OPPORTUNITY: Development Associate
The New Hampshire Historical Society, one of the state's leading nonprofit cultural organizations, seeks a full-time development associate to join its team of staff, board, and volunteers working to strengthen relationships with members and donors, attract new members, and increase funding. 

About the New Hampshire Historical Society
Founded in 1823, the New Hampshire Historical Society is an independent, nonprofit organization dedicated to saving, preserving, and sharing New Hampshire history. Nowhere will you find a more extensive collection of objects and archives related to New Hampshire's history. The Society shares these vast collections through its library, museum, website, publications, exhibitions, public programs, and extensive school and youth educational programs. The New Hampshire Historical Society is not a state-funded agency; all of its programs and services are made possible by membership dues and contributions. The Society is governed by a 22-member board of trustees and managed by a professional staff of 15 full-time and 15 part-time employees, assisted by 60 volunteers. The Society offers a full-time employee benefits package that includes paid vacation, personal time-off, and holidays; life and disability insurance; partially paid medical coverage; and a matching retirement plan.

POSITION: Development Associate
DEPARTMENT: Development/Administration
STATUS: Full-time (35 hours per week)
HOURS/DAYS: Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, with some non-traditional hours required for specific events.

Performs and implements varied development activities and operations to achieve membership and annual fund goals, strengthen relationships with members and donors, attract new members, and increase funding. Works with and supports a development team that includes the vice president, president, board development committee, staff, and volunteers.


Gift Processing
  • Manage gift receipt, processing, and acknowledgement.
  • Track pledges and produce pledge payment reminders.
  • Manage development department files, electronic and print.
  • Identify members and donors requiring additional acknowledgment and stewardship, and make recommendations to the development team.

Appeals & Communications
  • Assist with the planning and implementation of new and continuing strategies for membership acquisition and retention, annual giving, and other fundraising campaigns (e.g., annual raffle, etc.).
  • Develop member/donor prospect lists.
  • Draft solicitation and other development-related materials (letters, brochures, forms, social media posts, etc.).
  • Organize and process all solicitations for annual fund, business membership, and other fundraising campaigns.
  • Manage distribution of print mailings and other communications to donors, members, board, and other constituencies.
  • Maintain inventory of development/administrative printed materials and supplies.

Database Management
  • Perform varied tasks in Raiser’s Edge, the Society’s membership/donor database (e.g., gift entry and processing, record updates, appeal creation, queries), and monitor the work of those who use the database.
  • Create complex queries and requested lists from Raiser’s Edge.

Reporting & Auditing
  • Prepare donor lists for annual report and other recognition.
  • Prepare and analyze fundraising reports including membership growth, renewal rates, giving trends, and attrition.
  • Recommend and implement new methods and refine existing methods to increase membership/donor renewal and recruitment results.
  • Assist in the preparation of and reporting for grants.
  • Assist with budget preparation related to development.

  • Participate in the planning and implementation of membership programs and events (annual meeting, exhibition openings, trustee reunion, etc.).
  • Conduct donor research.
  • Monitor merchant/vendor accounts and service contacts such as Raiser’s Edge, USPS, Constant Contact, printers, etc.
  • Support the board development committee, including the preparation and distribution of meeting notices, agendas, and minutes.
  • Supervise volunteers and provide guidance to other development/administrative staff as appropriate.
  • Other duties as assigned.

  • Trustworthy, energetic, reliable, friendly, and flexible.
  • Strong attention to detail and a commitment to quality and accuracy.
  • Excellent customer service, organizational, and communications skills, particularly the ability to write in a concise, engaging, and persuasive manner.
  • Strong initiative, and the ability to work independently, while also having enthusiasm for working collaboratively in a team environment.
  • Ability to multi-task and meet deadlines.
  • Solid knowledge of Microsoft Office, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook.
  • Solid knowledge of Blackbaud Raiser’s Edge software preferred; experience with other donor management software considered.
  • Bachelor’s degree and at least two years of nonprofit development office experience.

Please send cover letter, including salary expectations, and resume in PDF format, to Joan Desmarais, Vice President, at jdesmarais@nhhistory.org. Subject line of the email should read: "Development Associate Application: [Your Last Name]"

PDF of Development Associate Position Description