Job Posting: Director of Development


Founded in 1974 the Black Archives of Mid-America in Kansas City (Archives) mission is to collect, preserve and make available to the public materials documenting the social, economic, political and cultural histories of persons of African American descent in the central United States, with particular emphasis in the Kansas City, Missouri region. Black Archives of Mid-America is an educational resource and provides access to its collections for research, exhibition and publication to honor our community heritage and to catalyze public awareness.


The Director of Development for the Archives will be responsible for expanding and diversifying the Archives funder base. This position is responsible for all fundraising and development activities. The successful candidate will forge new relationships to build the Archives visibility, impact, and financial resources. The Director of Development will also design and implement a comprehensive plan for developing key external alliances by cultivating individual and philanthropic support. A new position in the organization, the Director of Development will have the opportunity to build the development function.



  • Designs, implements and manages all fundraising activities including annual giving, endowment and capital campaigns, special projects, and other Archives’-related solicitations.
  • Manages all strategies and activities for donor cultivation, solicitation, and relations.
  • Maintains contact with and develops grant proposals for foundations and corporations.
  • Have primary responsibility for ensuring that all fundraising proposals submitted, including Federal proposals, are of the highest quality and aligned with the Archive’s mission, and ensuring that all reports are submitted in a timely fashion.
  • Develops and implements collections and exhibits based fundraising programs.
  • Oversee research of funding sources and trends, with foresight, to help position the Archives ahead of major funding changes or trends.
  • Develops a comprehensive planned-giving program as the need becomes appropriate.

Board of Directors

  • Works with the Resource Development Committee of the Board of Directors to develop strategies to initiate and meet aggressive fundraising goals.
  • Develops fundraising training for Trustees and other leadership volunteers.
  • Assumes responsibility for all Development reports to the Board and other agencies, and attends all Board meetings.
  • Assists the Board with recommending and researching potential new members.

Development Office Infrastructure

  • Creates office systems to support all Development projects and operations.
  • Supervises donor and gift record-keeping.
  • Coordinates development research activities.
  • Oversees the management of databases and all records, files, and gift processing.
  • Manages the pledge reminder and acknowledgement programs.

Friends of the Black Archives and Volunteers

  • Manages and maintains the Friends database and keeps accurate records.
  • Organizes and supports the Friends including putting together friends’ only events.
  • Works to identify and train a core group of volunteers to assist at special events and other fundraising programs as needed.

Public Relations, Marketing, and Advertising

  • Oversees the Archives’ special events.
  • Works closely with the Board and the Archives strategic partners develop a public relations plan and an advertising plan.
  • Working with designers and printers oversees the production of all major publications, including a newsletter to promote the Archives’ fund and friend raising goals and activities.


  • Demonstrated success in a development function, including forging and managing relationships with multiple donor sources.
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and oral; ability to influence and engage a wide range of donors and build long-term relationships. Must be able to participate in public speaking events.
  • Ability to work both independently without close oversight, but also a team player who will productively engage with others at varying levels of seniority within and outside the organization.
  • Strong organizational and time management skills with exceptional attention to detail.
  • Ability to travel as needed for meetings and events throughout the community.
  • High energy, positive, “can-do” attitude, flexibility, teamwork, and attention to detail; high degree of initiative.
  • Must be able to work well in multicultural teams and with diverse constituencies.
  • Strong partnership-building and event planning skills.
  • Computer literacy, with experience with fundraising databases preferred.

Education: Bachelor’s degree and at least 3 years of nonprofit fundraising/development experience.

To apply, send resume and cover letter to: