Director of Development

Northampton County Historical and Genealogical Society seeks a dynamic, full-time Director of Development to support the continued growth of its Sigal Museum as the county’s leading institution of local history. The museum is home to significant collections of pre-European settlement artifacts, decorative arts and textiles, furniture, and objects that bring American history to life for our visitors. We house the Jane S. Moyer Library and NCHGS archives, which are valuable resources for scholarly and genealogical researchers. We also administer three historic houses, including the 1753 Bachmann Publick House, the Mixsell-Illick House, and the Jacob Nicholas House, all located in historic downtown Easton. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to shape the future of a young museum in a vibrant downtown, and to work with supportive, motivated staff, a committed Board of Trustees, and a group of dedicated volunteers.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Develop a strategy for the long-term financial support of the museum and properties, in collaboration with the Board, Executive Director, and senior staff.
  • Create and implement specific fundraising goals, working with stakeholders to fund museum exhibitions, programs, and initiatives through donations, increased membership, fundraising events, and grants.
  • Cultivate and steward a portfolio of donors engaged with our mission and excited to help NCHGS develop educational and collaborative partnerships in the community.
  • Research and craft compelling proposals for foundation and corporate grants; maintain a grant calendar, budget oversight, and timely compliance reporting.
  • Play an active role in managing fundraising and donor/member appreciation events.


  • Bachelor’s degree with demonstrated success in a development role. Familiarity with cultural, history, or arts non-profit institutions strongly preferred.
  • Exceptional strategic, oral, and written communications skills with a successful record of securing major gifts and grants.
  • Self-starter with excellent collaborative and relationship-building skills, who is able to interact comfortably with donors and volunteers, and to represent the Society in all venues.
  • Analytical and creative problem-solving skills, with experience shepherding projects from inception to completion.
  • Articulate communicator with a positive attitude and sense of humor.

For consideration, please submit a letter of interest, resume, writing sample, and three references to or Sigal Museum, 342 Northampton Street, Easton, PA 18042, Attn: Carey Birgel, Executive Director.

Only applicants selected for an interview will be contacted. No phone calls please.