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Capital Campaign Director

Museum Vision and Mission:

MOHAI is treasured locally and respected nationally as a vibrant resource where history inspires us to be our best. By collecting and preserving artifacts and stories of our diverse history, MOHAI highlights our regional tradition of innovation and imagination. Through compelling exhibits, scholarship, education, public programs, and community engagement, MOHAI bridges the past, present, and future.

Position Title: Capital Campaign Director

Reports to: Chief Advancement Officer

Location: MOHAI McQuaid Resource Center at Georgetown

Classification: Exempt, Salaried, Full-time

Schedule: Monday – Friday, with occasional evenings and weekends

Rate of Pay: $90,000 – $100,000 per year

Benefits: Medical, dental, vision and life insurance and participation in a 403(b) savings plan

Position Description:

The Capital Campaign Director is responsible for organizing, managing, and executing a vigorous, coherent, and well-planned $25M fundraising campaign, approximately half of which has already been raised. This new position will report to the Chief Advancement Officer (CAO) and will work very closely with Executive Director (ED) and appropriate board-level committees. The Capital Campaign Director will work in tandem with the Advancement team to assess fundraising opportunities and will play a lead role in conceiving, planning, implementing, and raising funds for MOHAI’s next major museum initiative. This position is a member of the Advancement team, and this is a time-limited engagement, with the position terminating after the completion of the capital campaign.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Partner with key stakeholders across staff and board on campaign strategy.
  • In partnership with the ED and CAO, and working with materials prepared by MOHAI’s campaign consultant (gift pyramid, prospect lists), assess fundraising opportunities and assume responsibility for the campaign plan, strategies, timeline, budget, and cultivation/recognition events.
  • Collaborating with the Marketing & Communications team, oversee campaign communications including the design, development, and dissemination of printed and digital stewardship materials and collateral.
  • Establish strong working relationships with Board President, ED, CAO, and volunteer campaign leadership, as well as colleagues across the museum.
  • Proactively take the lead in prospect identification, drawing in part from knowledge of the Seattle area philanthropic community. Provide cultivation and solicitation support to leadership, including donor research and donor briefings.
  • Communicate the goals, progress, and success of the campaign to various constituencies. Prepare talking points and presentations to the Board, ED, CAO, voluntary campaign leadership, and museum employees.
  • Ensure that capital campaign efforts are transparent and pursued in close partnership with MOHAI’s development staff.
  • Ensure that all interactions are culturally responsive, respectful, and based on a foundation of MOHAI’s commitment to inclusion, diversity, equity, and accessibility.
  • Manage campaign policies and practices, including but not limited to gift policies, donor acknowledgement, recognition, and reporting.
  • Maintain the campaign calendar, coordinating with the Advancement team and the Exhibits calendar.
  • Plan events related to the campaign including the kick-off, donor informational/solicitation events, and end-of campaign celebration. Partner with the ED and Interpretive Services team on exhibits tours.
  • Work closely with the Finance department and the Database & Research Specialist on pledge and payment reporting accuracy and reconciliation.
  • Attendance at museum-sponsored events may be required.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor’s degree and CFRE/fundraising certification or any equivalent combination of experience and/or education from which comparable knowledge, skills and abilities have been achieved.
  • 7-10 years of advanced level development experience in a mid- to large-scale nonprofit arts and cultural organization, preferably a museum.
  • Proven track record of success planning and managing a successful capital campaign similar in size/scope.
  • Proven ability to motivate and direct a committed group of volunteer fundraisers. Comfortable providing direction and support to others doing the solicitation.
  • Personal record of success in identifying, cultivating, and soliciting major individual and institutional gifts.
  • Experience in the Seattle area, with a deep knowledge of the philanthropic community, to facilitate an easy transition, is preferable but not required.
  • A collaborative nature, with the ability to quickly establish credibility and gain the respect and support of colleagues, donors, and volunteers.
  • Exceptional interpersonal, written, and verbal communication skills.
  • Highly organized and detail-oriented, with an ability to prioritize and manage multiple tasks/deadlines simultaneously.
  • A creative self-starter. A self-motivated, strategic thinker with good judgment.
  • Flexible and cooperative. Able to work both independently and collaboratively in a team environment.
  • Proficiency with fundraising databases such as Altru plus strong competency with MS Office software.
  • Willingness and ability to travel between museum locations occasionally as required.
  • Bilingual and multilingual skills valued.
  • Enthusiasm for MOHAI’s exhibits, programs, and mission.

Find yourself checking a lot of these boxes but doubting whether you should apply? If you meet some of the requirements and you share MOHAI’s values and support our mission, we encourage you to apply. As part of our ongoing commitment to a diverse, equitable, and inclusive workplace, we’re invested in building teams with a wide variety of backgrounds, identities, and experiences.

Museum Overview:

For 70 years, MOHAI has been dedicated to enriching lives by preserving, sharing, and teaching the diverse history of Seattle, the Puget Sound region, and the nation. With a collection of over 4 million artifacts, photographs, oral histories and archival items, and an expansive schedule of exhibits and programs, MOHAI is the region’s premier history center. MOHAI operates a dramatic and award-winning museum in Seattle’s vibrant South Lake Union neighborhood and a Resource Center in Seattle’s Georgetown neighborhood. MOHAI also hosts the Bezos Center for Innovation, focusing on the history and future of innovation in the Puget Sound region. MOHAI is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, is an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, and has been selected by USA Today as one of the Top Ten History Museums in the nation. For more information, please visit

To Apply:

Please email letter of interest, resume, and three references to

No phone calls, please.

MOHAI is a 501(c)(3) organization and an Equal Opportunity Employer. We are committed to building a team and an organizational culture that fosters inclusion, diversity, equity, and accessibility. We encourage candidates of color to apply.

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