Development Assistant,
Drayton Hall, SC


The Development Assistant will be a professional with organizational skills and initiative who will work closely with the Director of Development, the Development Associate, and other key Drayton Hall staff members to manage and grow Drayton Hall’s membership organization, The Friends of Drayton Hall, and donor base. This position requires an ability to multi-task in the execution of several essential functions. These include database management, written, telephone and in-person communication with members and donors, creation of analytical reports, coordination of special events, and conducting investigative research into potential high-level donors, grant making foundations, and programs of corporate philanthropy.

Job Responsibilities

  • Contribute to the overall success of Drayton Hall in achieving its mission
  • Be a team leader and tactfully lead, follow and/or support colleagues
  • Cultivate and manage relationships with current and prospective members and donors
  • Manage Drayton Hall’s database by inputting new memberships, renewals, and donations; processing monthly membership renewals; processing thank you letters for memberships, renewals, donations, and special annual campaigns; creating donor and gift reports; and maintaining donor records
  • Contribute perspective to an evolving development strategy in consultation with Executive Director, Director of Development, and Drayton Hall’s Site Advisory Council
  • Assist in strengthening the effectiveness of Drayton Hall’s communications with members and donors
  • Plan, coordinate and help host special events, including major fundraising events
  • Coordinate grant research, proposal writing, and reporting
  • Work with Drayton Hall’s staff of interpreters to provide monthly membership updates and training


  • Two years or more of progressive experience in development and/or member relations with a nonprofit organization.
  • Excellent interpersonal, organizational, analytic, and written and oral communication skills.
  • Proven aptitude for fundraising/membership database management.
  • Ability to articulate Drayton Hall’s mission to a wide range of audiences.
  • Bachelor’s degree required.
  • Museum or historic site experience and an interest in preservation highly desirable.

How To Apply

To apply, please include a cover letter in the body of a message and email your resume as a Word, PDF or Text document to

The National Trust for Historic Preservation an equal opportunity organization and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, sexual orientation, veteran status, or disability. The National Trust for Historic Preservation actively seeks opportunities to include members of these groups in its programs and activities.