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Job Listing: Development Director

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National Society of the Colonial Dames of America, Dumbarton House, Washington, DC

Job Posting: Development Director

The National Society of The Colonial Dames of America, headquartered at Dumbarton House, is undergoing an exciting transformation. Guided by an ambitious, new strategic plan and governed by engaged and dedicated board leaders, the institution approaches its final months in its largest fundraising campaign to date with over $9million committed in a $10m campaign, a focus on NSCDA membership growth and engagement, and a goal to raise visibility for the organization’s work in historic preservation, history education, and patriotic service. The Development Director is responsible for building engagement and support for the NSCDA, Dumbarton House, and Great American Treasures museum alliance from all sources. Comfortable leading, managing, and working alongside a “small shop” of colleagues, the Development Director will develop and implement strategies and plans for fund development working closely with the Executive Director and volunteer committees/board leadership. A team player, the Development Director will be a savvy self-starter, comfortable serving in a role that is both strategic and tactical, and committed to building a strong development department and program to sustain the organization’s work for the future.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities:
•Build strong relationships with committee and NSCDA leadership, and major donors;
•Build cohesive team among the development staff, implementing sound departmental practices/processesand leading/mentoring staff to build on their strengths and capabilities.
•Manage comprehensive campaign conclusion including donor recognition, reporting, volunteersolicitation support, and stewardship planning;
•Create Development Plan to build Culture of Philanthropy within the NSCDA following campaignconclusion;
•Develop and implement fund development strategy for new Great American Treasures( museum alliance program, in coordination with NSCDA ProgramsManager and board/committee leadership;
•Expand local fundraising support for Dumbarton House through growth in existing museum membershipand corporate sponsorship programs and/or development of new efforts;
•Expand planned giving program;
•Build/direct major gifts program, annual fund program, grant program, and fundraising database andtracking systems.
Key Attributes & Qualifications:
•Palpable enthusiasm for the preservation/patriotic service mission of the NSCDA and Dumbarton House,and ability/ willingness/passion to share that enthusiasm with others;
•Experience managing staff and volunteers of various experience-levels in a collaborative environment toeffectively meet and exceed established goals;
•Exceptional written and oral communications skills, high degree of initiative and attention to detail;
•Highly organized team-player, with a proven ability to work well under pressure and manage multipleprojects/deadlines;
•Diplomacy, ability to maintain high level of poise and professionalism in all circumstances;
•General knowledge of tax laws and other applicable guidelines and regulations related to charitable givingand fundraising, including planned giving;
•At least five years of progressive experience and demonstrated success in non-profit fundraising;
•Experience with development software, highly engaged development volunteers/board members,membership organization, and communications/marketing preferred.
•Bachelor’s degree, advanced degree or coursework preferred;
•This position works at the historic Dumbarton House, NSCDA National Headquarters and Museum, andrequires the mobility and dexterity to climb stairs and carry objects;
•Regular evening, weekend, and off-site hours required, with occasional travel (<10%) for out-of-state meetings.

To Apply:
Please send cover letter & résumé to Karen L. Daly, Executive Director, with “Development Director” as the subject line. No phone calls please.

About the NSCDA
The National Society of The Colonial Dames of America ( is one of the oldest historic preservation organizations in America. Founded in 1891 as a women's lineage organization, the NSCDA now has over 15,000 members in 44 Corporate Societies and owns, operates or supports over 90 historic properties and sites throughout the United States. Our mission is to promote respect for the people, places and events that led to the formation of our country through historic preservation, patriotic service, and history education programs.
Full job announcement online at Cover letter & résumé should be sent to with “Development Director” as subject. No phone calls please.