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Vice President for Advancement


The Virginia Historical Society seeks a qualified candidate for the position of Vice President for Advancement. This individual serves as a part of the VHS Executive Team, reports directly to the President & CEO, and is responsible for all aspects of charitable giving to the VHS, including fundraising strategy, research, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship.

The Vice President ensures that institutional needs and goals are met and funded via a comprehensive development program, which includes major gifts, corporate sponsorships, foundation grants, annual giving, membership, project/cause-specific direct appeals, and the occasional strategic use of fundraising campaigns. The Vice President must be deeply involved in the workings of the overall institution, capably allocate resources, and skillfully use and manage development systems and records. The Vice President is the regular liaison between the Advancement Division (approximately 5 people) and the VHS Board of Trustees, especially its Advancement Committee, and is the administrator of Division operations, which includes budgeting, managing personnel, and reporting.

Critical projects upon the selected candidate's arrival will include completion of a mini-campaign to fund the VHS's centennial commemoration of WWI, and the growth of the VHS's membership base. The Vice President will also play a key role in institutional planning, including creation of a new strategic plan, which, among many important initiatives, will focus on increasing earned income, driving vibrancy and activity, and strengthening visitation and public interest overall.


  • A graduate and/or undergraduate degree combined with exemplary experience in non-profit development;

  • proven success in corporate sponsorships, grants management, securing planned and major gifts, web philanthropy, membership program administration, and campaign execution;

  • excellent experience in constituent stewardship;

  • strong leadership skills, people management and organizational skills;

  • conversant in data analytics;

  • strong public speaking ability; 

  • thorough knowledge of best practices;

  • proven creativity and resourcefulness; and,

  • and interest in the mission and work of the VHS.


Salary commensurate with experience; benefits package.


Send letter of interest, resume, and list of references electronically to VPAdvancement@vahistorical.og. For additional information, please contact Paula Davis, Human Resources Coordinator, at pdavis@vahistorical.org.

Founded in 1831, the Virginia Historical Society is the oldest cultural organization in the Commonwealth of Virginia, and one of the oldest and most distinguished history organizations in the nation. Located in the Museum District of Richmond, Virginia, the VHS houses its collection of nearly 9 million items and serves as the state history museum with permanent and special exhibitions as well as a vibrant portfolio of public programs.

The Virginia Historical Society is an Equal Opportunity Employer.