Director of Advancement

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Director of Advancement


The Director of Advancement is the leader of Maryland Humanities’ (MH) advancement efforts and serves as a key member of MH’s leadership team as a Senior Staff member. They will lead the advancement team in a unified strategy for institutional development–including all activities related to short-term and long-term advocacy, fundraising, marketing, and communications. They do this while ensuring that the advancement team works collaboratively and purposefully towards advancing the mission of Maryland Humanities and the goals of the strategic plan, Humanities Now.

They are a strategic leader who will play an important role in fostering innovation and collaboration within advancement staff. They will support the success of the department and ensure that communication lines stay open. They will actively incorporate MH’s equity and inclusion lens in all the work that they do.

The Director of Advancement reports to the Executive Director (ED), supervises a Communications Specialist and a Grants Specialist, and works in close collaboration with Senior Staff to assist in leading Maryland Humanities, understanding the needs of the organization and leading resource growth and development to meet those needs.


Salary Range: $80,000-$85,000
FLSA Status: Exempt; Permanent; Full-Time
Reports to: Executive Director
Working Conditions: Hybrid
Supervisory Responsibilities: This position will supervise the Grants Specialist and Communications Specialist



Fundraising (60%)

  • Develop, manage, and execute long-term institutional development goals in alignment with the strategic plan as well as annual fundraising plans to achieve short-term income goals
  • Cultivate and steward relationships with private funders—individuals and organizations
  • Solicit both restricted and unrestricted gifts from individual funders, including direct mail, electronic mail and web-based campaigns, and annual report
  • Develop, manage, and execute special events
  • Manage the solicitation of institutional funders (businesses, corporations, foundations, government agencies, nonprofits)
  • Manage deliverables of sponsorship and donor benefits, including maintenance of acknowledgement on website and social media platforms

Advocacy (20%)

  • Lead efforts to increase local, state, and federal funding
  • Cultivate and steward relationships with public funders—local, state, and federal elected officials and their staff and government agency personnel
  • Manage all official correspondence with elected officials, incl. invitations to events and tracking RSVPs; relevant updates and/or press coverage in districts; etc.

Marketing & Promotion (15%)

  • Develop, manage, and execute long-term institutional marketing and promotional goals in alignment with the strategic plan as well as annual communications plans to achieve short-term marketing and promotional goals
  • Ensure the consistent application of the organization’s brand across all communications vehicles, including programmatic and fundraising collateral, the website, social media accounts, and electronic communications

Administrative (5%)

  • Manage customer relationship management (CRM) database, eTapestry, incl. gift processing and acknowledgment; preparing queries and exports for solicitation; preparing donor reports; data integrity; etc.
  • Prepare and process bulk mailings in collaboration with requesting staff members
  • Assist with training of staff on CRM policies and procedures

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Job Details (for job postings)

Job Category: Executive (CEO, Director, President)
Position Type: Full Time
Salary Range (annual): $75,000-$100,000
Experience: -
Education Level: -