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    Senior Development Officer

    General Responsibiity

    To manage a full portfolio of 150+ nationwide donors and prospects by planning their qualification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship on behalf of the New England Historic Genealogical Society/

    Specific Responsibilities

    • Assume responsibility for managing an initial portfolio of approximately 125 members, donors and prospects including their cultivation, face-to-face solicitation, and stewardship. The initial portfolio will consist of: (a) NEHGS members who have been qualified as having major gift potential but who have not supported NEHGS at significant levels in the past; (b) long-time NEHGS members who have been qualified as having the potential to make planned gifts to NEHGS; and (c) other prospects who have been identified as potential contributors to special projects (e.g., the Jewish Heritage Center, etc.) but who have not yet been qualified or cultivated. The position will require nationwide travel.
    • Build the portfolio to 150 or more members by identifying through conversations with those donors and prospects already part of the portfolio and by qualifying those additional prospects through “discovery” calls.
    • Undertake such other responsibilities as may, from time to time, be assigned by the Vice President of Development and Member Services.



    • A deep commitment to the mission of the New England Historic Genealogical Society: “to advance the study of family history in America and beyond, NEHGS educates, inspires, and connects people through our scholarship, collections, and expertise.” Accordingly, some personal experience in doing family history would be desirable.
    • At least three (3) years of direct (i.e., face-to-face) experience in cultivating and soliciting five-figure and above gifts from individuals.
    • Availability to travel outside New England as required.
    • Ability to use online and database resources for retrieving and entering information on donors and prospects, for researching donors and prospects, and for generating outright and future (“deferred”) gift proposals.
    • Highly effective communication skills in both conversation and writing.


    How to Apply:

    Interested and qualified candidates are encouraged to submit a letter of interest, a current resume and a list of three references to:
    Michelle Major
    Human Resources Coordinator
    New England Historic Genealogical Society
    99–101 Newbury Street
    Boston, MA, 02116


    NEHGS is looking for full and part time researchers who will be responsible for conducting research for the NEHGS Research Services Department (completing a minimum of 20–25 billable hours per week for full time). The ideal candidate should have a thorough knowledge of genealogical skills, techniques, and sources; and be able to efficiently conduct research in the time allotted by clients.


    • Bachelor’s degree in a history related field
    • Genealogical training
    • General computer skills including internet, e-mail, and word processing.
    • 3–4 years of professional genealogical experience
    • Ability to analyze documents and compile detailed narrative research reports.


    Salary and Benefits

    Dependent on experience

    How to Apply:

    Send cover letter, resume, and a written sample of genealogical research to
    Michelle Major
    Human Resources Coordinator
    New England Historic Genealogical Society

New England Historic Genealogical Society
99 - 101 Newbury Street
Boston, Massachusetts 02116, USA

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