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.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Employment Opportunity: Heritage Preservation

Full-time Position

Heritage Preservation, a national nonprofit organization in Washington, DC, seeks an intelligent, energetic assistant for program work on emergency initiatives. Responsibilities include maintaining communications with members of the Heritage Emergency National Task Force ( and Heritage Preservation’s affiliated organizations; tracking media coverage of projects, publications, and major disasters; coordinating marketing activities for key publications and resources; providing research support for reports and funding proposals; handling logistics for meetings and travel; organizing and maintaining program files; and other duties as assigned in support of Emergency Programs and Heritage Preservation operations. The Program Assistant reports to the Vice President of Emergency Programs.

The ideal candidate is well organized and detail oriented with excellent communication and computer skills. Previous office experience, knowledge of FileMaker or a similar database program, and excellent writing ability are preferred. Experience with meeting management, marketing, or social media is a plus.

Benefits are excellent and include a monthly transit allocation. Heritage Preservation will not cover relocation costs.

Congenial staff, interesting work, and a convenient downtown location make this a great opportunity. More information on Heritage Preservation is available at

To apply, please send your résumé, a cover letter, and a one-page writing sample to Lori Foley, Vice President of Emergency Programs, at Preference will be given to applications that are received by June 13. This position is available due to an internal promotion and will be filled in timely manner.

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Employment Opportunity: Fire Museum of Maryland

Tour Guides wanted for the Fire Museum of Maryland located in Lutherville, Maryland                               June 7, 2012

Two Tour Guides/Docents are wanted to lead school groups and adult tours at the Fire Museum of Maryland, a national museum discussing the history of the urban fire service.  
The ability to tell historically accurate stories, and relay technical information (how things work) to young children and adults is a necessity. Applicant must enjoy continually learning about the histories of public service, unique transportation vehicles, and unique objects. Teaching experience and docent experience a plus.He or she must enjoy working with all types of visitors and children, have pleasant customer service skills, and outgoing public speaking skills.

Tour Guides are paid on a contractual basis: $10 an hour. There are other paid opportunities to provide visitor service, and host museum events and birthday parties, which include setup, cleanup and breakdown of the event. There are other opportunities to take programs into schools and senior centers.

Hired applicants will be paid during training, and must be able to work weekdays and sometimes on weekends. Museum is a 501 (c) 3 institution and is on a bus line and has ample free parking. Applicants must be able to pass a police background check for working with children.

Please send your resume and cover letter, or direct questions to Rob Williams, Assistant Director of the Fire Museum of Maryland at