Director of Marketing

The Galena-Jo Daviess County Historical Society & Museum is seeking a dynamic full-time or part-time employee or contracted professional with at least four years’ marketing experience. Strong interpersonal and written communication skills required. Development and/or fundraising including major gifts experience a plus. View the complete job description below or view it here. Please submit your resume and three references by November 15 to Nancy Breed, Executive Director at



Galena – Jo Daviess County Historical Society

Position Title: Director of Marketing

Location:  Stillman Administrative Offices, 513 Bouthillier St, Galena, IL

Reports To:  Executive Director

Status:  Full-time or Part-time; Salaried or Contractual

Approved By: Historical Society Board of Directors

Date Approved: October 2019

SUMMARY:  This position is responsible for the marketing and resource development of the Historical Society, thereby advancing the mission and goals of the Society.

APPOINTMENT AND SUPERVISION:  This position is appointed by and works under the general supervision of the Executive Director.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following:

Assure the Society brand is thoroughly and professionally developed, maintained, and consistently presented across all platforms.

Establish and nurture local, regional, and national partners whose missions, goals and values intersect with the Society’s.

Coordinate marketing and communication efforts to all media to ensure favorable relationships and understanding of the Society and its programs.

Develop and execute a schedule of written communications through newsletters, the website, email bulletins, and social media that supports and reinforces the mission and programming of the Society.

Create and execute strategies for all resource development efforts including the cultivation of major donors, execution of annual campaigns, sponsorships, and planned giving.

Meet with current and prospective donors to build strong relationships and partnerships to create a balanced funding mix of individuals, businesses and institutions.

Manage and/or supervise all donor records in the donor database to ensure the accurate updating of data information.   Prepare and ensure the timely follow up of donor acknowledgements.

Plan and execute donor recognition and development events that effectively recognize donors and attract additional supporters.

Identify and cultivate major sources of grants.  Write and manage effective proposals to these sources to assure revenue attainment.

Contribute to marketing and development strategies and long-range plans for organizational goals and perform essential financial duties such as budget development and monitoring.

Assist with coordination and staffing for major Society events; secure sponsorships and financial support.

Perform other assignments within the scope of the overall mission of the Galena – Jo Daviess County Historical Society, as directed by the Executive Director.

QUALIFICATIONS:  The Director of Marketing will have prepared for this position through a combination of education and experience. A bachelor’s degree is preferred, in addition to at least four years’ experience in marketing. Strong interpersonal and written communication skills required, including the ability to interface effectively with boards, committees, staff, guests, visitors, volunteers, donors, grantors, and the general public. Development and/or fundraising experience, including major gifts, a plus.

NECESSARY KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:  The Director of Marketing will possess the skills necessary to work independently, interpret documents and instructions, use computers and technology software, and build strong relationships with donors and the media.  The ideal candidate will be a skilled marketer and confident fundraiser who is comfortable cultivating and closing any gift and has demonstrated success growing an organization.

The Director of Marketing will be committed to advancing the goals of the Society and acting in the best interest of the Society.  This includes maintaining confidentiality on donor and business matters, adapting one’s schedule as events suggest, using one’s vehicle as necessary to travel to meetings and events, and presenting a professional persona.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS:  While performing the duties and responsibilities of this position, the employee is frequently required to stand, walk, talk, listen, see and hear.  The employee must occasionally lift and/or move heavy items.

WORK ENVIRONMENT:  While performing the duties of this job, the employee usually works indoors, in a climate controlled environment. The administrative facility requires the ability to negotiate stairs. Travel may be extensive and could include local, regional and national cultivation of donors, partners and grantors.

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