Director of Development
(full-time Exempt)

This position plans and participates in the ongoing fund raising programs which raise annual operational support for the institution. The position may have among its philanthropy targets corporations, individuals and foundations, as determined by museum management.

Reporting Relationship: This position reports to the Chief Administrative Officer.

Basic Functions and Responsibilities (including but not limited to):

The Director of Development is responsible for the following general job functions:

  • Contribute to the overall management of the development department, including the development and management of the annual budget

  • Responsible for successful attainment of fund raising goals for annual operations within assigned portfolio

  • Serve as a Museum grant writer and coordinator, working closely with the Museum’s senior staff to develop the organization’s case for funding, both in general and with regard to ongoing programs and specific projects

  • Oversee the comprehensive grant proposal process, from the phase of working closely with program staff throughout the museum to develop programs which will be competitive for funding, through the writing and/or coordinating the writing efforts for the grant, through the stewardship and reporting phase of funded proposals

  • Stay informed about and research potential funding sources on the local, state and federal levels which align with the Museum’s priority mission fulfillment programs.

  • Act as a Museum’s development and proposal writer

  • Collaborate with development, public relations and other program staff on Museum outreach efforts, with focus on assigned portfolio to secure financial contributions from and coordination with promotional partners. 

  • In collaboration with development staff, oversee Museum special event fundraisers which include attendees from his/her assigned portfolio and other  Museum guests, donors or prospects

  • Active involvement with the development committee of the  Board and other fund-raising volunteers

  • Take responsibility for other development-related projects as assigned by position’s supervisor

  • Oversee clerical efforts in the department to maximize fundraising effectiveness



  • 5 years development experience preferred, either as director of development for a small/mid-sized nonprofit organization or in the annual giving division of a large development department

  • Demonstrated experience working with and managing fund raising volunteers necessary, including having worked directly with board members and high net worth individuals.

  • Experience interacting with the corporate community, preferably in securing sponsorship support or corporate memberships

  • Understanding of the Fort Worth social and philanthropic communities helpful, but not required

  • Working knowledge of Raiser’s Edge software strongly encouraged

  • Warm, outgoing interpersonal skills with the ability to work effectively with a range of staff, volunteers, prospective donors and the general public required

  • Ability to manage multiple tasks in a fast-paced environment

  • A positive, achievement-oriented attitude and proactive work ethic

  • Ability to work in a collegial, respectful work environment mandatory

  • Proven ability to maintain the highest level of discretion and confidentiality with sensitive donor giving information

  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail, with the willingness and capability to personally manage administrative details as needed

Human Resources Manager
Fort Worth Museum of Science and History
1600 Gendy Street
Fort Worth, Texas 76107
fax: (817) 255-9354

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