Chief Development Officer

New England Corridor, Boston to DC

May 15, 2017

Founded by Alexander Hamilton 1790, the men and women of the United States Coast Guard have remained true to its motto “Semper Paratus” (Always Ready) to save lives, enforce laws, combat terrorism, and protect the maritime domain.

Despite being our nation’s oldest continuous sea-going service, the Coast Guard is the only branch of the five armed services without a national museum dedicated to its achievement, culture and history.

Now, the National Coast Guard Museum Association, Inc. (NCGMA), working with the Coast Guard, has embarked on a campaign to establish a national museum on the New London, Connecticut historic waterfront to increase awareness and appreciation of the Coast Guard. The Museum will explore the Coast Guard’s rich history, current life, and future challenges through world class, museum-quality interactive exhibits, programs, public and private partnerships, and STEM-based, life-long learning experiences.

The City of New London and the State of Connecticut have provided substantial support because of the impact the Museum will have on the revitalization of the New London waterfront and celebration of its maritime history. New London has been the home of the Coast Guard Academy since 1876 and a base of Coast Guard operations since 1791, making it an ideal location for the Museum and surrounding campus (slated to be completed by 2022). The first $5 million in federal support was just approved permitting the Coast Guard to begin the Museum exhibit design phase.

Three distinct and exceptional groups collectively comprise the leadership team of The National Coast Guard Museum Association, Inc.: The Board of Directors, The Honorary Chairmen, and The Secretaries Circle. These 30 individuals work collaboratively to engage prominent philanthropists, large- and small-scale corporations, and well-respected foundations to invest in making the National Guard Museum a reality.

Development Guild DDI is partnering with the leadership of the Museum Association to help recruit its first Chief Development Officer. The CDO will lead the $50M fundraising effort for the campaign and design a sustainable post-campaign program. To date, more than $8M has been raised. A world-renowned team of architects, engineers and exhibit designers has been assembled, and the CDO will have the unique opportunity to participate in the creation of a lasting tribute worthy of the men and women of the Coast Guard.

The Chief Development Officer will be responsible for:

  • Designing and implementing a national campaign and ongoing sustainability program
  • Managing a small development staff
  • Assisting in board recruitment and development
  • Serving on the Museum senior management team
  • Representing the Museum as a communications strategist and spokesperson
  • Participating in branding and marketing initiatives
  • Coordinating activities with the United States Coast Guard

The ideal candidate will demonstrate most, if not all, of the following characteristics:

  • Capacity to design and launch a campaign program
  • Track record of securing major gifts from individuals (7 figures preferred, 6 figure required)
  • Relevant campaign supervision/implementation experience
  • Ability to identify and sustain support from new constituencies
  • Keen interest in building a program with clear and substantial impact
  • Genuine appreciation for the mission of the Coast Guard and the Museum

While proximity to New London is preferred, candidates who live within a 200-mile radius of New London will be considered; national travel is anticipated.

Contact info:

A full positon announcement is being developed.

Preliminary expression of interest can now be sent to:

William Weber, President


Tracy Marshall, Senior Vice President

of Executive Search Services