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Cincinnati Museum Center & National Underground Railroad Freedom Center
Cincinnati, OH 45203

Senior Director of Development


Reports to:         President and Chief Operating Officer

Department:      Development

FLSA Status:       FT, Exempt


The statements below reflect the general details considered necessary to describe the major responsibilities of the identified position and are not to be construed as a detailed description of all the work requirements that may be inherent in the job. An asterisk (*) indicates that this is an essential function of the job as outlined in the American with Disabilities Act.



The Senior Director of Development (SDD) reports directly to the President of the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center (Freedom Center) and is primarily responsible for providing strategic leadership for the growth and development of the Freedom Centers contributed revenue and building a highly effective and sustainable development team.  The development giving framework encompasses individual, corporate gifts, event sponsorships, grants and endowments.  The SDD will also play a key role in leading the Freedom Centers comprehensive capital campaign.


Key Responsibilities:

  • Oversees the planning, organization, direction and evaluation of all fundraising activities in order to meet short- and long-term goals and objectives.

  • Partners with the President in the identification, solicitation and stewardship of major donors; this includes performing research on prospective donors, providing leadership and strategic direction to develop and generate six- and seven-figure campaign asks, and guiding the creation of donor cultivation plans and managing the creation of supporting materials.

  • Actively solicit for and close major gifts of +$50,000 and above; include internal partners, volunteers and leadership where appropriate.

Qualifications and Experience:

  • A baccalaureate degree required.

  • At least five (5) years of experience in Development or Philanthropy, as a proven fundraiser with demonstrated success with closing major gifts (preferably $100,000 or more depending on the size of the organization).

  • Demonstrated ability to devise an effective and measurable action plan for a variety of fundraising activities (e.g., endowment, grants, special projects/events, capital, etc.).

  • Strong verbal and written communication skills (with all levels of donors, investors, C-Suite executives, elected officials, volunteers, community leaders, and organizational staff).

  • Demonstrated skill at working as a member of a senior institutional management team, with strong capabilities in planning, organizing and managing is required.

  • Ability to work collaboratively with others.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

  • Familiarity with computer-based donor management systems, preferably Raisers Edge (RE) by Blackbaud, Inc. is an advantage.

  • Personal characteristics associated with successful development officers, including professional integrity, outstanding writing skills, strong verbal and written communication skills, sound judgment, demonstrated initiative, and appropriate professional attitude are required.

Working Conditions:

Normal office environment. Must be able to lift up to 35 pounds. Must be able to operate a computer and communicate with others via telephone and/or other electronic devices. Must be able to travel locally, regionally, and nationally as needed.  Must be able to drive or must have other means of reliable, efficient transportation.



The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center is proud to be Equal Opportunity Employer. We do not discriminate based upon race, religion, color, national origin, gender (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with a disability or other applicable legally protected characteristics.



Posted: 2020-06-07 Expires: 2020-07-07

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