Senior Development Director

US Navy Memorial Foundation
Washington, DC
Senior Director

As a Navy embassy, the US Navy Memorial Foundation (the Navy Memorial) tells the stories of the men and women of the sea services, represented by the iconic Lone Sailor, through thought-provoking programs, unforgettable events, and immersive exhibit experiences that are unique and easily accessible in our nation’s capital and beyond.

With a $5M+ annual budget, the Navy Memorial completes their mission with a Visitor Center, 230-person Arleigh Burke Theater, Navy Log, Ship’s Store, and office spaces located adjacent to the United States Navy Memorial Plaza. Over the past year, the Navy Memorial was forced to pivot its strategic plan in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and has made a lot of headway into providing digital services and online education efforts available to all those who seek them; despite facing challenges, 2020 turned out to be one of the most successful years in the organization’s history.

The US Navy Memorial Foundation seeks a Senior Director of Development who will manage development efforts, working with a small team to cultivate major donors while overseeing the corporate donor program. This individual will be responsible for managing and building relationships with a small portfolio of existing major donors while identifying new prospects through the organization’s direct mail program. The ability to engage and empathize with donors and clearly communicate the organization’s mission is key. The Senior Director reports to the President and CEO, who also serves as the lead on all development efforts and will be a key asset in growing the portfolio. Specific qualifications include:

  • 7-10 years of development experience, specifically in a values-driven organization.
  • Experience developing and meeting budget goals, specifically for major gifts, bequests, and individual giving programs.
  • Ability to support C-suite leaders in marketing and fundraising, both internally and externally, including the President & CEO.
  • Proven track record of effectively spearheading and leading fundraising projects, not just meeting but exceeding goals.
  • A conversational knowledge of the Naval service.
  • Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent experience required.

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