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Director of Development and Advancement

National Public Housing Museum
Illinois, United States
$90,000.00 - $100,000.00
Closing date
Sep 1, 2022

Job Title: Director of Development and Advancement

Position Type: Full-time position, starting at $90-100k based on experience and qualifications, with medical, dental and retirement benefits 

Reports To: Executive Director

Application deadline: August 26, 2022

Application instructions: Submit your resume, cover letter and 3 references to with the subject line “Director of Development, [YOUR NAME]”


Director of Development and Advancement at the National Public Housing Museum


NPHM is looking for a Director of Development, who is enthusiastic about contributing to a joyful work environment, committed to diversity, equity, access and inclusion, and helping to develop and grow a development program that reflects the values of a 21st century museum committed to social justice. 


The successful candidate should have experience in capital campaigns, annual giving, exhibition and program fundraising, grassroots efforts, membership drives, and be willing to think creatively, and advance new ways of sustaining a civic and cultural museum.  


This position reports directly to the Executive Director, and will be a member of the senior management team.  This position works with the Executive Director, a development associate, key staff, Board of Directors, and Campaign Committees to accomplish their job responsibilities. The position is responsible for planning and activities related to fundraising to meet annual operating budget, and the timely completion of the 16.5 million-dollar capital, of which 14.5 million dollars has been raised.  The position is responsible for the leadership, direction, and management of the development functions of a Museum that has a national audience, but is also committed to being a civic and cultural anchor on the near West Side of Chicago. 


Principle Duties and Responsibilities


Works closely with the Executive Director, the Board members and the staff to fulfill the mission of the Museum.


"Develop, implement and maintain creative donor and funding strategies for the advancement of the museum, its mission and its programming


Collaborate  with ED to develop strategy


Serve as the Museum’s chief major gifts officer and serve as an enthusiastic and visible spokesperson for the Museum


Identify, cultivate, solicit, and steward major prospects.


Direct portfolio assignments to Board, Executive Director and other staff, and manage their own portfolio of prospects. 


Coordinate and supervise all development activities including donor cultivation and prospect research, individual contributions, and direct capital and annual appeal campaigns.


Direct the planning of major fundraising and stewardship events, and coordinate the team of staff and/or volunteers implementing them. Monitor event budgets. Evaluate results.


Work with Development Associate to oversee gift-tracking and donor acknowledgement in the CRM, ensuring accurate record-keeping of contributions.


Direct and coordinate corporate, foundation, civic, and government fundraising and stewardship.


Establish and maintain strong relationships with Board members, donors, prospects, the philanthropic community, and other relevant constituency groups. Help to manage and motivate the Board of Directors, empowering them to serve as a fundraising asset for the organization, working especially closely with the Fundraising Committee.


Coordinate development strategies with other key staff to enhance public understanding and awareness of the organization’s mission, vision, goals, and services. 



This is a full-time position, 9am-5pm Monday-Friday, with evening and weekend availability as required to fulfill responsibilities and for related activities. Currently, Museum staff have the flexibility to work-from-home, but are in person whenever necessary. The Director is expected to reside in Chicago.


Candidate Profile

We are seeking a dynamic, professional leader committed to social justice, diversity, equity, access and inclusion, with at least five years of experience in highly productive development programs with some significant experience at the management level. The superior candidate will have an excellent major gifts record of accomplishment. They will be creative, energetic, and aggressive with an ability to identify and develop opportunities for donors and the Museum’s exhibits, and central programs, including the Oral History Archive and Corps, the Entrepreneurship Hub, Artist As Instigator Series, and other education programs.  


  • Bachelor’s Degree and eight or more years of quantifiable success in development.
  • Experience with capital campaigns and donor acquisition required.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop, nurture and build relationships culminating in major gift success.
  • Strategic in thinking and orientation, ability to deal with emergent issues, multiple projects, and constituents simultaneously.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently, to collaborate when necessary, and to mentor staff.
  • Proven expertise in taking initiative, building and maintaining strong rapport and positive relationships with staff, Board members, diverse individuals, and members of the philanthropic and business community.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, with the ability to serve as a key spokesperson for the Museum.


Compensation is competitive with prevailing compensation for similar positions within the nonprofit industry: 90-100k. 

Excellent benefit package offered, including medical and dental insurance, short-term and long-term disability insurance, vacation pay, and paid sick leave.

The National Public Housing Museum (NPHM) is the first cultural institution in the United States dedicated to interpreting the American experience in public housing. The Museum, scheduled to open in our permanent home in Fall, 2023 draws on the power of place and memory to illuminate the resilience of poor and working-class families of every race and ethnicity to realize the promise of America. 


The Museum’s mission is to preserve, promote, and propel public housing as a human right and all of our partnerships and programs are committed to amplifying the voices, experiences, and stories of public housing residents. Ultimately, we believe that storytelling can be a catalyst for innovative public policy solutions that are responsive to people’s needs and lived experiences


Please submit your resume, cover letter and 3 references to with the subject line “Director of Development, [YOUR NAME].”



All Staff, Volunteers and Contractors of the National Public Housing Museum are required to follow our COVID-19 Vaccination Policy.  


National Public Housing Museum is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, ancestry, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, protected veteran status, military discharge status, age, marital status, parental status, or source of income.  We are interested in receiving candidates from a broad spectrum of people, including non-binary people, and people from diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds.

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