Open Positions

Director of Major Gifts

Requires a bachelor’s degree from a four-year college or university; 5+ years of significant fund raising experience and progressive Development experience with demonstrated success in major gift fundraising, showing the ability to enhance the effectiveness of all Development programs.  Must be goal oriented with ability to think and act strategically.   Previous experience should include direct donor contact, successful development and implementation of individual giving programs, development of strategies to increase major gifts and enlarge donor base, and experience with volunteers and boards of directors.

Under the supervision of the Sr. Vice President of Development, the Director of Major Gifts is responsible for establishing, maintaining and managing systematic and comprehensive on-going giving programs at major gift levels to include effective identification, qualification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship. The focus of the position is to identify potential donors and cultivate new relationships to build capacity, as well as to deepen and steward existing relationships with a portfolio of major donors.   In addition to direct relationship management, responsibilities include coordinating prospect research and tracking systems and assisting in the creation of solicitation materials and proposals meeting short and long-range funding initiatives of the Museum. This position is responsible for meeting an annual revenue target by working with an assigned portfolio of donors and prospects. Additionally, this position oversees both fundraising research and fundraising events, including coordination and oversight of the Museum’s annual Gala.

Essential Roles

  • ·         Work collaboratively with and offer prospect strategy counsel to CEO, Sr. VP of Development, and other Development staff.
  • ·         Manage a portfolio of approximately 150 qualified relationships and apply a moves management approach to the portfolio, with a custom cultivation strategy for each donor.
  • ·         Develop and implement a solicitation strategy for each assigned major gift prospect, including preparation of written proposal informational materials, endowment agreements, and other materials needed to secure major gifts.
  • ·         Maintain excellent major donor relations through personal contacts, phone calls, email and letter correspondence.
  • ·         Strategically engage board members, organization executives and current donors in peer-prospect identification, visits and closings.
  • ·         Working with direct reports as well as peers across the organization and volunteer committees to oversee the planning, management, and execution of successful fundraising events including the annual Gala, to include corporate table solicitation, securing of auction items, and logistics.
  • ·         Lead effort to raise sponsorships for annual Food and Froth Fest fundraising event.
  • ·         Assist in creating and lead coordination of an additional MPM fundraising event.
  • ·         Ensure fundraising events are on-budget and hit financial goals.
  • ·         Build and manage internal and external networks to assist in identification, cultivation and solicitation of major gift prospects and support.
  • ·         Collaborate with colleagues when corporate giving interests are expressed.
  • ·         Develop meaningful recognition for each closed major gift that strengthens relations and brings appropriate desired visibility to individual donors, while leveraging overarching stewardship opportunities as available.
  • ·         Demonstrate a keen sense of curiosity for donors by asking the right questions; demonstrate ability to personally adapt as needed to meet the needs of donors.
  • ·         Track and report relationship management activity in Raisers Edge.
  • ·         Assist with the planning and implementation of at least one recognition/cultivation event for major donors each year.
  • ·         Oversee and assure high-quality MPM prospect and donor research methods and processes.


  • ·         Support Development Department in developing the annual strategic plan objectives and create annual goals for individual giving. Participate in development of annual fundraising budget and monthly cash flow for income and expenses.
  • ·         Provide accurate and timely activity reports and revenue forecasts.  Maintain accurate information in donor database.
  • ·         Work both independently and in a team environment on department activities and initiatives with a positive attitude.
  • ·         Demonstrate the ability to quickly recover from adversity, move past unforeseen obstacles without unnecessary delay and handle constructive criticism with objectivity.
  • ·         Participate in regular Development staff and organization-wide meetings.
  • ·         Participate in the development of policies and procedures relating to the major gifts program.
  • ·         Work with Marketing staff on materials for major gifts efforts.


Visitor Assistant I

High school diploma or GED and experience in a customer service setting (preferably in a setting that handles large groups)

Provide high quality customer service, visitor satisfaction and safety for all visitors.

The Milwaukee Public Museum is currently looking for a friendly, dependable, and energetic individual who enjoys working with the general public to fill our part-time I (up to 29 hrs per week) opening. The Visitor Assistant is responsible for furnishing information and providing superior customer service to our visitors.  An outgoing and professional attitude is a must.  The hours for this position vary among scheduled shifts that include day hours, weekends, and evenings. The base pay rate is $8.13 per hour.  

Admissions Sales Associate

High school diploma or GED and a minimum six months to one year of demonstrated success in a customer service, sales or call center environment.

Provides a high level of customer service by selling and promoting all activities, programs, and services associated with the Milwaukee Public Museum and Theater including special events, membership, and admissions.

The Milwaukee Public Museum is currently looking for a friendly, dependable, energetic, and customer-oriented individual who enjoys working with the general public to fill our part-time I opening. The Admission Sales Associate is responsible for selling tickets, cash handling, data entry, and providing information for our visitors. Exceptional customer service skills are a must.  Hours for the position vary among scheduled shifts and nights/weekends are included. The pay rate for the position is $8.13 per hour.

Security Officer I

A High school diploma or general equivalent degree (GED) is required. One year previous security experience and basic computer skills are required.     

Under the direction of, and reporting to, the Security Manager, the Officer I performs general and shift specific security duties in and around the physical facility of the Milwaukee Public Museum. An Officer I ensure the safety and well being of Museum visitors and staff, and protects and maintains the safety of the Museum’s collections and information.

The Milwaukee Public Museum is currently looking for a dependable, energetic, and customer service oriented individual to fill our part-time II (32 hrs) opening with schedules assigned to work all three shifts (1st, 2nd, & 3rd), weekends and holidays. The security officer is responsible for museum patrols, conducting tours, monitoring access, providing escorts, and working in dispatch. The base pay rate is $12.04 per hour and pro-rated benefits are offered. 

Visitor Services Specialist

High school diploma or GED and one year customer service and cash handling experience or six months to one year employment with the Museum with demonstrated excellent customer service ability and overall job performance. Also experience in a customer service setting, in particular with large groups.

Provides a high level of customer service, sells and promotes all Museum programs, leads morning meetings, assigns tasks and posts,  provides feedback on daily operations and staff, is responsible for department opening and closing procedures and trains and mentors staff.  This position will have the skills and ability to perform the duties of and transition between the Admissions, Reservation and VA departments to meet the daily needs of these departments. 

The Milwaukee Public Museum has an exciting part-time II (37 hrs) opportunity for a customer service oriented individual with strong leadership skills to transition and perform duties in the Admissions, Reservations and Visitor Services departments. Job duties are to provide high level of customer service, sell & promote Museum programs, lead morning meetings, assigns tasks/posts, provide feedback on daily operations & staff, department opening/closing procedures, and train/mentor staff. The position requires strong customer service, communication, computer, and cash handling skills to successfully perform responsibilities at the ticket windows, call center, and exhibit floors. Three years of demonstrated success in a customer service, sales, or telemarketing with data entry or database management experience required. Hours for the position vary within a 7 day work week and includes days, evenings, holidays & weekends. The position offers competitive pay with pro-rated benefits.