Development Officer

Company Name: 

Museum North Idaho


PO Box 812
Coeur d'Alene, ID 83816-0812

Contact Name: 

Dorothy Dahlgren




Job Description: 

This is a wonderful opportunity for the right person to be a part of making the Museum of North Idaho into a premier museum in the Inland Northwest. The Museum of North Idaho seeks a skilled and experienced leader to expand community involvement and support, and help create adequate facilities for the Museum. They will work with dedicated staff, committed volunteers and the Board of Directors. Applicant must have a strong and successful background in fund raising and capital campaigns. Potential for advancement.

About the Museum 

The Museum of North Idaho inspires a dynamic connection to the unique heritage of the Coeur d’Alene region (Kootenai, Benewah and parts of Shoshone counties) by celebrating, preserving, exhibiting and sharing history with its community and visitors. The Museum is a relevant part of a rapidly growing community.

Founded in 1968 the Museum celebrated its 50 anniversary creating an excellent opportunityto build on growing momentum and a stable financial condition. Our goal is to make the Museum of North Idaho a premier museum in the Inland Northwest. Providing a museum experience that is dynamic, interactive and inspires learning and reflection about our region's history and culture.

The Museum is located in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, a seasonal tourist town, with its exhibit hall open from April 1 to October 31. Staff and volunteers work year-round and the library and office are open by appointment. A membership elected nine member board oversees the governance of the 501 3 c. The Museum employs a Director, a Program and Marketing Director and a part-time bookkeeper. About 50 volunteers contribute over 2,000 hours a year.

Roles and Responsibilities 

  • Provide leadership to communicate and achieve the vision and mission of the MNI and foster its reputation as a significant regional museum.
  • Work with the Board of Directors and staff to develop and carry out long-range plans. 
  • Fundraising including membership, donations, planned giving, major donor programs and events, sponsorships, foundation and governmental funding for current and future needs. 
  • Oversee data tracking, communications, proposals and grant writing.
  • Direct the fiscal management of the Museum, including budget development and oversight of fiscal records to ensure the sound financial health of the organization. 
  • Encourage, energize, and support Board participation in development and strategic activities. 
  • Act as an engaged advocate and ambassador to build the Museum’s presence in the community. Develop key partnerships and collaborations.
  • Participate with local organizations and government entities to promote the museum and its mission

Qualifications and Requirements 

  • B.A. or B.S. degree or higher 
  • Minimum of five years’ experience within a museum or related cultural organization 
  • Strong commitment to our mission 
  • Strategic thinker with independent judgment, analytical and problem-solving skills 
  • Experience creating and implementing multi-year and annual plans and setting priorities 
  • Engaging communicator, including public relations and public presentations. Effective interpersonal skills: a good relationship-builder who is professional, down-to-earth, diplomatic and engaging 
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills and a demonstrated ability to communicate clearly and professionally, and to achieve consensus 
  • Extensive skills in, and understanding of, fundraising principals with success in implementing development and fundraising strategies and processes applicable to the Museum’s vision and mission
  • Strong computer skills, including Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint), donor database software and social media. Skills in donor prospecting and research are preferred
  • Leadership skills and experience working with a board of directors
  • Self-directed, energetic and motivated with a strong work ethic
  • Able to maintain flexible work schedule as necessary for community and government relations

Additional Desirable Qualifications 

  • Experience leading or developing a museum or similar organization through a significant transition or growth phase. 
  • Experience with facilities/building projects

To Apply 

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and detailed resume to: 

Dorothy Dahlgren

Museum of North Idaho

PO Box 812

Coeur d'Alene, ID 838160-0812


This is a full-time position. Salary in the $35,000 to $45,000 range to be commensurate with experience.