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Development Officer

Company: National Civil Rights Museum
Date Posted: August 11, 2017

Interested applicants are encouraged to submit: resume, salary history and three references to


  • Develops and implements an aligned annual development plan, timeline and departmental budget to achieve income goals, diversify the Museum’s funding base, and grows the number of donors and revenue to achieve institutional priorities
  • Assists the Chief Development Officer in planning the overall development strategy for the Museum – long range strategic plan with objectives and tasks aligned with the Museum’s strategic initiatives.
  • Submits online applications for Museum needs, as requested by Chief Development Officer, or as determined by research.
  • Maintains annual calendar of corporate and foundation requests and contractual reports. Writes requests with input of the Chief Development Officer. Assures that timely requests and reports are submitted in required format and according to specified guidelines.
  • Researches and identifies potential funders (private and governmental) that have the potential to support the Museum’s varied programs and needs. Writes proposal with input and approval from specific department, submit and follow up.
  • Serves as the liaison with the Emerging Leaders Committee of Millennials.
  • Manages the quarterly donor newsletter, @The Lorraine – responsible for writing, working with graphic designer, printing and mailing.
  • Works collaboratively with the Development team and all other Museum departments.
  • Grows annual giving by developing and executing multiple strategies, utilizing current technology.
  • Works with the Marketing Department to ensure that annual giving is creatively and adequately represented on the Museum website.
  • Develops, produces and tracks results for direct mail/email campaigns to increase annual fund revenue.
  • Maintains an active schedule of face-to-face meetings with donors and prospects who are believed capable of making four- and five-figure commitments based on giving patterns and prospect research.
  • Tracks donor/prospect moves in Raiser’s Edge.
  • Act as back-up representative for the Chief Development Officer.
  • Assists the Chief Development Officer as required.
  • Partners with Communications to ensure to prepare fundraising materials, such as letters and brochures, to ensure that all promotional and corporate identity requirements are met to the satisfaction of each sponsor.
  • Develops and deliver sponsorship presentations.
  • Interacts with the public in a friendly, courteous and supportive manner.
  • Participates in cross-functional projects.
  • Be an advocate for the National Civil Rights Museum.
  • Performs other related duties and tasks as assigned.


The Development Officer performs additional functions (essential or otherwise), which may be assigned from time to time. The position may require work on weekends, nights, and holidays to accommodate facility programming and utilization.



  • Requires the ability to operate general office equipment and occasionally move various office items weighing approximately 15 lbs. or less 
  • Must exhibit strong people skills and be comfortable interacting with the general public
  • While the majority of the work is performed inside, some outdoor work is required during various Museum-related functions
  • Must be able to work in a fast paced environment and have the ability to multi-task.
  • Requires strong written and verbal communication skills and be comfortable with interacting with donors and the general public.
  • Requires critical thinking and the ability to be decisive


  • Bachelor’s degree required, Master’s degree a plus.
  • Minimum of five (5) years of fundraising experience at a not-for-profit; Museum experience a plus
  • Outstanding persuasive written and oral communication skills, as well as interpersonal and organizational skills
  • Demonstrated ability to digest large amounts of data and communicate that information succinctly
  • Raiser’s Edge or other donor database experience
  • Attention to detail and follow through
  • Must be flexible and have the ability to sustain workloads over extended periods during special campaigns and other situations
  • Ability to exercise judgment consistent with and supportive of Museum goals, as well as demonstrated ability to cope with pressure
  • Knowledge of donor research techniques
  • Basic knowledge of legal and tax matters relative to charitable contributions and fundraising
  • Experience in working with designers and printers in the production of promotional materials
  • Proficient in Microsoft suite of software and quick learner of additional software packages
  • Experience in Raisers Edge or similar donor database system a plus
  • Requires excellent administrative, organizational, planning, budgeting and interpersonal skills
  • Must be able to work collaboratively with fellow managers and other partners
  • Must possess a valid State Drivers’ License

Compensation based on experience. The National Civil Rights Museum is an equal opportunity employer.