Hayes Presidential seeking director of development

The Hayes Presidential Library & Museums is seeking a full-time director of development. Interested candidates should send a resume and cover letter to:

Tom Smith

Director of Human Resources

Hayes Presidential Library & Museums

Spiegel Grove

Fremont, OH 43420

The information also can be emailed to [email protected]. For questions, contact Tom Smith at 419-332-2081.


The job description:



This individual serves in a revenue generating position with prescribed financial targets. He/she will assist the Trustees, Executive Director, and Staff in setting fund raising goals and will undertake and support activities to achieve these goals. He/she must have the ability to communicate clearly and concisely the mission, vision, and priorities. In addition, the position assumes general responsibility for the Development Office and works closely with a marketing and communications manager who handles media contacts. The Development Director is responsible for donor and foundation research, donor cultivation, annual appeals, grant writing, planned giving, stewardship, and other development activities, working as a member of a team.  He/she reports to the Executive Director.


The Development Officer is responsible for the planning, coordination, and execution of:

  • Planned Giving Initiatives
  • Donor recruitment activities, including the execution of direct mail solicitations and special donor events
  • Marketing activities to promote designated Hayes Presidential Library & Museums priorities and fund raising events
  • Liaison activities with the various constituencies of the organization
  • An ongoing membership program
  • Collaboration with the Marketing & Communications office
  • Staff lead for the Development Committee of the Board of Trustees
  • Major gifts development
  • Donor giving records
  • Annual appeals and solicitation of sponsors for events
  • Corporate funding prospects
  • Research and meet with foundation grants officers
  • Grant proposals and foundation requests, as well as State and federal funding applications
  • Coordinate with programming staff to secure funding for events and programs
  • Schedule donor visits and provide tours of the museums and home
  • Capital campaigns


  • Works well as a member of a team, is a good collaborator
  • Outstanding writing skills and public speaking skills
  • Able to handle a variety of multiple tasks with attention to detail
  • Computer skills, including word processing, database management, spreadsheets
  • Basic research skills, on-line searching skills
  • Demonstrated inter-personal communication skills
  • Familiarity with basic marketing principles 


Work is performed in an office environment, individual homes and offices working frequently with staff and the public. Occasional weekend or evening work required.



  • Requires eye-hand coordination and manual dexterity sufficient to work with computers, printers, calculators, keyboard, photocopier, telephone, calculator, credit card equipment, and technical equipment.
  • Requires normal range of hearing and vision.
  • Extreme public contact with members, sponsors, donors and prospective donors, and members of the public who participate in the programs of the organization.
  • Requires the ability to view computer screen for long periods of time without eyestrain or stress.
  • Requires driving to other locations.
  • Requires coordinating indoor and outdoor activities.




Applicants must possess a B.A. in marketing, business, the liberal arts, museum studies or public history; and/or a minimum of five years’ experience in the non-profit fundraising sector. Applicants must have experience working with fundraising software and creating reports as needed; along with running successful annual and capital campaigns. The ability to retain and increase a strong donor base is vital. He/she should also possess experience working with corporate, museum, college/university, or non-profit management. Additional M.A. educational background and knowledge of Ohio or museum, history, non-profit philanthropy is advantageous.