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  • Assistant Development Director

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    Non-Profit Management
    Gateway Arch Park Foundation
    US-MO-St. Louis
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    Assistant Development Director

    Position Announcement

    Come live and work the new Arch experience!


    Unprecedented access from city to river … new and improved Arch grounds … and, a total museum transformation! All this and more equals the “new Arch Experience” in downtown Saint Louis, Missouri. In turn, the Gateway Arch Park Foundation kicks off its historic mission as a conservancy to ensure that the Gateway Arch, its grounds, and all neighboring public space and attractions remain a vital and well-supported resource for years to come.


    Having successfully met a $250 million goal for capital projects and early endowment needs, the Gateway Arch Park Foundation (GAPF), a non-profit organization, now stewards the invigorating improvements made through the city’s recent CityArchRiver project. GAPF will continue to work in partnership with the National Park Service, Great Rivers Greenway, St. Louis City, Bi-State Development, Missouri Department of Transportation, and other civic interest groups. Learn more about us and our exciting vision at


    GAPF is pleased to announce the expansion of its development team to include a new Assistant Development Director. Focused on growing memberships and promoting sponsorships, our Assistant Development Director will join us in making history this summer and serve as a valued member of the conservancy’s team. With the anticipation of worldwide exposure in Summer 2018, there has never been a more exciting time for Saint Louis!


    Reporting to GAPF’s Director of Development, the Assistant Development Director, a full-time salaried position, will …


    • PROMOTE OUR MISSION: Passionately support the Foundation’s mission. Present to current and prospective donor groups on the Foundation’s mission and current initiatives. Serve as a community ambassador. Advocate in the Foundation’s best interest and generate positive energy and PR for upcoming Foundation events.
    • GROW MEMBERSHIP: Design and implement strategies to reach new potential members. Promote membership benefits and cultivate members at Foundation events. Make recommendations to further member engagement. Support the Young Friends Advisory Board and assist in developing best outreach practices to grow Young Friends.
    • ATTRACT SPONSORSHIPS: Develop a strategy to generate interest with small- and mid-sized corporations to cultivate event sponsors and corporate members. Proactively identify and cultivate corporate contacts on the Foundation’s behalf. Assist with grant applications required for event sponsorship and donation inquiries as appropriate.
    • SUPPORT SPECIAL EVENTS: Market to and attract corporate sponsors for upcoming Foundation events. Serve as staff liaison to Foundation partners and major donors seeking event rentals, including permitting and concierge service during planning processes. Develop and manage event budgets, timelines and required staffing for proper facilitation of these unique stakeholder events.


    • Minimum of 5-7+ years direct development and fundraising experience and/or comparable event planning experience for a public, non-profit, and/or parks and recreation setting.
    • Proven experience managing an event budget and related financial reporting.
    • Demonstrated relationship building experience with donor base and/or event sponsors.
    • Working knowledge and appreciation of development and fundraising, including best practices in identifying and stewarding donors and corporate sponsors.
    • The ability to work some nights and weekends as needed for Foundation events.
    • Excellent computer skills including intermediate level of proficiency or above with Microsoft office applications (word, excel, PowerPoint, outlook) and working knowledge of project management software.
    • 4-year college degree strongly preferred.


    Other Skills & Abilities include:


    • Passion for Saint Louis and the conservancy’s mission at Gateway Arch Park Foundation.
    • Commitment to sustaining strong and productive working partnerships and a high-level of customer service with all staff members, board members, volunteers, consultants, contractors, government officials and the community.
    • Proven ability to work under pressure to execute short- and long-term programs and special events.
    • Positive attitude and strong leadership skills. A self-starter who is team oriented but can work independently to accomplish goals.
    • Ability to effectively lead and direct a work group in managing multiple projects and provide quality results in a non-profit organization.
    • Excellent interpersonal, verbal, presentation, and written communication skills
    • Results oriented; resourceful with strong problem-solving skills


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