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The Children's Museum of the Lowcountry is always looking for energetic, up-beat people who love to work with children.  In particular, we are looking for individuals who have experience in education, theater or child care.


POSITION:                Director of Development

REPORTS TO:            Executive Director

DESCRIPTION:         The Director of Development is responsible for broadening and strengthening all aspects of the Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry’s (CML) giving program. The director will foster a culture of engagement and giving across key stakeholder groups and ensure that CML is a leader among peers.

Specific responsibilities include:

I.  Individual & Corporate Giving

  • Implement a cohesive development strategy to enhance organizational revenues and execute day-to-day fundraising operations.
  • Identify, cultivate, solicit and steward individual, corporate and foundation donors based on research and local knowledge with annual goals for personal visits and giving outcomes.
  • Execute Annual Appeal campaign.
  • Establish a Corporate Membership program.

2.  Special Events & Volunteer Management

  • Overall management of all special events sponsorship programs. 
  • Work with fundraising event committees to produce annual Party in the Spring and FAM JAM festival in the Fall (staring in 2015).
  • Engage a highly effective and sustainable volunteer component within all development areas.
  • Attend and/or participate in local, regional and national meetings/conferences as appropriate.
  • Coordinate and implement local, state, regional and national level development strategies and efforts.

3.  Other Responsibilities

  • Work with Grant Writer to ensure timely requests and proposals are delivered and proper follow up efforts are made.
  • Work with Marketing Department to develop and implement a communication strategy for all aspects of development
  • Oversee donor and prospect computer-based information and gift records
  • Other duties and responsibilities as needed.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

Minimum Bachelors Degree in appropriate field.  Prefer Masters and/or CRFE.

  • 5 years in non-profit development.
  • A leader and team player who passionately embraces CML’s mission and vision.
  • Able to represent CML in a professional manner.
  • Strong organization, planning, writing and communication skills.
  • Able to work as part of the senior management team.
  • Possess clear understanding of mission and goals of organization. 
  • Able to translate Board and Executive Director organizational vision into an effective development strategy.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality at all times.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office.
  • Able to learn new software quickly.
  • Openness to new ideas and their implementation.
  • Ability to react and adapt to changing situations appropriately.
  • Ability to successfully work with diverse constituencies and collaboration opportunities internally as well as within the community
  • Demonstrated analytical and fundraising skills with the ability to recognize opportunities, identify critical, high pay-off activities and prioritize them to attain goals.

DISCLAIMER:  The above job description is not an exhaustive list of all duties and responsibilities of the position and in no way is to be construed as a contract.  As with all positions at CML, employment is “at will” or voluntary on both the part of the organization and the employee.  Employment is not for a set period of time and may be discontinued by either party for any reason with or without notice.

To apply:

Mail, Fax or Email resume & cover letter to:

The Children's Museum of the Lowcountry

25 Ann Street

Charleston, SC  29403

Fax:  843-853-1042

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While we may not have full-time openings at this time, we are always accepting applications from interested persons.  We will review these applications when a position becomes available.  Please submit a cover letter and resume to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

PLEASE NOTE:  We are always looking for volunteers and interns to help out at the Museum as well.  Many of our current employees started off as volunteers.  CLICK HERE to check out all of our volunteer opportunities.