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OrganizationGeorge C. Marshall Foundation
TypeFull Time
Application DeadlineJune 1, 2018
College Degree Required?Yes



The George C. Marshall Foundation, located in Lexington, VA, seeks an experienced Director of Development and Communications with a record of raising funds for operating and capital support and overseeing an integrated and complementary communications program. We seek an innovative and dynamic individual to engage existing constituencies to broaden our financial support as well as to oversee a capital campaign to increase our endowment and support new ways to conduct our mission and significantly increase the footprint and exhibitions in our Museum. The ideal candidate is an experienced nonprofit professional who will be energized by the challenge of fundraising and communications and presents a record of major gifts fundraising.


Based since 1964 in Lexington, the Marshall Foundation works to preserve the legacy of one of the greatest Americans of the 20th century, George Catlett Marshall, who served as Army Chief of Staff during WWII, as Secretary of State and Secretary of Defense. In 1953 he received the Nobel Peace Prize in recognition of his role in the creation and implementation of the European Recovery Program, better known as the Marshall Plan.


The Foundation has a small and dynamic staff delivering programs, exhibitions and publications and sponsoring research and educational activities at all levels from K-12 to post-graduate. Annual award events in Washington, DC and New York City enhance fundraising efforts and increase visibility.


Role and Responsibilities

Reporting directly to the President/CEO, the Director will increase financial support to the organization with the achievement of annual membership fundraising goals, the identification, cultivation and solicitation of major gift prospects, and the successful execution of a capital campaign. The Director will also oversee all external communications in support of a capital campaign, membership, special events and museum operations.


Fundraising: Oversee all aspects of raising funds including a capital campaign, special events fundraising, grant funding and annual membership campaigns. He or she works with the Director of Memberships and Special Events to execute the membership program and special events fundraising.


Relationship Development: Develop and maintain relationships with key stakeholders to gain support and funding, maintain and nurture relationships with new and existing donors and sponsors, engage corporations and foundations in special events.


Annual Award Events: Oversee sponsorship acquisition and logistics to ensure the success of our fundraising events in Washington, DC and New York City.


Communications and Outreach: Develop special events, membership and campaign promotional materials, publish a bi-annual newsletter and a bi-annual magazine, oversee social media and web-based communications and campaigns, represent the organization to the news media, and ensure brand standards and consistency across all communications.


Grant Management: Work with CEO to increase corporate and private grant support and assist with grant submission and administration.


Requirements and Desired Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree is required; experience in sales, marketing, and communications, an advantage.


Five years minimum experience in a non-profit development office with a proven record of increasing revenues from individuals, corporations, and private foundations


Experience leading and directing volunteers for a capital campaign


Strong marketing expertise with an emphasis on developing and establishing a brand


Ease working with multiple constituencies, including donors and supporters, staff and volunteers, and members of our Board of Trustees


A solid understanding of fundraising concepts and processes


Travel required in support of fundraising activities.


To Apply

Interested candidates must submit a cover letter, resume and salary expectations to


Please include “Director of Development and Communications” in the subject line of your email.


Should your experience meet our requirements, we will contact you to schedule an interview. Only those candidates will be contacted.