Museum of the American Revolution - Chief Development Officer

PA, Philadelphia

WittKieffer is proud to be supporting the Museum of the American Revolution in its search for an experienced executive to serve as Chief Development Officer (CDO).

Located in the heart of Historic Philadelphia, the Museum uncovers and shares compelling stories about the diverse people and complex events that sparked America’s ongoing experiment in liberty, equality and self-government. This externally facing position will play a critical role in raising the national profile of the Museum as it prepares to commemorate the 250th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence in 2026, and the Museum’s 10th anniversary in 2027.

The chief development officer is a key leadership position, working in    close partnership with the President/CEO and senior leadership team, to ensure  that the Museum is philanthropically and fiscally successful in its current strategic plan as well as in perpetuity through a strong endowment. The CDO will coach, mentor and manage a team of advancement professionals (currently numbering 11) to new levels of success and utilize opportunities for professional development, career planning and succession programming with a vision toward the long-term success of the institution and its employees.

The CDO will work in partnership with an engaged Board of Directors and loyal members and donors who understand the importance of a strong culture of philanthropy. The CDO will carry a targeted portfolio of principal gift prospects, growing the Museum’s constituent base and ensuring that the nation’s most generous and thoughtful philanthropists are introduced to its mission, vision and impact. The CDO will build upon the momentum of its successful $150 million capital campaign, which exceeded its goal by nearly $25 million when it concluded at the end of 2017, ensuring that the programmatic, capital and unrestricted funding needs are well resourced now and in perpetuity for future generations of visitors. 

The CDO will be a leader with significant and sophisticated knowledge and experience managing across the development enterprise and prepared to work with external council through the principles, methodologies and foundational planning steps for future campaign efforts.

All applications, nominations and inquiries are invited. Applications should include, as separate documents, a CV or resume and a letter of interest addressing the themes in the profile, available above under Related Documents.

WittKieffer is assisting the Museum of the American Revolution in this search. For fullest consideration, candidate materials should be received by September 20, 2021. Application materials should be submitted using WittKieffer’s candidate portal, via the buttons below.

Nominations and inquiries can be directed to: Melissa Fincher and Lauren Bruce-Stets at  

The Museum of the American Revolution is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. We do not discriminate based upon race, religion, color, national origin, gender (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with a disability, or other applicable legally protected characteristics.