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Job Opening: Development Manager

Wrk with us at the GLBT Historical Archives space in downtown San Francisco.
Work with us at the GLBT Historical Society’s offices in downtown San Francisco.

The GLBT Historical Society is a 501(c)3 nonprofit educational organization that collects, preserves and interprets the history of LGBTQ people and the communities that support them through our archives, museum and other programs. Founded in 1985, we are recognized internationally as a leader in the field of LGBTQ public history. Our growing organization is in search of a Development Manager (DM) to help supercharge our fundraising efforts.


The DM reports to the Executive Director (ED) and collaborates with all team members. The DM is responsible for working with the ED to design and implement a fundraising strategy to grow the organization’s budget; develop and maintain relationships with funders, including foundations, corporations and individual major donors; and oversee production and delivery of grant documents and other development materials. The DM also maintains and expands the society’s individual, corporate and online donor databases; identifies and develops new revenue opportunities; and throws really fun parties.


The DM works with the ED to design and implement a development strategy 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 multichannel development strategy that meets funding goals as set by the management team.

●  Maintaining and expanding foundation relationships and revenues, including writing grant proposals as well as reports for existing funders.

●  Overseeing the development and implementation of major donor, corporate, and individual giving and membership programs.

●  Creating and maintaining tools and systems that support the development function.

●  Identifying new revenue opportunities to match existing as well as new programs.

●  Ensuring a range of administrative tasks that support the development function 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.


●  5-plus years of nonprofit fundraising experience or a demonstrated track record that matches this experience.

●  Experience developing and executing a multichannel fundraising plan.

●  Experience using Salesforce to manage donor relationships.

●  Track record of success securing funding from foundations and corporations, including identifying new targets, building and maintaining relationships, and writing proposals and reports.

●  Excellent writing skills.

●  Strong relationship-building capabilities.

●  Initiative to work with ED to set and execute priorities.

●  Excellent time-management skills with the ability to plan, organize and prioritize workload and handle several tasks simultaneously.

●  Ability to quickly learn how to best navigate the museum, archives and public-history funding landscape.

●  Ability to manage work effectively across multiple teams including senior management.


●  Passion for building strong new development capacity at our growing organization.

●  Experience managing a major gifts program.

●  Experience managing fundraising events and online and individual giving programs.

●  Experience managing a capital campaign, an endowment campaign or both.

●  Experience managing a planned giving program.

●  Experience growing an organization with a budget of less than $1 million to one with a multimillion dollar budget.

The GLBT Historical Society’s organizational culture values a passion for LGBTQ history and culture, humor, kindness and respect in interpersonal relationships, working hard and effectively, and a commitment to winning.


This position will be based at the society’s offices in the mid-Market neighborhood of San Francisco. Salary is commensurate with experience. Medical, dental, optical and vacation benefits are included. The society is an equal opportunity employer that seeks to expand the diversity of its staff. Start date: ASAP.


Please submit a resume, a cover letter describing your interest in and qualifications for the job along with several writing samples to *protected*. Subject line: ‘Development Manager Application’. No calls please.

We’re hiring

The GLBT Historical Society seeks a temporary Move Project Manager to oversee the administrative and logistical tasks required to move a moderate sized archives. Under the supervision of the Managing Archivist, the Move Manager will work a total of 200 hours over the course of six weeks, with four weeks at full time and two weeks at part time. This position is anticipated to begin May 1 and end in mid-June. Compensation is $25 per hour.


Create and implement a master move plan, taking into account any move progress that has already been achieved by GLBT Historical Society staff and volunteers up to the starting date. Must be able to step in immediately and take over tasks and duties relating to the move of the archives and its collections, including:

  • assisting with collection inventory and location lists, moving and coordinating the movement of collection materials
  • maintaining move calendar and assisting in scheduling for the move (technical assistance, meetings, and appointments)
  • monitoring and maintaining working operation of office equipment and ordering supplies as needed for the move
  • assisting with packing of collection and office materials
  • examining collection materials and producing condition reports
  • communicating with movers, packers and third parties as related to the move
  • maintaining a location tracking system
  • performing other related duties as assigned


Completion of a college or university baccalaureate degree. MLIS or MA in museum studies, or equivalent experience managing at least one substantial move before. Familiarity with archival and museum registration techniques preferred.

To Apply

Please send cover letter, resume, and three references to Joanna Black, Managing Archivist . Deadline for applications is April 11.

We’re Hiring

The GLBT Historical Society is hiring for the position of Executive Director. We’re looking for someone who is great at development and wants to take that next step to head an organization known worldwide as a leading steward of queer history. Take a look at the job description. If you’re interested and qualified, send your cover letter and résumé to board chair Brian Turner.

Launching the Search for a Permanent Executive Director

I’m happy to announce that the GLBT Historical Society Board of Directors has voted to initiate the search for a permanent executive director for the organization. Our supporters, volunteers, board and community have rallied in a way that effectively positions the society to attract a talented executive director.

The Board of Directors has formed a search committee which will finalize the job description, reach out to community stakeholders, and interview candidates. I will join our staff in conducting day-to-day operations of the Historical Society until a new executive director is hired.

I am also pleased to report that Daryl Carr, who assumed the role of acting executive director in May 2015, has rejoined the board. Daryl recently began a new position at the San Francisco Art Institute.

Over the past few months, the Board of Directors has added four new members, engaged our supporters, opened a new exhibition, created an exhibition schedule through mid-2017, planned several fundraising events, and managed the search for a new space for our archives.

In addition, we have launched our redesigned and updated website thanks to the exceptional work of multimedia consultant John Raines.

As always, the board is extremely grateful for the support of our members and the community. With your ongoing involvement, we will continue the great work of the Historical Society in preserving and showcasing the diverse stories of the GLBT past.

Brian Turner is chair of the Board of Directors of the GLBT Historical Society.