Current Opportunities

Hale Farm & Village Development Officer

RESPONSIBILITY: The Hale Farm & Village (HFV) Development Officer is responsible to the Western Reserve Historical Society VP of Development for fundraising activities that directly support HFV operations and projects, including but not necessarily limited to annual support, special events and educational programming as well as capital and preservation projects.  The Development Officer will be headquartered at HFV, working closely with the Director of HFV to achieve fundraising objectives that support and advance the mission of HFV.
CLASSIFICATION: This position is full-time professional position and is exempt from overtime compensation.
SUPERVISION: Volunteers as assigned.
COORDINATION: HFV is a site that is owned and operated by the Western Reserve Historical Society, a nearly 150-year old institution with five sites across a four county area of northeast Ohio.  Although this position is responsible for fundraising at and for HFV, coordination with the WRHS Development Office is required.  Working with the team to create successful fundraising strategies that take into consideration and leverage WRHS dynamics, and that may involve not only the Director of HFV, but also the President and CEO and key Board members and stakeholders is essential to success in this new position.

      1. Work with the VP of Development, HFV Director, and President and CEO to create and implement fundraising strategies that directly benefit Hale Farm & Village.  This work involves managing the identification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of donors to Hale Farm & Village, including individual, foundation and corporate donors.
      2. Maintain an active and visible presence in the Great Akron/Summit County community of Funders. Represent HFV at community events as part of WRHS’s and HFV’s continuing efforts to raise the profile and visibility of HFV in the community.
      3. Work with the VP of Development and the HFV Director to develop a plan for the identification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of individual donors.
      4. Maintain contact with key foundation and corporate personnel throughout the grant/sponsorship/giving/reporting/stewardship process. Prepare and submit grant proposals, corporate solicitations and acknowledgements. Monitors all grants to ensure that all deadlines are met – from application to final reports, including ongoing stewardship of funders.  Prepare all interim and final grant reports.
      5. Conducting research to identify prospects in the corporate and foundation communities to grow donor prospect database.
      6. Work with HFV Director and Sales Manager to plan and execute fundraising and cultivation events for HFV, in coordination with the WRHS Development Office.
      7. Perform additional tasks as assigned.


      1. The ideal candidate must have an undergraduate degree. Professional experience should include at least two years of development work with a nonprofit organization, preferably a museum or other cultural institution, with proven experience in identification, cultivation and solicitation of gifts.
      2. Must possess strong communication skills, both in speaking and writing, and demonstrate excellent organization skills with attention to detail.
      3. A good working knowledge of Raiser’s Edge is preferred.
      4. Must have the ability to problem-solve and multitask under tight deadlines.
      5. Maintain effective working relationships with volunteers, donors and staff. Must maintain donor confidentiality at all times.
      6. The ability to work in a positive team-oriented environment, but also function autonomously is essential.
      7. Nights/weekend hours will be required.

All interested applicants should submit a resume and cover letter to Janet Waterman at jwaterman@wrhs.org. No phone calls please.

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Western Reserve Historical Society is an equal opportunity employer.