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Travellers Rest Historic House Museum

Director of Development

Travellers Rest Historic House Museum


Job Summary

Position Summary

The Director of Development is the senior staff member responsible for donor relations and fundraising for Travellers Rest. He/she reports to the Executive Director and works closely with a volunteer Board of Directors.

Job Responsibilities

Key Responsibilities

 Fund Development

  • Develop and oversee annual fund campaign. Current goal is $100,000.
  • Develop the plan and implement the overall strategy for direct mail and email marketing to reach or exceed the current goal of $100,000 for the annual fund.
  • Cultivate and steward relationships with current and prospective donors through personal visits and various types of direct communication. Meet with major donors and community leaders. Actively cultivate giving from individuals as unrestricted gifts and initiate active follow-up efforts.  Utilize best practices to identify, evaluate, cultivate, solicit, and steward prospective and current donors and friends of Travellers Rest.
  • Develop and annually update a fundraising plan. Plan and execute the fundraising plan for annual fund, personal solicitations, planned giving, and events.   
  • Direct grant development and grant management program to fund budget.  Capable of grant writing and reporting.
  • Lead in planning and executing one major annual fundraising event.
  • Direct a planned giving program.  
  • Foster meaningful relationships to cultivate and solicit major and planned gifts at the $5,000 level and higher through a portfolio of 50-75 individual donors.
  • Capable of working on a capital campaign launch.

Financial Management

  • Assist the Executive Director in preparing a yearly budget that reflects the organization’s strategic and operational goals.
  • Work with the Executive Director and Comptroller to conduct Travellers Rest’s financial affairs in line with the operational budget, developed with the Board of Directors.
  • Maintain awareness of the financial position and policies and initiate action as needed to ensure financial stability.

Communications and Public Relations

  • Develop and oversee production of collateral materials for development efforts, including appeal letters, the annual report, development brochures, invitations for fundraising events, and messaging for donors.
  • Assist with marketing, communications and public relations as needed.

Other Duties as Assigned

  • Coordinate individual travel and manage travel budget and expenses.
  • Assist with and participate in donor activities and events.
  • Provide input and leadership in the development and implementation of the organization’s goals and objectives and assure alignment with the Travellers Rest strategic plan.
  • Seek out and engage in professional development opportunities to increase skills and knowledge of fundraising.
  • Participate in staff meetings, prospect strategy meetings, finance committee meetings, case management, annual planning, and regular progress meetings.
  • Assist with additional needs of the organization as assigned.

Time Commitments

  • Generally Monday-Friday 37.5 hours a week; some nights and weekends when needed.
  • Extensive in-state travel.
  • Potential for working some hours remotely after 90-day probationary period.


The Candidate

Experience & Qualifications

Travellers Rest seeks an experienced fundraiser with demonstrated leadership in a non-profit setting, and preferably at a museum/historic site. This includes fund development, grant writing and management, planned giving, community outreach, supervising staff, working with the Board of Directors, and in the future, a capital campaign.

Professional Characteristics

  • Graduation from an accredited university with a bachelor’s degree; advanced degree and/or CFRE, ACFRE, certificate in fundraising or non-profit management a plus.
  • 3-5 years of experience in advancement.
  • Working knowledge of nonprofit fundraising policies and procedures.
  • Working knowledge of nonprofit fiscal management, including fund accounting and budgeting and a track record for being fiscally responsible is desired.
  • Demonstrated ability in public speaking, written and oral communication, and outstanding interpersonal relations.
  • Experience in grant writing procedures.
  • Must maintain a valid driver’s license and wireless service in order to carry out the responsibilities associated with the position.

Personal Characteristics:

The candidate must have a passion for the mission of Travellers Rest and the Nashville community to effectively support the programs and services that the historic site provides. The individual will be highly proactive, capable of quickly identifying critical issues and developing plans and programs to accomplish objectives. Strong organizational skills are required, and exemplary interpersonal and written communication skills are essential.  The successful candidate must be self-motivated, intuitive, and willing to take initiative. The successful candidate will display a level of integrity, maturity, compassion, and a leadership style that will create trust and confidence. The candidate must be energetic, positive, intelligent, with a strong sense of team to help grow the organization.


Additional Information


Benefits include health, dental, vision, paid holidays, and vacation time.


How to Apply

Applicants should submit a letter of interest and a current resume by email to:

Katie O’Bryan, Executive Director

Travellers Rest Historic House Museum, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer.


  • Date Posted: April 20, 2022
  • Type: Full-Time
  • Job Function: Fundraising / Revenue Development
  • Service Area: Arts / Culture
  • Salary Range: $55,000-$60,000
  • Working Hours: 37.5 hours/week