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Development Director

Company: Menokin Foundation
Date Posted: September 12, 2017

Description & Details

The Development Director position provides the opportunity for an energetic, self-confident and organized individual 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.

Position Summary

The Development Director’s primary responsibility will be the direct solicitation of high-level support for the capital campaign. Director responsibilities will also include overall strategic management of the Menokin development team. The Development team implements a comprehensive and integrated fundraising program to develop individual and corporate contributions for the capital campaign, cultivate and steward donors, and manage the annual fund and planned giving. The Development Director reports directly to the Executive Director to carry out the annual development plan that supports the strategic plan of the Menokin Foundation.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities

  • Identify, qualify, research, cultivate, solicit, and steward high-level supporters
  • Meet with high level supporters in a variety of locations, generate high dollar solicitations, and follow-up through donation
  • Create and implement the Menokin development plan and fundraising strategy
  • Supervise the Development Coordinator who handles the donor database and 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 and development committee
  • 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


  • BA Degree in a related field, advanced degree preferred
  • Minimum five years professional work experience in a museum, non-profit, or education fundraising department or equivalent experience
  • Demonstrated experience with direct solicitation of funds and in drawing new donor support
  • Excellent communication skills, both oral and written, required
  • Demonstrated ability to maintain a high degree of accuracy and confidentiality with financial and donor related data
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office applications, and a donor database, preferably Blackbaud
  • Strong organizational and analytical skills required and project or event management skill preferred
  • Must have a positive attitude and be a motivated team player with the  ability to work calmly under pressure
  • Can be available for weekend and evening events and donor meetings
  •  Experience at a history or cultural non-profit or an interest in American history or the arts preferred 

How to Apply / Contact

This position is open until filled. No phone calls please. For more information about the organization, please visit

To apply please forward the following to

  1. Copy of your resume
  2. Cover letter