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OrganizationThe Montpelier Foundation
TypeFull Time
Application DeadlineMarch 14, 2024
College Degree Required?Yes
Salary Range$110-115,000


The Director of Strategic Partnerships and Advancement oversees and manages the fundraising, marketing, public relations, fundraising and donor events, and communications functions at Montpelier to promote financial success, visibility, and visitation. The Director of Strategic Partnerships and Advancement supervises the Development and Communication departments in the execution of strategic plans for the overall advancement of The Montpelier Foundation and leads Montpelier in maintaining and developing strategic partnerships in support of the mission, annual priorities, and fundraising targets. The Director of Strategic Partnerships and Advancement will work closely with the CEO to create advancement plans and institutional marketing goals reflecting the larger strategic goals of the institution and significantly increase contributed revenue, high-impact partnerships, community awareness, and powerful connections with both of Montpelier’s existing stakeholders and emerging audiences. The Director of Strategic Partnerships and Advancement will be knowledgeable about Montpelier, James and Dolley Madison, the U.S. Constitution and American history, the importance of civics education, the Enslaved Community, and descendant engagement.

Collaborating with the President, develop the philanthropy plan for Montpelier including capital campaign, annual giving, corporate giving, foundation, and planned giving goals and objectives

Collaborating with the President, develop the overall communications and marketing strategies for Montpelier

Collaborating with the President, COO, and Chairs of the Advancement Committee, identify and refine giving priorities and translate those priorities into compelling opportunities for philanthropy and persuasive proposals.

Set and implement annual fundraising goals and manage revenue and expense budgets

Set and implement special fundraising campaigns with the President and Advancement Chairs as needed.

Construct strategies and execute plans that will markedly increase support of the annual fund, including: major giving, legacy gifts, corporate and foundation support, fundraising events, membership, grants, and digital giving programs.

Establish and execute strategies that advance the moves-management process.

Generate revenue, multi-year pledges, and future gifts that advance the Foundation’s mission.

Personally manage a portfolio of current and prospective donors at the highest levels of giving capacity, including both individual and institutional sources, moving them through the stages of cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship.

Implement strategies to achieve Montpelier’s fundraising, public relations, marketing, and communication goals

Lead and support the communications team in developing locally, nationally, and globally relevant communications strategies, partnerships, and agreements.

Develop strong working relationships with board members with the goal of engaging them in the implementation of advancement plans

Manage Presidential-level prospective donors, including developing donor strategies

Staff the President on all matters related to fundraising and advancement, including talking points, letters, and speeches as needed.

Develop special events for major gift prospects and donors.

Serve as staff lead with Marketing and Development committees of the board

Oversee the training, mentoring, and attainment of goals of the advancement team.

Create and implement a robust stewardship program for current donors and a cultivation program for prospects.

Other duties as assigned

Skills Required

Minimum of 5 years of experience and is a certified fundraising executive (CFRE ) granted by the Association of Fundraising Professionals.

Proven track record of fundraising and/or similar professional experience (preferably with major and planned gifts).

Baccalaureate, or higher, college degree is required.

Fundraising experience with a cultural organization or museum is preferred; comfort around wealth and ability to develop meaningful relationships that lead to gifts, including track record and experience working with high-capacity donors.

Relevant experience and knowledge of marketing, tourism, sales, and/or public relations.

Familiarity and adeptness at managing a website, social media campaigns, media relations program, and developing print and online advertising and publications.

Ability to understand, appreciate and articulate Montpelier’s mission and strategy, and the important role of development in executing both.

Strong organizational and administrative skills demonstrated by the ability to handle simultaneous tasks; detail-oriented with a high level of accuracy.

Strong knowledge of development concepts and fundraising techniques, especially those related to major gift development and planned giving.

Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

Must be able to travel and work some weekends

Ability to work well with cross-functional teams in a fast-paced environment.

Working knowledge of Microsoft Office suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.).

Ability to lift 25 pounds and participate in walking tours of the mansion and grounds.

Valid VA driver’s license and acceptable motor vehicle report (MVR).

Acceptable background check.