Website The HistoryMakers

non profit research and educational institution

The HistoryMakers, seeks a high performing, mission driven Director of Development to build and lead the national fund-raising capacity of this acclaimed institution. The successful candidate will oversee the solicitation and stewardship of major gifts of $100,000 to $1,000,000 from current and prospective donors and support the final stage of its $20 million anniversary campaign. The Director of Development will report directly to the Founder and President and become an integral member of the executive team.


·       Manage major gifts with responsibility for developing a successful donor strategy including researching, identifying, cultivating, soliciting and stewarding both current and prospective donors.

·       Raise $3M in annual philanthropic funding through major gifts, corporate and foundation grants, and federal grant funding.

·       Manage all aspects of the gift cycle for these prospects:

o   Research and initiate contacts with potential major gift donors

o   Develop appropriate cultivation strategies, including leveraging the networks of the CEO, the board of directors, staff and other volunteer leadership.

o   Move potential donors in an appropriate and timely fashion toward solicitation and closure.

·       Must be willing to travel.


·       Five years of success personally securing major, annual campaign and/or planned giving in excess of $100,000 and achieving annual goals in excess of $1 million.

·       Ability to effectively communicate a compelling and inspiring vision of The HistoryMakers’ mission both verbally and in writing.

·       Ability as a self starter and the ability to personally manage The HistoryMakers’ systems and procedures to track gifts, provide timely grant reporting and meet grant compliance requirements.

·       Possess effective interpersonal, organizational, written and verbal communication skills.

·       Knowledge of the educational, humanities-related, museum or other archival fields, a plus.

·       Bachelor’s degree required


Proficient in Microsoft Office including Word, Excel and PowerPoint as well as Filemaker


Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications. The HistoryMakers also offers a competitive benefits package that includes 403(b), PTO, health, vision and dental insurance, tuition reimbursement and school loan repayment assistance.

The HistoryMakers

The HistoryMakers, a 501(c) (3) national nonprofit organization headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, is dedicated to recording and preserving the personal histories of well-known and unsung African Americans. It is the largest video oral history archive of its kind, and the only massive attempt, since the WPA Slave Narratives of the 1930s, to record the African American experience by the first voice. In 2014, the Library of Congress became its permanent repository. The HistoryMakers Collection now numbers over 10,000 hours (3,100 interviews) of first person testimony recorded in over 413 cities and towns including international locations like Norway, the Caribbean, and Mexico. The earliest memory in the collection dates back to the 1700s. The HistoryMakers is quickly becoming the digital repository for the black experience and was recently featured on 60 Minutes

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