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The PSC is Hiring a Director of Advancement

preservation-admin , June 3, 2021

Director of Advancement

The Director of Advancement maintains strategic and operational responsibility for the planning, execution, and evaluation of all advancement programs with an emphasis on fundraising and membership engagement. In collaboration with the Executive Director, the Director of Advancement establishes mutually agreed upon annual goals, develops plans to meet those goals, and manages the necessary and appropriate activity to ensure that those goals are met so as to support and extend the mission of the Preservation Society. This position reports to the Executive Director and works closely with the Board of Directors.

About the Preservation Society of Charleston

Founded in 1920, the Preservation Society of Charleston (PSC) is the oldest grassroots preservation organization in the nation. The Society is more resilient than ever as it enters its second century of recognizing, protecting, and advocating for the Lowcountry’s historic places, while serving as a strong advocacy leader for citizens concerned about preserving Charleston’s distinctive character, quality of life, and diverse neighborhoods. For more information on the Preservation Society of Charleston, please visit preservationsociety.org

Key Roles and Responsibilities

The Director of Advancement serves as a key member of the PSC’s Leadership Team and should be a proactive leader and strategic thinker. In addition to the key roles and responsibilities below, the ideal candidate will be passionate about the PSC’s mission and will be a team player who is able to perform a variety of roles.

  • Successfully develops and implements an annual giving program which meets targeted dollar and membership goals;
  • Identifies and cultivates new sources of support;
  • Working with the Executive Director and the Director of Advocacy, identifies, cultivates, and solicits major gifts for programs and projects that are identified throughout the year.
  • Working in concert with the PSC Executive Director, successfully stewards Centennial Campaign donors and leadership annual donors for the philanthropic benefit of the PSC. This process may include a moves management tracking system, campaign update collateral and direct donor engagement;
  • Manages the Advancement Department in the planning, execution and evaluation of PSC advancement programs and events including the semi-annual appeals; sponsorship for The Fall Tours, Carolopolis Awards, and Preservation Month; Membership programs including the Susan Pringle Frost Circle; Hard Hat Tours and other programs which may take place during the fiscal year;
  • Manage the Advancement Committee which is comprised of both board members and PSC members-at-large;
  • Working in concert with the PSC Executive Director and Leadership team, provides support for the planning and implementation of the Fall, Winter and Spring Membership Meetings as well as The Carolopolis Awards, Charleston Heritage Symposium and Preservation Month in May;
  • Designs, creates, and implements a planned giving program for the PSC targeted at identifying, securing and recognizing planned gifts and increasing this type of support for the PSC;
  • Working in concert with the Manager of Operations and Communications, help develop written and electronic communications for the PSC’s constituent base (members, donors, corporate partners, and volunteer leadership) with the overall goal of maximizing membership engagement and philanthropic support;

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • Four to seven years of professional experience with proven success in fundraising or non-profit management preferred;
  • Energetic, self-motivated, detail-oriented, and highly organized;
  • Experience with fundraising database software and event planning.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Excellent written and oral communications skills;
  • Advanced computer skills including proficiency with MS Word, Outlook, Excel and donor management software;
  • Strong analytical skills and ability to synthesize complex information to foster problem solving and decision-making;
  • Timely and fair decision-maker who utilizes sound and accurate judgment;
  • Ability to influence and engage a wide range of donors and foster long-term relationships.

All qualified candidates should apply by submitting a cover letter and resume via email to Victoria (Futrell) Bock, Manager of Operations and Communications, at vfutrell@preservationsociety.org with Director of Advancement in the subject heading. No telephone calls, please.

PSC Full-Time Employee Benefits

  • 15 days annual paid vacation leave
  • 6 days annual paid sick leave
  • 10 annual paid holidays
  • Up to 3% company matching SIMPLE-IRA retirement fund (after first year of employment).
  • Insurance plans at group rates
  • Professional development opportunities

Salary Range

$70,000 to $100,000 based on experience

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