Development Director

About Weeksville Heritage Center

Weeksville Heritage Center (WHC) is a historic site and cultural center in Central Brooklyn that uses education, arts, and a social justice lens to preserve, document and inspire engagement with the history of Weeksville, one of the largest free Black communities in pre-Civil War America, and the Historic Hunterfly Road Houses. Founded in 1838, Weeksville was the second largest of approximately 100 independent African-American communities established before the Civil War.

When a group of community activists rediscovered three remaining original homes 1968, they purchased, rehabilitated, and restored the Hunterfly Road Houses, re-opening their doors as the Weeksville Heritage Center in 1973. In 2014, WHC opened its new Cultural Arts and Education Center and campus, including a visual arts gallery, performance space, resource center, and administrative offices. WHC is now poised for a bright new era, with the resources and vision in place to fully activate our history and expand our education, preservation, and public programming.

Recently announced as New York City’s newest Cultural Institutions Group (CIG) member, the first since 1998, WHC is one of New York City’s cultural treasures, dedicated to preserving and celebrating the story of the 19th century African-American community of Weeksville, a nationally significant, exceptionally well-documented and rare extant example of an independent African-American community organized by Black entrepreneurs and land investors to promote economic, social, and political rights.

The Opportunity

The Development Director is a new position within our executive team. The incumbent is responsible for the development and execution of all fundraising, marketing and communications activities for the organization. WHC is at a very important moment in the organization’s trajectory. A number of new staff recently joined the team across the organization at the senior leadership level, new programs are underway and revenue is expected to diversify. This is an ideal time and position for a candidate who appreciates the opportunity to build a team and help determine the direction of fundraising at Weeksville Heritage Center. The Director of Development will work with the CEO and others to craft a vision of a progressive arts, culture, and historical organization that is focused on engaging the public through programs, education, preservation and collections. This new position provides an exciting opportunity to work with a dynamic team to help craft the next iteration of Weeksville Heritage Center.

Primary Responsibilities

Development & Finance

  • Create and implement an annual fundraising strategy to support programs, education, collections and preservation and general operating expenses
  • Develop and implement an institutional giving strategy for solicitation of major gifts, foundation and government grants, including the corporate membership program
  • Lead and support the planning and coordination of President and CEO fundraising efforts including active engagement of the Board of Trustees and individual donors
  • Consult with the President and CEO and the Finance Consultant on the annual budget and assist in the preparation of all project budgets
  • Monitor and update monthly, quarterly, and annual projections based on revenue
  • Present fundraising updates and projections to the Board of Trustees
  • Identify, cultivate, increase and renew grants and contributions from institutional partners
  • Plan, organize, and supervise special events for solicitation and cultivation purposes, including the institution’s annual spring fundraiser Gala, regular fundraisers, year-round donor engagement and cultivation events
  • Coordinate, edit, and approve all proposals, correspondence, and appeal letters to all funding sources
  • Support the development of a strategy and business plan to identify new and current sources of funding for the capital campaign
  • Oversee government funding and support from the local, agency, state, federal, and international level
  • Work with development staff to write or edit reports to funders on all funded projects
  • Work closely with Marketing Manager to enhance development initiatives and fundraising campaigns

Administration & Supervision

  • Supervise, mentor and advise the development staff
  • Oversee comprehensive updates, tracking, and maintenance of the fundraising database, including membership lists, records, donors, and fundraising calendar
  • Oversee outside consultants engaged for development, government affairs and institutional giving
  • Oversee key data sources/tools, including but not limited to:
    • WHC’s Customer Relationship Management system (Kindful);
    • DevPro (development projections tracker); and
    • Transaction Reports
  • Attend interdepartmental meetings of senior staff and hold regular department meetings
  • Strategize and determine department goals, set timelines, and track progress with WHC’s performance management process
  • Review staff performance in collaboration with the President and CEO; deliver constructive feedback in an appropriate and fair manner; collect staff input and feedback
  • Actively participate in management meetings and encourage dialogue, attend events and industry gatherings, support colleagues by attending museum programmatic events

Board Management

  • Build strong relationships with Board of Trustees and supporters
  • Provide support for WHC’s Nominating & Governance and Development Committees, including:
    • Running board committee meetings (drafting agendas and materials, providing action items);
    • Compiling quarterly Development reports for Board meetings; and
    • Attending full Board meetings on an as needed basis
Required Skills, Knowledge, and Qualifications
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Nonprofit Management, Business Administration, Communications/Public Relations, a related field, or equivalent work experience
  • Minimum five years of experience in development, including prior leadership experience in a non-profit organization with a successful track record in fundraising, development operations, and communications
  • Demonstrated knowledge of local, state and national fundraising community and relate opportunities
  • Experience with Microsoft Suite, Google Workspace, and CRM (preferably Kindful and/or SALSA)
  • Ability to take initiative, be resourceful, and a creative approach to problem-solving
  • Experience managing teams, problem-solving and planning capabilities
  • Must possess superior communications skills alongside strong ethics and a team ethos
  • Experience working with a clear understanding of historic preservation, contemporary arts, culture and education and public engagement
  • Experience with Microsoft Office suite, Google suite, Asana and other project management systems
  • Strong critical thinking skills and ability to implement plans
Salary and Benefits

This is a full-time exempt position with a salary range of $110,000 to $120,000 annually. Weeksville Heritage Center offers a benefits package that is competitive with the market, including medical, dental, and vision insurance; a retirement plan that employees can contribute to after the eligibility period, and paid vacation, paid sick leave, and personal days with the option for a hybrid work schedule.

How to Apply

Submit a resume and cover letter to: inquiries@weeksvillesociety.org. Please include Development Director in the subject line and include where you found this job posting in the body of your email. Only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. Thank you for your interest in the position.

Weeksville Heritage Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All candidates for employment are considered without regard to race, color, age, religion, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, physical disability, military or veteran status, genetic information or any other basis protected by applicable federal, state or local law.