Development Director / Employment

June 4, 2021

Organization Name: Northwest African American Museum

Organization Location: Seattle, WA

Type: Employment

Fee: Free


The Role

The Northwest African American Museum (NAAM) seeks a highly-skilled fundraiser to serve as the Museum’s Development Director. As a critical member of NAAM’s team, the Development Director will report to the President & Chief Executive Officer (President & CEO) and will partner closely with the President & CEO and Board of Directors to create and execute NAAM’s master Development Plan to ensure that the Museum meets ambitious revenue and membership goals.

Fund Development (Fundraising)

● Plans and executes a 365-day fundraising cycle that ensures a sustainable, broad and robust donor base and pipeline of both individuals and institutions from prospect identification through cultivation, solicitation, and donor stewardship
● Continuously assesses the organization’s needs, identify areas of growth for organization funding and creates a culture of philanthropy that includes every team member

Major Gifts & Campaigns

● Creates an annual plan for cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding major donors, regularly reviews major donor revenue, and adjusts the plan as needed
● Identifies and cultivates new individual, corporate, and institutional donors
● Leverages the President & CEO, Board members, and other team members to execute individualized plans to steward major donors and maximize potential gifts over time

Membership Growth

● Provides leadership and oversight in improving the development and implementation of increased membership to further strengthen and grow the museum’s existing membership program

Community-Centered Engagement and Special Events

● Identifies community events for museum visibility and ensures the museum has a positive presence at community events
● In partnership with External Affairs, develops a messaging framework, social media strategy, and donor-facing marketing plan to support fundraising efforts, increase visibility, promote programs and events, and inform the community of NAAM’s impact

Grant Writing and Resource Expansion

● Oversees grant identification, application, maintenance and evaluation efforts
● Works with Development Associate & Grants Writer to identify, research, and evaluate foundation, corporate and government grant opportunities
● In collaboration with Development Associate & Grants Writer, works with staff to develop, write and coordinate grant proposals
● Develops partnerships with other cultural institutions when appropriate to seek grant funding for collaborative programming

Donor Database and Donor Acknowledgement/Recognition

● Manages and expands a detailed and accurate donor database: Gift entry, tracking, reporting, and acknowledgment system. (NAAM uses Little Green Light.)
● Owns responsibility for maintaining/improving integrity of donor records
● Produces monthly reports and ad hoc reports as requested

Organizational Management

● With input from the President & CEO, approves all Development policies and procedures (e.g., membership, data entry, gift acceptance, receipting, reporting, etc.) and maintains up-to-date Development Department Policies & Procedures Manual
● Monitors effectiveness and analyzes results of all fundraising strategies and programs.
● Fully participates as a member of the leadership team, attending board meetings as needed and participating in all staff meetings, trainings, and retreats
● Supervises Development staff, interns, and volunteers
● Other duties as assigned

Ideal Candidate

The Director of Development will have:

● 5+ years experience and a measurable level of success leading fundraising and membership cultivation efforts
● Working knowledge of all areas within fund development and a desire to continually learn and innovate
● Excellent strategic thinking, research, writing, 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 during events
● Articulate, professional demeanor with strong self-confidence and initiative
● Superior written and verbal communication skills, including excellent public speaking skills
● Exceptional organizational skills, with the ability to work under pressure, meet deadlines, and manage multiple assignments
● Passion for and understanding of the museum’s mission, vision and values
● Ability to maintain strict confidentiality

Minimum Requirements

● Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution in a relevant field; master’s degree or relevant advanced certification beyond Bachelor’s degree highly preferred
● Development experience, excellent donor cultivation skills, membership cultivation and management are essential
● Working knowledge of integrated donor database software required. Familiarity with Little Green Light donor database is desirable
● High level of computer literacy including cloud-based productivity applications, Microsoft Office suite, calendaring and screen-sharing/online meeting applications
● Availability to work some evenings and weekends

Application period for this vacancy: The role will remain open until filled with a first review of candidates May 14, 2021.

Salary: The targeted salary range for this role is $75,000-$90,000 with a generous benefits package.

To apply for this professional opportunity, submit your resume and statement of intent explaining why you want to work with NAAM (cover letter):

About NAAM

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 premier African American museum in the Pacific Northwest region.

Learn more about NAAM by visiting our website at

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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