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Campaign Manager - Bostonian Society

Campaign Manager - Bostonian Society, Old State House

The Bostonian Society, which has cared for Boston’s Old State House since 1881, has recently adopted a bold mission and strategic plan and is now finalizing plans to merge with the neighboring Old South Meeting House.  As we approach the 250th anniversary of our nation’s independence in 2026, we see an unparalleled opportunity to bring people of all backgrounds together in fresh, dynamic, and more inclusive ways at these two uniquely significant historic sites in order to explore the American struggle to create and sustain a free society. 

To capitalize this new vision for public history in Boston, the Society has launched a multi-year comprehensive campaign with a working goal of $20-25 million.  The campaign will provide funding for capital investments, including a cultural campus connecting the two sites; signature programming that uses contemporary modes of storytelling to excite imagination; targeted investments in organizational infrastructure and capacity; endowment growth; and ongoing operating support.


About the role

The campaign manager reports directly to the director of development and supports the team tasked with donor engagement and solicitations. They will work most closely with the broader development team, including the executive director and campaign counsel charged with campaign leadership and architecture. The campaign manager will also regularly interact with board members and the campaign committee, as well as organizational staff. In tight collaboration with the development team, they orchestrate major gift solicitations and implement strategy for our comprehensive campaign. The campaign manager is responsible for day to day planning, coordination, and execution of campaign strategy. 

As an ultra-organized project manager, the campaign manager keeps the team on track by executing strategies for cultivation, stewardship, and solicitation of existing and prospective donors. The role is both strategic and tactical, and requires strong data analysis combined with clear communication about the import of that data to drive results. The campaign manager manages the pipeline and moves management system in Raiser’s Edge.  They provide each solicitation team with professional materials and the research needed to succeed; they continuously monitor and report on campaign performance to keep moving the team forward. 

About the Bostonian Society

Our mission:  The Bostonian Society brings people together to explain the vital debates about self-government that were sparked at Boston’s Old State House during the Revolutionary Era, and that still animate our civic life today.  We sustain and share the Old State House and our collections to inspire generations to come.

What we do:  We believe that each person has an important role to play in sustaining democracy and shaping our shared society. Through our interpretive programming – exhibits, tours, theatrical performances, visual art installations, and facilitated conversations – we seek to inspire all people to wrestle with the question of how to draw the circle of “We” in “We the People”.

Responsibilities:

Maintain an organized and detailed prospective donor pipeline in RE NXT  

Use the database to provide regular and ad hoc campaign updates and numerical analysis to the campaign team and Bostonian Society leadership

Develop and maintain a suite of relevant campaign reports 

Perform prospect research using a range of online tools and develop prospect profiles of both current and prospective donors

Build engagement and solicitation strategies for campaign prospects, and prepare customized briefing and solicitation materials for volunteers and staff

Support campaign volunteer committees; assist in campaign volunteer recruitment, help set strategy, prepare and conduct follow-up for group meetings

Develop appropriate donor acknowledgment, recognition and stewardship platforms and ensure proper execution

Assist in strategizing and implementing campaign cultivation and recognition events

Provide insights on data trends and develop a theory for future cultivation strategies

Other projects and duties as assigned 

Requirements/Qualifications:

A genuine interest in making history by furthering the cause of this organization, with a desire to learn more about our mission centered in diversity, equity and inclusion

5+ years related work experience; fundraising campaign experience is ideal (CFRE a plus)

Ultra-organized, a systems-maker, template creator

Highly analytical, data driven, and able to organize and present information in a concise and effective manner

Ability to adapt and reprioritize work dynamically; manage team to meet or exceed campaign deadlines

Able to clearly communicate ideas, data, and your analysis with both written and verbal communications

Proficient in PowerPoint, Word, and database management. Highly skilled in Excel. Experience with RE NXT is a plus

Proven interpersonal and relationship-building skills with a record of working flexibly and effectively within teams, including C-suite executives  

Physical Requirements:

The work of this position takes place both in a regular office environment and at a historic site. Some staff offices are located on the third floor of a 300-year-old historic building without an elevator. Incumbent should be able to carry supplies up and down stairs.

Application Requirements:

Application requires a cover letter, resume, and a short writing sample of approximately 300 words. Interested candidates should send their complete application to hr@bostonhistory.org.  


Please note: Final-round applicants will be required to submit a case study with a formal presentation of recommendations. 

For more information about the Bostonian Society and the Old State House, visit www.bostonhistory.org.

Benefits

Generous vacation and Federal holidays schedule; 403b (Fidelity) with 5% match after one year;  Health insurance; FSA Medical & Dependent care accounts;  Professional development;  MBTA pass program; and free admission to many local museums.