Now Hiring ~ Director of Development and Communication

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Release Date: 
Friday, September 9, 2016

The Chester County Historical Society (CCHS) seeks a collaborative Director of Development and Communication who coordinates all aspects of the Society’s advancement and communication efforts. The Director of Development and Communication is part of the CCHS Leadership team that is responsible for meeting the income requirements of the CCHS operating budget. Its annual fundraising goal is currently $1.7-million. An immediate priority is to raise the remaining $800,000 needed for a $3.7-million project that will install new permanent exhibition galleries. The Director assists the President in her capacity as spokesperson for CCHS and presents the Society and its mission to key stakeholders. He/she manages a development staff of two.


The Director of Development and Communication is responsible for fundraising, membership and communication activities that include, but are not limited to:

  • Establishing and implementing a comprehensive development and communications plan;
  • Cultivating and managing relationships with all donors, including members, the corporate community, government entities and foundations;
  • Working with the President and Board of Trustees to conduct personal solicitations of major donors and to identify new prospects;
  • Identifying and securing financial support, sponsorships and in-kind donations for CCHS programs, events and exhibits;
  • Increasing the CCHS membership base of 1,100 and enhancing the use of social media to expand the Society’s presence in local and regional markets;
  • Designing and executing annual fund appeals;
  • Preparing/ submitting new and renewal grant applications; maintaining a grants calendar.
  • Overseeing the design and production of all printed and electronic materials;
  • Supervising the work of the Venue Sales/Marketing Manager to maximize revenues stream from CCHS facility rentals; supervising CCHS Database Manager and preparing statistical reports as needed. 
  • Overseeing the planning and execution of major events such as the annual Antiques Show, the Gala/Founders Dinner, previews for changing exhibit openings, and other events and fundraising activities as scheduled.


Candidates must have at least three years of development experience, preferably in arts, cultural or educational organizations. The successful candidate will be current with best practices and strategies in the development field and demonstrate a proven track record in grant writing as well as in managing and growing a donor base. Some supervisory experience is preferred. The successful candidate will be creative, tenacious, well-organized, results-oriented, and a strategic thinker who collaborates easily with others. Excellent communication and interpersonal skills are required.  Experience with Raiser’s Edge is a plus. An interest in history and familiarity with a museum environment and the Chester County giving community are desirable. A Bachelor’s degree is required; an advanced degree preferred.  This is a full-time position, subject to CCHS’ flex schedule policy with benefits. 

By September 30, interested persons should submit a letter of interest, résumé and brief writing sample to Director of Development Job, CCHS, 225 N. High Street, West Chester, PA  19380-2658, or email to No phone calls please.


CCHS has collected and interpreted materials about Chester County history since 1893.  Three hundred years of local history are represented in permanent collections of 80,000 museum artifacts; a special collections library of 20,000 reference books and 750,000 manuscripts; and 80,000 archived photo images. The Society is located in the culturally-rich Brandywine River Valley, about 30 miles west of Philadelphia. CCHS is an equal opportunity employer, committed to non-discriminatory policies. More information about CCHS is available at