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Development and Communications Manager

History Cherokee
30114, Canton
Starting salary range is $45,000-$50,000 with benefits and semi-annual bonus opportunity.
Closing date
Oct 29, 2021
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Development and Communications Manager

History Cherokee is building a new Cherokee County History Center and Museum that will open in summer 2022. It is anticipated that the History Center will draw an audience of 20,000 per year. To learn more visit

Cherokee County, Georgia is nestled between metro Atlanta and the scenic Chattahoochee National Forest with historic communities and multiple cultural and recreational opportunities. The Cherokee County School District is one of the top in the state and nation.

Working with the Executive Director, the new Development and Communications Manager is responsible for developing and implementing strategies to attract and retain new donors and members, and increase giving levels among current supporters.  Additionally, this position will guide the strategy for all fundraising, marketing, public relations and membership programs, including branding, digital marketing, advertising, website, promotions and member experience. 

Duties and Responsibilities:

Fundraising and Development

  • Close out the current History in the Making Capital Campaign by working with the Campaign Committee to solicit donations from individuals, corporations and foundations.
  • Develop a long-term fundraising strategy in collaboration with the Executive Director and Fundraising Committee to increase the overall donor base, gift size and planned giving.
  • Manage the donor database including gift processing and donor acknowledgement
  • Coordinating with a volunteer committee, implement at least two fundraising events per year.


  • Create ads, press releases and other material for upcoming events and programs.
  • Develop and implement media campaigns for the History Center.
  • Oversee content and production of quarterly newsletter and social media posts.


  • Working with Museum Staff, develop new membership levels for the History Center and manage the membership database, including input of records.


The Development and Communications Manager should be outgoing, detail-oriented, have excellent communication and interpersonal skills and enjoy planning events.  We are looking for a team member who is highly organized, independently motivated and who has a passion for museums and community work.

  • Bachelor’s degree in a related field
  • At least two years of professional experience in nonprofit development, communications, marketing or donor relations.
  • Knowledge, comfort and experience with many types of fundraising, including annual giving/donor engagement programs, major gift campaigns, membership programs, corporate sponsorship, events, direct mail appeals, and crowdfunding.
  • Proven experience with many types of marketing and communications strategies and tools, including digital, advocacy, and social tools.

The position is full time, with some nights and weekend work required; telecommuting options available. As a small nonprofit, other duties may be assigned. The Cherokee County Historical Society is an equal opportunity employer. Please send resume and cover letter to sjoyner@historycherokee(dot)org by Friday, October 29, 2021.


Who We Are

Located in historic downtown Canton, Georgia, the Cherokee County History Museum and Visitors Center is operated by the Cherokee County Historical Society. The museum documents the history of Cherokee County spanning from Native American inhabitants to the industries, people, and events which shaped the area to what it is today.

Our Story

The Cherokee County Historical Society was founded in 1975 by a group of local individuals interested in preserving the history of Cherokee County. The Historical Society is the sole organization in Cherokee County engaged in collecting, preserving, and interpreting all aspects of its history.

CCHS is a private, non-profit 501c(3) organization governed by a Board of Directors. Until 2004, CCHS was a volunteer organization but today employs three museum professionals dedicated to preserving and sharing the history of the region. In 2020, CCHS rebranded itself to become History Cherokee. This umbrella designation encompasses all our activities and allows us to share our work in historic preservation, local history education, and the Rock Barn event venue in a uniquely universal way.

History Cherokee still relies on volunteers and interns to assist with collection management, programming, fundraising events, and the museum.

Our Collection

History Cherokee has an archival collection consisting of over 100,000 items pertaining to Cherokee County’s rich history. The collection includes documents, books, photographs, oral histories, and objects ranging from Native American artifacts to farming tools.

Find Us
221 E. Marietta Street
United States
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