Jul 02, 2019

Chief Advancement Officer

  • Natural History Museum of Los Angeles
  • Los Angeles, CA, USA
Development Museums Libraries and Historical Sites

Job Description


Los Angeles, an ethnically diverse metropolitan city known for its incredible biodiversity and fantastic weather, is currently on the verge of a once-in-a-generation transformation with the rise of light rail transportation, new museums, and gleaming stadiums that will welcome soccer teams and Olympians. Between the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art, Los Angeles Football Club, and the 2028 Summer Olympics, $2.5 billion is currently being invested in the park first anchored by the Natural History Museum. In the coming years, the visitor level is expected to increase significantly. NHMLAC demonstrated overwhelming success from its recent NHM Next Campaign: a transformative capital campaign that raised $151 million and breathed new energy into NHMLAC’s historic home. Dr. Lori Bettison-Varga — the Museum’s President and Director — and NHMLAC’s Board of Trustees are currently envisioning another major campaign to complete the second phase of this transformation and claim a central place in Los Angeles’s newly revitalized Exposition Park. The total cost of the project is estimated at $170 million, of which $70 million is expected from County support with a $100 million from private philanthropy. 


The Chief Advancement Officer, a visionary, energetic, and science-based fundraising strategist, will have an exciting and rewarding opportunity to build the next phase of transformative growth for the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County. The CAO reports to the President and Director, works closely with NHMLAC’s Board of Trustees, serves as a high-functioning member of NHMLAC’s executive leadership team, leads a talented staff of 22 advancement professionals. S/he will be responsible for planning and leading all aspects of fundraising and campaign initiatives for the Natural History Museum, the La Brea Tar Pits and Museum, and the William S. Hart Museum. This leader will set a strong institutional vision for NHMLAC’s role in philanthropy by managing, inspiring, and continuing to grow the advancement team in order to support the upcoming campaign, developing a targeted, innovative strategy that enhances private philanthropy and builds a pipeline for major gifts from new high-net worth donors and prospects, and establishing a best practices advancement system operating from robust but achievable goals with clear metrics that ensure greater accountability.

The ideal candidate must be a skilled listener, communicator, and relationship builder who possesses a passionate commitment to the vision and values of NHMLAC; a minimum of seven to ten years of senior-level leadership experience managing comprehensive fundraising teams; a track record of building significant annual, major, principal, and planned gifts; proven ability to hire, manage, motivate, and retain an advancement team; and experience planning and executing major multi-year campaigns. A bachelor’s degree from an accredited university or college is required; an advanced degree is preferred. NHMLAC offers a highly generous compensation and benefits package. Relocation will be provided for the successful candidate. NHMLAC seeks applicants who have demonstrated experience and commitment working with a diverse community.

Review the full position guide at: https://bit.ly/2XwyOvS To be considered for this opportunity, please send a letter of interest and resume to: Joey.Scheiber@campbellcompany.com.

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