Job Listing: Director of Development

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Menokin seeks an outside-the-box fundraiser, one that believes in the power of nonprofits to create immense change in the community. The Director of Development position provides the opportunity to make a significant contribution to a cutting edge cultural heritage site in the heart of Virginia’s Northern Neck. Menokin, a 500-acre land conservancy and home of a Signer of the Declaration of Independence, is in the midst of a multi-year capital campaign to fund the most engaging preservation project in America.

The Director of Development will be responsible for the day-to-day activities of the Menokin development department and for direct solicitation of high-level support for both the annual fund and capital campaign. The Director of Development oversees a comprehensive and integrated fundraising program to develop individual and corporate contributions for the capital campaign, cultivate and steward donors, and manage the annual campaign and planned giving. The Director of Development reports directly to the Executive Director to carry out the annual development plan that supports the strategic plan of the Menokin Foundation.

Duties include but are not limited to:
• Identify, qualify, research, cultivate, solicit, and steward high-level supporters
• Meet with high level supporters in a variety of locations
• In conjunction with the Executive Director, create and implement the Menokin development plan and fundraising strategy
• Oversee the daily running of the donor database and creation of donor research, donor correspondence, fundraising appeals, mailing lists, and donor recognition efforts and events
• Work with Marketing Director to develop and implement a comprehensive public relations strategy for donor development
• Work proactively with the board
• Assist Development Committee Chair in Development Committee calls and strategy
• Oversee grant planning and writing in collaboration with Executive Director
• Assist with public programming when needed, including giving talks to potential donors and tours to visitors
• Report quarterly development progress to the board and generate end-of-year analyses and development reports with the Executive Director

Required Qualifications:

  • BA degree in a related field, advanced degree preferred • A strong passion for cultural Institutions
  • Belief in a nonprofit’s ability to create change • Engaging and positive attitude
  • Ability to work with different personalities • Excellent communication skills, both oral and written, required
  • Ability to work well independently
  • Available for weekend and evening events
  • Experience at a history or cultural nonprofit or an interest in American history required
  • Ability to work closely and in unison with existing Menokin staff
  • Familiarity with Blackbaud fundraising software, particularly eTapestry, preferred but not required

Salary TBD, insurance, paid time off


Submit a cover letter and resume to Sam McKelvey at No phone calls please.