Director of Development and Membership

Job Type

Full Time


Minimum: $65,000
Maximum: $75,000
Details: Annual



Start Date


Application Deadline



District of Columbia
United States


The Historical Society of Washington, D.C., a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit educational organization, collects, interprets, and shares the history of our nation’s capital. In 2019 the Historical Society will launch the new DC History Center in the Carnegie Library on Mount Vernon Square in sync with the opening of a new Apple store. The DC History Center will be operated by the Historical Society of Washington, D.C. The Historical Society seeks a Director of Development and Membership to join the team.

The Historical Society seeks an entrepreneurial development professional to lead fundraising efforts for the organization. The Director of Development and Membership will be responsible for building a culture of philanthropy at the Historical Society, creating, implementing, and evaluating an annual fund-raising plan around corporate, foundation, and individual/major donors. The Director will also be the key strategist for growing and sustaining the organization’s membership. The Director will work closely with program staff and Board members to both cultivate existing supporters and identify new prospects and new audiences. The individual works closely with the Executive Director to develop strategies, problem solve, and lead efforts to strengthen the donor and membership base and support the financial needs of the Historical Society and its new DC History Center. The Director reports to the Executive Director.

Principal Responsibilities:

  • Develop and implement a quantifiable and measurable fundraising strategy and support systems to increase annual giving to achieve financial goals.
  • Forge strong relationships with our Board of Trustees and leverage their ability to help the Historical Society achieve our vision.
  • Provide fundraising support and guidance for the Board of Trustees.
  • Conduct prospect research, identification, and qualification.
  • Supervise the planning and execution of fundraising and cultivation events, such as the annual fundraising gala and exhibition openings.
  • Supervise member engagement and visitor experience staff.
  • Oversee fulfillment of commitments to donors and members including acknowledgments and recognitions.
  • Solicit and secure major gifts.
  • Supervise the successful planning, development, and implementation of the Historical Society’s membership program.
  • Oversee the management of the donor database and fundraising appeals.
  • Produce grant applications, monitor the progress of successful grants, and ensure timely grant reporting.
  • Other duties as assigned.


Effect on End Results:

  • Increased public and private support is generated, both through donations and membership.
  • Board engagement and efforts will be well-structured, and their time will be used appropriately.
  • The number of major gifts or total amount received will increase over time.
  • The Historical Society’s donor base will be up to date, accurate and logically formatted.
  • The Historical Society’s policies and procedures related to development will be accurate and timely and all administrative duties will be completed according to agency standards.



  • Five years of experience in the development field required
  • A documented record of success in strategic initiatives and fundraising outcomes.
  • Experience in museum, humanities, and/or library development efforts a plus.
  • Bachelor’s Degree required.
  • Entrepreneurial foresight and innovative spirit to recognize future trends and new opportunities.
  • Ability to listen and communicate clearly, effectively, and persuasively at all levels of the organization and in the field, both orally and in writing.
  • Ability and political savvy to build and sustain relationships with many constituencies, both internal and external, including colleagues, corporations, major donors, and funding sources are important.
  • Proven ability to lead, direct, and support senior-level professionals.
  • Ability to use customer relationship management software to its highest potential. Knowledge of NeonCRM a plus.

Level of Language Proficiency


Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply

Open until filled. Please send cover letter and resume to Please include “Director of Development and Membership” in the subject line.