Vice President/Chief Advancement Officer (Montpelier)

James Madison's Montpelier
Montpelier Station, VA

The historical home of Montpelier celebrates James Madison for creating one of the world’s most powerful ideas: government by the people—all of whom are presumed to be created equal. As one of the most distinctive historic landmarks in the United States, Montpelier is not just the home of one of America’s Founding Fathers, it is a memorial to James Madison and to the Enslaved Community who toiled on his estate; it’s an ongoing archaeological dig that tells us more about 18th-century life every day; and it’s an active center of constitutional learning that equips everyone from educators to law enforcement officers to participate in the work of democracy.

The advancement program at Montpelier is poised for great success. Under the leadership of President/CEO Kat Imhoff, Montpelier has become a leader in research on slavery in the Early Republic and caught the attention of patriotic philanthropist David Rubinstein, whose $10M gift in 2014 jumpstarted efforts to reconstruct the landscape of slavery at Montpelier and to fully furnish James Madison’s home. Kat is an active member of a fundraising team that has raised more than $38M since 2012, and is seeking an accomplished partner and team leader to build on a history of growth.

The Montpelier Foundation is seeking a Vice President and Chief Advancement Officer to lead the design and execution of a world-class fundraising program that helps deepens understanding of and participation in democracy. Reporting to the President/CEO, the VP/CAO oversees and manages fundraising for the Montpelier Foundation at James Madison’s Montpelier, promoting financial success and pursuit of the mission. The VP supervises the Development Department in the execution of strategic plans and budgets for the overall advancement of the Foundation. S/he is a key member of Montpelier’s senior staff and is integrally involved with marketing, communications, Board relations, visitation, and ensuring the overall health and vibrancy of James Madison’s Montpelier.

The ideal candidate will have:

  • A college degree; master’s degree preferred.
  • Ten years or more of experience in fundraising/development including some experience in a museum/cultural institution or research organization.
  • Demonstrated ability to design and implement a comprehensive set of development strategies that lead to diversified funding and sustainable growth.
  • Experience developing and implementing world-class major gift fundraising operations.
  • Track record of personally securing 6-, 7-, and 8-figure gifts.
  • History of successfully engaging Board members and senior leaders in fundraising.
  • Strong and positive interpersonal style, with the ability to set others at ease and to build trusting and motivational relationships.
  • Ability and willingness to work a flexible schedule, including weekends, evenings, and travel in and outside of Virginia.


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