The Seward House Museum, a dynamic Historic House Museum, seeks an experienced Director of Development with a proven track record to spear-head its fundraising efforts. The Development Director will report to the Executive Director (ED) and will work closely with staff and the Museum Board of Trustees executing our fundraising plan with specific goals for: major gifts, foundation and government grants, corporate sponsorship, special events, membership and annual appeal campaigns. The Director of Development will also be responsible for publicizing and interpreting the mission of the Seward House Museum to local, regional, and national news media, as well as to other important constituencies.


Job Responsibilities

  • Identify & secure individual, corporate and foundation support
  • Meet goals and budget targets for monthly, quarterly and annual fundraising
  • Implement donor cultivation, research, solicitation, follow-up and acknowledgement
  • Implement annual fund campaign, annual membership drive and meet growth targets
  • Cultivate and retain high-end donors
  • Write/edit grant proposals; assist in management of grant reports
  • Develop and manage special fund-raising events and utilization of grounds and gardens as a special event venue
  • Work with ED and Board to help implement short-term special or capital fundraising projects and future capital campaigns
  • Maintain development database utilizing Donor Perfect software
  • Develop marketing materials to attract corporate members and sponsors
  • Provide direction to and serves as liaison with advertising, marketing and public relations agencies under contract with the museum
  • Utilize print, broadcast media, website and social media to disseminate news and information about the museum and its objectives
  • Serve as staff representative on the Development and Marketing Committees


BA, in a related field, with Master’s Degree preferred and a minimum of three years experience in fundraising, event planning and grant writing. Candidate must have strong written and verbal communication skills. Mature and well-developed interpersonal and organizational skills will be essential to success in building and fostering effective, collaborative relationships. Passion for history and prior development experience in a museum or other nonprofit organizations required.  Strong organizational ability and database management are key. Sound judgment and ability to work independently and as a team member on a variety of projects is essential. Donor Perfect experience a plus.

Competitive salary and benefits package. Send cover letter, resume, writing sample and 3 references to: Deadline to apply is March 28, 2016. No phone calls please.

Job Information
  • Auburn, New York, 13021, United States
  • 26831054
  • February 11, 2016
  • Director of Development
  • Seward House Museum
  • Development/Membership
  • No
  • Full-Time
  • Indefinite
  • BA/BS/Undergraduate
  • 2-3 Years
  • 0-10%