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Port Discovery Children's Museum is seeking a DEVELOPMENT & GOVERNMENT RELATIONS SPECIALIST

Port Discovery Children’s Museum, one of the top Children’s Museum in the United States and a top cultural institution in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, is seeking an enthusiastic and mission-oriented individual to join our Development team as our Development and Government Relations Specialist. The mission of Port Discovery is to connect purposeful play with learning. If you are looking for the perfect opportunity to grow in non-profit development and fundraising, then this is the perfect job for you!

Position Summary:

The primary role of the Development & Government Relations Specialist is to work closely with other members of the Development team and reports to the VP of Development & External Relations. This role will be responsible for drafting, editing, and submitting written content for grant proposals, reports, and other materials associated with foundation, corporate, and government grants. This person must have excellent grant writing and communication skills and will be responsible for persuasively communicating the organization's mission and programs to potential funders.

The Workweek for this position is currently Monday through Friday. However, flexibility is needed for special events and donor meetings. There will be occasional work in setting up, staffing and breaking down special events or projects after normal working hours or on weekends.

The museum is open to the public 4 days per week now, with plans to increase operating hours in the summer. Most of the work for this position will be expected to be on-site.

Additional Responsibilities Include:

  • Manage government relations as related to fund development. This includes advocacy efforts and pursuing funding from Federal, State and Baltimore City entities.
  • Research and identify potential funding partners. This includes all aspects of corporate fund development to be pursued including fundraising, cause-related marketing, corporate membership, volunteerism and sponsorship.
  • Coordinate and develop concept papers, letters of inquiry, proposals and reports.
  • Deliver excellent donor care at all times and maximize lifetime supporter value. This includes coordinating corporate and government donor communication vehicles; gathering and configuring relevant data for use in the annual report and other communications; making important documents available on the museum website; and maintaining the museum’s professional subscriptions.
  • Responsible for recording donor interactions and assist in reporting on donations and success of fundraising efforts by providing regularly scheduled reports.
  • Liaise with members of the Leadership Team where it is appropriate to involve them in fundraising activities, ensuring they receive a full brief and de-brief whenever needed.

Position Requirements & Qualifications:

  • 3-5 years’ experience in fundraising/development for non-profit charitable organization, with a track record of success.
  • Extra consideration given to individuals with knowledge of Government advocacy efforts and the legislative process.
  • Excellent writing communication and grant writing abilities.
  • Knowledge and experience working with donor database management systems.
  • Must embrace the mission of the Port Discovery Children’s Museum.
  • Have knowledge and experience in fundraising strategies and tactics, particularly in government relations and/or corporate funding partnerships.
  • Possess a strong business acumen, as well as analytical and organizational skills
  • Possess the interpersonal and leadership skills to work with staff and volunteers.
  • Must be a self-starter and goal-driven individual capable of initiating and executing an array of fundraising efforts.
  • Well-organized and detail-oriented.
  • Display a positive and empathetic attitude.
  • Demonstrate presence, self-confidence, common sense, listening skills.
  • Have knowledge and experience working with donor database management systems.

Port Discovery provides you with the opportunity to make a difference in the community and in the lives of children. Additional benefits include:

  • Free parking.
  • Free admission to the Museum for family.
  • Group medical, dental and / or vision insurance options.
  • Vacation, personal and sick leave.
  • Retirement savings with Museum match after 6 months.
  • Museum provided life and disability insurance, as well as EAP, travel assistance and grief counseling support.

Physical Demands & Work Environment:

This is a largely sedentary role. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel and talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to stand, walk, bend, and reach with hands and arms. The employee may occasionally lift and/or move up to 35 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus. Occasional local travel may be required for off-site meetings, all in and around Baltimore City, the State of Maryland and the Washington D.C. area. This job operates in a professional office environment. This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers, filing cabinets and fax machines.

Covid-19 Precautions:

  • Virtual interview process
  • Personal protective equipment provided or required
  • Physical distancing guidelines in place
  • Capacity levels set in exhibit spaces
  • Sanitizing, disinfecting, or cleaning procedures in place
  • Daily health screening process

We will also provide you with a memorable experience of being part of a world-class institution as well as the ability for you to be a key ingredient in museum funding that will support the families we serve. Bring us your enthusiasm and passion!

Send us your resume and cover letter, and let’s start this journey together!

To learn more about Port Discovery Children’s Museum, visit https://www.portdiscovery.org/. Port Discovery is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Salary Range
$40,000 - $50,000
Employer Name:
Port Discovery Children's Museum
Job Title:
Development & Government Relations Specialist
Job Submission Requirements:
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Benefit Package
Port Discovery provides you with the opportunity to make a difference in the community and in the lives of children. Additional benefits include: • Free parking. • Free admission to the Museum for family. • Group medical, dental and / or vision insurance options. • Vacation, personal and sick leave. • Retirement savings with Museum match after 6 months. • Museum provided life and disability insurance, as well as EAP, travel assistance and grief counseling support.

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