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Director of Development

Historic Travellers Rest


Job Summary

The Director of Development is the senior staff member responsible for donor relations and fundraising for Historic Travellers Rest. He/she reports to the Executive Director, but works closely with a volunteer board of directors. This is a new position.


Job Responsibilities

Key Responsibilities

Fund Development

  • Develop and oversee annual fund campaign. Current goal is $110,000.
  • Cultivate and build relationships with current and prospective donors.
  • Develop and annually update a fund raising plan. Implement and manage board approved plan. 
  • Manage grant development and grant management program to fund budget.
  • Launch and manage a planned giving program.
  • Meet with major donors and community leaders to enhance and build relationships.
  • Manage resource development plan that actively cultivates giving from individuals as unrestricted gifts and has active follow-up efforts.
  • In future, plan and implement a capital campaign.

Financial Management

  • Present a yearly budget draft that reflects strategic and operational goals to the Board of Directors for review.
  • Work with the Operations Manager, Treasurer, and Accountant 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.
  • Ensure financial controls and recordkeeping are maintained by contractors and staff.
  • Maintain relationships and activities with banking institutions, accounting firm, insurance providers and major donors

Human Resources

  • Supervise Development staff, including data base manager (Kindful) and volunteers.
  • Coordinate Board Development committee in conjunction with the Executive Director.

Communications and Public Relations

  • Assist with marketing, communications and public relations as needed.
  • Develop and oversee production of collateral materials for development efforts, including development brochures, invitations for fund raising events, and messaging for museum donors.





Experience & Qualifications

Historic Travellers Rest seeks an experienced fund raiser with demonstrated leadership in a non-profit setting, and preferably in a museum. 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 at least a Bachelor’s degree and preferably a Master’s degree.
  • Preferably a CFRE certificate.
  • 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 fundraising and grant writing procedures.

Personal Characteristics:

The candidate must have a passion for the mission of Historic Travellers Rest and the Nashville community to effectively support the programs and services that the historic site provides. The individual will be capable of quickly identifying critical issues and developing plans and programs to accomplish objectives. 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, and with a strong sense of team to help establish and grow the organization.


Additional Information


Health care benefits are available.

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: February 25, 2020
  • Type: Full-Time
  • Job Function: Fundraising / Revenue Development
  • Service Area: Arts / Culture