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Posted: 09/26/2017

The Virginia Museum of Transportation, Inc.

In 1976, a private non-profit corporation was established to operate the Museum, and in 1983 the Museum was designated as the Official Transportation Museum of the Commonwealth of Virginia. Subsequently, the Museum was renamed the Virginia Museum of Transportation. The Museum is housed in a 45,000 square foot building adjacent to active Norfolk Southern mainline tracks on 5.75 acres of land in downtown Roanoke. The Museum’s collection includes approximately 2,500 objects, including more than 50 pieces of rolling stock—locomotives and other rail cars—including the largest collection of diesel locomotives in the South. The Museum has expanded its collection to include automotive, aviation, transit, and other artifacts and frequently exhibits loaned objects. Today, the Virginia Museum of Transportation welcomes guests from across the nation and around the world. The Museum exists to preserve Virginia’s transportation history and to honor the workers whose talents created the transportation marvels in our collection. As a partner in the newly established “Virginia’s Rail Heritage Region,” it is our privilege to preserve their stories and accomplishments for future generations.

Director of Development
Professional Opportunity
Roanoke, VA

The Virginia Museum of Transportation, Inc., the Commonwealths Official Transportation Museum, is looking for a Director of Development to identify, cultivate, solicit, secure and steward individual prospects and donors on behalf of the Museum.  Responsibilities include interacting with and soliciting donors and prospects for annual fund gifts (including events or corporate support as appropriate), major gifts and planned gifts as appropriate.  This key position will work directly with the VMTs Board, the Boards Development Committee, senior staff and volunteer leadership, and other fundraisers in order to achieve the development goals of the organization.



The Director of Development (DD) reports to the Executive Director (ED) and Deputy Director and collaborates with all team members. The DD is responsible for working with the ED, staff and Board to design and implement a fundraising strategy that allows the Museum to grow and ensures long-term sustainability. The DD will be chiefly responsible for membership/donor cultivation and acknowledgment, maintaining donor management databases, corporate sponsorship programs, planned giving campaigns, and fundraising events. The DD will also be responsible for grant writing, communications and other development activities as assigned.  This position will play a key role in designing and implementing the VMTs near term and longer-term development plans and achieving its goals.



The DD works with the ED and Development Committee to design and implement a fund development plan to help the organization sustain its current activities and continue to grow in size and effectiveness. The core job responsibilities include the following:

  • Designing and executing a development plan that includes effective fundraising strategies that meets funding goals as set by the staff and board collectively.
  • Overseeing the development and implementation of major donor, individual giving, and membership cultivation programs (including special donor groups such as the 611 Society, etc.).
  • Working with the Events Coordinator to plan and organize major fundraising events.
  • Creating and maintaining tools and systems that support development goals.
  • Maintaining and expanding institutional giving (foundations and corporations), including writing grant proposals and reports (or causing same to be prepared).
  • Identifying new revenue and fund development opportunities.
  • Ensuring that a range of administrative tasks that support fund development are completed, such as processing checks, scheduling meetings, taking and distributing notes from development calls and meetings, generating acknowledgment letters, writing thank-you notes, and other tasks.
  • Establishing benchmarks and providing regular updates and reports to the ED and the Board
  • Involving (appropriately and selectively) Members of the Board in donor introduction and cultivation calls; as appropriate, counseling/training Board Members in this process (as/if needed)



  • Excellent writing skills and computer skills (including website and social media experience)
  • 5-plus years of nonprofit fundraising experience and/or a demonstrated track record that matches this experience.
  • Experience developing and executing a fund development plan across individual giving, institutional giving, and event fundraising strategies.
  • Experience using spreadsheets and or other computer generated reports to manage donor relationships and donor giving.
  • Track record of success securing funding/funding commitments from foundations, individuals, and corporations, including:

A.    Identifying new prospects

B.    building and maintaining relationships

C.    Writing proposals and reports.

OPen until
Until Filled

How to apply
Please respond by e-mailing your resume and any other pertinent information you would like to share to: Careers@VMT.org
Ken Lanford
Phone: 540-992-2140
Fax: 540-992-2139
122 North Commerce Street
P.O. Box 7330
Roanoke, VA 24019

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