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Nordic Heritage Museum

Director of Development

Nordic Heritage Museum
Seattle, Washington, United States

Date Posted: 03/14/2013
Categories: Fundraising
Job Type: Full-Time

Job Description:

Located in Seattle’s historic Ballard neighborhood, The Nordic Heritage Museum honors the heritage and accomplishments of thousands of Nordic immigrants who flocked to the Northwest at the turn of the 20th century. As an internationally recognized museum and cultural center, the Museum inspires people of all backgrounds by sharing and exhibiting the culture, values, traditions, art, and spirit of the Nordic peoples, and seeks their next Development Director to support and foster this mission. With a major capital campaign well underway to construct a grand, new facility in the heart of Ballard, this is a unique opportunity to join an organization that is on a trajectory to achieve something extraordinary.


As a member of the institution’s leadership team, the Director develops and executes short and long-term growth strategies and development initiatives for the organization. The position also oversees the Development staff. Responsibilities include the management of capital, annual, and endowment campaigns, major gifts, foundation and government grants, corporate relations, fundraising events, and the planned giving and membership programs. The Museum is currently in the midst of a capital campaign to fund the construction of a new facility, and the Director must work in collaboration with executive leadership to move the campaign to completion. Additionally, s/he will oversee the organization and execution of three primary events annually.


The Nordic Heritage Museum seeks an experienced fund development professional with demonstrated success in philanthropic support. The ideal candidate will possess an understanding of current philanthropic trends and stewardship practices. S/he will work to expand the donor base, broadening visibility locally with the goal of increasing major donor and planned giving support. The Director will be a skilled and charismatic manager, possessing excellent communication skills and a drive to succeed.


Candidates must possess a Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent), as well as five (5) years of relevant experience and knowledge of non-profit business practices. Experience in an institution focused on arts, culture, or heritage preservation would be beneficial. Competitive candidates will possess a demonstrated track record of consistently achieving revenue targets and increasing philanthropic support for other organizations. Finally, candidates with experience managing and supervising the work of other development professionals will be given preference.


The Nordic Heritage Museum is a progressive, equal opportunity employer and all candidates are encouraged to apply. To do so, please send a cover letter and resume as soon as possible to Ed Rogan at To view the full position specification, please visit