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.  

PBW Technician

Bachelor's degree (B. S.) from four-year college or university; or one to two years related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.  Background/experience in biological sciences (entomological and or botanical) preferred.

Under the direction of and reporting to the Section Head for Life Sciences, the Technician assists with the care and management of living animals (various arthropods) and plants for the Puelicher Butterfly Wing—Puelicher Butterfly Garden (vivarium) and "Bugs Alive!" components and related programming.

The Milwaukee Public Museum is currently looking for a dependable, energetic, and assertive individual to fill our part-time I PBW Technician opening. The major responsibilities are the care and management of living animals (various arthropods) and plants, ensures the vivarium is in compliance with state/federal guidelines, coordinates the shipping & receiving of butterflies, assist in supervising & training volunteers/interns, and participates in research.  A Bachelor’s degree or 1 to 2 years related experience (live invertebrates and/or plant care).  Experience in biological sciences (entomological and/or botanical) preferred. Scheduled hours are first shift and weekends. Offers competitive pay.