Development and Foundation, Government Relations, Project Management/Program Development
4 Year Degree
The Director of Strategic Initiatives is a full-time position responsible for the advancement of ACM’s programmatic initiatives to advance the values and priorities of the children’s museum community. This position serves as a member of the ACM Leadership Team, reports to the Executive Director, and provides direct supervision to the Sr. Manager of Development and Program Manager, Special Programs. Specific responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following:
Strategic Initiatives (50% effort)
Provides leadership and oversight of current strategic initiatives and associated teams.
Lead agenda development and facilitation of project meetings
Ensure project teams fulfill project mission and adhere to project timelines
In partnership with Program Manager, Special Projects, oversee project budgets, and prepare and submit reports to funders
Contribute content knowledge on equitable and culturally-relevant practices in museums, educational, and/or cultural spaces.
Seeks and responds to additional opportunities, as indicated below.
Development (25% effort)
Planning and Cultivation
Researches funding sources and develops list of prospective funders to support special initiatives.
With the Executive Director, cultivates relationships with appropriate funders in government, corporate and foundation sectors.
Writes strong proposals and grant applications that make the case for support.
Implements upload of federal grant applications to grants.gov and other electronic submissions.
Cultivates and manages relationships with national and international partners as assigned.
Manages programmatic and funding efforts in conjunction with partner organizations as assigned.
Advocacy (25% effort)
Serves as an advocate for children’s museums and ACM, ensuring trends and emerging practices from ACM initiatives are highlighted in ACM communications, professional development opportunities, and partnerships.
Serves as ACM’s representative liaison on the peer-led Museum Advocacy Working Group.
Five or more years of project management/direction experience; experience with projects related to issues of access, equity, and inclusion a plus.
Experience in grant writing and proposal development, with experience in reporting of public funds a plus.
Knowledge of issues facing associations, arts and culture organizations, and/or children’s museums.
Bachelor’s Degree required.
Strong interpersonal skills, diplomacy, sound judgment, and the ability to listen and synthesize information.
Strong verbal communications and demonstrated ability to write clearly and persuasively.
Enthusiastic, upbeat personality with a true commitment to the work of ACM and children’s museums.
High energy, positive, "can-do" attitude, flexibility, teamwork, and attention to detail; high degree of initiative.
Excellent computer skills and knowledge of database programs.
To apply, send resume, cover letter, and salary history to email@example.com. List “Director of Strategic Initiatives” in the subject line.
About Association of Children's Museums
The Association of Children's Museums (ACM) champions children's museums worldwide. With member museums in 50 states and around the world, ACM leverages the collective knowledge of children's museums through convening, sharing, and dissemination. Located in Arlington’s Crystal City neighborhood, ACM is accessible via public transportation and is a short walk or a shuttle ride from the Crystal City Metro Station.