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Seasonal Help Needed August Through December

For Ticket Sales. Must be available for days, weekend days and holidays. Customer service oriented a must. Please apply in person to Ticketing in the lobby at the Visitor Center, 1195 Baltimore Pike, Gettysburg PA or email completed application to sgrim@gettysburgfoundation.org. EOE

Part Time Leadership Program Assistant 

Essential Functions:

Work as an integral part of the leadership team to ensure all leadership programs function efficiently and effectively
Promote the Gettysburg National Military Park and Gettysburg Foundation and fulfill the Foundation’s preservation and educational mission through each leadership program
Assist with scheduling various components of the leadership program including tickets, transportation, meals, facility rentals, etc. depending on the client’s itinerary
Assist with contact (mailings, phone calls and meetings) to potential clients
Assist with the leadership program calendar via Outlook
Assist with the production of leadership materials such as folders and program manuals including the placement of NPS/GF materials (membership brochures and maps)
Accompany and serve as staff support for leadership programs on the Battlefield and in the classroom
Attend and participate in regular department meetings


HS Diploma. Knowledge of the Battlefield and surrounding area helpful.
Good Verbal and Written Communication Skills
Interest in or desire to learn Civil War history specifically regarding the Battle of Gettysburg
Must be able to work a Flexible workweek including some nights and weekends
Possess strong organization/multitasking skills
Ability to accompany programs outdoors for approximately 9 hours during weather extremes and traverse all areas where the program is held
Ability to lift, carry, climb, sit, etc. for various events
Ability to use most office equipment and Microsoft Office products such as Word, Excel, Outlook, and Publisher
Strong team orientation

Please send resume or completed application to sgrim@gettysburgfoundation.org. EOE

Gettysburg Foundation Senior Director of Development

The Gettysburg Foundation seeks to recruit a Senior Director of Development.

About Gettysburg Foundation

The Gettysburg Foundation’s mission, in partnership with the National Park Service (NPS), is to enhance the preservation and understanding of the heritage and lasting significance of Gettysburg and its national parks.  The Foundation focuses its work primarily on the battle of Gettysburg and its context in the American Civil War, as well as President Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address.  Assistance is also given to occasionally support the Eisenhower National Historic Site, President Dwight D. Eisenhower’s residence in the Gettysburg community.

The Gettysburg Foundation is a result of the merging of two active groups dedicated to preserving Gettysburg’s history: the Gettysburg National Battlefield Museum Foundation and the Friends of the National Parks at Gettysburg.  The Foundation is a non-profit 501(c) (3) educational organization. The Gettysburg National Battlefield Museum Foundation was established in 1998.  Working with the National Park Service, it was established to raise the funds needed to build a new Museum and Visitor Center; to ensure the preservation of an extensive collection of Civil War-era archival materials, objects and artifacts; to conserve the massive Gettysburg Cyclorama painting; and to return portions of the battlefield to their 1863 appearance.

The Friends of the National Parks at Gettysburg was started in 1989 by a small group of concerned citizens who wanted to help preserve the Gettysburg National Military Park and the Eisenhower National Historic Site.  After its founding, the Friends became a national leader in battlefield landscape preservation, land protection, monument restoration, and education.  The two organizations merged, becoming the Gettysburg Foundation, in mid-2006.  The Foundation’s innovative non-profit partnership with the National Park Service (NPS) has been called a model for the entire NPS, combining the academic legacy, interpretive expertise, and preservation resources of the NPS with the valuable public outreach capabilities, and private financial support of the Gettysburg Foundation.  Today, the Foundation has nearly 20,000 members, or “friends” around the country and the world. Each year, more than a million people visit the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center, including more than 100,000 school children who come from all over the country.  The Gettysburg National Military Park Museum & Visitor Center is one of the only privately owned and privately funded Visitor Centers in the national park system. 

The Gettysburg Foundation’s broad preservation mission includes work in land preservation, battlefield rehabilitation to enhance interpretation of the story of the battle of Gettysburg, monument and cannon preservation, artifact preservation and education.  Examples include but are not limited to:

  • Over $105 million was raised for the design and construction of the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center.  This 139,000 state-of-the-art square foot facility opened in 2008 and is LEED Gold certified.  It is the only privately-owned and operated visitor center in the entire national park system.  With a budget of nearly $13 million, all operational funding is generated from several revenue streams; the Foundation does not rely on public funding for operations.  Nearly 1 million people visit the facility each year.
  • Between 1989 and mid-2006, nearly 500 acres of battlefield and historic land were acquired for donation to the park, or had easements placed on them that were donated to the park. 
  • Miles of utility lines were buried, and demolition of non-historic structures, the National Tower and the old Cyclorama building allowed for restoration of the landscape to its 1863 appearance.
  • The Foundation acquired the 80-acre George Spangler farm in 2008, site of the 11th Corps hospital and where Confederate General Lewis Armistead died. Demolition of non-historic structures at the farm occurred in 2012, restoration of summer kitchen in 2013, and interpretive programs for the public started in 2013.
  • The “Treasures of the Civil War” special exhibit opened June 2013 for three to five years with artifacts never before displayed in Gettysburg that reflect the life and the story of 13 legendary leaders of the Civil War.


For more information about Gettysburg Foundation, please visit: www.gettysburgfoundation.org.

About the Position

The Senior Director reports to the President and serves as a part of the leadership team. He/she will be responsible for growing philanthropic investments in the Gettysburg Foundation through the strategic stewardship with board, members, volunteers, and other critical stakeholders.

The Senior Director should bring an engaging capacity and excitement to build public private partnerships to help achieve the Foundation’s strategic goals. In addition to providing internal leadership, the Senior Director will expand the reach and influence of the Foundation through interactions with public, private, and philanthropic leaders.

The Senior Director should be an individual who thrives on working with leaders who are passionate about investing in the organization’s mission and vision. A critical priority for the Senior Director will be to successfully execute a multi-million capital campaign and put in place a sustainable system for cultivating and securing philanthropic support. The Senior Director should have a proven track record of success leading capital campaigns, working with high net worth individuals and possessing a demonstrated capacity to engage a high powered nonprofit board of private and public sector leaders. The Senior Director will work with his/her colleagues to create an alignment among the key functions within the Foundation.

The broad objectives for the Senior Director of Development, include:

  •  Support and partner with the President and volunteer leaders on all major fundraising initiatives.
  • Actively work with the President and development staff to create and implement a comprehensive development strategy for individuals that includes annual fund, planned and major gifts and for private and corporate foundations.
  • Provide strategic leadership, inspiration, planning, and oversight for all the fundraising and donor recruitment efforts.
  • In conjunction with the President and Campaign Committee leadership as well as outside counsel, plan and launch a multi-million capital campaign.
  • Refine and renew the Foundation’s major donor programs, including the design and execution of annual giving programs and development of near- and long-term major donor strategies.
  • Explore and implement opportunities for creative partnerships and philanthropic investment opportunities that promote investment at a greater scale in all areas of the Foundation’s work.
  • Work in close partnership with the President and other senior management in order to ensure a working culture for all staff that is positive, creative, and highly collegial.


Professional Qualifications and Personal Attributes:

The Senior Director should ideally possess the following professional qualifications and personal attributes:

Professional Qualifications:

  • Demonstrate a record of innovative leadership within the nonprofit, philanthropic, private or public sector.
  • Experience building a comprehensive fundraising operation which aligns all aspects of revenue development.
  • Experience working and thriving in close partnership with an engaged Board of Directors.
  • Experience working with complex budgets, possessing sophisticated financial analytical skills and an interest in evaluation and performance measurement metrics.
  •  Ability to generate and deliver clear and persuasive oral and written communications.
  • Ability to inspire trust, to organize people into teams and to motivate team members to work well together.
  • Ability to lead and manage a dedicated professional team.


Personal Attributes

  • Passionate commitment to the Foundation’s mission.
  • Ability to listen to others and learn from their best ideas.
  • Intellectual curiosity, coupled with an innovative and entrepreneurial drive.
  • Humility and grace, flexibility, an ability to give credit and recognition to others.
  • Impeccable integrity, high energy level, and the possession of a sense of humor.



Compensation for the Senior Director of Development includes a competitive salary and an excellent package of health and other employee benefits.

How to Apply

Interested candidates should email a cover letter explaining how your skills and background fit this position and a resume to: Daniel Sherman, President, Explore Company at resumes@explorecompany.com. Refer to GF/SDD in the subject line. No phone inquiries please.

Gettysburg Foundation is committed to diversity and invites individuals who bring a diversity of culture, experience and ideas to apply.

All correspondence will remain confidential.

Grants Officer

Position Summary:
Under the direction of the Development Director, the Grants Officer will have the lead staff role in developing the overall strategy and program implementation plan for the Gettysburg Foundation’s grants program. The Grants Officer is responsible for developing and cultivating relationships with Foundations and identifying and matching projects to appropriate foundations and other funding sources and producing compelling funding proposals to foundations, corporations, and government sources that reflect the organization’s strategic opportunities and priorities. This position will collaborate with internal staff within the Foundation and National Park Service to identify and match funding opportunities with institutional priorities, coordinating extensively in order to write, assemble, and submit grant requests and reports. Keeps updated on project developments.


  • Bachelor’s degree and five years of progressively responsible grants management experience with a proven track record of fundraising success;
  • Communications or professional writing experience;
  • Experienced not-for-profit fundraising and administrative background;
  • Outstanding skills and experience in building, cultivating and stewarding relationships with internal and external stakeholders.
  • Proven track record of being a team player and experienced in collaborating on multi-disciplinary teams
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills along with outstanding social skills, instincts, judgment and integrity;
  • Exhibit high ethical standards of conduct and confidentiality in dealing with various internal and external constituencies;
  • Ambitious and motivated professional, who values working with committed colleagues in a fast-paced, collaborative environment.
  • Significant knowledge of the application of software tools including MS Office and Raiser’s Edge essential

Please email resume and cover letter with salary requirements to sgrim@gettysburgfoundation.org. EOE.

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