Employment Opportunities


EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY

The BHC is committed to providing equal employment opportunity for all persons regardless of age, citizenship, color, disability, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sex, veteran status, genetic information, ancestry, and any other protected status. The BHC values and promotes diversity as a strategic advantage.

Director of Development

The Historical Society of Berks County d.b.a. Berks History Center is seeking a full-time Director of Development responsible for working with the Board, Executive Director, and Development & Membership Committee to solicit major gifts, cultivate relationships with an ever-growing community of donors. He/She will also work closely with our development consultant, as will our Executive Director and Board, to implement a comprehensive development program.

The Director of Development will monitor and meet established fundraising activity metrics and help the Berks History Center raise over $500,000 annually.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Work with the Executive Director to create an annual fundraising and membership revenue and expense budget.
  • Implements an annual fundraising program that includes:
    • Year-round membership marketing for new members, member upgrades, and renewals
    • A calendar of annual giving solicitations that includes personal asks, mail/email appeals, EITC, written proposals and grant applications, and corporate sponsorship
    • A limited schedule of special fundraising events
  • Builds a pool of major gift prospects by working with the Executive Director, Board, Staff, volunteers, and consultant to identify potential donors and create ways to cultivate their interest
  • Solicits a personal portfolio of major gift prospects
  • Follows established fundraising metrics to meet annual goals
  • Ensures that donors receive proper acknowledgment, recognition, and stewardship
  • Serves as a key person on the Development & Membership Committee
  • Willing to travel locally and out-of-town as necessary
  • Performs special projects and other duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills, and Personal Characteristics

  • Demonstrated ability to personally solicit gifts at levels $1,000 and up
  • Proven track record of success in achieving annual revenue goals and meeting established fundraising metrics
  • High level of organizational skills
  • Ability to champion for philanthropy, to motivate self and others
  • Knowledge of fundraising concepts and methods
  • Ability to work cooperatively and effectively with the Executive Director, donors, members, board leaders, volunteers, and consultants
  • Superior verbal and written communication skills, including the ability to write and edit grant proposals
  • Experience with donor management software and Microsoft Office projects and willingness to learn about and use fundraising technology
  • Ability to problem-solve, to adapt and respond to dynamic situations
  • Willingness and ability to travel and work a flexible schedule year-round
  • Bachelor’s degree and two years plus experience in development, membership or equivalent with proven results in a nonprofit organization, experience in soliciting major gifts preferred
  • Willingness to provide three work references from senior staff and volunteers who have personal knowledge of the applicant’s ability to solicit donations and consistently meet annual fundraising goals.

Terms of Employment:

Full Time – Experienced.  The starting salary is $45,000.00.  Benefits include medical, dental and vision insurance, paid time off, and a 403(B) plan.

The position holder must be able to perform the essential functions of the job with or without reasonable accommodations.  It is the employee’s responsibility to inform the BHC Executive Director of any and all reasonable accommodations that will be required.

Please send a PDF cover letter, resume, and three (3) writing samples to:

Benjamin Neely, Executive Director

executive.director@berkshistory.org

EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY

The BHC is committed to providing equal employment opportunity for all persons regardless of age, citizenship, color, disability, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sex, veteran status, genetic information, ancestry, and any other protected status. The BHC values and promotes diversity as a strategic advantage.

Berks History Center Mission:

Berks History Center leads the way in telling the 300-year story of Berks County and its people, with the aim of building an understanding of our unique history, strengthening our sense of community, and inspiring our community’s progress in the years to come.

More about the BHC:

Founded in 1869, the Historical Society of Berks County, now the Berks History Center (BHC), is the official historical society for Berks County, Pennsylvania, as recognized by the Berks County Board of Commissioners. The BHC owns and operates two facilities in Reading, Pennsylvania. The BHC’s Museum collection includes 28,941 three-dimensional artifacts dating from 1684-2017. The purpose of the BHC is to promote the discovery, collection, preservation, and publication of the historical legacy, records, and information relating to Berks County and the City of Reading. It accomplishes this by collecting and preserving Berks County artifacts, court records, books, newspapers, maps, genealogies, artwork, relics, engravings, manuscripts, letters, and all other materials that illustrate and document the history, growth, and development of the area. Our concentration includes, but is not limited to, the social, commercial, and artistic development that shaped the community we serve. In addition to being an essential adjunct to the educational institutions in Berks County, we also strive to promote the artistic and cultural legacy of our community, which enhances the quality of life and place for the citizens of Berks County, as well as the county’s reputation as an important destination for tourists throughout the world.

The Center’s Henry Janssen Research Library & Archives is staffed by a full-time archivist and holds 2,782.37 linear feet of archival and manuscript material, including 272 collections, with 7,628 books, 600 maps, and 20,665 photographic images. This state-of-the-art research center hosts genealogists, scholars, and researchers from all 50 states and abroad.