Sturgis Motorcycle Museum seeks development director

Publish Date: 
Jul 26, 2013

STURGIS, S.D. - The Sturgis Motorcycle Museum and Hall of Fame seeks a Director of Development to ensure the museum is sustained and expanded in the years to come. 

"As we seek to grow the museum, we've recognized the need for a person who is focused on the future," said Dave Davis, museum board president. 

A recent feasibility study showed that museum supporters encourage a large-scale building project and other initiatives, Davis said. "We recognize that the current staff is just not able to handle all of the additional duties this will entail," he noted.

The Director of Development is the museum's chief development officer, reporting to Christine Paige Diers, executive director. The position is in charge of fund- and "friend"-raising, and supports the museum's strategic initiatives through development activities designed to increase assets, Diers stated.

Specific responsibilities include supporting the Major Gifts Campaign; identifying private, public and corporate/foundation sources of funding; prospect cultivation; proposal development; donor stewardship; facilitating partnerships with corporate donors; and negotiating agreements and contracts for development activities. The Director of Development also assists with marketing; maintains relationships with other development professionals; assists Diers in developing and managing finances and budgets; organizes and manages "friends" groups; establishes and maintains a donor information system; and assists the board with compliance and other activities.

"The ideal candidate will be able to demonstrate substantial planning and fundraising skills, and a thorough knowledge of software systems related to fundraising," Diers announced. Candidates must have a B.A. in an appropriate field and present a successful track record for significant fundraising; they also must have "excellent" supervision, leadership, team-building, negotiating and contracting skills. "Previous experience with fundraising campaigns is extremely desirable," she noted.

In addition, candidates should have experience creating marketing publications, demonstrate social networking skills, and be able to work independently. "Appreciation for the culture and sport of the motorcycle is also desirable," she stated.

The museum will accept inquiries until Aug. 23. For a complete job description and information on how to apply, click HERE

 Posted by Mary Slepicka