Preservation Maryland is currently recruiting for a full-time Director of Development to join our team and lead our philanthropic outreach and engagement.

Update: This position has been filled as of July 2020. Preservation Maryland recently announced Katie Parks as the organization’s new Director of Development. Katie Parks is a formidable fundraising and real estate professional and she will bring expertise in organizational fundraising, program efficiency, and property redevelopment at a time of strategic growth of Preservation Maryland major programs, including our revived Revolving Fund.


Director of Development

Organization Background

Founded in 1931, Preservation Maryland has been a leader in the preservation movement of the state and nation ever since. The organization’s mission is the preservation of Maryland’s historic buildings, neighborhoods, landscapes and archaeological sites through outreach, funding, and advocacy.

Preservation Maryland achieves its mission through an expanding group of core programs. The organization provides leadership to a large coalition of individuals and organizations at the state, county, city, and community level that advocate for critical causes. The organization’s podcast reaches tens of thousands of listeners annually and has produced over 120 episodes since its launch. Additionally, the organization hosts more than a dozen events, large and small, which provide training, award recognition and professional development to historic communities and their leaders. Each year the organization also selects six at-risk historic properties or programs for targeted assistance and support.

Preservation Maryland also leads Smart Growth Maryland, a dynamic new program which advocates for state and local policy priorities that directs new public and private investment in keeping with the principles of smart growth. The organization partners with Maryland’s leading historic preservation, environmental conservation and land preservation organizations to help achieve this mission.

The organization also makes flexible grants to support the preservation of Maryland history and historic properties in partnership with local nonprofit organizations, community groups and churches. A historic property redevelopment revolving fund now allows the organization to take direct action to protect threatened historic properties through acquisition, loans and partnerships.

Most recently, the organization became the charitable partner of the National Park Service’s Historic Preservation Training Center. This partnership allows the organization to support the advancement of historic trades training which can open pathways to successful careers for young adults and returning veterans. To learn more, visit

Position Description

The Director of Development reports to the Executive Director and plans, oversees and executes the comprehensive and strategic approach to raising the funds the organization needs to achieve its mission.

This is a full-time, exempt position that requires a minimum of five to seven years of professional fundraising or related experience. Demonstrated practical experience in the preservation of historic buildings or environmental conservation is a plus.

Preservation Maryland provides a generous benefits package including health insurance, retirement fund contributions, vacations, holidays and a flexible work schedule. Compensation will be commensurate with experience.


This position will oversee the raising of funds across all donor groups including individuals, corporations, agencies and foundations, planned giving, and major gifts. The position will also manage a growing staff, including a Development Associate and Database Manager.

The organization’s fundraising activities are largely divided into five broad categories: Individual, Major Donor, Corporate, Government and Private Foundations.

The essential functions of this position include, but are not limited to:

  • Development, in partnership with Executive Director, of a new 3-year organizational fundraising plan to help strategically guide efforts,
  • Reinvigorating and relaunching a major donor program (individual donors of $5,000+ annually) and planning for asks of identified donors,
  • Overseeing, and managing staff engaged in, the execution of organizational events which have received significant corporate or foundation support,
  • Drafting fundraising appeals to individual and corporate donors,
  • Drafting or overseeing the drafting of grant proposals to agencies and foundations,
  • Managing Development Associate and Database Manager,
  • Providing support and leadership to the development committee of the Board of Directors,
  • Working closely with the Director of Communications to blend fundraising with digital outreach and communications strategy,
  • Planning for upcoming capital campaign to support several key programs of the organization, including the Campaign for Historic Trades.

How To Apply

Send a PDF of your resume and a cover letter to with the subject line: DEVELOPMENT

Selected candidates will be contacted by Preservation Maryland to set up an interview.

The deadline to apply for the position is May 22, 2020.