Young Search Partners -Executive Search has been retained by The Florida Holocaust Museum (FHM) to recruit a strategic and visionary Vice President of Strategic Advancement. Reporting to and partnering with the FHM CEO and as a critical member of the senior executive team, this newly created leadership role will lead a development and marketing team and create a vision for strategic fund development and branding in support of the Florida Holocaust Museum’s mission.
About The Florida Holocaust Museum
One of the largest Holocaust museums in the country, The Florida Holocaust Museum is the result of St. Petersburg businessman and philanthropist Walter P. Loebenberg’s remarkable journey and vision. Loebenberg escaped Nazi Germany in 1939 and served in the United States Army during World War II. Together with a group of local businesspeople and community leaders, the concept of a living memorial to those who suffered and perished was conceived. Among the participating individuals were Survivors of the Holocaust and individuals who lost relatives, as well as those who had no personal investment, other than wanting to ensure that such atrocities could never again happen to any group of people.
The group enlisted the support of others in the community and were able to involve internationally renowned Holocaust scholars. Thomas Keneally, author of Schindler’s List, joined the Board of Advisors and Elie Wiesel was named Honorary Chairman of this Holocaust Center.
In 1992, the Museum rented a space it could afford but would soon outgrow, on the grounds of the Jewish Community Center of Pinellas County in Madeira Beach, Florida, tucked away from the mainstream of Tampa Bay life. Starting with only one staff member and a small group of dedicated volunteers, it quickly surpassed all expectations.
Within the first month, over 24,000 visitors came to see Anne Frank in the World, the Center’s inaugural exhibit. The Tampa Bay showing of this exhibition touched all visitors.
During the next five years, the new Holocaust Center greeted more than 125,000 visitors to view internationally acclaimed exhibits. Thousands more participated in lectures, seminars and commemorative events at the Center, which now reached directly into schools in an eight-county area surrounding Tampa Bay with study guides, teacher training programs and presentations by Center staff and Holocaust Survivors.
The Center expanded to encompass a growing print and audio-visual library, a photographic archive, a repository for historic artifacts, and a research facility for educators and scholars – all of this crowded into a 4,000 square foot facility that was not designed for museum or educational purposes.
Undeterred by constraints of size or location, the Tampa Bay Holocaust Memorial Museum and Educational Center evolved into the preeminent source of Holocaust information in the Southeastern United States and one of the foremost Holocaust institutions in the country.
As a result of this growth, the Board of Directors approved the purchase of a 27,000 square foot building in downtown St. Petersburg, Florida, to be renovated and occupied by 1998.
In one year, the doors of the new building opened on February 28, 1998, under budget and ahead of schedule. Over 65,000 visitors viewed the exhibits of the Museum during its first year in its new location. Traveling and special exhibits such as Judy Chicago’s Holocaust Project: From Darkness into Light, Michael Smuss: Reflections of a Survivor, Simon Wiesenthal Center’s Stealing Home: How Jackie Robinson Changed America, Robert O. Fisch: Light from a Yellow Star and Witness and Legacy offered visual explorations of the Holocaust and modern-day issues.
In January 1999, the Museum officially changed its name to The Florida Holocaust Museum. The new name was better suited to the organization because of the criteria established in the mission statement of the Museum and reflected the utilization of the Museum as a statewide and national resource and created greater awareness and impact beyond the Tampa Bay area.
The Museum played a critical role in shaping legislation that in 1994 made Florida one of the first states in the nation to mandate Holocaust education in the public schools from kindergarten through twelfth grade. In a collaboration effort between the Museum and the Pinellas County School System, guidelines were developed for K-12 teachers. The guidelines include grade-appropriate instructional goals and bibliography for teaching the Holocaust. These guidelines are used by teachers throughout the nation as well as in Florida.
All of the suffering and loss is meaningless if we do not understand what took place and act to ensure that it will never happen again. We must challenge and educate those who promote hatred and intolerance. The vision of The Florida Holocaust Museum is a future in which peace and harmony are a reality in our neighborhoods, in our nation and in our world.
The Florida Holocaust Museum honors the memory of millions of innocent men, women and children who suffered or died in the Holocaust. The Museum is dedicated to teaching the members of all races and cultures the inherent worth and dignity of human life in order to prevent future genocides.
The Florida Holocaust Museum is a leader in developing and delivering unique strategies empowering people to make positive change in the world.
The Florida Holocaust Museum (The FHM) is seeking a seasoned and dynamic leader for the role of Vice President of Strategic Advancement. This leader will be a charismatic and inspiring leader to the fundraising and communications teams, implementing strategies to raise awareness of The FHM’s 25 years of statewide mission and work, and build on the donation base to move The FHM into its next 25 years.
Reporting to the Executive Director and contributing to The FHM’s overall strategy and plan as a key member of the Senior Management Team:
- In the area of Development:
Lead, direct and motivate a fundraising staff of skilled, diverse and creative people
- Develop and implement a comprehensive, innovative and integrated strategic development plan with a focus on major giving, institutional donors, trusts and foundations and corporate partnerships. The emphasis will be on individual cultivation but will also include direct marketing, online fundraising and special events.
- Create and develop new business opportunities for long-term, strategic, mutually beneficial corporate partnerships.
- Determine appropriate strategies for cultivation and solicitation with particular emphasis on generating large unrestricted gifts.
- Work closely with the ED to plan clear short-term and long-range income targets and metrics that are both realistic and challenging.
- Oversee the execution of a capital campaign to support the creation of new Collections, Preservation & Research Center, new Youth Education exhibitions, enhanced security measures and the expansion of the Museum’s endowment and reserve funds to guarantee the future of the Museum’s educational programs and resources.
- Manage and move donors along the ‘prospect pipeline,’ making sure that they are not stuck at the cultivation stage.
- Build and engage an active development council/fundraising committee
- Clarify and support the role of ED, senior staff and board members, making sure they understand and are appropriately involved with major donor work.
- Strategically leverage the time of the CEO and Board to meet aggressive fundraising targets; support and develop the capacity of the Board to achieve development goals.
- Put in place protocols to ensure timely and meaningful stewardship of donors.
- In the area of Marketing/ communications & Branding:
Lead, direct and motivate a communications team of skilled, diverse and creative people
- Create and deploy a comprehensive branding strategy that aligns with a strategic development plan to forward the mission of The FHM.
- Build clear messaging and narratives that cut across and unify various dimensions of The FHM’s work for potential donors and supporters.
- Ensure that The FHM is strategic, coherent, and compelling in its engagement of supporters, partners, and other key audiences.
- Ensure development of a robust communications plan tied to The FHM mission, goals and strategies to increase The FHM’s profile and influence in key areas.
- Oversee all print collateral as well as online communications including Website and social media.
- Put in place systems to maintain donor and corporate partner communication and engagement, through events, meetings, teleconferences, reports, etc.
Required Skills and Qualifications
- 7‐10+ years of professional experience in Fundraising/Development with a track record of success, with specific experience in capital campaigns (preferred), individual giving and/or major gifts.
- Demonstrated experience developing and executing a strategic development plan and organizational branding initiative.
- Strong leadership and management skills with the ability to interact positively with all levels of the organization, community and with business and political leaders who influence The Florida Holocaust Museum’s success.
- Strong organizational skills, attention to detail and ability to prioritize and handle multiple tasks simultaneously.
- Knowledge of the cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship process.
- Experience in the design, management and implementation of fund-raising initiatives.
- Proven success at securing major gift support.
- Experience working and thriving in close partnership with an engaged Board of Directors.
- Strong prospecting and analytical skills.
- Ability to effectively work multiple projects with multiple timelines.
- Knowledge of donor management, Blackbaud’s Raiser’s Edge preferred.
- Strong proficiency with Microsoft Office.
- Excellent communication, interpersonal, written and presentation skills.
- Advanced degree or CFRE preferred but not required.
- Bachelor’s degree in related field. Master’s degree preferred.
EXECUTIVE SEARCH FIRM CONTACT
Katherine S. Young
Managing Partner & President
Young Search Partners, LLC
Young Search Partners, LLC