Topic ID #40883 - posted 4/5/2019 9:23 AM

Senior Vice President & Chief Development Officer, Colonial Williamsburg Foundation

Colonial Williamsburg seeks a Senior Vice President & Chief Development Officer to work in partnership with President & CEO Mitchell B. Reiss to sustain and build on a new era of growth.


Colonial Williamsburg is a living history museum of America’s enduring story, boasting over 40 sites and trades, 4 historic taverns, and 2 world-class art museums. Located at one corner of Virginia’s Historic Triangle, Colonial Williamsburg takes visitors outside of history textbooks and back in time, immersing them in an 18th-century city and enabling them to walk along the path of freedom and linger in the footsteps of the ordinary men and women—black, white, and Native American; conquered, slave, and free—who created a new country.


Under former Ambassador Mitchell B. Reiss’s leadership, the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation achieved a watershed year in 2017. It increased visitorship, beat financial projections by $4M, broke ground on a major art museum expansion, and restored hospitality properties to strengthen the Foundation’s earned income stream. The results have garnered widespread attention in Forbes magazine, Virginia Gazette, the Daily Press, and more.


The new SVP & Chief Development Officer (CDO)) will continue this revitalization within the development department, one of four divisions in the Foundation’s Core Operations Group. The SVP & CDO will lead the comprehensive evaluation, restructuring, and integration of a complex program that includes 50 full- and part-time employees responsible for major, principal, and planned giving, the CW Fund and donor society engagement, corporate relations, special events, and foundation and government grants. With the SVP & CDO’s leadership, the Foundation will design a world-class fundraising program that will retire debt from Colonial Williamsburg’s past and mobilize the funders of its future.


The ideal Senior Vice President & Chief Development Officer will have:


  • 10 years of progressively responsible experience in development and in supervisory or management positions; prior experience in a cultural institution preferred.
  • Exceptional track record of leading, developing, and executing fundraising and business development initiatives in a complex, multi-disciplinary organization or company.
  • Ability to lead, influence, and motivate a staff and volunteer team
  • Record of soliciting major gifts, corporate and family foundations, and public agencies.
  • Capital and endowment campaign experience is desirable.
  • Knowledge of marketing principles, relevant current technologies, and emerging e-commerce fundraising techniques is also a plus.
  • B.A./B.S. required; Master’s degree preferred.


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