Job Description

Director of Development


Position Summary
The Director of Development is the senior staff member responsible for donor relations and
fundraising for Travellers Rest. He/she reports to the Executive Director and works closely with
a volunteer Board of Directors.


Key Responsibilities
Fund Development
• Develop and oversee annual fund campaign. Current goal is $100,000.
• Develop the plan and implement the overall strategy for direct mail and email marketing
to reach or exceed the current goal of $100,000 for the annual fund.
• Cultivate and steward relationships with current and prospective donors through
personal visits and various types of direct communication. Meet with major donors and
community leaders. Actively cultivate giving from individuals as unrestricted gifts and
initiate active follow-up efforts. Utilize best practices to identify, evaluate, cultivate,
solicit, and steward prospective and current donors and friends of Travellers Rest.
• Develop and annually update a fundraising plan. Plan and execute the fundraising plan
for annual fund, personal solicitations, planned giving, and events.
• Direct grant development and grant management program to fund budget. Capable of
grant writing and reporting.
• Lead in planning and executing one major annual fundraising event.
• Direct a planned giving program.
• Foster meaningful relationships to cultivate and solicit major and planned gifts at the
$5,000 level and higher through a portfolio of 50-75 individual donors.
• Capable of working on a capital campaign launch.


Financial Management
• Assist the Executive Director in preparing a yearly budget that reflects the organization’s
strategic and operational goals.
• Work with the Executive Director and Comptroller to conduct Travellers Rest’s financial
affairs in line with the operational budget, developed with the Board of Directors.
• Maintain awareness of the financial position and policies and initiate action as needed to
ensure financial stability.
Communications and Public Relations
• Develop and oversee production of collateral materials for development efforts, including
appeal letters, the annual report, development brochures, invitations for fundraising
events, and messaging for donors.
• Assist with marketing, communications and public relations as needed.


Other Duties as Assigned
• Coordinate individual travel and manage travel budget and expenses.
• Assist with and participate in donor activities and events.
• Provide input and leadership in the development and implementation of the
organization’s goals and objectives and assure alignment with the Travellers Rest
strategic plan.
• Seek out and engage in professional development opportunities to increase skills
and knowledge of fundraising.
• Participate in staff meetings, prospect strategy meetings, finance committee
meetings, case management, annual planning, and regular progress meetings.
• Assist with additional needs of the organization as assigned.


Time Commitments
• Generally Monday-Friday 37.5 hours a week; some nights and weekends when
needed.
• Extensive in-state travel.
• Potential for working some hours remotely after 90-day probationary period.


The Candidate
Experience & Qualifications
Travellers Rest seeks an experienced fundraiser with demonstrated leadership in a non-profit
setting, and preferably at a museum/historic site. This includes fund development, grant writing
and management, planned giving, community outreach, supervising staff, working with the
Board of Directors, and in the future, a capital campaign.


Professional Characteristics:
• Graduation from an accredited university with a bachelor’s degree; advanced degree
and/or CFRE, ACFRE, certificate in fundraising or non-profit management a plus.
• 3-5 years of experience in advancement.
• Working knowledge of nonprofit fundraising policies and procedures.
• Working knowledge of nonprofit fiscal management, including fund accounting and
budgeting and a track record for being fiscally responsible is desired.
• Demonstrated ability in public speaking, written and oral communication, and
outstanding interpersonal relations.
• Experience in grant writing procedures.
• Must maintain a valid driver’s license and wireless service in order to carry out the
responsibilities associated with the position.


Personal Characteristics:
The candidate must have a passion for the mission of Travellers Rest and the Nashville
community to effectively support the programs and services that the historic site provides. The
individual will be highly proactive, capable of quickly identifying critical issues and developing
plans and programs to accomplish objectives. Strong organizational skills are required, and
exemplary interpersonal and written communication skills are essential. The successful
candidate must be self-motivated, intuitive, and willing to take initiative. The successful
candidate will display a level of integrity, maturity, compassion, and a leadership style that will
create trust and confidence. The candidate must be energetic, positive, intelligent, with a strong
sense of team to help grow the organization.


Applicants should submit a letter of interest and a current resume by email to:
Katie O’Bryan, Executive Director
director@historictravellersrest.org

 

Job Description

Development Associate

 

Position Summary
The Development Associate is a junior staff member responsible for database management and
assisting with fundraising for Travellers Rest. He/she reports to the Director of Development.


Key Responsibilities
Database Management
• Actively manage the donor database. Update the database to reflect new gifts. Create,
process, and mail acknowledgement letters. Input notes and contact reports as directed
by the Director of Development and Executive Director. Produce reports from the
database that assist C-suite executives in donor cultivation and stewardship.
• Assist Director of Development in scheduling donor visits, meetings, and cultivation
events.


Communications and Public Relations
• Coordinate production of collateral materials for development efforts, including appeal
letters, the annual report, development brochures, invitations for fundraising events, and
messaging for donors.


Other Duties as Assigned
• Assist with and participate in donor activities and events.
• Seek out and engage in professional development opportunities to increase skills and
knowledge of fundraising.
• Participate in staff meetings, prospect strategy meetings, case management, and regular
progress meetings.
• Assist with additional needs of the organization as assigned.


Time Commitments
• Generally, Monday-Friday 15-20 hours a week; some nights and weekends when
needed.
• Potential for working some hours remotely after 90-day probationary period.


The Candidate
Experience & Qualifications
Travellers Rest seeks a fundraiser with experience in a non-profit setting, and preferably at a
museum/historic site.


Professional Characteristics:
• Graduation from an accredited university with a bachelor’s degree; advanced degree a
plus.
• 1-2 years of experience in advancement.
• Working knowledge of nonprofit fundraising policies and procedures.
• Demonstrated ability in public speaking, written and oral communication, and
outstanding interpersonal relations.


Personal Characteristics:
The candidate must have a passion for the mission of Travellers Rest and the Nashville
community to effectively support the programs and services that the historic site provides. The
individual will be highly proactive. Strong organizational skills are required, and exemplary
interpersonal and written communication skills are essential. The successful candidate must be
able to work well in a small team environment but be willing to take initiative. The candidate
must be energetic, positive, intelligent, with a strong sense of team to help grow the
organization.


Applicants should submit a letter of interest and a current resume by email to:
Katie O’Bryan, Executive Director
director@historictravellersrest.org

 


Travellers Rest Historic House Museum, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer.