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Director of Finance & Administration

Portsmouth Historical Society

Founded in 1917, the Portsmouth Historical Society is devoted to explaining the significance of the past, the art, and the cultures of Portsmouth and the greater Seacoast area, as well as the larger world in which Portsmouth has played a significant role.

PHS maintains facilities in the heart of the city that include the Portsmouth Academy Galleries, the Discover Portsmouth welcome center and museum shop, and the historic John Paul Jones House Museum.

Facilities are open to the public from April through December.

The Portsmouth Historical Society (PHS), encompassing the Portsmouth Academy Galleries, the Discover Portsmouth Welcome Center and Shop, and the John Paul Jones House Museum, seeks a Director of Development to oversee the various aspects of fundraising for the institution. Its annual operating budget is about $750,000, with a staff of about a dozen people.

This position reports to the Executive Director, and includes working with a board-level Development Committee.

Candidate should have experience in all aspects of nonprofit fundraising, including major gift cultivation, membership programs, fundraising events, planned giving, corporate donation solicitations, and the research, preparation of proposals, tracking, and reporting for grants.


The following experience and skills are desired:

▪ Maintaining a successful membership program, from which larger donors are cultivated;

▪ A track record of cultivating major donors and gifts;

▪ An ability to develop and maintain a base of corporate donors, for gifts and grants to cover expenses of programs and operations;

▪ Knowledge of charitable tax laws;

▪ Experience in maintaining a planned giving program and soliciting estate gifts;

▪ Ability to research government and philanthropic grant prospects, skill in researching and drafting successful grant proposals and satisfactory reports, and punctuality in submissions of proposals and reports;

▪ Knowledge of donor databases, and a commitment to maintaining organized records of donors and prospects;

▪ Skills in writing, development of inter-personal relationships, and team leadership;

▪ Experience with LGL or other CRM a plus;

▪ Patience, flexibility, and a sense of humor are a must! 


▪ Maintainence of a successful membership program

▪ Cultivation of major donors and gifts;

▪ Develop and maintain a base of corporate donors, for gifts and grants to cover expenses of programs and operations;

▪ Develop and maintain a planned giving program;

▪ Research government and philanthropic grant prospects;

▪ Research, draft & submit grant proposals and reports;

▪ Maintain donor database and organize records of donors and prospects.

How to Apply:

Please email a cover letter and resume to the Director of Finance & Adminnistration to

Salary Range:

$60,000 - $65,000

Job Location:


Date Added: July 9, 2021

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