The American Bookbinders Museum is hiring a Development Manager to facilitate and grow our fundraising program. The ideal candidate for this position is detail oriented, with strong written and oral communication skills, who is a go-getter excited by nonprofits and fundraising. The candidate will bring strong relationship management and fundraising skills to this role and will serve as a driving force behind our fundraising program. The Development Manager will work with the Executive Director, Board and staff, to cultivate donors of all kinds. Candidates must be committed to the long-term success of ABM’s mission. This position will assist in building our visibility, impact, and financial resources to support the ABM’s vision.

This newly created role is responsible for relationship management, donor prospecting, grant proposals, drafting reports, and fundraising systems and practices. This role will be a mixture of developing and executing fundraising efforts for the organization, building consistent outreach processes, and identifying new opportunities. Reporting to the Executive Director, the Development Manager will play a key role in expanding our development function and increasing organizational fundraising capacity to achieve our organizational goals.

About Us

The American Bookbinders Museum (ABM) is the only museum of its kind in North America. We tell the story of the book. We present the art and craft of western bookbinding, from a hand process in the 1600s through its 19th century mechanization, by preserving the tools, craft and practices of bookbinding.

This role is ideal for someone with the following traits:

  • 1-2 years of experience in fundraising, donor relations, business development, or sales
  • Interested the history of books, specifically bookbinding
  • Experienced in prospect researching and evaluating alignment between partners
  • Outgoing, energetic, with strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Able to wear many hats to pitch in and assist with any task in the museum

Specific responsibilities for this role:

  • Coordinate and execute a comprehensive fundraising program, including foundation, online giving, and major/individual gifts, in collaboration with the Executive Director and Board:
    • Develop and implement fundraising strategies to grow revenue from current and prospective donors, foundations and corporations
    • Manage consistent outreach to existing and potential donors directly or by providing materials to the Executive Director and Board
    • Identify new funding prospects by evaluating funder strategies and priorities
    • Coordinate ongoing day-to-day fundraising efforts using donor management platform and fundraising best practices
    • Lead the individual donor fundraising campaigns of major gifts, digital fundraising and recurring memberships
    • Manage a portfolio of prospects and current donors, executing plans to cultivate, solicit, steward, and thank all donors
    • Oversee the grants process, prepare impact reports, proposals and fulfill reporting obligations
    • Develop strategies for increasing other revenue streams, such as small-dollar donations, corporate sponsorships and peer-to-peer fundraising
  • Collaborate across the organization to develop and execute fundraising strategies:
    • Facilitate donor stewardship involving the Executive Director, Operations Manager and support board members in fundraising efforts
    • Work with the Executive Director and Operations Manager to complete and submit grant proposals, reports, and other institutional funder requirements
    • Work closely with the Executive Director and Operations Manager to develop marketing and outreach tactics to make the public more aware of the ABM, grow our donor base, and maximize recognition opportunities
    • Manage foundation grant calendar by tracking due dates and deadlines, coordinating proposal development with the appropriate staff, and assisting with the writing and submission of proposals, reports, and other updates
  • Develop and executive comprehensive donor communications:
    • Drive the cultivation, solicitation, follow-up and recognition communications for donations
    • Draft funder letters of interest, proposals, and reports
    • Recognize donors, create personalized correspondence, and process donations,
  • Direct use of our Donor Management platform and contact database by maintaining all fundraising data and pipelines, analyzing data, and producing reports for the board and senior staff.
    • Coordinate foundation and donor relationship management by identifying leads, conducting prospect research, and setting up meetings
    • Maintain donor records on current, past, and prospective individual and institutional funders by maintaining the donor database and all deeds of gifts
    • Plan, track, and analyze results of development efforts, utilizing data to modify fundraising strategy as appropriate

Required Skills and Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent education/work experience
  • 1-2 years professional experience in a nonprofit, fundraising environment or social-good setting; previous experience in nonprofit fundraising strongly desired
  • Experience in donor prospecting or business development and managing a fundraising pipeline to produce high-quality leads
  • Knowledge of principles and techniques relevant to securing individual and major gifts
  • Proven success in areas of individual, corporate, or foundation giving
  • Exceptional networking and relationship management skills
  • Organized and comfortable juggling many activities, with an eye to details
  • Able to work independently and collaboratively
  • Strong initiative, project management skills, able to prioritize tasks and meet deadlines
  • Committed to protecting confidential information
  • Exceptional communication skills, including writing and editing for development activities
  • Skills in MS Office Suite; Google Suite and donor management platforms
  • Able to convey the ABM’s mission and vision with passion and enthusiasm
  • Commitment to our equity goals

Working Conditions/Physical Demands

We have an open office space were all staff have individual work-spaces. As a small organization everyone pitches in and performs rotations of front-of house visitor experience, cleaning and disinfecting for COVID-19, and other miscellaneous facility maintenance activities that may include lifting and moving objects in the collection. All employees are required to attend occasional activities during evening and weekend hours like receptions and museum sponsored events. All employees must be able to speak knowledgeably about exhibits and the permanent collection to visitors and donors. Our regular business hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 9am-5pm.

To apply submit your resume and a brief cover letter to



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