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Advancement Officer, Individual Giving

Senator John Heinz History Center
Pennsylvania, United States
Competitive Salary
Closing date
Jul 12, 2022

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Position Type
Fundraising, Donor Relations, Membership, Prospect Research
Employment Type
Full Time

About the Senator John Heinz History Center

The Heinz History Center is an award-winning family of museums that focuses on the stories of people, exhibitions and programs that help people today make good, sound decisions in the present and plans for the future. Affiliated with the Smithsonian Institution, the History Center is the largest history museum in Pennsylvania with six floors of long-term and changing exhibition space. The History Center’s museum system includes the Western Pennsylvania Sports Museum, a dynamic museum-within-a-museum; the Fort Pitt Museum in Point State Park; Meadowcroft Rockshelter & Historic Village, a National Historic Landmark located in Avella, Washington County, PA; and an award-winning African American History Program. The History Center presents the most compelling stories from American history with a Western Pennsylvania connection, through innovative programs and exhibitions for visitors of every age.


Job Posting

The Heinz History Center is seeking a full-time Advancement Coordinator, Individual Giving. As a key member of the Heinz History Center’s Advancement team, the Advancement Coordinator, Individual Giving Officer is responsible for community outreach and building relationships with individual donors and members alike, growing the History Center’s membership base by cultivating new audiences, and coordinating membership promotions and solicitations. The Advancement Coordinator, Individual Giving will assist with membership event planning & implementation (some weekend and evening hours required). The Advancement Coordinator, Individual Giving will be tasked with drafting creative and compelling direct mail, email, and social media appeals and identifing new audiences and messaging strategies for both personalized solicitations and targeted appeals. They will work with the Advancement Director and Vice President as well as with staff across the History Center’s family of museums to create targeted appeals related to specific, mission-related programs and initiatives (i.e., Meadowcroft, Sports Museum, Fort Pitt, Rauh Jewish Archives, African American Program, etc.). This position is also responsible for identifying, researching, and cultivating prospective members and donors as well as creating meeting/event prep materials.

The Advancement Coordinator, Individual Giving follows best practices in fundraising and maintains strict confidentiality related to the personal and financial information of History Center trustees, donors, members, and other constituents. The position requires superior customer service and relationship building skills; ability to communicate convincingly and professionally in person, on the phone, and in writing; attention to detail; and the ability to manage and prioritize multiple projects efficiently and effectively. The Advancement Coordinator, Individual Giving will work both independently and as a member of the Advancement Team to strategize and achieve annual fundraising goals.

This is a full-time position reporting to the Advancement Director.



  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience required.
  • At least three to five years of experience in the not-for-profit sector. Prior fundraising/membership/individual giving experience preferred.
  • Museum background and/or capital campaign experience is a plus.
  • Ability to work with a variety of people, handle delicate issues, and maintain donor confidentiality.
  • Must be a self-starter, proactively anticipating team needs, with superior customer service skills and the ability to creatively solve problems
  • Excellent interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills
  • Ability to pay close attention to details, work efficiently, and meet deadlines within a fast-paced work environment
  • Planning, organization and prioritizing multiple tasks are key skills
  • Ability to learn new skills
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, OneDrive, and Teams.
  • Experience with Fundraising or Prospect Research software is a plus.
  • A writing sample is required with application


The successful candidate will be required to prove that they have received the COVID-19vaccine or have a valid religious or medical reason not to be vaccinated.


Why Work at the History Center?

  • Rewarding, mission-driven work that makes an impact in the community!
  • Dynamic workplace located in Pittsburgh’s historic Strip District
  • Flexible work schedule
  • Full benefits package including medical, dental, and vision insurance
  • 403(B) retirement plan
  • Paid time off
  • Nine (9) paid holidays
  • Company paid life insurance / LTD
  • Discounts in the Museum Shop and Cafe

The History Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The History Center celebrates diversity and is committed to treating all applicants & employees fairly based on their abilities, achievements, and experience without regard to race, national origin, sex, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or any other classification protected by law.

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