THE POSITION: The Washington Trust for Historic Preservation is seeking an experienced, energetic, creative, staff leader to direct all aspects of the Trust’s fundraising operations. The Director of Development will be based in Seattle and will be required to effectively represent the Trust to potential and current donors, board members, foundations, corporations, and the public at large. This position requires an individual with strong fundraising and marketing experience who is a collaborative problem solver, an energetic and effective communicator, capable of quality writing under deadline, and a good fit with Trust staff and organizational culture. The Director must have the ability to successfully promote the Trust and its programs to a diverse audience of supporters and potential donors. This position reports to the Executive Director. It is a full-time position and requires some evening and weekends and statewide travel.


  • Direct all aspects of the Trust’s annual fundraising program including major gifts, corporate sponsorship, membership, capital campaigns, board giving, planned giving, and program and operational grants.
  • Work with the Development Committee, the Executive Director and other key board members to encourage a culture of philanthropy and create a fundraising plan.
  • Identify, research, cultivate and solicit individual, corporate, government, and foundation donors through personal visits and written grant proposals.
  • Coordinate and strengthen relationships with existing donors and members.
  • Play an important role in the Trust’s marketing efforts and support overall communications to membership through our quarterly newsletter, This Place.
  • Initiate, plan and manage all fundraising and cultivation events including Vintage Washington, the Valerie Sivinski Holiday Benefit, and our annual membership meeting.


  • Must embrace the mission of the Washington Trust and have an interest in historic preservation and downtown revitalization.
  • Minimum 5 years’ experience in the development and successful implementation of overall fundraising plans with a proven track record growing an organization’s fundraising program.
  • Adaptability and comfort working with a small staff in a collaborative environment; a willingness to execute all levels of work; experience in a small and/or non-profit organization a plus.
  • Creativity and the ability to be a self-starter and goal driven to initiate donor visits and fundraising calls. Outstanding relationship-building skills and a passion for networking.
  • Ability to effectively multi-task under deadline.
  • Strong public speaking skills and excellent ability to write persuasively.
  • Confident budgeting and financial analysis skills.
  • Strong proposal-writing skills.
  • Working knowledge of NeonCRM or similar fundraising software.

Salary $55,000-$65,000 DOE. Benefits provided including medical and dental, retirement program and paid vacation time.

To apply: Please send a cover letter and resume to Julianne Patterson at the Washington Trust by May 31st, 2018. References may be requested.


This position description is only a summary of the typical functions of the job, not an exhaustive or comprehensive list of all possible job responsibilities, tasks, and duties. Responsibilities, tasks, and duties of this position might differ from those outlined in this position description and other duties, as assigned, might be part of the job.