VP of Istitutional Advancement

Mar 01 2019
Bishop Museum |Honolulu|Full Time
Job Description


The Vice President of Institutional Advancement plays a critical role in the continued successful growth of Bishop Museum. Reporting to the Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, the Vice President of Institutional Advancement is a member of the Museum’s senior staff management team and is responsible for leading the Museum’s fundraising efforts. This includes strategic oversight and implementation of all aspects of the Museum’s membership, individual giving, annual fund, major gifts, planning giving, and stewardship programs; member, donor, and fundraising events; and foundation, corporate, and government support. Prospective candidates should have experience in major gifts, foundation and corporate support, direct mail and multi-channel fundraising, capital campaigns, fundraising events, and planned giving; previous experience in a cultural or scientific institution is a plus.  Strong organizational and management skills required. S/he must be an effective leader, manager and team member who can work in a dynamic and collaborative environment. Additionally, s/he must know how to create and manage plans and budgets, be a critical thinker, conversant with current technologies, comfortable in public presentations, and serve as a spokesperson to champion the Museum’s support needs and goals.


Duties and Responsibilities

  • Leads the Museum’s advancement team and oversees the day-to-day development operations of the Museum including individual giving, membership, major gifts, corporate and foundation relations, fundraising events, and planned giving programs.

  • Understands the Museum’s current and prospective funding communities; develops and implements strategies to secure significant new channels of private funds; plans and executes innovative ways of increasing funding from Museum members, foundations, corporations, private donors, government agencies and other sources.

  • Develops and implements long-range plans and strategies for the Museum’s advancement efforts that align with the Museum’s strategic plan and strengthen its financial and organizational foundation. Regularly evaluates advancement operations for effectiveness and adjusts as needed.

  • Works with senior management, board members and key staff to directly support advancement efforts including but not limited to making presentations, providing tours, and attending community events and museum conferences to represent the Museum.

  • Develops and manages institutional advancement budgets and annual operational plans.

  • Works closely with leadership across the museum to understand institutional needs and secure funding to support both strategic initiatives and ongoing programs.

  • Maintains regular and consistent communication with senior staff and directors to ensure Museum-wide integration of advancement efforts with the Museum’s activities.

  • Works directly with President, senior staff, board directors and other stakeholders to support the development and implementation of a capital campaign, as appropriate.

  • Provides staff liaison support and management of the Museum’s Board Development Committee.
  • Interacts with external professional colleagues and community leaders to help promote the Museum.
  • Encourages staff professionalism, promotes teamwork, and uses the resources and creativity necessary to develop solutions to Museum issues and concerns.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor’s degree required.  Preference to those with advanced degrees, or a degree in a museum-related discipline.
  • Five to seven years of experience in management.

  • Demonstrated ability to effectively direct and supervise staff and budgets.

  • Demonstrated ability to develop and implement fundraising programs in a museum or informal education environment.

  • Direct experience and ability in securing competitive grant awards in museum or related environment.

  • Demonstrated ability to plan and manage a variety of fundraising projects and programs with limited budgets to achieve organizational goals.

  • Capital campaign and planned giving experience desirable.

  • Knowledge of database, spreadsheet, and word processing software required.  Knowledge of Altru or Raiser’s Edge software desirable.

  • Creative ability, strong written and verbal communication skills, and critical thinking/analytical skills.

  • Excellent interpersonal skills; positive attitude; ability to interact and develop rapport with people with varied backgrounds/interests.

  • Ability to interact with people at all levels and backgrounds.

  • Ability to work well on multiple projects and deadlines simultaneously.

  • Solutions oriented, diplomatic problem solver and true team player. 

Other Requirements

  • Flexibility in working hours, as some evening and weekend work is required.
  • Must have own car with proof of insurance and valid Hawai‘i Drivers License.

  • Organized and detail-oriented, with ability to meet tight deadlines and to work on multiple projects simultaneously.

  • Effective verbal and written communication skills for a variety of audiences.

  • Ability to work effectively in collaboration with others.

  • Professional, business-like appearance and demeanor.

  • Maintain confidentiality regarding all sensitive project and organizational information.

  • Familiarity with Hawaiian or Pacific culture and history a plus.

Direct Reports


Director of Foundation Relations; Director of Major Gifts; Director of Corporate Relations; Donor Database Manager; Membership and Annual Giving Manager; Development Coordinator.