, ensuring fiscal responsibility and sustainability.

4. Monitor and assess operational performance, identifying areas for improvement and implementing corrective actions.

5. Develop and maintain policies and procedures to uphold organizational standards and compliance.

6. Fundraising Strategy: Develop and execute a comprehensive fundraising strategy that aligns with Floating Museum’s mission and goals. This includes identifying and pursuing diverse funding sources, such as grants, corporate partnerships, individual donors, and fundraising events.

7. Donor Cultivation: Cultivate and steward relationships with existing and potential donors, sponsors, and partners. Maintain a donor database and track engagement to ensure a strong donor pipeline.

8. Grant Management: Research, identify, and apply for grants from public and private sources. Manage grant proposals, reporting requirements, and compliance to secure and maintain funding.

9. Strategic Planning: Collaborate with the leadership team to contribute to the development of organizational goals and strategies. Ensure that fundraising initiatives are aligned with these strategic objectives.

10. Collaborative Partnerships: Build and maintain partnerships with other arts organizations, institutions, and community stakeholders to advance the mission of Floating Museum and create new opportunities for collaboration and support.

11. Event Planning: Organize and oversee fundraising events and campaigns, including donor appreciation events, exhibitions, and other initiatives that engage the community and raise awareness about Floating Museum.

  • Proven track record of successful fundraising and organizational operations experience, preferably in the arts or cultural sector.
  • Strong knowledge of grant writing and grant management.
  • Strong knowledge of arts organization’s system’s needs.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Ability to build and maintain relationships with donors and partners.
  • Strategic thinker with the ability to develop and execute fundraising plans.
  • Highly organized and detail-oriented.

How to Apply:
Interested candidates are invited to submit their resume, a cover letter outlining their relevant experience and qualifications, and references to Bianca Marks (bianca@floatingmuseum.org). Please include “Development Director Application - [Your Name]” in the subject line.

Floating Museum is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive workplace. We encourage applications from individuals of all backgrounds and experiences.