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Drayton Hall will not offer house tours on Feb. 27, 2020; Grounds & Galleries Passes will still be available on this date.

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Our mission of discovery, research, conservation and interpretation is made possible by a team of dedicated staff and volunteers who educate and inspire our visitors.

The Drayton Hall Preservation Trust is an equal employment opportunity employer. The Organization’s employment decisions and practices are not and will not be unlawfully influenced or affected by race, color, creed, age, religion, national origin, sex, disability, genetic information, veteran status, uniformed services, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, or on any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state, or local law.

We offer a comprehensive benefits packets which includes health, dental, vision and life insurance, flexible spending and healthcare reimbursement accounts, retirement plan as well as paid time off (vacation, sick leave and holidays).

Drayton Hall is always looking to grow our dedicated team of volunteers in several areas—including our Visitor Center, administrative offices, the Lenhardt Ornamental Garden, Archaeology Lab and at special events throughout the year.

Current volunteer opportunities are listed below. Positions vary and shifts are flexible. The Drayton Hall Preservation Trust requires all new volunteers to submit a Volunteer Application so we can learn more about you and your interests and experience. If selected, applicants are required to interview with the Volunteer Coordinator and attend a Volunteer Orientation session.

To obtain an application or get more information on volunteer opportunities, contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Stephanie Demkowski

Job and Volunteer Opportunities

Job Opportunity: Director of Philanthropy

The Director of Philanthropy is responsible for strengthening Drayton Hall through an active, comprehensive, and integrated fundraising program. Reporting to Drayton Hall’s President and CEO, the Director of Philanthropy will strategize, implement and direct fundraising activities, which include major gifts, annual giving, planned giving, membership and grant programs. All efforts are in support of the strategic plans of Drayton Hall Preservation Trust.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities
  • Contribute to the overall success of Drayton Hall in achieving its mission.
  • Be a team leader and tactfully lead, follow and/or support colleagues.
  • Lead the implementation of an integrated development strategy, inclusive of annual giving, a membership program, major gifts, planned giving, and foundation & corporate support, in consultation with President and CEO.
  • Meet or exceed Drayton Hall development goals while adhering to DHPT best practices and policies.
  • Play a key role in the implementation of the organizational strategic plan as it relates to philanthropy.
  • Help develop and manage a future capital campaign tied to Drayton Hall’s next strategic plan.
  • Steward previous capital campaign major donors for Drayton Hall’s new facilities and associated programs.
  • Work with the Development Team to identify, cultivate, and solicit annual, major, and planned gifts from individuals.
  • Coordinate and oversee the development and management of grants from private and public sources.
  • Serve as a liaison with Drayton Hall Preservation Trust Board of Trustees, Development Committee, and major donors.
  • Directly oversee the Advancement Managers, whose primary focus is the management and maintenance of the Friends of Drayton Hall program, encouraging the transition of modest supporters into major donors.
  • Oversee the planning and execution of major fundraising events.
  • Write donor-related briefing materials, proposals, stewardship reports and correspondence for the President and CEO, members of the Board of Trustees, and others as appropriate.
  • As a senior staff member, the Director of Philanthropy will be expected to work collaboratively with other senior staff and their teams.
  • Responsible for hosting Board of Trustees development events throughout the year to involve and engage the board in fundraising efforts.
  • Other duties as assigned.
Qualities and Qualifications
  • B.A. or B.S. required; advanced degree preferred.
  • Minimum of 10 years of proven performance in fundraising success in professional capacity with non-profit organizations required.
  • Proven oral, written, and organizational skills are critical, as are supervisory skills and ability to lead and be a team player.
  • Experience with capital campaigns is desirable, as is a genuine interest in museums, historic preservation, and education.
  • Advanced skills using Microsoft Office software, with proficiency in the use of Fundraising/Donor Management software – Altru preferred.
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Demonstrated willingness to learn.
  • Ability to prioritize and multitask in a fast-paced environment.
  • Ability to work both independently and as a member of a team.
  • Genuine passion, enthusiasm and belief in the mission of Drayton Hall Preservation Trust.
To Apply

Drayton Hall has retained Capital Development Services to assist with professional recruitment.  Nominations, expressions of interest, and applications can be submitted via email to or online by clicking here.

 Candidates should include a cover letter, a resume, and a list of three references.  All material will be confidential. Additional inquiries may be directed to Jen Tozier at Capital Development Services, 336-747-0133 x 208.

Volunteer Opportunity: Lenhardt Ornamental Garden

Volunteers are needed in the Lenhardt Garden and Courtyard to assist with basic horticulture including, but not limited to, weeding, raking, mulching, pruning, planting, and watering.  As a Garden volunteer, you will be working outdoors and physically exposed to sun, variable temperatures, insects and other wildlife, and a great variety of plant material.  In addition, it will be occasionally necessary to lift more than 20 Lbs., stand, bend, and walk.  Prior gardening/horticultural experience is preferred.  Finally, it is our intent to make this experience fun, where some much-appreciated work is accomplished in an atmosphere of learning, social interaction, and occasional surprises.

Volunteer Opportunity: Programs and Special Events

Volunteers will help with set-up, take down, check-in, and general execution of the many programs and events held by Drayton Hall Preservation Trust each year. Volunteers serve as ambassadors welcoming attendees, providing way-finding directions, answering general questions, and proactively looking for ways to improve the guest experience. Volunteers in this position must enjoy working with people and sharing their enthusiasm for Drayton Hall. Events may take place on site or downtown on weekends, weekdays or evenings. They include the fall and spring City Speaks Series, the annual Spirituals Concerts held in December, and several programs and events held throughout the year for adults, children and families.

Volunteer Opportunity: Administrative Support

Volunteers are needed to assist with administrative tasks including answering the phone, responding to emails from guests, mailings, filing, and other general front office functions. Basic computer skills are preferred, but we can find appropriate projects for every skill set. These functions are typically performed in our administrative offices M-F, 9-5.

On days that Drayton Hall holds special events the Development Team needs assistance with registering last-minute guests and finalizing the guest list. This volunteer opportunity requires navigating our website, thus the volunteer must be computer literate.

Volunteer Opportunity: Preservation Wednesdays

Preservation Wednesday is held on the third Wednesday of each month. This is a hands-on experience working in tandem with the Preservation Department to wash, inspect and catalog thousands of artifacts. Volunteers get an occasional behind-the-scenes peek at the larger archaeological collections and come behind the ropes during archaeological excavations for a closer look.