Development Director - Coastal Georgia Historical Society

  • 07 May 2018 1:06 PM
    Message # 6141362

    Development Director – The Coastal Georgia Historical Society on St. Simons Island is currently seeking a highly motivated professional with a proven track record in development to join us in serving our community. 

    Founded in 1965, the Coastal Georgia Historical Society annually impacts the lives of over 100,000 visitors and residents.  The Society is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, and is one of only 15 nationally accredited museums in Georgia.  The Society’s mission is to preserve the artifacts and historic buildings that are the treasures of our coastal heritage and to provide education to our members and the public about Coastal Georgia history.  Our energetic schedule of tours, lectures, field trips and other programs attracts diverse audiences, including residents, visitors, local and regional school children, civic and heritage organizations, researchers, and a membership of over 800 households.

    The Society is a faithful steward of the iconic historic structures entrusted to its care: the St. Simons Lighthouse and Keeper's Dwelling (built 1872) and the Historic Coast Guard Station (built 1936). These sites are listed on the National Register of Historic Places and are open to the public every day of the year except major holidays.  The Society has been operating a museum at the Lighthouse and Keeper's Dwelling since 1975 and at the Historic Coast Guard Station since 2006.  A new World War II Home Front Museum will open at the Historic Coast Guard Station in October 2018.

    The Development Director will initiate and cultivate relationships with Society members, donors, foundations, and others supportive of the Society’s mission.  This position is responsible for all membership activities, fundraising, grants, and capital and endowment campaigns.

    Essential duties and responsibilities:

    ·         Establish short-term and long-term goals and objectives for Development including fundraising, sponsorships, and membership within the Society’s Strategic Plan and in consultation with the Executive Director and Development Committee.  Monitor progress against benchmarks identified in the Strategic Plan.

    ·         Initiate and cultivate relationships with Society members, donors, foundations, and others supportive of the Society’s mission.

    ·         Coordinate all membership activities.  Plan and participate in membership initiatives to retain current members and recruit new members.  Establish goals and prospect pools for Keeper of the Light memberships.  Prepare renewal letters to members on a monthly basis, and follow up with late renewals or lapsed memberships.  Prepare membership packets and acknowledgements.

    ·         Plan and participate in fundraising, an annual appeal, and capital and endowment campaigns, prepare solicitations and related correspondence, coordinate campaigns, and track donations.  Work with staff, Board, and campaign leadership. 

    ·         Research and write grant proposals to support initiatives of the Society in consultation with the Executive Director and other staff members. Prepare reports, both programmatic and financial, in compliance with grant requirements.

    ·         Provide targeted, timely reports to the Board of Directors, Development Committee and staff.  Implement a stewardship plan for foundations and major donors.

    ·         Prepare acknowledgement letters and other correspondence to members and donors on a timely basis.

    ·         Maintain detailed and accurate records in the Society’s database (DonorPerfect) for membership and development activities.

    ·         Maintain membership and development files which meet the needs of the Society.  Files include, but are not limited to, Keeper of the Light, fundraising and capital and endowment campaigns, contributions, and membership. 

    ·         Prepare and monitor the Development and Membership operating budgets in consultation with the Executive Director.

    ·         Participate in Society programs including, but not limited to: special events, lectures, membership programs, and cultivation events

    ·         Serve as ex-officio member of the Development Committee of the Board of Directors.

    ·         Serve as administrator of the database management system, DonorPerfect.

    ·         Perform other duties as assigned.


    ·         Bachelor’s degree, preferably in marketing, business, or a related field.

    ·         Excellent written and verbal communication skills; attention to detail; planning and organizational skills; and strong interpersonal skills, demonstrated by an advanced degree, advanced training, and/or career experience.

    ·         Detail-oriented and able to multi-task.

    ·         Highly self-motivated, and a team player.

    ·         Experience with budget preparation and management.

    ·         Experience in research and writing reports and grants.

    ·         Proficiency with databases and spreadsheets.  Experience with DonorPerfect is a plus.

    ·         Nonprofit experience, in the areas of development and/or membership.

    ·         Valid driver’s license.

    The ideal candidate for this position would have a love of coastal Georgia history and previous experience with an historical or cultural institution in the areas of development, membership, fundraising, and grant writing. 

    The Society offers paid holidays, vacation, and sick leave as well as participation in a retirement plan. Salary is negotiable and dependent on experience.

    Interested candidates must submit a resume and cover letter with salary requirements to:

    Teamwork Services, Inc.
    Attn: Baylie Lane, Human Resources

    700 Gloucester Street, Suite 302
    Brunswick, GA 31520


    The Coastal Georgia Historical Society is an equal opportunity employer.

    Last modified: 18 May 2018 12:40 PM | Sherri Jones