Director of Development

The Director of Development reports to the Executive Director, works closely with the Board and other organizational staff, and participates in several Board committees.

The Director of Development will:

  • Work with senior leadership to aggressively plan, lead and direct the organization and implementation of fundraising from individual, foundation, corporate and government sources to meet the operating, exhibition, collections, and education needs of the Historical Society for the present and the long term. Key initiatives include: ongoing efforts to identify and expand corporate and foundation donors and sponsorships; increased identification and cultivation of individual donors, with particular focus on accessing new constituencies and funding sources; growth of the annual fund, major gifts and membership; and launching a planned giving program.
  • Work closely with staff, Board and volunteers to maximize the effectiveness of Antiquarius and other special events and activities, and to help attract, cultivate, and retain donors and members, which includes establishing and overseeing the fulfillment of donor benefits and recognition.
  • Work with the Executive Director to motivate and strengthen the Board in its role in development; expand, manage and coordinate the Board and other volunteers’ involvement in fundraising activities; and take an active role in serving and supporting the Board as it continues to grow and develop.
  • Supervise and manage the research and preparation of foundation, corporate and government grant proposals, and oversee grant administration and reporting.
  • Train and supervise the Development Associate and Special Events Manager and support staff, and recruit and replace as necessary, in consultation with the Historical Society’s senior leadership.
  • Work collaboratively with and serve as a resource to the Education, Exhibition, Collections, and Communications departments in the design of marketable and fundable programs and help secure new sources of funds for these programs; foster ongoing, collegial communications among the development department and other departments of the organization and the board.
  • Team with the Executive Director, Board and other staff to enhance the Historical Society’s public image and positioning, foster positive external relations, and build long-term strategic alliances, and play an active, public role as a spokesperson and representative of the organization.
  • In conjunction with the Executive Director and the Finance Director, help prepare and man age the Development and Communications departments’ financial reports and budget; monitor the development and communications budgets and control expenses, and oversee the administration of the development department, its procedures and policies.


  • Have a background in the cultivation and solicitation of individual, corporate, foundation, and government donors, and a proven track record in the management of successful development programs, including staff and volunteer management. Capital /endowment campaign experience is desirable.
  • Understand and support the Historical Society’s mission, appreciate the important role cultural institutions play in the life of a vibrant community, and have the ability to articulate this mission and role to others.
    Be someone with initiative, creativity, self-confidence, and energy, who enjoys working as a team player but also has the capability to work independently and as a self-starter.
  • Be a personable, positive, and social individual, with integrity and a sense of humor, who is able to work well with trustees, donors, volunteers and staff, and who enjoys taking an active, public role in the cultivation and solicitation of donors as well as in working behind the scenes.
  • Have excellent verbal and written communication skills, computer literacy and the ability to inspire those working with him/her toward accomplishing common objectives.
  • Be well-organized; able to manage strategically; set priorities that serve the chosen strategies, yet have sufficient focus on details to assure effective implementation and follow through
  • Be willing to work diligently and hands-on to get the job done, and with the flexibility necessary to balance the many challenges inherent in a changing, growing organization.
  • Have, at minimum, a Baccalaureate degree, and at least five years of development experience.
  • A review of prospective candidates will commence immediately, continuing until the position is filled. The salary and benefits will be competitive with other organizations of comparable stature and size.

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About the Greenwich Historical Society

Founded in 1931 to collect and chronicle the unique and important history of Greenwich, Connecticut, the Greenwich Historical Society preserves and interprets the circa 1730 National Historic Landmark Bush-Holley House Museum, maintains primary research materials in an extensive research library and archives, mounts exhibitions, leads educational programs, and presents a full calendar of lectures, events, and family programs.

The Greenwich Historical Society is accredited by the American Association of Museums and is part of the Historic Artists Homes and Studios and the Connecticut Art Trail.

Greenwich Historical Society 39 Strickland Road, Cos Cob, CT 06807 203-869-6899

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