Associate/Assistant Director of Development


About the Opportunity

The Cape Ann Museum (CAM) is a leading regional museum, a treasure and force unto itself on Cape Ann, at the epicenter of artistic and marine history in the Northeast. The Museum’s nationally significant collections include fine and decorative arts and artifacts relating to Cape Ann’s earliest days as a major fishing and shipping port, its mid-19th century role in the granite industry, and the numerous artists who were attracted to its singular charms of light and sea, including such well known painters and sculptors as Fitz Henry Lane, Winslow Homer, Cecilia Beaux, John Sloan, Edward Hopper, Milton Avery, Anna Hyatt Huntington and Walker Hancock.

In April 2019, CAM welcomed a new Museum Director, Oliver Barker, and Charles Esdaile assumed the role of Chair Board. In 2021 CAM welcomed Kate Ryan, Chief Philanthropy Officer (CPO). Together, Oliver, Charles, Kate and CAM’s Board of Directors are galvanizing the Museum in new and exciting ways in preparation for the City of Gloucester’s 400th Anniversary in 2023 and CAM’s 150th Anniversary in 2025.

Key among CAM’s priorities is to elevate philanthropy and external relations as both a critical and integral facet of the Museum’s future operations. The silent phase of a capital campaign has been launched and there are promising new donors, as well as a strong existing membership base and education and community programs on which to now build. With the 2020 completion of a new campus at the Cape Ann Museum Green and state-of-the-art collection, curatorial and gallery space, at the Janet and William Ellery James Center will help the Museum’s needs for expanded collections storage and exhibition and community programming space and is a critical component of the Museum’s 2018–2023 Strategic Plan. The new campus provides the Museum with new ways to engage, excite and connect with audiences. Ample green space has been reserved at the 3.7 acre site for public year-round enjoyment and a sculpture park is also envisaged.

Job Summary

Reporting to the Chief Philanthropy Officer, the Associate/Assistant Director will have primary responsibility growing revenue by broadening the Museum’s base of donors, maintaining a strong membership and devising donor engagement events for exhibitions and campaign initiatives. Additionally, this position will oversee a program of corporate sponsorship.


Key Responsibilities




Status: Full Time exempt

Posted: May 15, 2021                                                   Submission deadline: June 15, 2021


The Cape Ann Museum is committed to diversity among its employees and encourages qualified candidates from all backgrounds to apply. For consideration, please submit your cover letter and résumé to: resumes@capeannmuseum.org. You may also submit your materials via postal mail to: Human Resources, Cape Ann Museum, 27 Pleasant Street, Gloucester, MA 01930.

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