Chief Development Officer

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Levine Museum of the New South’s mission is to connect the past to the future to realize the promises of a New South. For 31 years, Levine Museum has used history to build community through honest, courageous exhibits and programs that tell everyone’s story, and through dialogues that bring people together across differences. Levine Museum has earned a national reputation for its innovative approach to storytelling and community building.

Today, we are building on that legacy of innovation and that commitment to inclusion, as we seek to find new ways to animate history in the digital age, and to use that history to foster empathy and inspire civic engagement. In the coming years, Levine Museum will launch exhibits, programs, and experiences via a variety of digital and analog platforms online and throughout the community – and ultimately, from a new home.

Job summary:
Levine Museum seeks an experienced development professional to join the Museum’s leadership team during this time of transformation. The Chief Development Officer will develop and deliver innovative strategies to support Museum programs and services and will play a key role in positioning the Museum for growth and change.

The work:
• In collaboration with the leadership team, the CDO will design and implement a multi-year fund development strategy to support short-term and long-range goals
• With Marketing and Programs staff, will develop strategies for raising public awareness of, and support for, the Museum in diverse communities
• The CDO will cultivate existing and establish new relationships with corporate partners, foundations, and governmental agencies at the local, state, and federal levels
• The CDO will manage individual giving programs, deepening engagement with high-level donors and working with staff to re-imagine a membership program for the digital age
• The CDO will work closely with the Board of Directors, the Development Committee, and volunteers to maximize their engagement with the Museum and leverage their networks for revenue generation
• Working with staff, Board, and volunteers, the CDO creates and oversees the execution of fundraising campaigns and events
• The CDO will oversee all Development-related systems and processes with meticulous attention to the collection, management and use of data
• The CDO will manage and inspire a team of development professionals, volunteers, and consultants in creating annual plans and budgets, setting goals, and achieving them
• As a member of the leadership team, the CDO works closely with CEO, the CFO, and the Chief Content Strategist to ensure closely coordinated short-term planning and on the long-term plan that ensures the Museum’s successful transformation
• The CDO will oversee all Development-related systems and processes with meticulous attention to the collection, management and use of data
• The CDO plays a critical role in developing an audience-focused culture of equity, creativity, collaboration, and respect that welcomes new ideas, experimentation, and joy


• 7+ years of progressive experience in nonprofit development and a demonstrated track record of success in setting and achieving fundraising goals
• Experience in building and nurturing productive relationships with corporate, foundation, and individual donors
• Experience in building, motivating, and managing effective teams of staff and volunteers
• The demonstrated ability to create and execute strategic plans, to develop new programs and systems to support them, and to find innovative solutions to complex problems
• Demonstrated skills in written and oral communication
• Experience in creating and managing budgets
• Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with diverse communities at all levels
• A passion for history, education, and community building

The work environment:
Levine Museum of the New South comprises a staff of highly committed professionals who are skilled in what they do and always willing to pitch in to help their colleagues. Diversity and inclusion are key values, reflected in the ways we tell stories, work with the communities we serve, build our staff and board, and create a respectful and supportive work environment. The benefits package we offer staff is generous.

Protecting the health and safety of our staff and visitors is our highest priority, and most staff work both remotely and on-site, as needed. The CDO will occasionally host and attend before and after-hours events and meetings. Change is a constant, as we adapt to a global pandemic and re-invent the history museum for the 21st century. The successful candidate will embrace change and maintain a sense of humor despite the challenges.