Director of Institutional Advancement


Director of Institutional Advancement

Full Time



The Director of Institutional Advancement reports directly to the CEO.  He/she will be responsible for the successful design and implementation of all activities to secure $1 million dollars in individual, planned, corporate, foundation, and government support.  A key deliverable will be to significantly expand individual giving in this membership-driven organization. The selected candidate should also be prepared to guide the Board and CEO through the planning, design and execution of a highly likely capital campaign as well.  The strongest candidates will possess a passion for inquiry and demonstrate an enthusiastic interest in informal science education.



  • Direct all of the Imagination Station fund raising activities to reach established goals: Annual Fund campaigns (major gifts, leadership giving, individual giving, corporate sponsorships, and regional and national foundation funding), project funding, and special-events. Oversee all related duties including donor and prospect research, reporting and donor recognition.
  • Develop and implement a strategy to dramatically increase individual giving.
  • Work closely with the CEO and Board of Directors to assist in the strategic cultivation, recruitment, and retention of new board members and to assist in managing institutional governance issues.
  • Execute all managerial responsibilities related to the operation of the department: prepare revenue and expense budgets; set goals and objectives for team and perform ongoing performance assessments; recruit, manage, motivate, train, and evaluate staff and their activities.
  • Provide fiscal stewardship of the department: consistently monitor and evaluate fundraising programs, provide accurate and meaningful progress reports and analysis, and collaborate with the Leadership Team to ensure financial and accounting integrity of contributed revenue.
  • Enhance Board-level participation in direct fundraising activities, including personal solicitations.
  • Collaborate closely with other team and partners assigned to fund development activities, such as grant preparation and government relations, to ensure integrated fundraising strategies, approaches, and reporting.
  • As a member of the Leadership team, you will be participating in a broad range of institutional planning: setting short, mid-range and long-term fundraising goals, identifying funding priorities in the context of strategic institutional planning, and developing new, entrepreneurial approaches to revenue growth for this relatively young institution.
  • The leadership team is also responsible for assuming the role of TMOD (Team member on duty) once a month, on a Saturday or Sunday. The TMOD is a leader in the organization who would be responsible for the daily operations of the science center, including the opening and closing of the facility.     There is a rotation that is done between all of the directors.


  • Bachelor’s degree. Five to seven years in fundraising, at least three of which should be as a senior manager and include working with boards and recruiting and coordinating volunteers
  • Experience in membership-driven environments, cultural or educational institutions preferred
  • Proven exceptional skill at cultivating and sustaining authentic relationships with donors, board members, and other key constituents
  • Confident, personable and comfortable representing the institution to high profile individuals and corporate and community leaders across Ohio
  • Proven track record in all facets of fundraising including annual campaigns, planned and major gifts, capital, and endowment campaigns, and special events, data analysis and reporting, prospect research and cultivation, and database management
  • Enjoys working with high-level volunteers, capable of nurturing board members to take a more active role in development initiatives
  • Outstanding written and spoken communication skills, exceptional conversationalist
  • Positive, energetic big-picture individual with solid leadership, management, and organization skills. Highly entrepreneurial, resourceful, flexible with a high degree of initiative
  • Proactive approach to development activities including identification and pursuit of timely opportunities such as government funding
  • Overall strategic agility, ability both to conceptualize and execute, and the capacity to articulate a visionary approach to initiatives that will enhance the long-term financial integrity of the Imagination Station.

Imagination Station’s mission is to serve our community by providing informal science education and fun in order to spark a passion for the sciences by combining interactive exhibits and educational programming.


All applicants must apply on-line at and submit a detail resume outlining job history and experience.  If you are unable to complete our on-line application due to a disability, contact us at 419-214-9102 to ask for an accommodation or alternative application process.