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Gettysburg Foundation Chief Advancement Officer
The Gettysburg Foundation seeks to recruit a Chief Advancement Officer.
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 Chief Advancement Officer (CAO) reports to the President and serves as a part of the leadership team. He/she will be responsible for growing philanthropic investments in the Foundation through the strategic stewardship with board, members, volunteers, and other critical stakeholders.
The Chief Advancement Officer 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 CAO will expand the reach and influence of the Foundation through interactions with public, private, and philanthropic leaders.
The Chief Advancement Officer 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 CAO will be to successfully execute a multi-million capital campaign and put in place a sustainable system for cultivating and securing philanthropic support. The CAO 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 CAO will work with his/her colleagues to create an alignment among the key functions within the Foundation.
The broad objectives for the Chief Advancement Officer, 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 Chief Advancement Officer should ideally possess the following professional qualifications and personal attributes:
• 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.
• 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 Chief Advancement Officer 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Refer to GF/CAO 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.
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