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Development Director

  • 503758
  • Full-time


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

Job Location:

Address:  949 E 2nd St

Tucson, AZ 85719

Posting Details:

Salary: $42.00/hr 

Grade: E1

Closing Date: OTF

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. Identifies and implements donor cultivation and solicitation strategies while working closely with volunteers, staff and management. Works closely with 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:
  • Develops and manages relationships with new and existing foundations, corporations, and community organizations.
  • Researches individual giving opportunities and schedules one-on-one visits with prospects and donors, working closely with membership coordinator.
  • Promotes good will and generates public awareness for group or organizations. Works closely with Grant Coordinator to develop and maintain prospect portfolio, including contact reports and opportunities.
  • Collaborate with the Executive Director and Senior leaders on the strategic planning of new projects and initiatives with specific fundraising goals.
  • 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. Travel regularly, regionally and nationally to meet with donors or attend special events.
  • 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.
  • Assists in preparation of annual budget by providing data and making recommendations.
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities (KSAs):
  • Knowledge of museum standards and best practices.
  • 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.
  • Excellent writing, speaking, interviewing and listening skills.
  • Excellent time management and organizational skills.
  • Strong initiative and ability to work independently as well as collaboratively.
  • Outstanding interpersonal relationship skills.
  • Excellent computer skills with Google Apps, Microsoft Office.
  • Ability to establish and maintain powerful and productive relationships with donors as well as development colleagues and staff.
  • Ability to make policy decisions when necessary.
  • Ability to understand and work with budgetary procedures and policies
  • Ability to make good decisions and exercise judgment and discretion.
  • Ability to maintain donor confidentiality
  • Ability to drive according to the State Fleet Safety Policy
Selective Preference(s):
  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited university program.
  • Minimum of 8 years of experience in a related occupation.
  • Experience applying development and fundraising principles and procedures, with emphasis on cultivating and closing major gifts.
  • Experience working with volunteers, staff and guests.
  • Proven experience of vision, leadership and ability to secure strategic partnerships and grants.
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 Arizona Department of Administration offers a comprehensive benefits package to include:

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

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.