Career Opportunities

Development Director Admiral Nimitz Foundation


Founded in 1971 as a 501(c)3, the Foundation since 2005, in an agreement with the Texas Historical Commission, manages and provides financial support to the State-owned National Museum of the Pacific War in order to:

Preserve and exhibit the material history of the war in the Pacific and Indo-China during World War II; 
Offer and participate in programs that honor all veterans past and present and in programs that provide strategic insights into national security issues affecting our country;
Support education concerning the American experience in the Pacific Area during World War;
Preserve and exhibit the material history of Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz; and,
Provide the general public, researchers, teachers and historians with a readily accessible platform for the exploration of the War in the Pacific during World War II.

The Foundation engages visitors through a variety of exhibitions and programs in order to accomplish the above mission. The Museum features four separate buildings of galleries and exhibits, and six outdoor exhibit areas.  The Foundation also runs and operates three museum stores and variety of multi-functional spaces.



Reporting to and in partnership with the Chief Executive Officer, the Development Director spearheads fundraising and development efforts at the Foundation, and supervises the Membership Director and Facility Rental Manager and their programs



  • Has primary responsibility for writing and executing all grant proposals to individuals, corporations, governmental and charitable foundations for general operating funds, capital improvement projects, educational programs and other needs and missions of the museum.
  • Responsible for tracking progress of grants and for making follow-thru reports after expenditure of grants to manage long-term relationships with contributors.
  • Develops and maintains ongoing relationships with major donors and works to cultivate even deeper ties to maximize donor potential.
  • Oversees staff responsible for donor and membership data entry and gift processing including thank you letters and expressions of appreciation.
  • Is responsible for all donor recognition plaques and acknowledgments.
  • Oversees research funding sources and trends to help position the Foundation ahead of major funding changes or trends
  • Heads or coordinates the planning and execution of all major fundraisers, including present perennials: The Nimitz Golf Classic and The Nimitz Dinner.
  • Responsible for auxiliary money raisers such as silent auctions, raffles, etc. in coordination with other programs and events.
  • Staff point of contact for the Foundation’s Board of Directors’ Development Committee, organizing quarterly meeting agendas and Board report.
  • Administers the Fleet Admiral Nimitz Legacy Society concentrating on recruitment and retention efforts.
  • Administers the Cumulative-Giving Donor Recognition program – dinner and recognition plaques
  • Supervises the Membership Director and oversees the program.
  • Supervises the Facilities Rental Manager and oversees the program.
  • Mentors and coordinates the Development Department staff with weekly meetings.
  • Oversees the production of the quarterly Nimitz News Dispatch newsletters.
  • Develops the end-of-year Annual Appeal fundraising event.
  • Staff coordination point-of-contact the national direct mail vendor.
  • Coordinator/Administrator for staff of ALTRU, the current donor management software system.
  • Other special projects as assigned by the President and CEO.



  • 5-plus years of experience in development
  • Knowledge of ALTRU and Excel
  • 10-plus years of professional experience in a nonprofit organization; demonstrated success in a development function (managing and forging relationships with multiple donor sources)
  • Tangible experience of having expanded and cultivated existing donor relationships over time
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and oral; ability to influence and engage a wide range of donors and build long-term relationships
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Flexible and adaptable style
  • Ability to work both independently without close oversight, but also a team player who will productively engage with others at varying levels of seniority within and outside the Foundation
  • Bachelor's degree required, Master's preferred
  • High energy and passion for the Foundation's mission
  • Ability to construct, articulate, and implement annual strategic development plan
  • Strong organizational and time management skills with exceptional attention to detail


This is a Full Time, salaried position in the range of $45,000 to $55,000 with health insurance, sick leave, paid vacation and holidays.  A 401-B retirement savings account is offered.  The applicant’s lifestyle must be flexible enough to work evenings and weekends, when required.

Please submit resume with salary requirement to The Admiral Nimitz Foundation, 328 East Main Street, Fredericksburg, Texas 78624   Attn: Development Director, or email to

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