Director of External Relations

Company: Florida Historic Capitol Museum


Contact Person: Office of Legislative Services, Human Resources Office

Application Deadline: November 27, 2015


General Summary
This is highly responsible professional work involving planning, directing, and coordinating all external relations efforts for the Florida Historic Capitol Museum (Museum). The Director of External Relations reports directly to the Museum Director and provides administrative leadership related to fundraising, marketing, and public relations.

Examples of Work Performed

  • Serve as a member of the Museum’s leadership team
  • Research and make recommendations to improve the Museum’s application of the best standards and practices of the fundraising, marketing, and non-profit fields
  • Support and serve as a contact person for the Board of Directors for the Florida Historic Capitol Foundation, which is the direct support organization for the Museum
  • Administer the activities of the Florida Historic Capitol Foundation, including the design and implementation of fundraising appeals and campaigns
  • Collaborate in the development and implementation of creative and strategic Marketing and Fundraising Plans that support the mission and activities of the Museum
  • Secure sponsors for museum programming including exhibits and special events
  • Prepare budgetary estimates, goals, and documentation and provide budget analysis for the functions of the Museum under his/her direction
  • Coordinate both annual and major gift fundraising, including identification and research of prospects, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship
  • Oversee management of membership program for the Museum
  • Identify funding opportunities for the Museum’s programs, cultivate those sources, prepare grant applications, coordinate completion of grant stewardship reports, and manage grant funds
  • Coordinate and generate content for all print publicity for the Museum
  • Oversee implementation of electronic and social networking strategies and publicity
  • Oversee contracts, including those related to marketing and fundraising
  • Coordinate and generate content for paid media advertising
  • Supervise staff, interns, and volunteers who support the program of External Relations
  • Serve as an advocate for museum by being able to speak and write about museum mission, exhibits, and events to reporters and the public
  • Represent and maintain visibility for the Museum within the community by acting as a liaison with donors, partners, and the public
  • Provide museum tours to dignitaries and VIPs as needed
  • Assist with special events at Museum as required
  • Perform other duties assigned by the Museum Director


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Knowledge of the principles, practices and procedures of fundraising, marketing, and non-profit board coordination; knowledge of relevant computer skills, including social media tools and strategies; flexibility and creativity; ability to be organized and self-directed; ability to multi-task; ability to follow directions; ability to work in a team-oriented environment; ability to communicate effectively, verbally and in writing; ability to maintain effective working relationships with board members, donors, volunteers, area schools and teachers, supervisor, other agencies, and the public; capable of working within an environment under legislative direction.

Tools and Equipment Used:
Computer including internet, and databases, Microsoft Office Suite, Social Media tools including Facebook and Twitter, DonorPro database, digital camera, and general office equipment.

Minimum Qualifications:
A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major coursework in communications, marketing, museum studies, public history, philanthropic studies, non-profit management, or a related field, and five years of professional management experience in fundraising and marketing for a museum, preservation organization, library, or non-profit organization.

A master’s degree from an accredited college or university and four years of professional experience as described above. Professional experience as described above can substitute on a year-for-year basis for the required college education.

How to Apply

Submission of Application
Qualified applicants should send a completed legislative application, cover letter, and resume to:
Office of Legislative Services
Human Resources Office
Suite 701, Claude Pepper Building
111 West Madison Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1400

Applications are available through the Florida Legislature’s web site Online Sunshine and in Room 701 of the Claude Pepper Building.

Accommodation for Disability
If an accommodation is needed for a disability, please notify Human Resources at (850) 488-6803.

Job Originally Posted on: Wednesday, October 28, 2015