Development Officer

Posted on 10/17/2022

Development Officer
Oklahoma Historical Society – Application Deadline: Open until filled


The Development Officer provides direct support for the fundraising activities of the Oklahoma Historical Society (OHS). Their primary responsibility is to help the OHS achieve annual financial goals through fundraising, donor relations, and grant writing. They execute annual fundraising campaigns and events, oversee the OHS donor portfolio, work collaboratively across agency divisions on grant projects, and serve as a steward to new and existing donors. This role reports to the Director of Communications and Development and has significant responsibility for overseeing complex projects.

About the Oklahoma Historical Society
The mission of the Oklahoma Historical Society is to collect, preserve, and share the history and culture of the state of Oklahoma and its people. The OHS is a private membership organization and an Oklahoma state agency. The OHS maintains twenty-five museums, historic sites, and affiliates across the state. For more information about the OHS please visit

Essential Job Duties

  • Assist the Executive Director, Chief Financial Officer, and the Director of Communications and Development in establishing annual fundraising goals, department budget and calendar.
  • Conduct targeted donor appeals and programming to cultivate new donors and diversify the OHS donor portfolio.
  • Assist the Director of Communications and Development with the creation of a new planned giving program.
  • Evaluate the success of fundraising campaigns and materials throughout the year and make suggestions for necessary adjustments to meet goals.
  • Act as project lead on fundraising appeals, including the OHS Annual Giving Campaign.
  • Oversee the execution of fundraising events, including the Annual Awards Banquet. This includes acting as point person during event, organizing set-up, catering, presenters, entertainment, registration, seating charts, etc.
  • Solicit corporate and private sponsorships for OHS events and programming.
  • Manage and execute donor acknowledgements, tax receipts, and invoices.
  • Serve as a liaison to the Oklahoma City Community Foundation and accompanying endowment fund accounts.
  • Work collaboratively across OHS divisions to seek and write grant proposals and compile necessary information for applications and reports.
  • Manage grant submissions, agreements, reporting, and recognition requirements.
  • Update federal grant registrations and charitable giving donor platforms.
  • Maintain accurate donor and grant records in Raiser’s Edge database.
  • Compile fundraising data for quarterly board reports, publication lists, donor recognition lists, and an annual report for OHS supporters.
  • Assist division team members with marketing plans, including producing solicitation materials for fundraising, sponsorships, and division events.
  • Initiate internal communications, including developing newsletter content, social media content, emails, event announcements, and sponsor and donor recognition.
  • Update primary donor and sponsorship materials, appeal letters, thank you letters, and brochures annually.
  • Remain up to date with current fundraising best practices through self-directed professional reading, developing professional contacts with colleagues, and attending professional development opportunities.
  • May require some nights and weekends.

Skills and Knowledge
Solid understanding of basic fundraising principles. Strong organizational skills and ability to follow through on projects. Excellent project management skills and the ability to think strategically. Superior verbal and written communication skills and ability to confidently interact with a wide variety of individuals. Able to maintain confidentiality. Ability to work on a team and with other divisions to achieve a common goal. Strong computer skills with proficiency in Word, Excel, Outlook, and Teams and familiarity with database management.

Education and Experience
Bachelor’s degree required, preferably in Business, Philanthropy, Finance, English, or related field and a minimum of three years’ experience in fundraising or development. An equivalent combination of education and experience, substituting one year of experience for each year of the required bachelor’s degree, may also be accepted. This can include any of the following: grant writing, grant managing, giving campaigns, endowments, planned giving, event planning, individual giving, or membership programs.

Must submit along with application:
Resume, Cover Letter, and Three references. To apply, visit  

Equal Opportunity Employment
The State of Oklahoma is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of genetic information, race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin, or disability.

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