Development Director at NAAM / Employment

August 2, 2023

Organization Name: Northwest African American Museum

Organization Location: Seattle, WA

Type: Employment

Fee: Free


Title: Development Director
Reports to: President & CEO
Starting Salary: $75,000 – $110,000/yr
Status: Full-time with benefits

The Northwest African American Museum (NAAM) is a regionally-prestigious institution that deeply matters to people as a reliable, remarkable, and relevant space where we open minds and change lives through African American history, art, and culture. Since opening in 2008, hundreds of thousands of visitors have come to the museum to view our permanent and rotating exhibitions, participate in dynamic public programs, or take part in private events. Located in the historic Colman School within Seattle’s Central District, NAAM is the only African American museum in the Pacific Northwest region. We use black history, art, and culture as a starting point that inspires, empowers, and informs all visitors about ourselves and our shared past. With an annual organizational budget of 2 million dollars, over 700 donors and over 200 members, NAAM is an important cultural heritage site that focuses on educational impact, community and regional engagement, and operational excellence.

NAAM seeks a highly-skilled fundraiser to serve as our Development Director. The Development Director provides overall leadership in the development, implementation, management and evaluation of the Museum’s plan to cultivate support through major and individual gifts, planned giving, corporate and foundation funding, membership and special events. The Development Director oversees day-to-day management of development efforts and serves as a critical member of a small but dedicated staff. This position works in close relationship with the President & CEO, the Board of Directors, and the Development Committee. The Development Director directly supervises a Grants & Development Coordinator, with the potential of growing the Development team in the future.
Areas of Primary Responsibility

Organizational Leadership and Strategy

Lead NAAM’s fundraising strategy, including individual and institutional giving, membership, and special events

Collaborate with President & CEO to grow revenue in support of NAAM’s strategic plan

Provide supervision and oversight to the Grants and Development Coordinator

Fully participate as a member of the leadership team, attending board meetings as needed and participating in all staff meetings, trainings, and retreats

Provide leadership and serve as a resource for NAAM’s Development Committee

With input from President & CEO, responsible for final approval of all Development policies and procedures and maintaining up-to-date
Development Department Policies & Procedures Manual

Provide President & CEO with yearly and monthly reports on development activity and create projections that forecast gift, pledge, grant, sponsorship, membership and special events revenue

Serve as an ambassador for the museum by giving public presentations, creating opportunities to grow outreach, and increasing the museum’s visibility

Development Operations and Revenue Generation

With input from President & CEO, create the museum’s annual Development plan, including an annual calendar of appeals and special events

Design and execute donor identification, qualification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship strategies to grow individual giving revenue

Partner with External Affairs to create and execute membership promotions to further increase museum visibility and increase membership

Develop sustainable grant funding through identifying and applying for new grant opportunities, overseeing compliance with existing grant requirements, and maintaining excellent relationships with funders

Support the fundraising role of the leadership by providing guidance on donor strategy and ensuring that the President & CEO and Board Members are prepared for donor meetings

In partnership with External Affairs, develop an impact-driven messaging framework, social media strategy, and donor-facing marketing plan to support fundraising

Provides oversight to all aspects of the donor database, generating reports, and executing gift acknowledgments, while maintaining data integrity

A proven and demonstrated level of success in fundraising efforts
Working knowledge of all areas within fund development
Strategic thinker with excellent planning and analytical skills
Demonstrated familiarity with budgets and the budget-development process
Experience with event planning on limited budgets, ability to manage volunteers and staff
Articulate, professional demeanor with strong self-confidence and initiative
Superior written and verbal communication skills
Exceptional organizational skills, with the ability to prioritize, meet deadlines, and manage multiple assignments
Passion for and understanding of the museum’s mission, vision and values
Ability to maintain strict confidentiality

Bachelor’s degree or equivalent professional experience in a relevant field is required. A master’s degree would be an advantage.
Minimum 3–5 years’ professional experience in fundraising with a track record of success
Development experience, with specific experience in individual giving and/or major gifts
Excellent writing, speaking, interpersonal skills and customer service skills
Working knowledge of integrated donor database software required.
High level of computer literacy including cloud-based productivity applications, Microsoft Office suite, calendaring, and virtual meeting applications
Ability to work on a wide range of projects independently and collaboratively and with a diverse audience.
Some evening/weekend work required

Benefits Summary
As a full-time employee of NAAM you receive medical, dental, and vision benefits, 2 weeks PTO with yearly expansion, 10 paid holidays, a flexible working schedule and opportunities for Professional Development.
To apply for this professional opportunity, submit your resume, statement of intent explaining why you want to work with NAAM (cover letter), and relevant writing sample to:

Equal Opportunity Employer
The Northwest African American Museum provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, marital status, amnesty, or status as a covered veteran in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws.

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