The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation (“CWF”) seeks an accomplished, visionary, and strategic leader to serve as the Vice President for Development of one of the largest and best-known museum complexes in the world.

Founded in 1926 by John D. Rockefeller, Jr., CWF is a center for history and citizenship, operating under its founding mission “that the future may learn from the past.” Increasingly, CWF has focused on the importance of informed and engaged citizens to sustain our democratic republic. CWF employs a staff of 2,300, plus an additional 800 volunteers, and engages visitors in its mission through historical interpretations, specialized tours, museum exhibitions, educational programs and outreach, and onsite interactive events for all ages.

The centerpiece of Colonial Williamsburg is the “Historic Area” – 301 acres of the restored town with 88 original buildings and more than 500 reconstructions, the largest of its kind in the world. CWF also operates two nationally prominent art museums: the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum and the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum. CWF extends its educational reach through the use of virtual programming, publications, and teacher training. In addition, CWF owns and operates four hotels, 75 houses in the Historic Area that are rented to overnight guests, four taverns in the Historic Area, nine restaurants, 20 retail outlets, and related amenities, including three golf courses, eight tennis courts, a spa and fitness center, and four outdoor pools. CWF''s operating budget is $225 million and its endowment is valued at approximately $780 million.

Reporting to President Mitchell Reiss, the next Vice President for Development will lead all of Colonial Williamsburg development activities and direct the public phase of its $600 million comprehensive fundraising campaign, The Campaign for History & Citizenship. With more than $364 million raised, the campaign will support endowment, capital improvements, and programs. Total giving for 2014 equaled $69. 2 million with nearly $15 million raised through the Colonial Williamsburg Fund. CWF''s donor population includes more than 113,000 friends from all 50 states and around the world. The next Vice President for Development will inherit a talented and experienced team of direct reports overseeing a total staff of 60 and a budget of $13 million.

The successful candidate will be an energetic and inspiring leader able to articulate enthusiastically the value and mission of Colonial Williamsburg. He or she will have a track record of accomplishment as a senior advancement professional: eight to ten years in fundraising leadership within a large, complex organization. An advanced degree is required.

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The review of credentials will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Nominations, inquiries, and applications may be sent in confidence, to:
Shelly Weiss Storbeck, Managing Partner 
Susan VanGilder, Principal
Matthew Bunting, Senior Associate 
Storbeck/Pimentel and Associates, LP

Colonial Williamsburg is actively seeking diversity among applicants and promotes a diverse workforce. The Foundation supports the Americans with Disabilities Act. Colonial Williamsburg is a drug and alcoholfree workplace. Final candidates will be required to pass a drug screening test and a background investigation



Job Information
  • Williamsburg, Virginia, 23185, United States
  • 26459479
  • January 7, 2016
  • Vice President for Development
  • Colonial Williamsburg Foundation
  • Directors/Administrators
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