Assistant/Associate/Director of External Relations – McClung Museum, University of Tennessee Foundation, Knoxville

The University of Tennessee Foundation is seeking an Assistant, Associate or Director of External Relations for the McClung Museum in Knoxville, Tennessee. Under the direction of the Associate Vice Chancellor for Campus-Wide Initiatives at the UT Foundation and the Jefferson Chapman Executive Director of the McClung Museum, the role will work with both UT Foundation and McClung Museum staff, as well as internal and external stakeholders (university administrators, donors, alumni, etc.) to set and carry out fundraising strategy for the museum including: annual giving, events based fundraising, major gifts fundraising, grant writing, , planned giving strategy, and sponsorships.

The position implements a comprehensive donor strategy for the museum—which includes, but is not limited to, identifying, cultivating, strategizing, soliciting, negotiating, and stewarding donor prospects to secure financial support and gift-in-kind donations to the University’s McClung Museum. This position will plan/host stewardship and fundraising events and provide a donor-centered focus to marketing efforts and implement strategies to increase exposure of the museum.  Other duties include budget management, reporting and oversight of the museum’s membership/annual giving program and staff liaison for the Museum Advisory Board.

The Foundation is an interdependent nonprofit corporation that enriches the lives of the students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends of the University of Tennessee through alumni engagement, financial stewardship and private investments.

Knoxville sits at the base of the Great Smoky Mountains. With a variety of outdoor activities, parks and recreation, Knoxville can provide a top notch outdoors recreational experience to nature lovers. Arts, music, events and annual festivals add to the list of things to do for those interested in the not-so-active opportunities.

Qualifications: A Bachelor’s degree is required, Master’s preferred.   Assistant Director – BS with 3 years of relevant experience; MS with 1 year of relevant experience as listed below.  Associate Director – BS with 4 years’ experience or MS with 2 years of experience as listed below.  Director – BS with 5 years’ experience or MS with 3 years of experience as listed below.  Title will be determined based on qualifications and experience. The ideal candidate will be highly supportive of and committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion. To build a diverse workforce The University of Tennessee Foundation, Inc. encourages applications from individuals with disabilities, minorities, veterans and women.  EEO/AA employer.

Experience: Work in development, sales or marketing experience is required. An interest/knowledge of museums or other similar arts-based organizations is strongly preferred.

Skills & Abilities: Excellent verbal and written communications skills are necessary.  Strong presentation skills, self-confidence and motivation, attentiveness to detail, sensitivity to the needs of diverse constituencies, and a strong, goal-oriented work ethic are required.  A proven ability to prioritize and manage complex projects and to work in a fast-paced team environment and the ability and willingness to travel extensively are necessary.  Aggressive sales mentality with the ability to provide strategic leadership and supervision of the college’s development efforts.

In order to be considered for candidacy, please include a cover letter and resume in addition to the online profile. Applicants should complete the on-line profile in entirety to demonstrate the minimal education and experience required for this position. Incomplete profile information as it relates to the requirements listed will eliminate candidacy for this opportunity. Apply online at the link below

The University of Tennessee Foundation, Inc. is an EEO/AA/Title VI/Title IX/Section 504/ADA/ADEA employer.  All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, or protected veteran status.

The University of Tennessee Foundation, Inc. will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the University of Tennessee Foundation’s legal duty to furnish information.



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