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Manager of Major Gifts and Fundraising Job Description

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History Career Information

Area

Employer

Information/Strategies

Government

  • Federal agencies including:
    • The Smithsonian Institute
    • National Archives and Records
    • Library of Congress
    • National Park Service
    • Intelligence services
    • Foreign service
  • State and local agencies including:
    • Archives and libraries
    • Museums, parks, and historic sites
    • Municipal archives
    • Arts and humanities councils
  • Gain relevant experience in student government or other related organizations.
  • Complete an internship with a government agency.
  • Maintain a superior academic record.
  • Plan on obtaining an advanced degree.
  • Develop foreign language skills.
  • Become familiar with specialized government hiring procedures.
  • Consider a variety of entry-level positions in all branches of local, state, and federal government.
 

Politics

  • Elected or appointed public officials (i.e., legislators, governors, mayors, judges)
  • National political party headquarters
  • Public interest/advocacy groups
  • Political campaigns
  • Gain experience and make contacts through internships with government agencies or public officials.
  • Volunteer to work with public interest groups, political campaigns, political associations, or community service projects.
  • Participate in student government and campus politics.
 

Law

  • Law firms
  • Corporate legal departments
  • Government agencies
  • Public advocacy groups
  • Obtain paralegal training or law degree.
  • Gain experience through summer or part-time work in a law firm.
  • Volunteer with a public advocacy group.
  • Participate in mock trial and pre-law associations.
 

Nonprofit Organizations

  • History museums and historic sites
  • Historical associations and societies
  • Cultural heritage organizations
  • Historical projects
  • Research and service institutions
  • Volunteer with various nonprofit organizations of interest.
  • Consider supplementing curriculum with relevant course work in anthropology, sociology, art history, or foreign languages.
 

Curatorial and Archival Management

  • Museums
  • Historical homes
  • Art galleries
  • Special collections
  • Historical societies
  • Libraries
  • Universities and colleges
  • National, state, and local government
  • Corporations
  • Non-profit organizations
  • Research institutes
  • Acquire strong computer knowledge and experience.
  • Obtain an internship or volunteer in a related organization.
  • Develop excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Hone organizational skills and develop attention to detail.
  • Earn a master’s degree in information sciences for advanced opportunities in data management.
 

Journalism

  • Broadcast
  • Print
  • News departments of local, public, and commercial radio and TV stations
  • Syndicated radio services
  • Newspapers
  • National, state, and regional radio networks
  • Work on campus newspaper, TV, or radio.
  • Find summer or part-time work with local commercial TV or radio station.
  • Volunteer with public TV or radio.
  • Consider obtaining a minor or double major in journalism or broadcasting/electronic media.

Education

  • Teaching
    • Elementary, Middle, or Secondary
    • Higher Education
  • Community Education
  • Public and private schools
  • Colleges and universities
  • Museums
  • Zoological parks, aquariums, wildlife refuges, and bird sanctuaries
  • Arboretums, gardens, and conservatories
  • Camps
  • National and state parks
  • Develop excellent presentation skills.
  • Become skilled in the use of multimedia.
  • Learn how to develop curriculums and workshops.
  • Become an “expert” in a particular subject.
  • Obtain teaching certificate for public school teaching.
  • Obtain a graduate degree for college and/or university teaching.
  • Gain experience as a tutor, camp counselor, church school teacher, etc.
  • Build strong relationships with professors, supervisors, or other community leaders for strong personal recommendations.
  • Complete an internship or volunteer in a setting of interest.

Business

  • Management
  • Sales
  • Office Administration
  • All major retail firms including drug, specialty, variety, and department store chains
  • Wholesalers
  • Manufacturers
  • Insurance companies
  • Real estate agencies
  • Financial institutions
  • Nonprofit organizations
  • Earn a minor in business.
  • Obtain related experience through advertisement sales positions with campus yearbook or newspaper.
  • Gain relevant retail sales experience.
  • Acquire good computer and statistical skills.
  • Develop excellent communication skills.
  • Demonstrate a high energy level.
  • Obtain leadership experience in student or community organizations.
  • Consider an MBA for brand management, consulting, and research opportunities.

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