Development and Communications Manager: Chestnut Hill Historical Society

Posted June 30th, 2015 at 9:42 am.

The Chestnut Hill Historical Society seeks an energetic development professional with strong communications skills to manage the organization’s fundraising initiatives and donor/member relations. This position combines strategic communications with innovative fundraising to successfully engage the organization’s diverse audiences and financial supporters.

The Development and Communications Manager will create a development plan, a communications strategy, and work with board and staff to diversify funding; secure new members, sponsors and supporters; and improve communications.

The Development and Communications Manager is a part-time position (30-hours/week), following an initial 10-week full-time period, that pays $18 – $20/hour. S/he reports to the Executive Director, and manages a part-time development staff in a collaborative environment.

• Requires a BA and at least 2 years of relevant experience in fundraising, with proven track record of achieving fundraising targets and event management.
• Excellent written / oral communication skills, able to craft persuasive oral and written/graphic presentations.
• Able to represent the organization – as lead or as connector to Board/ED – to build relationships with members, staff, Board, volunteers, visitors, current/former donors, donor prospects, and community partners.
• Detail oriented, discrete, organized, and able to use independent judgment and produce quality work within tight time constraints.
• Adaptable, flexible, “team player,” with a sense of humor.
• Expert in Microsoft Office Suite, including Word, Outlook, Excel, and PowerPoint.
• Graphic design skills and proficiency in Adobe Creative Suite strongly preferred.
• Proficiency in donor management software, such as Donor Perfect.
• Prior experience with conservation, preservation, and/or archives a plus but not required.
• Residency in/near Chestnut Hill a plus but not required.

• Work with the Executive Director to craft the organization’s Development Plan; leading execution of the goals outlined in the plan. This plan will guide the Manager, Executive Director, other staff and Board members with a development program that includes major gifts, basic/Anniversary Society membership programs, Endowment and Cultivation Campaigns, corporate gifts, annual fund campaigns, fundraising events, foundation and government grants.
• Assist the Executive Director and Board Members in leading strategies and research to identify, cultivate, solicit, recognize and steward all donors and prospects.
• Manage individual donor campaigns, including membership renewals, acquisition of new members, annual fund and special appeals.
• Assist with securing business sponsors/partners for programs and major fundraisers.
• Help to identify appropriate grant opportunities, assisting the Executive Director and program staff with grant writing, and helping to maintain the organization’s positive relationship with granting agencies.
• Oversees fundraising data entry and gift processing; manages pledge reminders and acknowledgement processes. Selects new fundraising software to process donations and manage donor prospects.
• Manage cultivation events for prospective and current donors
• Identify and direct the organization’s participation in opportunities or events that will promote the importance of CHHS’s mission and attract new supporters

• Craft a communications strategy to coordinate organizational communications and outreach, increasing CHHS’s visibility and broadening its base of supporters.
• Develop and manage the creation of communications materials geared towards individual donors, media, and the general public, including press releases, website/blog content, social media, paper and email newsletters, donor solicitations, video content, and annual fundraising event materials.
• Strategically utilize website/blog and social media, improving CHHS’s presence on social media channels, and managing e-blasts.
• Write press releases
• Update website to include development content, maximizes potential for income-generating functions on website and helps to publicize on-line archival product sales.
• Support the planning and execution of the organization’s tours, lectures and fundraising events with a focus on the related messaging, materials, and promotion.
• Monitor and ensure compliance with the communications-related requirements of grantmakers and donors.
• Manage other communications and public relations activities as they arise.
• Support the Executive Director in select responsibilities as appropriate.

The Chestnut Hill Historical Society, founded in 1967, works collaboratively to preserve and educate about the unique architecture, open space and social history of Chestnut Hill and surrounding communities. Through programs, exhibits, tours, the Preservation Resource Center and our Archives (with over 21,000 photographs, maps, records and more), CHHS is dedicated to preserving and interpreting our region’s heritage. An Accredited Land Trust, CHHS also runs an innovative easement program to conserve open space and preserve historic properties, in conjunction with the Friends of the Wissahickon. See more at:

To Apply

Please submit a cover letter, resume and relevant writing sample to

Education Level: Bachelor’s Degree
Deadline: 07/13/2015
Filed under: Management Level by Margie DuBrow

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