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DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT                                                              


Oatlands, a National Trust Historic Site, seeks an enthusiastic and seasoned Director of Development with a successful record of leading multi-million dollar campaigns.  Located in one of the nation’s wealthiest and fastest developing counties, Oatlands interprets over 200 years of history and comprises more than 400 acres of preserved rolling fields and features a magnificent 4.5-acre formal terraced garden, an 1804 Mansion, the South’s Oldest Greenhouse and several other important and historic assets that must be protected and preserved for the future.  

Reporting to the Executive Director, the Director of Development is responsible for creating and managing comprehensive fundraising strategies to retain and identify and cultivate new relationships with individual, corporate and institutional donors to support the organization’s pioneering work in generating new audiences, support, and funding for education and preservation, new programs, and strategic expansion.

Job Responsibilities:

Development and Major Donor Cultivation

  • Meet and Exceed Development Goal of raising $2 million over the next two years  
  • Major Donor Prospect Identification, Research, Cultivation, Stewardship and Recognition 
  • Collaborate with staff regarding fundraising events, including the Annual Spring Fundraising Event
  • Maintain a current rationale for why supporters should invest in the future of Oatlands.  Develop individual, corporate and capital campaign donor pitch packages according to board vision

Corporate Sponsorships

  • Identify and secure corporate sponsorships for events to achieve budget goal
  • Identify and pitch corporate prospects
  • Identify needed special projects for corporate interest
  • Provide special benefits to corporate sponsors in keeping with Oatlands’ brand

Education and Job Qualifications:

  • Substantial multiple years of fundraising experience preferably in mid-sized non-profits
  • Demonstrated success in closing five, six and seven figure donations
  • Knowledge of non-profit fundraising best practices, rules and regulations
  • Executive presence and skills.
  • Must be able to communicate in a clear and concise manner, both orally and in writing
  • Possess an entrepreneurial spirit 
  • Ability to prioritize under pressure
  • Ability to work well with a wide variety of individuals
  • Ability to enthusiastically lead and/or be part of a team
  • Proven record of stable employment
  • Ability to work evenings and weekends as required

About Oatlands Historic House and Gardens:  Oatlands is a 400-acre estate located in the Piedmont region of Virginia between Washington, D.C. and the Shenandoah Valley within Loudoun County, one of the nation’s fastest growing areas.  Once part of the extensive Carter family plantation holdings, Oatlands tells the stories of a 19th century working plantation, an early 20th century country house, and the people who lived and worked there -- including the enslaved community.  In addition to the mansion, Oatlands property includes magnificent formal terraced gardens, one of the earliest extant greenhouses in North America, barns, and other outbuildings.  Oatlands is owned by the National Trust for Historic Preservation and operated by Oatlands, Inc., both non-profit, non-government organizations.

Oatlands is a treasured resource for the community, state, and nation.  We provide historical, educational and recreational experiences to our many visitors. 

Oatlands welcomes more than 75,000 visitors per year through our school programs, house and garden tours, afternoon teas, and large-scale events such as Oatlands’ Strawberry Festival, World War I and World War II Weekend, Harvest Festival and more.

Start date:  Immediately

Employment type:  Full Time

Professional level:  Executive

Job functions:  Development, fundraising, donor management, historic site, non-profit, museum, and administration.

Education:  College degree required, relevant advanced degree welcome.

Email cover letter and resume to:  jobs@oatlands.org