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Development Director/Chief Financial Officer

The Florida Historical Society is accepting applications for the new position of
Development Director/Chief Financial Officer


The Florida Historical Society is dedicated to preserving Florida’s past through the collection and archival maintenance of historical documents and photographs, the publication of scholarly research on Florida history, and educating the public about Florida history through a variety of public history projects. The FHS was established in 1856, making us the oldest existing cultural organization in the state. We are an independent, 501c3 not-for-profit institution. Our statewide headquarters are in Historic Cocoa Village. We maintain an extensive archive at the Library of Florida History, publish books through the Florida Historical Society Press, manage the Historic Rossetter House Museum and Gardens, and host the Florida Public Archaeology Network East Central Region. We produce Florida Frontiers: The Weekly Radio Magazine of the Florida Historical Society and documentaries for public television. We publish our journal, the Florida Historical Quarterly; maintain a content rich web site at www.myfloridahistory.org, and a dynamic facebook page at “Florida Historical Society.” The Annual Meeting & Symposium is in a different location in May each year featuring paper presentations, round table discussions, tours of historic sites, awards and more. Our other educational outreach projects and programs include active participation in events and festivals throughout the state, frequent public talks on a variety of subjects, workshops for teachers and students, history-based theatrical presentations, exhibits, and much more.


Reporting to and in partnership with the Executive Director/Chief Executive Officer, the Development Director/Chief Financial Officer will head development and fundraising efforts as the Florida Historical Society continues to grow, lead the fiscal management of the organization, and oversee office management activities and personnel.  


  • Support and partner with the Executive Director/Chief Executive Officer and FHS Board Members on all fundraising initiatives
  • Secure financial support from individuals, foundations, and corporations
  • Develop and maintain ongoing relationships with major donors
  • Create and execute a strategy for increasing a sustained base of annual individual donors
  • Lead the fiscal management of the organization, reporting to the Executive Director
  • Manage and oversee FHS personnel and independent contractors charged with budget creation, membership maintenance, human resources, and office management duties
  • Oversee organization of special events
  • Other duties as required by the Executive Director/Chief Executive Officer


  • BA (required) MA (preferred)
  • Employment experience in development with measurable results
  • Demonstrated excellence in organizational, managerial, and communication skills
  • A positive attitude and friendly, customer-oriented demeanor
  • The ability to work both independently and as a team player, to take initiative, and to manage multiple tasks and projects at the same time


  • Starting salary $40,000-$45,000 based on education and experience
  • Annual bonuses possible based on exceptional performance
  • Benefits include employee health insurance and paid time off (two weeks fixed vacation and two weeks flex-time after successful completion of probationary period)

How to Apply

Applicants should send a cover letter, resume, and the names, addresses and telephone numbers of three professional references to: employment@myfloridahistory.org.

Closing Date

Applications will be accepted through Tuesday, January 7, 2014. All applications will be reviewed after the closing date. Interviews with chosen candidates will be scheduled shortly thereafter.



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