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John G. Shedd Aquarium, Chicago IL., has exclusively retained the services of DHR International and DHR Managing Partner and nonprofit specialist Mary Lee Montague to lead the initiative for their newly created position of Chief Development Officer. Below is a partial job specification.
SHEDD AQUARIUM BACKGROUND:
Founded in 1924, Shedd Aquarium is the top-attended paid cultural institution in Chicago and one of the most-attended aquariums in the United States. As a non-profit organization dedicated to animal care and welfare, conservation research and public education, Shedd is known today as “The World’s Aquarium.” A vital learning resource, scientific contributor and conservation champion, the Aquarium each year welcomes approximately 2 million guests including a quarter-million students from elementary and secondary schools.
Shedd is part of Chicago’s 57-acre Museum Campus, which includes four other notable attractions: the Adler Planetarium, America's first planetarium; the Field Museum of Natural History; Soldier Field, home of the NFL Chicago Bears; and the Lakeside Center of McCormick Place. The Museum Campus sits along Chicago’s famed Lake Michigan shoreline, adjacent to Northerly Island and the water taxi link to Navy Pier.
Shedd Aquarium has a 55-member Board of Trustees, 294 full time and 142 part time staff, and 858 volunteers and is home to nearly 32,000 aquatic animals representing more than 1,500 species of fishes, reptiles, amphibians, invertebrates, birds and mammals from waters around the world. The current membership stands at 16,500 households. In April 2016, Shedd hired Dr. Bridget Coughlin as President and CEO, only the fourth president since opening in 1930. Shedd’s new CDO will benefit from working with a committed Board; a forward-thinking President and CEO who sees "fundraising as an exciting and enjoyable part of the job;" a staff and volunteer group eager to grow and advance the mission, to develop a new Strategic Plan, and to seek the funding necessary to build the Shedd of tomorrow.
This is a time of dynamic growth at Shedd, which is incredibly well-financed and well-managed. The success is complimented by a strong balance sheet, access to capital (cash reserves), and endowment.
SCOPE AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Shedd Aquarium seeks an experienced executive to serve as its first Chief Development Officer (CDO). This is an opportunity to create a truly comprehensive development program. This strategic position will help to fortify operations and a focus on data and metrics is key to success.
Reporting directly to the President and CEO, the CDO will also work in close coordination with Senior Staff, Board Leadership, Development and Membership Staff, as well as with the SVP Board Liaison and Organizational Governance. This individual will be responsible for directing and managing the Aquarium’s fundraising efforts including expanding and broadening the organization’s base of individual, foundation, corporate, and government philanthropic support as well as its general membership.
Additionally, the CDO will direct special giving initiatives and comprehensive capital campaigns, and will work with the President and CEO, Board Development Committee and the SVP Board Liaison and Organizational Governance to assist in relationship-building with the Board to initiate funding.
The successful candidate will be a skilled, decisive leader committed to the Shedd Aquarium mission. She or he will be able to serve as a unifying force for the organization, will be comfortable working in a consensus-driven, collaborative environment, and will welcome and be skillful in building collaborative relationships with Board, staff, and communities through inspiration and values of respect and sensitivity.
KEY SELECTION CRITERIA:
The Chief Development Officer is a trusted source, collaborative member and strong strategic leader of the President and CEO’s senior leadership team. As such, the role requires comfort with the non-profit world. The ideal candidate is motivated by the Aquarium’s mission and brand to help lead the organization to achieve its higher goals.
Other Personal Attributes Include:
The Shedd is offering the new CDO: a strategic role; an enthusiastic President and CEO partner with a tremendous vision who embraces fundraising; an organization with a large endowment; participation in the formulation of the new Strategic Plan; talented and dedicated colleagues; an SVP partner to help guide the Board’s fundraising efforts in one of the nation’s leading cultural institutions.
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John G. Shedd AquariumChicago, IL
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