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Chief Executive Officer
The Canadian Museum for Human Rights is the only Museum in the world solely dedicated to the study and education of human rights. Located in Winnipeg, Manitoba, this incredible, award-winning space is the first national museum to be built in nearly half a century, and the first outside the National Capital Region.
The museum was built with the support of donors and philanthropists from around the country through the Museum’s fundraising arm, the Friends of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights. Friends oversaw the capital campaign to help establish the Museum. Now that the Museum is up and running, we are at a crucial stage in our development as we evolve from a capital campaign to ongoing support of Museum programs, exhibitions, and future capital projects.
We therefore seek a new Chief Executive Officer to lead fundraising activities for the Museum and Friends to further expand our fundraising activities nationally and internationally and to grow sponsorship partners. The CEO of Friends will develop and execute a plan and fundraising strategy to ensure that a comprehensive and strategic mix of fundraising strategies and programs (including major gifts, planned giving, endowments, sponsorship, and educational program support to e-philanthropy) is in place to ensure success.
As the conduit between the Museum and Friends, the CEO of Friends will report directly to the President and CEO of the Museum with a reporting relationship to the active and illustrious Board of Friends. The new incumbent will also function as a member of the Museum’s senior executive team. The CEO will work closely with Museum peers in visitor experience, exhibitions and design, public affairs, programs, marketing, and administration.
This is a rare and unique career opportunity for a sophisticated and savvy fundraising leader with 10 years of broad-based fundraising experience, ideally including major gifts, sponsorship, and annual giving programs and 5 years of strategic and creative leadership bringing together diverse groups of staff and volunteers to achieve and exceed goals. We seek a dynamic and entrepreneurial individual to play a pivotal role in the growth and development of this national Museum dedicated to the exploration of human rights. The platform for success has been established and the new CEO will build on these impressive accomplishments, continuing to steward important relationships with donors and volunteers, and developing and stewarding new relationships.
We recognize that candidates would and should undertake due diligence before putting their names forward for consideration. Please know that all enquiries will be kept in strict confidence.
This is a permanent full-time role based at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights (85 Israel Asper Way, Winnipeg, Manitoba R3C 0L5). Day-to-day working language is English, but French would be considered an asset. A university degree from a recognized institution or educational background in a related field is required.
KEY JOB DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Development Leadership and Planning – Planning, evaluating and directing the annual and multi-year fundraising strategy; executes and evaluates the implementation of the fundraising strategy and divisional plan including budgets, financial targets and performance goals and measures.
Development Operations – Oversees the effective and efficient day-to-day operation of the development operations and team.
Human Resource Leadership and Management – Develops a high quality, high-performance team motivated to contribute their full potential to the realization of fundraising and divisional plans.
Market Research and Prospect Coordination – Ensures that effective tools, resources and processes are in place to generate market research, to remain current on market and corporate trends that impact the division’s ability to reach its objectives and to effectively manage prospect coordination and stewardship.
Sponsorship, Programming, Capital and Endowment Campaigns – Provides leadership and direction to staff and volunteers involved in all aspects of fundraising programs; ensures that a robust and diversified fundraising strategy is employed, using all appropriate methodologies and techniques; Is personally involved in and accountable for the success of all fundraising.
Leadership Gifts and Major Corporate and Individual Gifts – Works directly and in cooperation with the Friends of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights Board, the Museum Executive Team and volunteers with respect to major gifts solicitation and management.
Gift and Estate Planning – Ensures that effective planned giving programs are developed and implemented in relation to bequests, insurance, annuities, trusts, residual interests, etc.
Communications – Works with the appropriate staff to coordinate communication initiatives and to develop appropriate communications tools for increasing the visibility of the CMHR to existing and prospective funders; supports and undertakes public speaking engagements and one-on-one discussions with donors, prospective donors, foundations, granting divisions and others to engage them in the fundraising mission of the Friends of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights.
Operating Budget – Working collaboratively with the Museum’s senior executive team, develops the annual revenue and expense budget, with careful control over operating costs.
External Relationships – Represents the division at select meetings and functions with federal, provincial, municipal, community, corporate, international, fundraising and other relevant divisions.
A competitive compensation package will be offered. Total compensation, including salary and a performance pay plan based on achieving targets and goals, will be in the range of $160,000 to $220,000 per year. Additional benefits will include the Government of Canada’s employee benefit and pension plans.
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