Director of Development (SC)

Society of the Cincinnati
Washington, DC

The nation’s oldest patriotic organization and one of the nation’s oldest cultural institutions seeks a Director of Development to create a fundraising program of national reach that is vital to its expanding public role.

The founding mission of the Society of the Cincinnati is to perpetuate the memory and ideals of the American Revolution among its members and the broad American public. Today, it does that work through a library, museum, and a growing roster of public programs at its headquarters in Anderson House, a National Historic Landmark in Washington, D.C. The Society’s most important activity is The American Revolution Institute, an advocacy organization created in 2014 to address declining popular understanding and appreciation of the American Revolution.

Under the leadership of historian and Executive Director Jack Warren, the Society of the Cincinnati has embarked on a sustained expansion of programs, of which the American Revolution Institute is the capstone. The Society is working to build a fundraising program to match the ambitious scale of its programs to promote the memory of the Revolution.

The ideal candidate for this position is a confident and creative fundraiser with a strong interest in the history and future of the United States—a development professional who recognizes the value of cultural institutions in our national life and who relishes the opportunity to shape the future of one of our nation’s oldest institutions at a time when it is assuming a more important role in our national life; who is comfortable working with the Executive Director, staff and volunteer leaders to develop and implement strategies for the Society to meet its goals; who looks forward to managing the details of an exciting, ongoing major campaign; and who can be happy working in a relatively small (though growing) institution, in which delegation is not always an option. Qualifications include:

  • at least ten years of progressively more responsible fundraising experience; work experience with a historical or cultural institution would be very useful.
  • demonstrated ability to design and implement development strategies that lead to diversified funding and sustainable growth in organizations without organic donor bases;
  • experience developing and implementing world-class major gift fundraising operations;
  • track record of personally securing five, six, and seven figure annual and campaign gifts from a national pool of individual donors;
  • important role in at least one major campaign, including responsibility for engagement of volunteer and leadership committees; and
  • demonstrated ability to motivate and manage a team of development professionals.