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The Museum of the Shenandoah Valley (MSV) is dedicated to preserving and enriching the cultural life and heritage of the Valley for which it was named. The MSV sits on land originally claimed by Winchester founder James Wood in 1735. The property was passed through generations of Wood and Glass families until being acquired by Wood descendant Julian Wood Glass, Jr. in the mid-20th century. Aided by a family fortune made in Oklahoma’s oil industry, Glass and his partner at the time, R. Lee Taylor, worked together from 1955 until his death in 1992 to transform the site and its Glen Burnie House into a country retreat.

After Julian Wood Glass's death and as a condition of his will, the house and gardens were opened to the public on a seasonal basis in 1997 as the Glass Glen Burnie Museum. In 2005, a 50,000 square foot gallery and administration building was added as an anchor to the site to both fulfill Glass's vision of sharing his significant collection with the public, and to expand upon that vision to include a space where the art, history, and culture of the Valley- past and present, could be interpreted. At 214 acres, the Museum’s landscape is the largest green space and last working farm in the City of Winchester where the Galleries, Glen Burnie House and its surrounding seven-acre gardens remain an important part of this year-round regional art and history complex now known as the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley.

With its community partners, the MSV crafted a multi-faceted ten-year master plan for incremental expansion as the regional art place:  a creative center for cultural collaboration, expression, and well-being through arts education, art making, and exposure to public art and nature as an active admission-free civic gathering place that integrates agriculture, art, history and physical fitness as Virginia’s largest, and the Valley’s only, art park. Partnering with the City, the MSV will open an additional 90 acres of green space with a three and half mile trail system that completes an adjacent city-wide pedestrian network. Free to all, these trails will integrate public art, agricultural education, physical activity, and exposure to nature into the rural landscape; serving as a literal hub of diverse community activity and conversation. To bring this plan to fruition, a $3.7 million capital campaign is underway. The quiet phase of the campaign has yielded $1.4 million.

The Director of Philanthropy will serve as a key member of the senior staff and planning teams and will report to the Executive Director.

Essential Job Functions:

  • Oversee development initiatives including annual fund, campaigns, major gifts, foundation and government grants, corporate relations, fundraising and outreach events
  • Manage relationships and engage in direct cultivation of major prospects, including individuals, corporations and foundations, along with identifying partnering opportunities to leverage existing support for the museum
  •  Advise Executive Director and the Board of Directors on trends in philanthropy, provide counsel on matters related to fund development
  •  Manage and coordinate the development department staff
  •  Manage and coordinate volunteers for fundraising events including annual fund, major gift, and grant writing
  •  Lead outreach efforts to broaden MSV’s visibility locally and regionally
  •  Manage grant proposal development and submission process; ensure proposals, reports and other documents are well written and submitted on schedule
  •  Provide leadership to the Board of Director’s development committee
  •  Initiate and implement support to all development projects
  •  Other related duties as required

Relevant Skills and Abilities:

  • Understand current philanthropic trends and stewardship practices
  • Create and execute innovative fund development initiatives
  • Identify potential funding sources
  • Provide outstanding representation of the MSV to the Board, staff, volunteers, community and foundations
  • Manage multiple developmental projects, both independently and in a team setting
  • Highly organized, detail oriented
  • Excellent communication, effective listening, and interpersonal skills
  • Excellent verbal, writing, editing and spelling skills
  • Strong public speaking skills and the ability to craft persuasive oral and written presentations

Desired Professional Characteristics:

  • Bachelor’s Degree or higher
  • Seven years minimum development experience with a proven track record and a progressive increase in responsibility

Desired Personal Characteristics:

  • Integrity, trustworthiness and credibility as a team leader
  • Sense of humor
  • Listening and learning skills
  • Decision-making ability
  • Effective communication skills
  • A desire to become an active member of the community

Please provide your cover letter and resume to Meredith Handakas at by Monday, August 14th to be considered for this position.