Overview

The Foundation Director will lead the foundation’s strategic initiatives, operations, and administration. Areas of oversight include: fundraising, marketing, communications, programming, and financial management. The Foundation Director will report to the Board President and collaborate on a daily basis with the Site Director, who manages our collections, building and property maintenance, and capital improvement projects. In partnership with the Site Director, the Foundation Director will oversee external contractors and collaborate with a group of dedicated volunteers. This is an opportunity for a smart self-starter to have impact on a unique American cultural landmark. This is a new full-time role to be filled immediately.
Key Functions
Create an annual fundraising plan and achieve budgeted revenue goals

Identify and implement fundraising best practices for an organization of our type and size in all phases of development: research, prospecting, outreach, solicitation, and stewardship
Partner with board leaders to solicit all board members and advisory council members for annual gifts, in-kind donations, planned gifts, and corporate matching gifts
Mine (and grow) our contact database and craft a communications and fundraising plan for current and prospective donors, visitors, and other groups
Conduct research and identify new potential funding sources and partnerships, including high net worth individuals and families, private foundations, government funders, and businesses
In collaboration with board leaders, solicit donors via face-to-face meetings and phone calls
Understand the institutional fundraising world, with ability to research, identify and steer applications through government, foundation and corporate grant processes; write grant applications and manage follow-up, and report on grants received
Lead broad-based multi-faceted fundraising effort, including year-end annual appeal, planned giving, Giving Tuesday appeal, and more
Create a special events plan (on-site and virtual) and lead events, as approved by the board
Manage ongoing donor communications and recognition through traditional communications channels (e.g., letters, annual report, and brochures) and online platforms

Create programming that leverages the history and assets of the house while “bringing history forward” to connect the legacy of the GMH pioneers to today’s issues and discussions

Recommend and oversee implementation of a curation strategy for the house and historical artifacts
Create and maintain a public-facing annual program calendar incorporating in-person and virtual programming
In coordination with the Site Director and Board, update on-site tour content and training
Set and achieve goals for visitation at the house and online

Manage the foundation budget

Understand capital improvements in priority order and identify funding sources to underwrite these improvements
Devise a curation/preservation strategy, implementation plan, and budget
Liaise with the accountant and ensure fiduciary oversight and accuracy
Develop and maintain both annual and long-term budgets consistent with short-term needs and long-term strategic priorities
Track and provide regular reports to the board on actual versus planned revenues and expenses
Partner with Site Director on capital expenditure planning, budgeting, tracking, and reports to the Board

Strategize and oversee marketing and communications plan to broaden awareness of Gomez Mill House history, attract visitors and program participants, and engage current and prospective donors

Represent GMH in the Hudson Valley community and in the NYC Jewish/Sephardic community; establish partnerships and relationships that leverage the brand and are mutually beneficial; seek speaking opportunities as appropriate
Oversee website redesign/updates, email marketing, and social media strategy and posts
Pursue and manage press coverage, as warranted
Create and document GMH “voice” and ensure all communications are in sync
Manage programming and fundraising communications calendar

Liaise with board leadership on governance issues

Work with board leaders to add and onboard new members
Support board members in fulfilling their fundraising and solicitation responsibilities

Desired Attributes, Skills, and Experience

Articulate communicator: strong writing skills, effective presenter in all settings
Able to craft compelling grant applications and fundraising-related communications
Strong interpersonal skills, high emotional intelligence
Track record of success as a face-to-face fundraiser for nonprofit organizations; personal connections in the individual and family philanthropy world are a plus
Personal drive – works with a high level of integrity, exercises good judgment and sensitivity
Self-starter, organized, works independently
Ability to create and communicate a vision that will attract and inspire current stakeholders, donor prospects, and partners in the local community
Loves to learn about history
Interested in Jewish culture
Resides within driving distance of the Gomez Mill House
College degree required

Benefits
Gomez Mill House Foundation offers competitive salary, generous vacation, flexible schedule, and remote work-from-home opportunity within driving distance of the property.
How to Apply
Please send cover letter and resume to [email protected] Please include GMH Foundation Director in the subject. Your cover letter should include a brief summary of your qualifications and reasons for your application, as well as a brief description of how Gomez Mill House Foundation will benefit from your leadership and expertise.

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About Gomez Mill House Foundation

Gomez Mill House (GMH) is the oldest Jewish American heritage site in North America and is chartered as a non-profit educational corporation by the University of the State of New York. Located in Marlboro, NY on the west side of the historic Hudson River Valley, Gomez Mill House has a fascinating history that includes its Jewish colonial founders, Revolutionary era patriots, 19th century merchants, and 20th century activists and educators. The property includes the main building, originally a trading post built by Luis Moses Gomez in the early 1700s, and a paper mill, built in the early 1900s by famed paper-maker and type designer, Dard Hunter. Currently led by a committed board of directors with deep personal connections to the Gomez family and the subsequent owners and residents of the property, the foundation pursues a three-fold mission to: 1) preserve the historic site and historical artifacts; 2) educate, entertain, and inspire the public through storytelling; 3) bring history forward and connect today's change-makers with the legacy of GMH pioneers. With an annual budget of approximately $350,000 (including capital expenditures), the foundation’s goal is to educate the broader public about legacies of the GMH pioneers and to inspire new thinking in the fields of: Sephardic Jewish history, international trade, paper-making and book arts, sustainable agriculture practices, civic education, and social activism.