Work at the National Trust for Historic Preservation

Senior Director of Foundation & Corporate Giving

Department: Development
Location: Washington, DC


The Senior Director of Foundation & Corporate Giving increases support to the National Trust for Historic Preservation by promoting and securing philanthropic support from institutional funders, which includes foundations, corporations, and government agencies. The Senior Director has primary and strategic responsibility for all aspects of a $5-10M foundation and corporate giving program and is the primary manager of high level relationships with institutional funders and prospects, leading these efforts with the engagement and involvement of NTHP staff and volunteers.  The departmentís goals and its work are donor centric, and help provide integrated solutions to meeting the National Trustís and the fundersí needs. The Senior Director is a member of the organizationís front-line fundraising team. To assure sustainable program growth, the department will grow both prospective donor contact and the infrastructure needed to support that growth.  Thus, it will balance outreach and prospect contact with the needed internal contacts, marketing, proposal development, development of systems and other infrastructure building.    


  • Develop and maintain a robust portfolio of donors and prospective donors, including the development and advancement of cultivation and solicitation strategies.

  • Represent the National Trust to external constituents throughout the country.

  • Prepare the President, other staff, and high level volunteers for fundraising calls, including ensuring preparation of briefing materials.

  • Facilitate collaboration among all Trust program staff to maximize funding opportunities and ensure development of comprehensive, large proposals.

  • Direct the writing, editing, and review of grant proposals, letters of inquiry, stewardship materials, and other correspondence to foundations that relate to these strategic initiatives.

  • Direct grant compliance and ensure: status of open grants; timely processing of agreements; completion of projects within grant terms; and accurate and timely reporting.

  • Supervise staff in the Foundation & Corporate Giving Department to advance organizational objectives. This includes: assigning proposals and projects, guiding and editing writing proposals, facilitating/cultivating relationships with key departmental staff and donors, developing project management capabilities, and mentoring staff on internal and external business practices.

  • Support cultivation and proposal development from individual donors by working in coordination with Senior Director of Individual Giving where family foundations or donor advised funds are involved.

  • Collaborate with Marketing Division on corporate partnership and funding opportunities that involve public engagement, marketing and promotions (Cause Related Marketing, advertising, content partnerships, etc.)

  • Partner with colleagues who act as primary manager of foundation and corporate relationships, ensuring consistent strategy, tracking and stewardship.

  • Serve on Leadership Team of Development division and provide strategic guidance to the Chief Development Officer and team leaders to improve Development Divisionís effectiveness and efficiency in raising funds.

  • Responsible for recruiting, supervising and retaining well-qualified and culturally diverse staff:  hires and trains new employees; helps to develop workplans, organizes workflow and delegates assignments; monitors employee productivity and performance, provides constructive feedback and coaching, and conducts annual performance reviews; works with management, direct reports and Office of Human Resources as needed to identify, respond to, and resolve problems or performance issues as they arise.  Monitors and approves timekeeping and related budget for direct reports.

  • Work to achieve all Trust strategic goals, including engaging the public and reaching more diverse communities and constituents.


  • At least 18 years of professional level experience, including at least10 yearsí experience with budgeting, staffing, managing a department, supervising professionals, and leading teams to generate high quality results. Demonstrated success in actively soliciting up to six-figure foundation and corporate gifts and grants, and engaging diverse donors and fundraising for diverse projects.

  • At least 10years of experience managing large, cross-functional projects and teams, preferably with a national level non-profit setting.

  • Advanced analytical skills, problem solving skills, including issue identification and prioritization, plus the ability to exercise sound judgment and make decisions based on accurate and timely analysis.

  • Effective presentation skills. Excellent writing, spelling, grammar, and proofreading skills, as well as strong verbal communication and customer service skills. Strong organizational skills. Excellent attention to detail.

  • Advanced project-management, team-management and client-management skills. Ability to achieve results with minimal supervision. 

  • Experience successfully managing key stakeholders and relationships. Proven ability to collaborate across departments to implement processes and achieve results. Track record of building and maintaining productive relationships with multiple stakeholders. Public contact and ability to work successfully in close proximity to others required.

  • Demonstrated success in engaging culturally diverse colleagues and stakeholders. Bi-lingual language skills a plus.

  • Ability to prioritize, multi-task efficiently and respond to a high volume of ongoing requests in a timely fashion. Ability to adapt and be flexible in a dynamic work environment. Ability to work effectively with frequent interruptions required. Able to handle frequently changing and/or unscheduled tasks with accuracy. Entrepreneurial spirit and skill set a plus. 

  • Proven ability to continually develop skills related to use of rapidly changing technology and communications best practices.

  • Advanced knowledge of Microsoft Word and Excel required. Familiarity with other software, including databases, a plus.

  • Ability to adapt and be flexible in a dynamic work environment, including working effectively with frequent interruptions and handling changing and/or unscheduled tasks with accuracy. Public contact and ability to work successfully in close proximity to others required. 

  • Bachelorís degree (or equivalent years of relevant experience) required. Masterís degree or equivalent experience required.

  • Regular and reliable attendance is required.

  • Frequent travel required. 


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The National Trust for Historic Preservation an equal opportunity organization and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, sexual orientation, veteran status, or disability.  The National Trust for Historic Preservation  actively seeks opportunities to include members of these groups in its programs and activities.

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