Topic ID #37168 - posted 7/1/2016 10:30 AM

Development Director - Hearthstone Historic House Museum


Guided by an ambitious strategic plan, and governed by an engaged and dedicated Board of Directors and volunteers, The Friends of Hearthstone, Inc. is seeking a Development Director to contribute to the growth in funding and visitors to Hearthstone, an historic house museum in Appleton, Wisconsin. This is a 2-year, part-time, grant-funded position, reporting to the President of the Board of Directors.

On September 30, 1882, the Henry J. Rogers home, now known as Hearthstone (, became the first private residence in the world to be lit by hydroelectricity from a central power station using the Edison system. Hearthstone Historic House Museum is a living example of this early technological innovation. Hearthstone's rare 1882 Edison light switches and electroliers still are in operation. It is possible that Hearthstone is the sole surviving example of wiring and fixtures in their original location from the dawn of the electrical age.

In addition, this Queen Anne style, Victorian era home designed by William Water has been lovingly restored to the historic 1880-1895 era. The home is listed on the State and National Register of Historic Places.

Major Responsibilities:
• works closely with the Board of Directors to cultivate and solicit major individual donors, corporations and foundations
• provides strategic leadership in developing fundraising, friend-raising, marketing, and communications plans
• leads Hearthstone’s fundraising efforts by acting as Head of the Fundraising Cabinet
• builds strong relationships with the Board, volunteers, and major donors
• with the Board of Directors devises and coordinates restricted fundraising strategies, goals, donor management, grant writing, proposal development, and messaging for the organization
• expands local fundraising support through growth in existing museum memberships, corporate sponsorships, and/or development of new efforts
• represents Hearthstone visibly in the community, attending community and local organizations’ meetings, events, and functions
• engages the Fox Cities’ population and beyond through strategic outreach efforts
• works closely with the Board of Directors on Hearthstone’s effort to develop a strong state and national presence through marketing and outreach
• with the Volunteer Coordinator plans and implements donor related programs, activities and events

In addition the Development Director will:
• serve on the Marketing Cabinet, providing a strategic advisory role in developing marketing and communications plan
• regularly report on the progress of all fundraising activities
• develop, maintain, and manage the annual expense budget for Development
• manage the membership program
• develop and track proposals and reports for all foundation, government, and corporate funders

The ideal candidate will:
• have palpable enthusiasm for Hearthstone’s mission, and ability/willingness/passion to share that enthusiasm with others
• have a proven ability to build internal and external relationships
• have strong written and oral communications skills, and a high degree of initiative and attention to detail
• exhibit diplomacy and maintain a high level of poise and professionalism in all circumstances
• be highly organized with a proven ability to work well under pressure and manage multiple projects/deadlines
• be familiar with the concept of mobile-first fundraising and text-to-donate capabilities

Minimum required: Bachelor’s degree or comparable experience, with at least three years relevant experience in development or related areas.

Please send a cover letter and resumé, and the names, email addresses and phones numbers of 3 professional references to:

Cheryl Kaczmarek, President
The Friends of Hearthstone, Inc.
Hearthstone Historic House Museum
625 W. Prospect Ave.
Appleton, WI 54911-6042

or email to:

No phone calls, please. Consideration of candidates will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

The Friends of Hearthstone, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer. This organization does not and will not discriminate in employment and personnel practices on the basis of race, sex, age, handicap, religion, national origin or any other basis prohibited by applicable law. The Friends of Hearthstone, Inc. is a non-profit organization under section 501(c)(3) of the United States Internal Revenue Code.

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