Development Coordinator

  • Posted on:
    Sep 2, 2022
    Employment Type:
    Full Time


  • Position Overview:

    The Museum of Danish America seeks a full-time staff member to join the development and outreach team. We are seeking someone with relevant non-profit experience, ideally within the museum and cultural fields. Prior experience with fundraising activities such as annual appeals, grant writing, and membership recruitment is desirable. The successful candidate must have confidence in meeting and interacting with the public, experience with MS Office software, and excellent written and verbal skills. We are looking for a reliable self-starter who is trustworthy with confidential information. The Museum of Danish America, accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, has a membership base of nearly 2,000 members across the United States and several foreign countries. Starting salary is $38,000 - $44,000 with a generous benefit package including employer-paid single coverage health insurance.  The Museum of Danish America is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, age, national origin, disability status, genetic information, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

    You may apply by sending a cover letter, resume and three references to Terri Johnson, Administrative Manager, Museum of Danish America, 2212 Washington Street, Elk Horn, IA 51531 or send the information via email to The position will remain open until filled.


    The Development Coordinator plans, directs and coordinates the fund-raising program of the Museum of Danish America to include producing development strategies for major campaigns, grant submissions, annual appeals, corporate support, membership, and special events. Specific responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:

    • Work with the Executive Director and Development Staff Team to develop and implement a comprehensive fundraising plan, including foundations, individuals, special events, sponsorships and corporations that will meet the organization’s financial needs.
    • Identify, cultivate and solicit prospective donors, including individuals, members of the Museum, corporations, and foundations, for both current and deferred gifts.
    • Develop proposals, promotional brochures, and other written materials in support of both specific fund-raising campaigns and general development activities.
    • Coordinate grant-writing efforts with Museum staff to match potential grants with Museum projects.
    • Communicate effectively with donors and prospective donors to keep them informed about the museum’s mission, needs, and gift opportunities.
    • Develop and implement creative and sustainable strategies to increase member involvement and retention.
    • Continually assess and upgrade development systems and structures to ensure they support fundraising goals.
    • Create annual income and expense budgets and manage the Development Department in a fiscally sound manner.
    • Provide detailed reports on fundraising progress to the Executive Director and Board on a regular basis.
    • Promote the Museum to appropriate constituent groups and attend meetings and events necessary for this purpose.
    • In collaboration with the Board Development Committee, establish policies and procedures for gift processing, maintenance of donor records and member files and recognition.
    • Performs other duties, included but not limited to duties as assigned, some of which may include the development and creation of a variety of copyrightable works (e.g., print, photography, film, music, visual arts, etc.) for distribution in all media and formats on a worldwide basis, all of which shall be for the benefit of the Museum.


    This position has no supervisory responsibilities.