Vice President of Development and Communications | Corpus Christi, TX

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Position Announcement – November 21, 2022 

Vice President of Development and Communications  

Corpus Christi Museum of Science and History 

Corpus Christi, TX 


The Corpus Christi Museum of Science and History (CCMSH) seeks an experienced Vice President of Development and Communications with a demonstrated commitment to organizational excellence and to build on our mission to “engage and educate people in science and South Texas history through exhibitions and programming”. 


Founded in 1957, the CCMSH has grown to encompass approximately 100,000 square feet and is the repository for hundreds of thousands of artifacts and historically significant items. 


The CCMSH is located at 1900 N Chaparral, Corpus Christi, TX 78401. More detailed information may be found at 



Salary range $65,000 - $70,000, commensurate with experience.  Generous benefits package including medical coverage, vacation, holidays, and simple retirement plan. 


Application Process 

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Job Description 


JOB TITLE: Vice President of Development and Communications 

PURPOSE/FUNCTION OF POSITION:  The Vice President of Resource Development and Communications is responsible for all aspects of the CCMSH resource development strategies (annual campaigns, corporate gifts and sponsorships, special events – both internal and external-, gifts and CCMSH branded special events) individual memberships and gifts, and communication strategies. This includes enhancing/increasing all revenue streams. This position also oversees the planning and execution of strategic communications activities that build the CCMSH brand, strengthening relationships with key constituencies.  The Vice President of Development and Communications leads the development department to maintain superior donor relationships and meet measurable revenue goals.  This position ensures all development and communication activities are fully integrated with the mission of the CCMSH. 


Organizational Leadership  

  • Participates as a member of the Leadership Team to provide a united, visible, and strong leadership presence across the organization to help instill new thinking, focus, and prioritize efforts, and operationalize the plan to achieve the goals of the organization.  
  • Assists the President/CEO and Leadership Team in promoting the long-range plans and goals of the CCMSH to the community. 
  • Aids the President and CEO in staffing special committees and in the administration of functions that enable the organization to meet its commitments to the community. 
  • Works closely with the Vice President of Programs to ensure all functions of the CCMSH are integrated. 
  • Works with the President and CEO and VP of Programs to monitor budgets, data analysis and other financial oversight related to communications and development. 


Staff Leadership 

  • Participates in selection of, guides, motivates, and participates in the training, professional development, and evaluation of direct reports. 
  • Provides goal setting, leadership, and strategic direction to program staff. 
  • Is responsible for accurate and timely completion and/or approval of organizational documents, including but not limited to, professional development plans, goals and objectives, timesheets, expense and travel reimbursements, requisitions, performance reviews and ongoing documentation of performance accomplishments and areas requiring improvement. 


Volunteer Leadership 

  • Provide goal setting, visioning, leadership, and strategic direction for development volunteers. 


Resource Development 

  • Implement CRM tracking. 
  • Builds and supports a discipline of relationship management within the development department. 
  • Responsible for managing and leading all resource development (RD) lines of business (annual campaigns, corporate gifts, CCMSH branded special events, etc.). 
  • Works with the President and CEO, VP of Programs, Collections and Education department on grant requests. 
  • Works with President and CEO and VP of Programs to develop revenue goals and objectives for development work; and develops and directs the implementation of long- and short-range plans to meet those goals and objectives.  
  • Reviews and analyzes the strengths and weaknesses of resource development work; researches, tests, and implements new techniques and materials to improve the effectiveness of the work.  
  • Lead Development and Communication team in the creation of a development strategy aligned with organization goals with defined operating plans for each year. 
  • Stewardship of contributions through prompt acknowledgement and regular communications. 
  • Development of overall recognition strategy of donors and development volunteers. 
  • Analyzes the progress of annual development operating plan goals and metrics and makes recommendations and changes as needed. 
  • Cultivates and sustains positive, productive relationships with volunteers, community and business leaders, donors, fund recipients and staff. 



  • Work with the President/CEO and VP of Programs in developing and directing the implementation of long- and short-range plans for the purpose of meeting the organization’s communication goals. 
  • Work with the Communications and Creative Director to develop an annual strategic/tactical communications plan.  This includes the design, shape and execution of a comprehensive, multi-faceted customer and donor plan that builds key audiences and works to position the CCMSH as a leader in education around history and science 
  • Work with the Communications and Creative Director to help CCMSH become a true story-telling organization and train all key stakeholders on brand guidelines and key messaging. 




Mission Focused: Top priority is to create opportunities to engage and educate people in science and South Texas history through exhibitions, programs, and education activities. 

  • Ability to catalyze others' commitment to mission. 
  • Ability to link donor and volunteer aspirations to needs. 
  • Strives vigorously to accomplish shared goals. 
  • Separates one's own interests from organizational interests to make the best possible judgments for the organization  


Relationship Oriented:  Is able to communicate effectively to develop, grow, and sustain productive relationships. Knows how to capture and record relevant information and how to interpret and utilize the information to forge partnerships, collaborate, cultivate, grow, sustain, and strengthen internal and external relationships.  

  • Understands and motivates individuals and organizations.  
  • Values diversity and inclusion.  
  • Effectively communicates.  
  • Treats others with respect and dignity.  
  • Actively listens to and facilitates diverse input and contributions. 


Collaborator:  Understands the roles and contributions of all sectors of the community and can mobilize resources (financial and human) through meaningful engagement. 

  • Seeks and shares knowledge of community. 
  • Takes a collaborative approach to addressing issues. 
  • Focuses on shared goals. 
  • Mobilizes a broad range of sectors and resources.  


Results Driven and Results Achieved:  Is dedicated to shared and measurable goals for the organization by creating, resourcing, scaling, and leveraging innovations for broad investment and impact. 

  • Has a searing focus on results and can effectively communicate goals and impact. 
  • Sets and maintains high performance standards for self and others that support the goals of the organization. 
  • Challenges self and others to achieve “stretch” goals. 
  • Is personally accountable for the results they achieve.  
  • Can adapt quickly to ever-changing environments.  
  • Is organized, able to plan, think strategically, and is creative, innovative, and appropriately persistent. 
  • Can make decisions and willing to take risks when appropriate to achieve results and meet goals.  


Brand Steward: Is a steward of the CCMSH brand and understands his/her role in growing and protecting the reputation and results of the organization. 

  • Acts with integrity and strong ethics to foster trust at all levels (personal, market, societal). 
  • Defines, communicates, and consistently exemplifies the organization’s values and ethics. 
  • Understands brand concepts and can articulate these to stakeholders and staff. 
  • Is accountable and transparent with all stakeholders. 
  • Respects and follows the standards and safeguards that protect the organization’s integrity (e.g., professional standards for financial reporting, integrity of data, security of information systems, use of organizational property, confidentiality, etc.) 





  • Inspirational and persuasive communicator. 
  • Displays courage, resilience, and entrepreneurial spirit. 
  • Values external networks and relationships. 
  • Values continued learning and development of self and others. 


Team Builder 

  • Understand that people are the engine that moves the organization forward. 
  • Focuses staff on meeting the organization’s mission and goals. 
  • Envisions the future of the organization through the development of staff and volunteer talent. 
  • Builds and cultivates volunteer leadership suited to accomplish organizational goals. 
  • Values the diversity of people and ideas. 



  • Works across private, public, and corporate sectors to ensure the success of the CCMSH. 





  • Present oneself in an appropriate and professional manner.  Communicate, act, react and respond appropriately in all situations. 
  • Effectively utilize interpersonal skills and political astuteness to engage with, lead and function as a member of a team. 
  • Is trustworthy and acts with integrity, authenticity, humility and in good faith, respecting others’ opinions, priorities, values, and interests. 


Communication Skills 

  • Self-confident with personable affect. 
  • Is understanding and uses empathy, compassion, and active listening. 
  • Is fully present and aware of subtleties and nuances such as body language and voice tonality to better understand what is important to constituents and how to connect and engage them with the CCMSH. 
  • Can influence, persuade, present, request, sell, negotiate, and close a deal as appropriate. 


Utilize and Acquire Knowledge 

  • Is forward-thinking, focused on what is possible, and seeks new tools and knowledge as needed. 
  • Can use technology when acquiring and utilizing knowledge and is innovative and creative in its application. 
  • Seek to continuously improve interpersonal and professional skills.  



  • This position works in support of and under the direction of the President and CEO. 
  • This position works closely with the Vice President of Programs and VP of Programs. 
  • This position supervises the Events and Sales Director and the Communications and Creative Director. 



 Bachelor’s degree in business, communications, marketing, public administration, social services, or related field required.  Master’s degree in relevant field preferred.  



A minimum of 6 years senior level or executive experience is required. Demonstrated fund development and communications skills. Grant writing and grant management experience. 



  • Possess strong leadership, negotiation, communication, coaching, problem solving, project management and analytical skills. 
  • Ability to effectively present information to top management and public groups 
  • Ability to understand and process data extracted from computerized information systems. 
  • Ability to deal with mathematical concepts and a variety of abstract and concrete variables. 
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office products (Access, Excel, Word, PowerPoint, and Outlook); CRM proficiency preferred. 
  • Self-confident with personable affect. 


OTHER:  Position requires extensive day travel and some overnight travel.  Must own vehicle and provide proof of required insurance.  Applicant must be able to lift 25 lbs. 


EMPLOYMENT CLASSIFICATION: Executive Exempt—this position is full-time, may exceed a 40-hour work week, and is exempt from Fair Labor Standards and Practices overtime compensation requirements.  Employee must be available and able to work non-traditional hours, including nights and some weekends.   


The job description for this position is intended to provide an overview of responsibilities and is not meant to be considered all-inclusive.