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The Arizona Historical Society is a nonprofit organization and state agency established in 1864. AHS connects people through the power of Arizona’s history. AHS collects, preserves, and tells the story of Arizona’s past through museum exhibitions, libraries and archives, historic sites, educational programs, and the Journal of Arizona History. AHS seeks to be the driving force strengthening Arizona’s communities by promoting history through leadership, partnership, and scholarship.
Flagstaff, Phoenix/Tempe, Tucson, Yuma

Development Director

***This is a limited position for one year with the possibility of an extension***

Job Location:

1300 North College Avenue

Tempe, Arizona 85281

Posting Details:

Hourly Pay Rate: $42.00 

Grade: E1

This position will remain open until filled  

Job Summary:

The Development Director will be responsible for developing, managing, planning, coordinating and implementing policies, objectives and procedures of fundraising functions in accordance with the Agency's Mission and Strategic Plan.

The Development Director will identify and implement donor cultivation and solicitation strategies while working closely with volunteers, staff and management.

The Development Director will also work closely with the Marketing team, Grant Coordinator and Membership to establish personal cultivation and solicitation of major-gift donor prospects which includes cash and estate gifts.

Job Duties:
  • Collaborate with the Executive Director and Senior leaders on the strategic planning of new projects and initiatives with specific fundraising goals
  • Researches individual giving opportunities and schedules one-on-one visits with prospects and donors, working closely with membership coordinator
  • Manage through subordinate personnel the daily activities of assigned departments; remain current on personnel rules, policies, laws and accepted practices pertaining to the museum profession
  • Work closely with the Marketing team to develop strategies that shape future business opportunities and development the future of the museums and to educate the next generation of leaders who embody the changing business world
  • Works closely with Grant Coordinator to develop and maintain prospect portfolio, including contact reports and opportunities
  • Develops and manages relationships with new and existing foundations, corporations, and community organizations
  • Assists in preparation of annual budget by providing data and making recommendations
  • Travel regularly, regionally and nationally to meet with donors or attend special events
  • Promotes good will and generates public awareness for group or organizations
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities (KSAs):
  • Knowledge of philanthropic activities such as fundraising events, sales, sponsorship and advertising; of the ways donors can make charitable gift, including cash, appreciated securities, real and personal property and planned giving methods
  • Knowledge of and enthusiasm for Arizona History, the Arizona Historical Society; it's mission and strategic plan
  • Knowledge of museum standards and best practices


  • Strong initiative and ability to work independently as well as collaboratively
  • Excellent computer skills with Google Apps, Microsoft Office
  • Excellent writing, speaking, interviewing and listening skills
  • Excellent time management and organizational skills
  • Outstanding interpersonal relationship skills


  • Ability to establish and maintain powerful and productive relationships with donors as well as development colleagues and staff
  • Ability to understand and work with budgetary procedures and policies
  • Ability to make good decisions and exercise judgment and discretion
  • Ability to drive according to the State Fleet Safety Policy
  • Ability to make policy decisions when necessary
  • Ability to maintain donor confidentiality
Selective Preference(s):
  • Experience applying development and fundraising principles and procedures, with emphasis on cultivating and closing major gifts
  • Proven experience of vision, leadership and ability to secure strategic partnerships and grants
  • Minimum of 8 years of experience in a related occupation
  • Bachelor's Degree from an accredited university program
  • Experience working with volunteers, staff and guests
Pre-Employment Requirements:
  • Must have a valid Arizona driver's license or the ability to obtain one
  • Must provide a cover letter when applying for this position

The State of Arizona offers a comprehensive benefits package to include:

  • Optional employee benefits include short-term disability insurance, deferred compensation plans, and supplemental life insurance
  • Life insurance and long-term disability insurance
  • Vacation with 10 paid holidays per year
  • Health and dental insurance
  • Retirement plan
  • Sick leave

For a complete list of benefits provided by The State of Arizona, please visit our benefits page

  • Positions in this classification participate in the Arizona State Retirement System (ASRS)
  • Please note, enrollment eligibility will become effective after 27 weeks of employment
Contact Us:
  • If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Melba Davis at mdavis@azhs.gov or
    520-617-1161 for assistance


All Arizona state employees operate within the Arizona Management System (AMS), an intentional, results-driven approach for doing the work of state government whereby every employee reflects on performance, reduces waste, and commits to continuous improvement with sustainable progress.  Through AMS, every state employee seeks to understand customer needs, identify problems, improve processes, and measure results.  
State employees are highly engaged, collaborative and embrace a culture of public service.

The State of Arizona is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.