Director of Development



Amazement Square, a nationally recognized hands-on museum, seeks a successful development professional with progressive experience in diverse development programs and in a supervisory role. The ideal candidate will be a goal oriented natural leader who is passionate and committed to Amazement Square’s mission, vision, and strategic objectives. Reporting to the President & CEO, the Director of Development will collaborate with and support the board of directors in building engagement, identification, cultivation, and solicitation of major donors annually and will direct fundraising initiatives to support the museum’s programs and exhibitions. As an integral member of senior management team, the Development Director will be a critical thinker in conceptualizing and implementing the museum’s philanthropic support from individuals, corporations, foundations, and other granting agencies as well as through Amazement Square’s annual Gala event.


• Bachelor’s degree.

• Minimum 3 years experience with database where financial reports, statistics and information management have been required, preferably in a nonprofit environment. Experience in Development Services, higher education or related field is preferred.

• Demonstrated organizational, time management and leadership skills.

• Strong working knowledge of development and accounting business procedures and processes, a familiarity with Microsoft Office products, especially Excel in a P.C. environment.

• Excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills.

• Demonstrated track record of meeting deadlines and the capacity to supervise staff. Attention to detail is a must.

• Strong communication skills including ability to write and speak persuasively about the museum.

Job Responsibilities:    

• Developing and implementing strategic plans for the museum Development department.

• Providing leadership and guidance for the department’s professional personnel; planning and administering the department's annual operating budget.

• Planning, developing, and executing strategies for obtaining private donations; identifying, cultivating, and soliciting major gift prospects (individuals, corporations, foundations, and grants).

• Prepare and track development campaign materials and correspondence, including tracking of solicitations, gifts, and pledges. Provide minutes of all development meetings for tracking purposes.

• Collaborate with the Museum’s VP & COO and Marketing Coordinator in the planning for the museum’s Annual Fundraising events.

• Providing stewardship in recognition of donor philanthropy.

• Reports to the President and assists in strategic planning for communication activities that support relationships between the museum and its constituents, the board, donors, and friends.

• Performs other duties as assigned by the President.

• Salary ranges $70,000 to $80,000, with generous health plan/PTO/Retirement benefits and commensurate with experience. EOE


More details

Deadline: 05/01/2024
Date Listed: 03/11/2024
Web Address:
Job Status: Full Time
Exemption Status: Exempt
Salary: $70,000-$80,000
Application Instructions: To apply, please email a cover letter and a detailed resume, with a list of 3 professional references to To learn more about Amazement Square, please visits the museum’s website at

Ad details

Organization : Amazement Square
City : Lynchburg
State/Prov : Virginia
Country : United States