Capital Campaigns/Endowment, Foundation, Major Gifts
4 Year Degree
The San Diego History Center seeks a highly-driven Director of Advancement to lead fundraising efforts for the 90-year old regional institution that operates museums in historic Balboa and Presidio Parks.
The Director of Advancement must be passionate and results driven – to not only ask, but receive the commitment of the time, talent and investment of the community. Key to the success of this position will be successfully stewarding long-time supporters while cultivating new avenues of financial support for the History Center.
With an understanding of the San Diego regional philanthropic landscape, the ideal candidate must approach the case for support, across philanthropic relationships and fundraising activities, creatively from new and exciting perspectives for an institution positioning itself for the future.
The Director of Advancement will lead a talented team of development professionals responsible for the History Center’s individual giving, annual membership and grant writing as well as fundraising events. A successful candidate will possess proven success at fundraising by developing and implementing strategic fundraising plans and team management while multitasking a high level of activity including managing executive- and Board of Trustees relationships. Desired skills include working knowledge of all aspects of fundraising & donor relations; advanced written and interpersonal communication skills; and strong project/program management skills.
Working from the Balboa Park site, this position requires flexible hours including occasional evenings and weekends.
Bachelor’s degree; Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) certification preferred
Minimum seven (7) years’ progressive experience and successful track record in all aspects of nonprofit development and fundraising
Minimum of five (5) years’ experience in supervising and directing staff
Successful experience in donor cultivation and stewardship
Experience with major giving programs, campaigns, events, and planned giving initiatives
Familiarity with fundraising software and current trends in all aspects of fundraising, including online fundraising and social media platforms
Experience with the San Diego philanthropic community preferred
Experience in high-level financial solicitation and donor retention preferred
Strong desire to advance the mission, vision, and goals of SDHC
Superior relationship-building skills, including poise, diplomacy, and the ability to engage diverse constituencies
Exceptional written and oral communication skills
Proficiency in Microsoft Office suite as well as Altru or other Blackbaud fundraising/CRM platforms is preferred
Strong organizational and planning skills
Ability to multitask and respond to shifting priorities
Proactive attitude, creative and strategic thinker, team player
To apply, email Letter of Interest, resume and three professional references to firstname.lastname@example.org with DIRECTOR OF ADVANCEMENT in the subject line. The San Diego History Center is an equal opportunity employer.
Additional Salary Information: Compensation is commensurate with experience and includes employer sponsored medical and dental benefits for employees.
About San Diego History Center
The San Diego History Center tells the diverse story of our region - past, present and future - educates and enriches our community, preserves our history and fosters civic pride.