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Director of Development

To Apply

Please send resumes to:


The HistoryMakers
1900 S. Michigan Ave. | Chicago, IL 60616


[email protected]

The HistoryMakers, a national non profit educational institution committed to preserving, developing and providing easy access to an internationally recognized archival collection of thousands of African American video oral history interviews (  Annual revenues are currently $1.5-$2 million but seek to grow to $3 million annually. The Director of Development will report directly to the President. (S)he must have worked with a small non profit, had prior successful experience with event fundraising, capital campaigns, major gifts, annual campaigns, gift solicitations, naming opportunities and individual, corporate and foundation giving. A prior grant writing background would be preferred and academic training in the humanities a plus.


  • Significant knowledge of event fundraising, major giving, annual and capital campaigns.
  • Ability to develop and manage the systems, procedures and strategies to secure major gifts.
  • Excellent interpersonal, organizational, written and verbal communications skills.
  • Experience with federal, corporate and foundation grants.
  • Event planning experience of upscale small and large events.
  • Interacting professionally with diverse individuals of means, including donors and volunteers.
  • Significant project management experience and great administrative skills.
  • Knowledge of the educational, humanities-related, museum or other archival fields.
  • Bachelor’s or master’s degree.

Job Responsibilities

  • Play an instrumental role in planning and implementing The HistoryMakers An Evening With…celebrity interview PBS-TV interview series as well as smaller events.
  • Develop solicitation strategies that meet The HistoryMakers’ fundraising goal.
  • Develop an excellent understanding of the organization, its programs, goals, and clientele, and be able to articulate these in a compelling and ethical manner to donor prospects.
  • Research, write, and submit proposals on a timely basis to secure appropriate funding
  • Develop and maintain a project tracking system for timely submission of reports and follow-up activities.
  • Represent The HistoryMakers at all times professionally and adhere to The HistoryMakers confidentiality and ethics procedures.
  • Perform all other duties as from time to time assigned.
  • Travel as needed.  Candidate should own a car and have a valid driver’s license and
  • Other duties as assigned.


This individual must demonstrate a commitment to the mission of The HistoryMakers and the ability to function in a mission-oriented organization.

Highly proficient in MS Office, Word, Access. Excel and FileMaker Pro

Salary & Benefits

The HistoryMakers competitive benefits package includes 403(b), PTO, health, vision and dental insurance, tuition reimbursement and school loan repayment assistance.