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Job Opening-Director of Development

Job Opening-Director of Development
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Job Opening-Director of Development

Illinois State Historical Society

Job Opening-Director of Development
Illinois State Historical Society
Full-time position

Position Description

The Illinois State Historical Society (ISHS) seeks a new, full-time Director of Development. Reporting to the Executive Director of the ISHS and working closely with members of the Board of Directors and its Development Committee, this person will be engaged with:

  • Board DevelopmentIndividual Giving – donor development
  • Corporate Giving -- donor development
  • Foundation Giving – grants searches and writing
  • Special events for fund-raising
This will involve fund-raising research and advice for the staff and Board; database development on members and potential donors/sponsors; fostering of donor and sponsor relations; and grants development.

  • Required: Passion for people and culture; incredible attention to detail; excellent communications skills; entrepreneurial and inquisitive spirit; B.A. degree; experience with a board and major donors; and a minimum of three years’ experience in development. 
  • Preferred: Five years of increasingly responsible experience in development with a not-for-profit, historical or cultural organization; passion for Illinois history and education; ready to be part of a state-wide organization.
Salary: $40,000 – 50,000; health insurance stipend; and retirement plan

Apply in confidence with cover letter, resume and three references, to:

Or by letter to:
Illinois State Historical Society
William Furry, Executive Director
5255 Shepherd Road
Springfield, IL 62703

No phone calls, please.

Position details:

General Office hours for the ISHS are 9 am to 5 pm, Monday thru Friday. This position will involve significant time flexibility with early morning, evening, and weekend hours as needed. Travel will be involved for Board and Development Committee meetings and for member and donor engagement.
Specific Requirements:

A. General Development Operations:

1. Manage and update Board and donor databases, in collaboration with staff and Board members.
2. Consult with staff and others on development, marketing, membership, strategic planning activities, and creating a Development Plan for the ISHS.
3. Maintain development calendar and provide updates and reports as needed.
4. Ensure timely (24-48 hours) acknowledgement of all gifts.
5. Ensure all development activities meet applicable legal standards.
6. Participate in an annual evaluation process for your work and overviewing the development needs of the ISHS.

B. Collaboration with ISHS President and Board
1. Engage in regular contact with the ISHS President, his/her designee, and the Development Committee to secure their participation in development activities.
2. Provide counsel on short and long term tactics and strategies to relate volunteers to solicitation of donors and funds.

C. Major Gifts and Corporate Sponsors
1. Research, develop and maintain a small portfolio of major donors and prospects and corporate sponsors.
2. Develop appropriate interpretive materials in partnership with staff and Board members for use with funding prospects.
3. Develop appropriate briefing materials for staff and Board members to use.
3. Ensure timely fulfillment of sponsorship and donor obligations.

D. Annual Appeal 
1. Collaborate with staff team when managing the annual appeals process.
2. Develop collateral materials and schedules.
3. Ensure timely execution of direct mail, email and other forms of contact
and timely acknowledgement of all gifts.

E. Special Events and Appeals
1. Lead the staff team when developing and managing special events and appeals.
2. Work closely with the President and Board members to foster their participation.

F. Grants Development
1. Research and identify appropriate grants from governmental and private sector sources.
2. Have responsibility for writing and submitting grants in a timely manner.
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