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Location: Golden Gate Park 55 Music Concourse Drive San Francisco CA 94118 USA

Industry: Museums, Science, Education, Tourism
Work Hours: Full-Time

Date Posted: 03 May 2019

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Position Specification - Chief Philanthropy Officer 

The Academy in 2019
With a mission to "explore, explain, and sustain life," the California Academy of Sciences - based in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park - is a beacon for knowledge, inspiration and solutions, guiding the world toward a better future by providing both hope and critical information to an increasingly global audience. The Academy is focused on leveraging its public museum, its scientific discoveries, and its global education programs to inspire hundreds of millions of people to care for and sustain Earth's natural wonders.  

Since re-opening in the Renzo Piano designed and LEED Platinum Certified new building 10 years ago, the California Academy of Sciences has welcomed 15 million visitors, discovered more than 1,500 new species, and watched its indoor rainforest reach new heights. Other key milestones include: 

  • 1.2 million youth visiting the Academy on school field trips
  • 100+ Careers in Science interns pursuing STEM careers
  • 12+ million observations made on iNaturalist worldwide

In the past year, the Academy shared cutting-edge research and discoveries: debuting an award-winning planetarium show, "Expedition Reef," and a major new exhibit, "Giants of Land and Sea." The Academy grew its Academy-for-All program to ensure the museum is accessible and affordable, especially for children and families. The Academy also reached new audiences with NightLife, Women In Science night, and its 500 Queer Scientists event. Other highlights include: the Academy's online publication, bioGraphic, garnering prestigious journalism awards, advanced breakthroughs in coral reef biology, and the joining of forces with National Geographic Society to grow the iNaturalist app to fuel global scientific discovery. 

The Academy has a consolidated budget that includes restricted programs and capital expenditures of $73M. The endowment for the California Academy of Sciences is currently $185M, with approximately 650 employees and 750 active volunteers. Grants from federal, state, and international agencies as well as private foundations are critical to fund research and programs and demonstrate its relevance in a competitive landscape of peers and leaders from all sectors. 

The Office of Development 
Led by the Chief Philanthropy Officer, the office of development at the California Academy of Sciences comprises 30 passionate and hard-working team members. The department is organized into four primary areas: Leadership Giving; Development Information Services; Corporate & Foundation Philanthropic Partnerships; and Donor Events.

Over the past three years, the office has raised an average of approximately $27M annually in private support. During FY2018, the sources of private support included: Board Members (21%); Other Individuals (56.5%); Foundations (14.5%); and Corporations (8.1%). 

Governance 
The Academy Trustees, composed of forty voting members, help shape the institution's vision and strategic direction. The Academy Fellows, a governing group of approximately 450 distinguished scientists, have made notable contributions to one or more of the natural sciences, and help further the reach of the Academy's research and education initiatives through individual and collaborative efforts with Academy researchers. Nominated by their colleagues and selected by the Board of Trustees, Academy Fellows are appointed for life. With the exception of Fellows who are currently staff members, the Fellows and the Trustees comprise the Voting Members of the Academy's governing body. While the general fiduciary powers are exercised under the direction of the Board of Trustees, the Voting Members are required to take certain actions such as the final approval of the election of Trustees. In addition to those trustees who occupy officer positions of the Academy, the Executive Director and the Chief Financial Officer are also officers.

Impact and Looking Ahead 
From the 1.5 million visitors who walk through the doors each year to the 46 million scientific specimens in its collection, the Academy's impact starts at the museum, but reaches far across the globe through scientific research, public engagement, and environmental literacy programs, digital media, and sustainability education.

Looking forward, the California Academy of Sciences envisions paying particular attention to issues that are vital to the future of life on Earth, including the fate of coral reefs, tropical rainforests, and California's ecosystems. The Academy will also develop new ways to study and protect Earth's natural wonders, share innovative sustainability solutions, and engage global audiences through innovative educational programs and powerful digital storytelling. The future of the Academy's work will facilitate more engaged and constructive conversations around critical science and environmental issues, shift our collective mindset in a more informed and positive direction, and inspire widespread action to create a more educated and sustainable global community.

The Academy is in the final stages of the search for its next Executive Director. The timing of the search for the next Chief Philanthropy Officer is designed to enable finalist candidates for the CPO position to interview with the incoming Executive Director, with the hope that the next CPO could start at the Academy at or around the same time as the next Executive Director. 

For more information, please refer to the Appendix at the end of this document as well as the California Academy of Sciences website: https://www.calacademy.org/. 

The Role
The Chief Philanthropy Officer reports directly into the Executive Director and is a member of the Senior Leadership Team. The CPO oversees a team of approximately 30 staff, and has a rare opportunity to take a thriving, mission-driven institution to a new level of charitable funding performance. 

They will be responsible for the planning, development and direction of all the development activities on behalf of The Academy. The Chief Philanthropy Officer will be responsible for ensuring the future growth and support of ongoing efforts, including the development of new fundraising strategies to increase revenue from the private sector. 

As the chief fundraiser, the CPO will identify fundraising needs in relation to existing programs. They will develop attainable fundraising strategies, both near and long-term, in the areas of annual giving, capital campaigns, planned giving, special events, and endowment. The Chief Philanthropy Officer will explore new areas of development revenue. They will evaluate existing and new methods of donor solicitation, cultivation and communication recognition and affinity programs to ensure that current and prospective donors are informed and connected to the Academy's mission, work and accomplishments. 

The Chief Philanthropy Officer will evaluate strategies regularly and adjust, as needed, to achieve goals. The internal leveraging of existing relationships and board members will be examined in an effort to increase revenue and participation in fundraising activity. Recommendations will be made to appropriate executives for cultivation and solicitation visits to major donors and prospects. The Chief Philanthropy Officer will take a very hands-on and active role with major and strategic donors as well as engaging in ongoing communication with the executive leadership and Board ensuring "buy-in" to initiatives at the highest level. 

The Chief Philanthropy Officer will manage the development staff, providing training, mentoring and ongoing performance evaluation. They will oversee all budget planning and development for the department on an annual basis within the framework of organizational goals. They will have responsibility for all financial, human resources and operational activities within the department. The Chief Philanthropy Officer will provide resources designed to improve efficiency and productivity of staff members. The CPO will ensure a culture of respect while encouraging communication and accountability within their staff.

The Chief Philanthropy Officer will be a champion of the Academy's strong culture and equity, diversity, and inclusion initiatives. This person will bring commitment, ideas, and energy to the Academy's work on diversity in its workforce, donor base, and broader community. The Academy is proud of its leadership role in this work and is an institution that recognizes that diversity among its team strengthens its ability to be a powerful ambassador for the importance of science to all public audiences. 

Candidate Profile 
The successful candidate will be an inspiring and creative leader with recognized fundraising skills and a track record of successful leadership. Ideally, they will have leadership or other significant strategic experience within a nonprofit organization, and will be a global pacesetter with superior communication skills and an enthusiastic commitment to the values and mission of the California Academy of Sciences. Previous experience building support in the museum, conservation, or education arena is preferable, but not a requirement for the position. 

The successful candidate will be an exceptional revenue generator and strategic thinker with a track record of leading teams to reach aggressive development goals as well as of proposing innovative and sustainable resource-generating ideas. As such, the successful candidate must be results-oriented and flexible, with the ability to think creatively in identifying new opportunities, and will respond to changing circumstances in an uncertain and competitive fundraising environment. They must have demonstrated intellectual and professional sophistication to develop and cultivate strong relationships on a national and global scale, and establish a sense of deep connectivity with diverse supporters, many of whom have strong philanthropic commitment inside and outside the Bay Area. 

The successful candidate will be a warm, collaborative individual with the ability to quickly gain a real understanding of the Academy's unique culture and mission. A proven ability to take a front-facing role as lead advocate and fundraiser for the integrated goals of the Academy, and to be a key partner to the Executive Director in their cultivation activities, will be key to the success of this role.  

In addition, they will possess the credibility, experience, and leadership skills necessary to establish a culture of collaboration with other leaders throughout the Academy. A demonstrated capacity to recruit, lead, and galvanize the talents of a diverse staff and network colleagues is an integral part of this role.  Above all, the Chief Philanthropy Officer will have unquestioned judgment and ethical standards, and a demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusion.

In terms of the performance and personal competencies required for the position, we would highlight the following:

Setting Strategy

  • Quickly grasps the opportunities and challenges of the Academy and the role, and understands how to develop innovative and creative fundraising plans
  • Has strong analytical mindset and uses data to support thinking and decision-making.
  • Has the flexibility to create nuanced plans and objectives that adapt to the situation and/or partners at hand, while bringing to life an inspirational future for the organization as a whole.
  • Has experience evolving a fundraising program for a leading nonprofit organization with defined priorities, sophisticated metrics, and a highly sophisticated structure. 

Executing for Results

  • The ability to set clear and challenging goals while committing the team to improved performance; tenacious and accountable in driving results.
  • Capacity to set priorities and achieve goals, individually and for teams. Balances financial wisdom and prudence with innovation and calculated risk-taking.
  • Significant experience in major gift fundraising; proven and successful track record of working with prospective major and principal gift donors, leading to new philanthropic investments.
  • Demonstrated ability to strategically partner with institutional leaders in the development of transformative gift ideas while also managing a development program designed to build lifelong donor relationships at every gift band
  • Is able to build genuine, productive relationships and to use them strategically to further the goals of the California Academy of Sciences.
  • Empowers and inspires others to think creatively about opportunities.

Leading Teams

  • Has the ability to provide leadership that will challenge, inspire, and motivate the range of people involved in and with the Academy locally, nationally, and globally.
  • Has a proven ability to recruit, mentor, lead, and develop a diverse staff and a track record of building high-performing and loyal teams.
  • A flexible, inclusive approach to leadership, which adjusts to different audiences and gives focus to colleagues' work.
  • The personal inclination and professional ability to be a positive and unifying figure who can lead by influence and example in order to create an integrated development culture across the Academy.
  • A commitment to transparency in the service of building trust and confidence in the central advancement operation among a wide group of colleagues around the institution. 

Relationships and Influence

  • Excellent communication and presentation skills. They will be an effective, inspiring communicator who can consistently articulate the Academy's mission in a clear and compelling manner and is able to adapt communication styles to a broad, diverse audience.
  • Has demonstrably and consistently influenced others with their perspective, builds and preserves trust and agreement, as well as confidence and respect, among various constituencies. They have an unquestionable track record or working with multiple stakeholders and donors.
  • Has a consensus-seeking but decisive approach that enables them to deliver solutions in difficult situations.

Interpersonal Acumen and Character

  • Sound judgment and confidence, combined with humility and a focus on personal development and continued learning;
  • Supportive consensus builder and active listener;
  • Dedication to a diverse and inclusive workplace through programs and practices;
  • Embodies the ethics and integrity of the Academy and its sustainability efforts;
  • Strong work ethic and willingness to lead by example;
  • Spirit of entrepreneurship, innovation, and creative problem-solving;
  • High energy, charisma, focus, and drive; and
  • Believes in the collective strength of the entire Academy.

The California Academy of Sciences welcomes people of all backgrounds, identities, and beliefs to join us in achieving our mission to explore, explain, and sustain life on Earth. We place diversity, equity, and inclusion at the heart of our recruiting efforts and strive to build a culture centered on mutual respect, equal treatment, and the opportunity to succeed.

Contact
Russell Reynolds Associates has been exclusively retained for this search and prospective candidates are invited to contact Russell Reynolds Associates directly. All inquiries and discussions will be considered strictly confidentialTo apply for the role or submit a nomination, please reach out to CalAcademyCPO@russellreynolds.com. All applications should include a resume and a statement of interest. 

Appendix: Additional Information about the California Academy of Sciences

Operational Realities and Visitor Services 
The California Academy of Sciences is a complex and multi-faceted organization. Researchers at the Academy and their knowledge creation and science collections, ensure the integrity of the Academy's marketing, operations, outreach and visitor services. In order to attract and engage visitors of all ages, the revenue and marketing teams lead branding, public relations campaigns, sales programs, and partnerships that highlight the Academy's offerings in new and compelling ways. Through digital communication channels and on-site museum product offerings, the team provides critical ongoing financial support to further the institution's mission. Drawing upon the Academy's one-of-a-kind exhibits, compelling programs, and scientific expertise, they aim to inspire curiosity about science and the future of the natural world among all who encounter the institution.

The building is 410,000 square feet with 100,000 square feet of public space in the heart of San Francisco's historic Golden Gate Park. All buildings and improvements erected by or under the authority of the California Academy of Sciences, are the property of the City and County. However, the buildings and improvements, and the activities and personnel are managed and controlled exclusively by the California Academy of Sciences. 

Scientific Collections and Research
Collections and research are the core of natural history museums and among the Academy's most unique scientific, educational, and cultural assets. The California Academy of Science's collections represent over 300 years of exploration and research by thousands of professionals and citizens alike. The collections are renowned for several major strengths. For example, the Herpetology collection is the fifth most diverse in the world, and the Academy's collection has important geographic foci across taxa in California, Madagascar, and the Philippines, to name a few. 

The Academy's collections are a permanent physical library of our planet over vast swaths of space and time. With more than 46 million specimens including fossils, gems and minerals, cultural artifacts, and representatives from every branch of life, all supported by an extensive research library. The collection can be accessed in person, through loans, or digitally through online databases by users from around the world. Through expeditions, initiatives such as Hope for Reefs, and donations, these collections are growing each year. 

The Institute for Biodiversity Science and Sustainability (IBSS) supports the Academy's mission through primary research, building and stewarding collections as an archive and lending library of life, sharing science with broad audiences, and leveraging knowledge of biodiversity to sustain life on Earth based on sound science and data. They explore the enormous diversity of life, including how it is formed from deep time until now, how life forms are related to one another, and how they interact with each other and the rest of the natural world. 

The foundation of IBSS is research and collections, divided into ten major disciplines: Anthropology, Botany, Entomology, Geology, Herpetology, Ichthyology, Invertebrate Zoology, Library, Microbiology, and Ornithology & Mammalogy. 

Education Programs, Community Outreach and Volunteerism
The Education team of experienced designers and educators develop and deliver a variety of innovative programs within and beyond the museum's walls. Signature programs include the Careers in Science internship program, award-winning planetarium productions, and online classroom materials reaching millions of learners. Dozens of daily and monthly programs for museum visitors and public lectures offer the public opportunities to dive deeper into critical issues such as sustainability and conservation on a person-to-person level. Young visitors gain an invaluable learning experience outside the classroom, engaging face-to-face with natural wonders, authentic science, and environmental awareness.

The Academy is committed to cultivating a culturally inclusive environment in which diversity of thought and expression are valued, appreciated, and celebrated. Additionally, their work with organizations employing adults with developmental disabilities and youth with criminal justice backgrounds extends their commitment to inclusivity one step further. They are committed to making their exhibits, programs, digital offerings, and services accessible to everyone, and are standing by to ensure every visitor is accommodated during their time at the museum. As part of their unwavering commitment to reflecting the diverse communities that they serve, they actively recruit individuals traditionally underrepresented in STEM fields with the help of local partnerships.  

The Academy is intentional about opening its doors to the surrounding community by hosting several annual events and programs.

  • NightLife offers an after-hours experience for the 21+ crowd where guests can enjoy music, creatures, and cocktails with friends, as they embark on a journey from the stars to the depths of the sea. Featuring a new theme each week, after-hours access to all exhibits, and special programming, NightLife reveals the nocturnal side of the Academy.
  • The Careers in Science internship program mentors underserved high school students in preparation for STEM career paths. Teen Science Night, organized by the youth, welcomes nearly 2,000 teens annually, and is the largest event of its kind in the nation.
  • The Citizen Science movement helps science to answer some of the biggest questions we face today, by crowd-sourcing data collection and analysis. Other major programs include expeditions to explore biodiversity, funded by grants and other sources, and the student and postdoctoral training programs, creating public scientists for the 21st century, supported by the Lakeside and National Science Foundations as well as other sources.
  • Several other core facilities and programs support the Academy's mission, including a state-ofthe art Center for Comparative Genomics, Scanning Electron Microscope, World Class Visualization Studio, and the iNaturalist platform.

The Volunteer Services department provides a connection between the diverse Bay Area community and museum, research, and administration. All volunteers are part of the greater Academy community as they work to explore, explain, and sustain life on Earth. 

The Academy's docents use an informal and conversational approach with guests to spark curiosity, inspire action, and foster an interest in continued scientific discovery. Docents are trained in theory and best practices of informal engagement, taught fundamental scientific principles and Academy initiatives, and receive training in specialty areas.

Exhibits and Storytelling

  • The Steinhart Aquarium is one of the most biologically diverse and interactive aquariums on Earth. Home to nearly 40,000 live animals, representing more than 900 unique species, it offers guests an unprecedented view of underwater and terrestrial habitats. From species displayed nowhere else in the world to exhibits about cutting-edge research in little-known ocean ecosystems, a visit to Steinhart Aquarium is full of discovery. Since 1923, the Steinhart Aquarium has developed a colorful history of firsts. From becoming the first public aquarium to display flashlight fish and coconut octopuses to advancing exploration of the ocean's mysterious "twilight zone," innovation and scientific excellence are in its DNA. The Academy's aquarium is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA).
  • Morrison Planetarium shows are fueled by cutting-edge scientific data, resulting in stunning visualizations of the latest findings, discoveries, and theories about our Universe. Every star or galaxy a viewer encounters in the planetarium precisely mirrors a real-world counterpart, and when this virtual cosmos is projected onto Morrison's 75-foot-diameter screen, the dome itself seems to disappear, resulting in a uniquely immersive experience.
  • Osher Rainforest: Housed within a spectacular 90-foot-diameter glass dome, the rainforest exhibit is the largest of its kind in the world. With temperatures of 82-85 degrees and humidity at 75 percent or above, it will instantly transport visitors to some of the most biodiverse places on Earth. The rainforest's living plants include trees like the Brazilian beauty leaf and West Indies mahogany, dozens of shrubs—including Theobroma cacao, the plant from which chocolate is made—and hundreds of flowering plants, from begonias and philodendrons to orchids and bromeliads. More than 1,600 live animals reside in the rainforest dome, including 250 free-flying birds and butterflies and close to 100 exotic reptiles and amphibians.
  • Kimball Natural History Museum: The Kimball Natural History Museum is an embodiment of the Academy's mission to explore, explain, and sustain life. While featuring immersive exhibits that illustrate the patterns and processes of evolution, it also explores ways we can help protect that diversity.

In early 2016, the Academy launched bioGraphic—a multimedia magazine that energizes audiences around the world, offering both hope and solutions for a more sustainable future. The publication is rich with scientifically accurate, visually compelling stories that focus on positive sustainability solutions. To find and craft compelling stories, the Academy leverages in-house scientists and collections; its global network of research and conservation partners; its world-class proficiency in storytelling, design, and visualization; and its relationships with top-tier journalists, photographers, and producers around the world. These stories don't just reside on the Academy's site. To maximize reach and create exponentially greater impact, they also distribute many of them—free of charge—to nearly 50 popular media outlets around the world, including The Atlantic, The Guardian, Forbes, BBC World News, and The Washington Post. Collectively, these outlets report circulation numbers that total nearly half a billion unique monthly visitors. All told, during its first year, bioGraphic published 120 stories that were collectively read or watched more than 16 million times—and were shared on social media more than a million times.

History and The Building
Founded in 1853 as the first scientific academy west of the Atlantic seaboard, the California Academy of Sciences soon became one of the West's most popular destinations, drawing some 80,000 visitors annually to gaze at its giant wooly mammoth, taxidermized grizzly bears, native plant specimens, and rare artifacts. The 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake caused major structural damage to the Academy's buildings. The Academy used this as an opportunity to rethink the entire museum-going experience. The new vision: to create an institution for the 21st century—a premier destination of grand design that would bring the latest in scientific research to the public in the most engaging, educational, and inspiring ways imaginable.

The goal was to create a physical manifestation of the Academy's mission to explore, explain, and sustain life. Designed by Renzo Piano, the new building earned the U.S. Green Building Council's highest ratings for its eco-friendly design and operations, making the Academy the world's first Double Platinum museum—and the largest Double Platinum building in the world. The Academy received its first LEED Platinum rating in the "New Construction" category—covering the design and construction process—and its second in the "Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance" category, certifying that its day-to-day operations and practices meet the highest standards of sustainability.

Chief Philanthropy Officer

Position Specification - Chief Philanthropy Officer 

The Academy in 2019
With a mission to "explore, explain, and sustain life," the California Academy of Sciences - based in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park - is a beacon for knowledge, inspiration and solutions, guiding the world toward a better future by providing both hope and critical information to an increasingly global audience. The Academy is focused on leveraging its public museum, its scientific discoveries, and its global education programs to inspire hundreds of millions of people to care for and sustain Earth's natural wonders.  

Since re-opening in the Renzo Piano designed and LEED Platinum Certified new building 10 years ago, the California Academy of Sciences has welcomed 15 million visitors, discovered more than 1,500 new species, and watched its indoor rainforest reach new heights. Other key milestones include: 

  • 1.2 million youth visiting the Academy on school field trips
  • 100+ Careers in Science interns pursuing STEM careers
  • 12+ million observations made on iNaturalist worldwide

In the past year, the Academy shared cutting-edge research and discoveries: debuting an award-winning planetarium show, "Expedition Reef," and a major new exhibit, "Giants of Land and Sea." The Academy grew its Academy-for-All program to ensure the museum is accessible and affordable, especially for children and families. The Academy also reached new audiences with NightLife, Women In Science night, and its 500 Queer Scientists event. Other highlights include: the Academy's online publication, bioGraphic, garnering prestigious journalism awards, advanced breakthroughs in coral reef biology, and the joining of forces with National Geographic Society to grow the iNaturalist app to fuel global scientific discovery. 

The Academy has a consolidated budget that includes restricted programs and capital expenditures of $73M. The endowment for the California Academy of Sciences is currently $185M, with approximately 650 employees and 750 active volunteers. Grants from federal, state, and international agencies as well as private foundations are critical to fund research and programs and demonstrate its relevance in a competitive landscape of peers and leaders from all sectors. 

The Office of Development 
Led by the Chief Philanthropy Officer, the office of development at the California Academy of Sciences comprises 30 passionate and hard-working team members. The department is organized into four primary areas: Leadership Giving; Development Information Services; Corporate & Foundation Philanthropic Partnerships; and Donor Events.

Over the past three years, the office has raised an average of approximately $27M annually in private support. During FY2018, the sources of private support included: Board Members (21%); Other Individuals (56.5%); Foundations (14.5%); and Corporations (8.1%). 

Governance 
The Academy Trustees, composed of forty voting members, help shape the institution's vision and strategic direction. The Academy Fellows, a governing group of approximately 450 distinguished scientists, have made notable contributions to one or more of the natural sciences, and help further the reach of the Academy's research and education initiatives through individual and collaborative efforts with Academy researchers. Nominated by their colleagues and selected by the Board of Trustees, Academy Fellows are appointed for life. With the exception of Fellows who are currently staff members, the Fellows and the Trustees comprise the Voting Members of the Academy's governing body. While the general fiduciary powers are exercised under the direction of the Board of Trustees, the Voting Members are required to take certain actions such as the final approval of the election of Trustees. In addition to those trustees who occupy officer positions of the Academy, the Executive Director and the Chief Financial Officer are also officers.

Impact and Looking Ahead 
From the 1.5 million visitors who walk through the doors each year to the 46 million scientific specimens in its collection, the Academy's impact starts at the museum, but reaches far across the globe through scientific research, public engagement, and environmental literacy programs, digital media, and sustainability education.

Looking forward, the California Academy of Sciences envisions paying particular attention to issues that are vital to the future of life on Earth, including the fate of coral reefs, tropical rainforests, and California's ecosystems. The Academy will also develop new ways to study and protect Earth's natural wonders, share innovative sustainability solutions, and engage global audiences through innovative educational programs and powerful digital storytelling. The future of the Academy's work will facilitate more engaged and constructive conversations around critical science and environmental issues, shift our collective mindset in a more informed and positive direction, and inspire widespread action to create a more educated and sustainable global community.

The Academy is in the final stages of the search for its next Executive Director. The timing of the search for the next Chief Philanthropy Officer is designed to enable finalist candidates for the CPO position to interview with the incoming Executive Director, with the hope that the next CPO could start at the Academy at or around the same time as the next Executive Director. 

For more information, please refer to the Appendix at the end of this document as well as the California Academy of Sciences website: https://www.calacademy.org/. 

The Role
The Chief Philanthropy Officer reports directly into the Executive Director and is a member of the Senior Leadership Team. The CPO oversees a team of approximately 30 staff, and has a rare opportunity to take a thriving, mission-driven institution to a new level of charitable funding performance. 

They will be responsible for the planning, development and direction of all the development activities on behalf of The Academy. The Chief Philanthropy Officer will be responsible for ensuring the future growth and support of ongoing efforts, including the development of new fundraising strategies to increase revenue from the private sector. 

As the chief fundraiser, the CPO will identify fundraising needs in relation to existing programs. They will develop attainable fundraising strategies, both near and long-term, in the areas of annual giving, capital campaigns, planned giving, special events, and endowment. The Chief Philanthropy Officer will explore new areas of development revenue. They will evaluate existing and new methods of donor solicitation, cultivation and communication recognition and affinity programs to ensure that current and prospective donors are informed and connected to the Academy's mission, work and accomplishments. 

The Chief Philanthropy Officer will evaluate strategies regularly and adjust, as needed, to achieve goals. The internal leveraging of existing relationships and board members will be examined in an effort to increase revenue and participation in fundraising activity. Recommendations will be made to appropriate executives for cultivation and solicitation visits to major donors and prospects. The Chief Philanthropy Officer will take a very hands-on and active role with major and strategic donors as well as engaging in ongoing communication with the executive leadership and Board ensuring "buy-in" to initiatives at the highest level. 

The Chief Philanthropy Officer will manage the development staff, providing training, mentoring and ongoing performance evaluation. They will oversee all budget planning and development for the department on an annual basis within the framework of organizational goals. They will have responsibility for all financial, human resources and operational activities within the department. The Chief Philanthropy Officer will provide resources designed to improve efficiency and productivity of staff members. The CPO will ensure a culture of respect while encouraging communication and accountability within their staff.

The Chief Philanthropy Officer will be a champion of the Academy's strong culture and equity, diversity, and inclusion initiatives. This person will bring commitment, ideas, and energy to the Academy's work on diversity in its workforce, donor base, and broader community. The Academy is proud of its leadership role in this work and is an institution that recognizes that diversity among its team strengthens its ability to be a powerful ambassador for the importance of science to all public audiences. 

Candidate Profile 
The successful candidate will be an inspiring and creative leader with recognized fundraising skills and a track record of successful leadership. Ideally, they will have leadership or other significant strategic experience within a nonprofit organization, and will be a global pacesetter with superior communication skills and an enthusiastic commitment to the values and mission of the California Academy of Sciences. Previous experience building support in the museum, conservation, or education arena is preferable, but not a requirement for the position. 

The successful candidate will be an exceptional revenue generator and strategic thinker with a track record of leading teams to reach aggressive development goals as well as of proposing innovative and sustainable resource-generating ideas. As such, the successful candidate must be results-oriented and flexible, with the ability to think creatively in identifying new opportunities, and will respond to changing circumstances in an uncertain and competitive fundraising environment. They must have demonstrated intellectual and professional sophistication to develop and cultivate strong relationships on a national and global scale, and establish a sense of deep connectivity with diverse supporters, many of whom have strong philanthropic commitment inside and outside the Bay Area. 

The successful candidate will be a warm, collaborative individual with the ability to quickly gain a real understanding of the Academy's unique culture and mission. A proven ability to take a front-facing role as lead advocate and fundraiser for the integrated goals of the Academy, and to be a key partner to the Executive Director in their cultivation activities, will be key to the success of this role.  

In addition, they will possess the credibility, experience, and leadership skills necessary to establish a culture of collaboration with other leaders throughout the Academy. A demonstrated capacity to recruit, lead, and galvanize the talents of a diverse staff and network colleagues is an integral part of this role.  Above all, the Chief Philanthropy Officer will have unquestioned judgment and ethical standards, and a demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusion.

In terms of the performance and personal competencies required for the position, we would highlight the following:

Setting Strategy

  • Quickly grasps the opportunities and challenges of the Academy and the role, and understands how to develop innovative and creative fundraising plans
  • Has strong analytical mindset and uses data to support thinking and decision-making.
  • Has the flexibility to create nuanced plans and objectives that adapt to the situation and/or partners at hand, while bringing to life an inspirational future for the organization as a whole.
  • Has experience evolving a fundraising program for a leading nonprofit organization with defined priorities, sophisticated metrics, and a highly sophisticated structure. 

Executing for Results

  • The ability to set clear and challenging goals while committing the team to improved performance; tenacious and accountable in driving results.
  • Capacity to set priorities and achieve goals, individually and for teams. Balances financial wisdom and prudence with innovation and calculated risk-taking.
  • Significant experience in major gift fundraising; proven and successful track record of working with prospective major and principal gift donors, leading to new philanthropic investments.
  • Demonstrated ability to strategically partner with institutional leaders in the development of transformative gift ideas while also managing a development program designed to build lifelong donor relationships at every gift band
  • Is able to build genuine, productive relationships and to use them strategically to further the goals of the California Academy of Sciences.
  • Empowers and inspires others to think creatively about opportunities.

Leading Teams

  • Has the ability to provide leadership that will challenge, inspire, and motivate the range of people involved in and with the Academy locally, nationally, and globally.
  • Has a proven ability to recruit, mentor, lead, and develop a diverse staff and a track record of building high-performing and loyal teams.
  • A flexible, inclusive approach to leadership, which adjusts to different audiences and gives focus to colleagues' work.
  • The personal inclination and professional ability to be a positive and unifying figure who can lead by influence and example in order to create an integrated development culture across the Academy.
  • A commitment to transparency in the service of building trust and confidence in the central advancement operation among a wide group of colleagues around the institution. 

Relationships and Influence

  • Excellent communication and presentation skills. They will be an effective, inspiring communicator who can consistently articulate the Academy's mission in a clear and compelling manner and is able to adapt communication styles to a broad, diverse audience.
  • Has demonstrably and consistently influenced others with their perspective, builds and preserves trust and agreement, as well as confidence and respect, among various constituencies. They have an unquestionable track record or working with multiple stakeholders and donors.
  • Has a consensus-seeking but decisive approach that enables them to deliver solutions in difficult situations.

Interpersonal Acumen and Character

  • Sound judgment and confidence, combined with humility and a focus on personal development and continued learning;
  • Supportive consensus builder and active listener;
  • Dedication to a diverse and inclusive workplace through programs and practices;
  • Embodies the ethics and integrity of the Academy and its sustainability efforts;
  • Strong work ethic and willingness to lead by example;
  • Spirit of entrepreneurship, innovation, and creative problem-solving;
  • High energy, charisma, focus, and drive; and
  • Believes in the collective strength of the entire Academy.

The California Academy of Sciences welcomes people of all backgrounds, identities, and beliefs to join us in achieving our mission to explore, explain, and sustain life on Earth. We place diversity, equity, and inclusion at the heart of our recruiting efforts and strive to build a culture centered on mutual respect, equal treatment, and the opportunity to succeed.

Contact
Russell Reynolds Associates has been exclusively retained for this search and prospective candidates are invited to contact Russell Reynolds Associates directly. All inquiries and discussions will be considered strictly confidentialTo apply for the role or submit a nomination, please reach out to CalAcademyCPO@russellreynolds.com. All applications should include a resume and a statement of interest. 

Appendix: Additional Information about the California Academy of Sciences

Operational Realities and Visitor Services 
The California Academy of Sciences is a complex and multi-faceted organization. Researchers at the Academy and their knowledge creation and science collections, ensure the integrity of the Academy's marketing, operations, outreach and visitor services. In order to attract and engage visitors of all ages, the revenue and marketing teams lead branding, public relations campaigns, sales programs, and partnerships that highlight the Academy's offerings in new and compelling ways. Through digital communication channels and on-site museum product offerings, the team provides critical ongoing financial support to further the institution's mission. Drawing upon the Academy's one-of-a-kind exhibits, compelling programs, and scientific expertise, they aim to inspire curiosity about science and the future of the natural world among all who encounter the institution.

The building is 410,000 square feet with 100,000 square feet of public space in the heart of San Francisco's historic Golden Gate Park. All buildings and improvements erected by or under the authority of the California Academy of Sciences, are the property of the City and County. However, the buildings and improvements, and the activities and personnel are managed and controlled exclusively by the California Academy of Sciences. 

Scientific Collections and Research
Collections and research are the core of natural history museums and among the Academy's most unique scientific, educational, and cultural assets. The California Academy of Science's collections represent over 300 years of exploration and research by thousands of professionals and citizens alike. The collections are renowned for several major strengths. For example, the Herpetology collection is the fifth most diverse in the world, and the Academy's collection has important geographic foci across taxa in California, Madagascar, and the Philippines, to name a few. 

The Academy's collections are a permanent physical library of our planet over vast swaths of space and time. With more than 46 million specimens including fossils, gems and minerals, cultural artifacts, and representatives from every branch of life, all supported by an extensive research library. The collection can be accessed in person, through loans, or digitally through online databases by users from around the world. Through expeditions, initiatives such as Hope for Reefs, and donations, these collections are growing each year. 

The Institute for Biodiversity Science and Sustainability (IBSS) supports the Academy's mission through primary research, building and stewarding collections as an archive and lending library of life, sharing science with broad audiences, and leveraging knowledge of biodiversity to sustain life on Earth based on sound science and data. They explore the enormous diversity of life, including how it is formed from deep time until now, how life forms are related to one another, and how they interact with each other and the rest of the natural world. 

The foundation of IBSS is research and collections, divided into ten major disciplines: Anthropology, Botany, Entomology, Geology, Herpetology, Ichthyology, Invertebrate Zoology, Library, Microbiology, and Ornithology & Mammalogy. 

Education Programs, Community Outreach and Volunteerism
The Education team of experienced designers and educators develop and deliver a variety of innovative programs within and beyond the museum's walls. Signature programs include the Careers in Science internship program, award-winning planetarium productions, and online classroom materials reaching millions of learners. Dozens of daily and monthly programs for museum visitors and public lectures offer the public opportunities to dive deeper into critical issues such as sustainability and conservation on a person-to-person level. Young visitors gain an invaluable learning experience outside the classroom, engaging face-to-face with natural wonders, authentic science, and environmental awareness.

The Academy is committed to cultivating a culturally inclusive environment in which diversity of thought and expression are valued, appreciated, and celebrated. Additionally, their work with organizations employing adults with developmental disabilities and youth with criminal justice backgrounds extends their commitment to inclusivity one step further. They are committed to making their exhibits, programs, digital offerings, and services accessible to everyone, and are standing by to ensure every visitor is accommodated during their time at the museum. As part of their unwavering commitment to reflecting the diverse communities that they serve, they actively recruit individuals traditionally underrepresented in STEM fields with the help of local partnerships.  

The Academy is intentional about opening its doors to the surrounding community by hosting several annual events and programs.

  • NightLife offers an after-hours experience for the 21+ crowd where guests can enjoy music, creatures, and cocktails with friends, as they embark on a journey from the stars to the depths of the sea. Featuring a new theme each week, after-hours access to all exhibits, and special programming, NightLife reveals the nocturnal side of the Academy.
  • The Careers in Science internship program mentors underserved high school students in preparation for STEM career paths. Teen Science Night, organized by the youth, welcomes nearly 2,000 teens annually, and is the largest event of its kind in the nation.
  • The Citizen Science movement helps science to answer some of the biggest questions we face today, by crowd-sourcing data collection and analysis. Other major programs include expeditions to explore biodiversity, funded by grants and other sources, and the student and postdoctoral training programs, creating public scientists for the 21st century, supported by the Lakeside and National Science Foundations as well as other sources.
  • Several other core facilities and programs support the Academy's mission, including a state-ofthe art Center for Comparative Genomics, Scanning Electron Microscope, World Class Visualization Studio, and the iNaturalist platform.

The Volunteer Services department provides a connection between the diverse Bay Area community and museum, research, and administration. All volunteers are part of the greater Academy community as they work to explore, explain, and sustain life on Earth. 

The Academy's docents use an informal and conversational approach with guests to spark curiosity, inspire action, and foster an interest in continued scientific discovery. Docents are trained in theory and best practices of informal engagement, taught fundamental scientific principles and Academy initiatives, and receive training in specialty areas.

Exhibits and Storytelling

  • The Steinhart Aquarium is one of the most biologically diverse and interactive aquariums on Earth. Home to nearly 40,000 live animals, representing more than 900 unique species, it offers guests an unprecedented view of underwater and terrestrial habitats. From species displayed nowhere else in the world to exhibits about cutting-edge research in little-known ocean ecosystems, a visit to Steinhart Aquarium is full of discovery. Since 1923, the Steinhart Aquarium has developed a colorful history of firsts. From becoming the first public aquarium to display flashlight fish and coconut octopuses to advancing exploration of the ocean's mysterious "twilight zone," innovation and scientific excellence are in its DNA. The Academy's aquarium is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA).
  • Morrison Planetarium shows are fueled by cutting-edge scientific data, resulting in stunning visualizations of the latest findings, discoveries, and theories about our Universe. Every star or galaxy a viewer encounters in the planetarium precisely mirrors a real-world counterpart, and when this virtual cosmos is projected onto Morrison's 75-foot-diameter screen, the dome itself seems to disappear, resulting in a uniquely immersive experience.
  • Osher Rainforest: Housed within a spectacular 90-foot-diameter glass dome, the rainforest exhibit is the largest of its kind in the world. With temperatures of 82-85 degrees and humidity at 75 percent or above, it will instantly transport visitors to some of the most biodiverse places on Earth. The rainforest's living plants include trees like the Brazilian beauty leaf and West Indies mahogany, dozens of shrubs—including Theobroma cacao, the plant from which chocolate is made—and hundreds of flowering plants, from begonias and philodendrons to orchids and bromeliads. More than 1,600 live animals reside in the rainforest dome, including 250 free-flying birds and butterflies and close to 100 exotic reptiles and amphibians.
  • Kimball Natural History Museum: The Kimball Natural History Museum is an embodiment of the Academy's mission to explore, explain, and sustain life. While featuring immersive exhibits that illustrate the patterns and processes of evolution, it also explores ways we can help protect that diversity.

In early 2016, the Academy launched bioGraphic—a multimedia magazine that energizes audiences around the world, offering both hope and solutions for a more sustainable future. The publication is rich with scientifically accurate, visually compelling stories that focus on positive sustainability solutions. To find and craft compelling stories, the Academy leverages in-house scientists and collections; its global network of research and conservation partners; its world-class proficiency in storytelling, design, and visualization; and its relationships with top-tier journalists, photographers, and producers around the world. These stories don't just reside on the Academy's site. To maximize reach and create exponentially greater impact, they also distribute many of them—free of charge—to nearly 50 popular media outlets around the world, including The Atlantic, The Guardian, Forbes, BBC World News, and The Washington Post. Collectively, these outlets report circulation numbers that total nearly half a billion unique monthly visitors. All told, during its first year, bioGraphic published 120 stories that were collectively read or watched more than 16 million times—and were shared on social media more than a million times.

History and The Building
Founded in 1853 as the first scientific academy west of the Atlantic seaboard, the California Academy of Sciences soon became one of the West's most popular destinations, drawing some 80,000 visitors annually to gaze at its giant wooly mammoth, taxidermized grizzly bears, native plant specimens, and rare artifacts. The 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake caused major structural damage to the Academy's buildings. The Academy used this as an opportunity to rethink the entire museum-going experience. The new vision: to create an institution for the 21st century—a premier destination of grand design that would bring the latest in scientific research to the public in the most engaging, educational, and inspiring ways imaginable.

The goal was to create a physical manifestation of the Academy's mission to explore, explain, and sustain life. Designed by Renzo Piano, the new building earned the U.S. Green Building Council's highest ratings for its eco-friendly design and operations, making the Academy the world's first Double Platinum museum—and the largest Double Platinum building in the world. The Academy received its first LEED Platinum rating in the "New Construction" category—covering the design and construction process—and its second in the "Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance" category, certifying that its day-to-day operations and practices meet the highest standards of sustainability.

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Posted on 03 May 2019
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