Advertising, Marketing, Public Relations, Arts/Cultural/Humanities, Educational
4 Year Degree
The Aspen Leadership Group is proud to partner with The White House Historical Association in the search for an Associate Vice President for Development.
The Associate Vice President for Development will join The White House Historical Association (WHHA) at a time of unparalleled growth for the institution. With a database of more than 500,000 constituents and 700 first-time donors with significant major donor capacity, the Associate Vice President will be a critical partner in driving fundraising results up to and beyond the $10 million per year range. As a thought partner to and collaborator with the Vice President of Development, the Associate Vice President will engage with the WHHA President, Board of Directors, and Vice Presidents frequently and will manage a small team of professionals in the development office.
In 2014, the Board of Directors appointed Stewart McLaurin to lead The White House Historical Association as its president. Mr. McLaurin worked with board members to determine a new strategy for the WHHA that included a significant upshift in public awareness of the WHHA, retail revenue growth, and the launch of a fundraising division. From 1961 through 2015, the WHHA received very few donations, focusing only on large grants or gifts with no chief development officer or fundraising infrastructure.
In 2016, The White House Historical Association recruited Rhett Wilson to build a fundraising division as its new vice president of development. In the last year, the WHHA has seen tremendous fundraising growth as it rolled out a national engagement plan that included programing in Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, Palm Beach, New York City, Dallas, and San Francisco. Donations have grown to $4 million in 2017, up from $650,000 in the same period of 2016. The donor base has grown from an annual average of 100 to nearly 5,000 in the first three quarters of 2017.
Founded in 1961 through the leadership of First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy, The White House Historical Association is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, with the mission to enhance the public’s understanding, appreciation, and enjoyment of The White House. The WHHA works with the National Park Service, the Curator and Chief Usher in The White House, and the First Family in the care, conservation, and interpretation of the historic state rooms of The White House Executive Residence and larger White House Complex. In collaboration with The White House, the WHHA provides private funds for the acquisition and preservation of fine and decorative arts for the permanent White House collection.
The White House Historical Association publishes the official White House guide and operates three retail locations (Decatur House, The White House East Wing, The White House Visitor Center). The WHHA also produces and publishes books and digital content on the history, architecture, and decorative arts of The White House, and the award-winning quarterly journal White House History. The WHHA sponsors research and scholarship, a quarterly lecture series, seminars, and exhibitions on White House history. It operates the David M. Rubenstein National Center for White House History at the Decatur House, on Lafayette Square. Funding for the White House Historical Association comes from the sale of publications and gift items, and philanthropy. The association manages The White House Acquisition Trust and The White House Endowment Trust with combined assets in excess of $90 million.
A Bachelor's degree is required for this position as is 6 or more years of successful experience in major gift fundraising in a complex organization.
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