Manager of Government and Community Relations - Children’s Museum of Manhattan
The Children’s Museum of Manhattan is embarking upon the most exciting journey in its 45-year history: a move to a landmark building overlooking Central Park. This transformative move will double the size of the Museum, enabling it to meet public demand for visitation and special programs that outstrip the current facility. With a projected move date in 2022, the Museum is looking for a seasoned professional to lead all government relations and public sector fundraising activities. The Museum has retained government relations services at the city level; retention of state-level services is under consideration. The Manager of Government and Community Relations is a key staff member in the Development Department and is charged with securing a minimum of $20 million by July 2020. A successful candidate will be building upon existing relationships with the Mayoral administration, New York City Council, DHS, DOE, ACS, DOC, DCLA, DOHMH and NYSCA; building of state-level relationships is at an early stage.
KEY RESPONSIBILITIES Specific responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following: • Serve as key, day-to-day point person with the government relations firm(s) and provide them with relevant and timely information to advance the Museum’s priorities before the city and state • Develop and maintain key relationships and partnerships with multiple stakeholders, from government to grassroots organizations and help to shape and grow organizational impact at the city and state levels
POSITION: REPORTS TO: LOCATION: WEBSITE: Manager of Government and Community Relations Chief Advancement Officer 212 West 83rd Street, New York, NY 10024 www.CMOM.org • Coordinate activities with external partners to advance issues, elevate awareness, or advocate for actions which are important to the museum • Monitor and analyze legislation, including city, state, and federal budgets to identify fundraising opportunities that align with the museum • Cultivate, manage, and steward relationships with elected and appointed representatives and their staff • Collaborate with the communications staff and other departments to write, edit, and prepare information for release to the media, specialized groups, general public, government officials, and other organizations • Support the communications staff social media engagement efforts with government • Draft public testimony or key talking points for senior staff and/or board members • Lead the development and execution of the museum’s strategic outreach and engagement plan to work with elected representatives, government officials, and agencies at the city and state levels to preserve and expand public support • Spearhead the development department’s public sector fundraising efforts by drafting and submitting capital funding and selected expenses funding requests to New York City and New York State • Participate in the drafting and submitting of capital and expense funding to other government funders • Coordinate all correspondence and reporting to appropriate government funders • Lead the development of public sector advocacy strategies and ensure they align with private fundraising activities • Undertake research and remain current on policy, current affairs, and other public matters relating to the museum • Represent the museum at community events, public announcements, hearings, etc. • Work closely with development department staff to record all contributions and commitments • Seek opportunities to engage with industry peers undertaking similar fundraising initiatives • Perform other duties as assigned
QUALIFICATIONS • Minimum of five years of experience working in government affairs or community organizing • Established relationships with elected representatives and agencies at the city and state levels • Demonstrated understanding of the city and state legislative budget process • Highly organized and strong attention to detail • Familiarity with arts and culture is beneficial • Excellent written and verbal communication skills • Ability to work independently • Good sense of humor
TO APPLY Send thoughtful cover letter and resume to: Jane McIntosh, Chief Advancement Officer firstname.lastname@example.org Applications without cover letters will not be considered. Due to the high volume of applications, we are unable to acknowledge each one. Only those applicants selected for an interview will be contacted. No phone calls please. The Children's Museum of Manhattan is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
ABOUT THE CHILDREN’S MUSEUM OF MANHATTAN We do what is good for children. By creating experiences at the intersection of the arts, sciences and the humanities, the Children’s Museum of Manhattan helps children and families thrive at home, at school, and in the community. These experiences include exhibitions, classes, workshops, performances, and festivals. Based on research, evaluation, and testing, our programs and exhibits are designed to address the multiple ways children learn and to help parents understand and support their children’s development. The Museum’s special areas of focus—selected for their ability to benefit children throughout their lives—include early childhood education, creativity, health, and world cultures. Founded in 1973 by parents as a grassroots, neighborhood organization, the Children’s Museum flourished. Today it is a beloved citywide resource for children, family, and educators as well as a popular destination for visitors from around the world. Each year approximately 375,000 people visit our 38,000 square-foot learning facility on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. Hundreds of thousands more benefit from the museum’s outreach programs at schools, libraries, homeless shelters, Head Start centers, and hospitals; its touring exhibitions; and its online tools and curricula.