Director of Philanthropy

Position Description

The Amerind Foundation of Dragoon, Arizona, seeks a dynamic individual to serve as Amerind’s Director of Philanthropy. Under the supervision of the Executive Director and working with senior museum staff, the Director of Philanthropy will have primary responsibility for developing, implementing, promoting, marketing, scheduling, and evaluating Amerind programs and efforts related to fundraising and donor relationships, including major gifts, annual funds, special events, planned giving, and grants. The successful candidate will engage communities, individuals, corporations, and funding agencies to support Amerind’s long-range and strategic fundraising plans. The successful candidate will be a creative thinker capable of conceptualizing, updating, and implementing Amerind’s fundraising plan for the annual fund, major gifts, special events, and planned giving while working closely with the Executive Director and senior management. The successful candidate will be expected to develop long-term relationships with current donors, cultivate new donors, and work with the Executive Director and the Board of Directors in making the ask for donations.


  • Update and develop Amerind’s fundraising plan, case statement, materials, and explanations for Amerind’s development efforts in conjunction with the executive director and senior management
  • Cultivate, solicit, and steward relationships with Amerind donors
  • Expand the number of Amerind’s major gifts and the annual giving dollar amount, and move lower level donors to higher levels
  • Process, manage, and maintain gift donations and donor information in Past Perfect database for donors.
  • Write timely and gracious acknowledgements of all gifts
  • Schedule and attend meetings between donors, key staff, and board members
  • Plan fundraising events as a way to cultivate, solicit, and develop relationships with donors
  • Demonstrate a passion for Amerind’s mission, values, and vision
  • Three to five years of experience in development for nonprofit museums, universities, corporations, or related experiences
  • Demonstrated ability to raise money, steward donor relationships, cultivate new donors, and develop strong interpersonal relationships with Amerind’s constituencies and to steward those relationships over time
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills that reflect diplomacy, respect, confidentiality, and passion for Amerind.
  • Experience in donor database management, preferably Past Perfect
  • Requires exceptional organization skills with attention to detail with the ability for meticulous and timely record keeping, database management of donors, and follow-up with donors
  • Ability to provide dynamic presentations and introductions at public and private events
  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Skill in reading, writing, and editing standard English
  • Availability to work evenings, weekends, and travel throughout the country

The Amerind Foundation, Inc.

Established in 1937, the Amerind Foundation is a 501(c)3 operating foundation dedicated to promoting knowledge and understanding of Indigenous peoples of the Americas and the world through research, education, and conservation. Amerind is located in rural southeastern Arizona, 60 miles east of Tucson. The successful candidate may be offered housing on campus and is expected to divide their time between the Amerind campus and the Tucson/Phoenix region depending on where they live.

How to Apply

Applications should consist of a cover letter, CV or resume, names of three references, Amerind online application, and written examples of fundraising materials. The cover letter should summarize the applicant’s interests, qualifications, and specific examples of past development duties and outcomes.

The current resume or curriculum vita should detail fundraising outcomes. The names and contact information of three professional references should be individuals who can speak to the applicant’s development experiences and successes. Amerind’s online application can be downloaded at The sample of a fundraising piece (letter, brochure, fundraising plan) should be a piece primarily written or developed by the applicant.

Successful applicants will be asked to provide college transcripts, will undergo a criminal background check, and be required to sign a confidentiality agreement. Review of applications will begin on March 28 and continue until the position is filled. The position will remain open until filled. Please email applications to (preferred) or send a hard copy to the following address.

The Amerind Foundation, Inc.

P.O. Box 400

Dragoon, AZ 85609

ATTN: Director of Philanthropy

The Amerind Foundation is an equal opportunity employer and values a diverse professional community and learning environment. Candidates who can contribute to this goal are encouraged to apply and identify their strengths and experience in this area.

Job Information
  • Dragoon, Arizona, 85609, United States
  • 27178361
  • March 3, 2016
  • Director of Philanthropy
  • The Amerind Foundation
  • Directors/Administrators
  • No
  • Full-Time
  • Indefinite
  • BA/BS/Undergraduate
  • 3-5 Years