Director of Philanthropy

Company Name: 

Washington State Historical Society


1911 Pacific Ave.
Tacoma, WA 98402

Contact Name: 

Misty Reese




Job Description: 


$57,708.00 - $90,000.00 Annually






The Director of Philanthropy is responsible for developing and implementing the contributed income strategy for the Washington State Historical Society including building and maintaining relationships with individuals, corporations, and foundations. This position supports, maintains, and grows the Society's donor base and serves as a representative of the Society to our external constituencies. The position enables the Society to meet its educational mission by securing contributed income necessary to support the provision of program activities such as field trips, exhibitions, and public programs.
Responsible for creating and implementing fundraising strategies and meeting fundraising goals.
  • Develops and implements strategies for all aspects of fund development, including but not limited to major gifts, annual fund appeals, membership, corporate sponsorship, public and private grants, and events in order to generate the contributed revenue income required by the agency budget.
  • In collaboration with the Director and the Board of Trustees, manages an individual and major gifts strategy to raise a total of $110,000+ per fiscal year.
  • Solicits and writes public and private grants to raise a total of $125,000+ per fiscal year.
  • Solicits corporate sponsorships to raise a total of $45,000+ per fiscal year.
  • Provides oversight to the Membership and Annual Fund coordinator and ensures achievement of agency membership revenue goals of $102,000+ per fiscal year.
  • Analyzes and generates development reports for the Financial Services Director, Director, and Board of Trustees.
  • Establishes and tracks fund development goals through the annual budget process together with the Director, board Development Committee, and Fiscal department.
  • Leads donor research and cultivation efforts and provide appropriate briefings and support to the Director and Board of trustees to guide their development efforts.
  • Ensures stewardship of past, current and prospective donors through personal visits, phone calls, articulate correspondence, timely gift acknowledgements and strategic administration of recognition/naming opportunities.
  • Collaborates with the Marketing department to develop case statements and donor communications materials and ensures that all development materials are accurate, timely, and compelling.
  • Maintains a high-functioning development operation for managing donor records, annual development plans, and grant calendars.
  • Ensures that appropriate recognition, stewardship, and timely reporting occurs for all donations, grants, and contracts.
  • Model and develop the capacity of board and staff members to participate in development through connecting with prospects and articulating the need and giving opportunities.
  • Leads communications and collaborations between Development and other agency departments.

Responsible for special events.

  • In cooperation with development and program staff, plans and implements membership events such as the annual meeting, exhibit openings, member recognition days, collections tours, etc.
  • Develops and implements fundraising events designed to generate earned and contributed income.


Required Qualifications:
  • A Bachelor's Degree and 5 years experience in a nonprofit development setting.
  • Experience in grant writing, annual fund campaigns, major and planned giving, membership acquisition, and donor stewardship.
  • Proven track record of achieving contributed income targets of $350,000+ annually.
  • Excellent formal and informal oral communication skills--presentations, public speaking and facilitating meetings.
  • Ability to engage and motivate individuals and organizations in person, on the phone or in writing.
  • Experienced at strategic planning, and building and maintaining budgets.
  • Customer service experience including conveying information to the public, resolving disputes and negotiating compromises.
  • Highly developed interpersonal skills that include integrity, assertiveness, confidence and can-do attitude that thrives on challenges while retaining a sense of humor under pressure.
  • Commitment to the Society's mission and values.
  • Project management experience that includes setting goals, coordinating multiple external and internal resources, organizing multiple assignments with scheduled timelines, working with others to ensure a positive outcome.
  • Competency in Microsoft Office product suite.
  • Experience using a relationship fundraising database such as Altru, Raiser's Edge, or Donor Perfect.

Preferred/Desired Qualifications:

  • A Master's Degree in nonprofit administration; comparable experience in a history museum or other cultural institution.
  • Competency in Blackbaud products including Altru and Financial Edge
  • Experience working within the arts and heritage or museum setting.


Supplemental Information
Application Process:
Applications must be submitted through portal. Search for Director of Philanthropy or Washington State Historical Society to locate job posting.

Attach to your application a letter of interest explaining how you meet the qualifications of this position and a resume.  If you are unable to attach your resume and/or letter of interest, you may inset them into the "resume text" section of the application.
Include three professional references in the "references" section of the application or include them in your resume.
Please carefully follow the above instructions.  We are looking for evidence in your application materials that you have the education, experience, skills, and abilities indicated in this job posting, so be sure to attach or insert your letter of interest and resume.  The information you provide will be used as a basis for deciding who will be selected for the next step in the process.  An incomplete application packet may automatically be disqualified.

Failure to provide this information may result in your application not being considered for this position.

Interviews are anticipated to occur the week of June 24th.

Washington State Historical Society is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, honorably discharged veteran, veteran status, genetic information, or the presence of any sensory, mental or physical disability or the use of a trained guide dog or service animal by a person with a disability.

Prior to a new hire, a background check will be conducted.  Information from the background check will not necessarily preclude employment but will be considered in determining the applicant's suitability and competence to perform in the position.

Ability to lift 25 pounds.