Friday, June 15, 2012

Employment Opportunity: Dumbarton House

Job Posting:   Development and Communications Manager                                           

Dumbarton House, national headquarters and historic house museum of The National Society of The Colonial Dames of America, is undergoing an exciting transformation. Guided by a revised mission statement and visionary strategic plan, and governed by an engaged and dedicated board, the institution has experienced five successive years of growth—both in contributions and museum visitation. With restoration, exhibition, interpretation, and headquarters service projects on the horizon, the newly created position of Development and Communications Manager will have a unique opportunity to strengthen the organization financially by diversifying and expanding its fundraising and communications program.

Working closely with the Executive Director and Dumbarton House Board, the Development and Communications Manager leads, plans, and implements the overall fundraising, museum membership, rental events, marketing, and communications programs to support both short-and long-term institutional needs. S/he will develop and maintain relationships with internal National Society members and external audiences through a variety of communications channels—print, e-communications, personal contact, and events.

Responsibilities of the position include:
  • Revise and implement Strategic Fundraising Plan for Dumbarton House to achieve revenue goals;
  • Create and implement a Communications Plan for Dumbarton House to guide internal (National Society) and external marketing, public relations, and brand awareness;
  • Implement the Friends Annual Fund campaign, submitting regular donor reports to Board fundraisers;
  • Manage all donation processing to include creating gift entry policy to produce appropriate reports for analysis and reconciling with accounting, promptly acknowledging all gifts, and fulfilling all museum membership benefits;
  • Oversee grant application process;
  • Develop and implement strategies to enhance our reputation with local and regional constituents to increase foundation giving, corporate sponsorships, and museum members;
  • Support efforts to grow nascent planned giving program;
  • Coordinate special fundraising events and trips;
  • Oversee creation of Annual Report and develop additional donor recognition strategies;
  • Lead Dumbarton House brand development, involving Board and stakeholders throughout the process;
  • Supervise part-time development assistant, contract rental events coordinator, and grant writer; and
  • Serve as the staff liaison to the Board’s Public Relations and Development Committee;

  • Bachelor’s degree, advanced degree or coursework preferred, with 5-7 years direct fundraising and communications experience;
  • Proven ability to build museum membership, donor base, and earned income;
  • Strong written and oral communications skills, team-player;
  • High degree of initiative and attention to detail;
  • Highly organized, with a proven ability to work well under pressure and manage multiple projects and deadlines;
  • Diplomacy, ability to maintain high level of poise and professionalism in all circumstances;
  • Unquestioned ethics and professional standards;
  • General knowledge of tax laws and other applicable guidelines and regulations related to charitable giving and fundraising, including planned giving;
  • Experience working with donor management software and ability to train others in its use; and
  • Enthusiasm for the preservation and education mission of Dumbarton House and The National Society.

To Apply:                                                                                                                                    
Please send cover letter & resume to or fax to 202-337-0348.  No phone calls please.

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