Development Director

Historical Society of Cheshire County

General Summary

The Development Director will administer the development and marketing activities of the Society, and specifically those necessary to implement the organization’s current strategic plan.  This position will help to administer the implementation of that plan. This is a 40 hour per week position reporting to the Executive Director.

The Development Director shall support the mission of the Historical Society to collect, preserve and communicate the history of Cheshire County.



  • Act as chief development officer for the Society.
  • Work with Executive Director and Development Committee on development, fundraising activities, planned giving, and the preparation of a development plan.
  • Research and prepare grant proposals.
  • Serve as major gifts officer.
  • Coordinate donor and member cultivation.
  • Serve as a member of the Development Committee.


  • Build the brand of the Historical Society.
  • Lead and expand the work of the development and marketing staff to insure effective marketing and public relations for the organization.
  • Expand communications through social media.


–    Work with the executive director to develop a plan to accomplish the goals set forth in

the strategic plan adopted by the board.

–    Work with staff, trustees and volunteers to implement the plan.  Major elements of the

plan include enlarging or reconfiguring elements of programs, facilities, collections,

staffing, and finance and development.

–    Supervise staff assigned to development office.

–    Oversee the enhancement of the Society’s volunteer program and procedures.

–    Report to the board regularly on development activities, progress and expectations.

–    Undertake other duties as assigned by the executive director.

Qualifications and Abilities

This position requires experience in administration, development and marketing in a non-profit setting, as well as excellent written, verbal communication, organizational, and computer skills.  The Development Director should be energetic and creative, work well in a team environment, and be self-directed.  As part of a skilled staff, the position requires the ability to function as a contributing member of a team.

To apply, please send resume, letter of interest and three professional references to:

Alan Rumrill
Historical Society of Cheshire County
PO Box 803
Keene, NH 03431
Or email to:



The Historical Society of Cheshire County seeks a paid student intern for its historic Wyman Tavern Museum from mid-May through August 2016 for 15 hours per week.  S/he will be responsible for leading tours of the tavern during its regular open hours– Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 11am to 4pm.  S/he will also support and assist the Director of Education with historical research and program development while tours are not in session.  This may include assisting school tours and participating in the annual 18th century festival as well as the Society’s 18th century kid’s camp in July.

Skills Desired: Enthusiasm for engaging adult and child visitors; strong written and verbal communication skills; punctuality; research and organizational skills; creativity; attention to detail; great customer service skills; ability to work independently and as a team.

Intern will be expected to commit to a regular work schedule, be punctual and engaging, answer visitor questions, and attend training sessions and museum meetings as needed.

Interested students should contact the Director of Education, Jennifer Carroll, at 603-352-1895 or