The Aquarium of the Pacific seeks a dynamic, creative, and entrepreneurial fundraising professional for their next Vice President of Development. Located on a five acre site on Rainbow Harbor in Long Beach, California, the Aquarium of the Pacific has close to 1,000 volunteers and employs 335 staff. With a mission of instilling a sense of wonder, respect and stewardship for the Pacific Ocean, its inhabitants and ecosystems through an array of educational programs designed for all ages, the Aquarium attracts 1.5 million visitors each year, making it consistently one of the leading attractions in the Los Angeles region. Currently, the Aquarium has over 36,000 membership households and an annual operating budget of approximately $29 million. The Aquarium is in the midst of a $50 million capital campaign for building expansion and improvements. With both a regional and state-wide focus, the Aquarium has donors and supporters throughout Southern California and beyond. To learn more, visit www.aquariumofpacific.org.
Reporting to the President and CEO, the Vice President of Development is responsible for leading all fundraising efforts for the Aquarium, including the efforts of a large capital campaign; donor cultivation and solicitation; and board development and membership. He/She should be comfortable working in, representing, and interpreting a scientific, environmental and educational institution. The ideal candidate will have a minimum of 10 years executive level experience in a large development operation, with specific experience in planning and executing a major capital campaign of over $25 million. He/She will have a proven track record in effective donor cultivation and solicitation at a large nonprofit organization. Experience in environmental, museum, arts, or educational organizations will be a plus. Likewise, the successful candidate will have solid knowledge of management, strategic planning and financial systems appropriate for a nonprofit organization with over 300 employees, close to 1,000 volunteers, thousands of members, and approximately 1.5 million visitors per year. Experience managing a diverse fundraising operation and supervising a team of fundraising professionals is required. Knowledge of the philanthropic community in Southern California, including foundations, corporations, and high net-worth individuals, is strongly preferred.
Morris & Berger has been retained to conduct this search for the Aquarium of the Pacific. To apply, please submit application, including resume and a letter of interest, in confidence to Morris & Berger through their website: www.morrisberger.com/currentsearches/aquariumofpacific. Direct inquiries or nominations to Morris & Berger by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling (818) 507-1234.