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Posted: 01/25/2012

Steamship Historical Society of America

The nation's premiere organization focused on documenting, preserving, and sharing the heritage of engine-powered vessels.

Development Director
Professional Opportunity
Cranston, RI
Open Until
Until Filled


The development director creates, implements and distributes SSHSA fundraising communications; develops and submits grant applications for sustainability; and provides lead coordination, support and guidance alongside non-profit staff charged with meeting goals and objectives set forth in strategic plan. The development director cultivates planned giving efforts, annual fund activities mailings and preparation for a major, multi-year capital campaign. Above all, this trusted individual serves as partner, with the SSHSA executive director, and is a team player with SSHSA officers and leadership committees. Must have a keen sense of the appropriate, pleasant personality and a track record of success, as well as a willingness to travel.

Specific Responsibilities

In coordination with the executive director and executive committee, sets realistic timely goals, develops strategies to succeed, and coordinates initiatives to meet objectives

Assists in providing high-quality written communications consistent with SSHSA Vision, and clear and concise financial fact sheets to present the SSHSAs compelling story 

Works with staff to organize individual meetings, small group receptions, and coordinates unique fundraising opportunities throughout the year


Manages SSHSAs growing core stakeholders/solicitations and data utilizing Caspio online dashboard, in-house PastPerfect membership database, excel spreadsheets and others

Serves as lead for grant writing aimed at supporting day-to-day operations as well as
  for capacity building grants and opportunities for sustainability


Coordinates major fundraising initiatives and exclusive development-based events


Assists the executive director, membership coordinator and board with special projects or needs that may occur


Masters degree preferred but will consider applicants with Bachelors degree and at least five years related experience.

How to apply
Please email letter of interest and resume to by February 15, 2012.
Matthew Schulte

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