ASSISTANT DIRECTOR of DEVELOPMENT
About the Opportunity
The Cape Ann Museum (CAM) is a great 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, artifacts from the major industries of the area—the fisheries and granite quarrying as well as an extensive Library and Archives. Recent changes in leadership build on the Museum’s strong history and reposition CAM as an extraordinary Cape Ann landmark.
In April 2019, CAM welcomed a new Museum Director, Oliver Barker, and Charles Esdaile assumed the role of Chair Board. Together, Oliver, Charles and CAM’s Board of Directors are galvanizing the Museum in new and exciting ways in preparation for its upcoming 150th Anniversary and the City of Gloucester’s 400th Anniversary in 2023.
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. A capital campaign is on the near horizon and there are promising new donors, as well as a strong existing membership base and education and community programs on which to now build. Construction of a new Collections Center campus at the entrance to Gloucester is presently underway and is expected to be completed in June 2020. This new facility addresses 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 will provide 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.
Reporting to the Director of Development, the Assistant Director will have primary responsibility growing revenue by broadening the Museum’s base of donors, maintaining a strong membership and events program, and for donor engagement events and volunteer support. Additionally this position will oversee a program of business and exhibit sponsors.
- Design, implementation, and maintenance of the Museum’s annual, renewing fundraising and cultivation programs and events.
- Manage the Museum’s Membership, which includes targeted prospecting, developing solicitation packages and branded materials, ensuring proper benefits, and designing and implementing member events and programs.
- Generate ideas to grow Membership, event revenue, and other strategic engagement programs.
- Direct interface with members and donors, including solicitation of their support.
- Work with event committee(s) to plan scope and format of events, to establish revenue goals and monitor budgets, and to review administrative procedures and event progress.
- Develop and write materials for membership, annual appeals, annual report, etc.
- Partner with Director of Development to ensure coordinated, thoughtful, and donor-centric relationships across all fundraising initiatives.
- Work closely with the Development Coordinator to ensure an accurate and helpful database.
- 7+ years professional experience with increasing responsibility, preferably in non-profit organizations
- A minimum of 5 years of Special Event and/or Development experience.
- Ability to work effectively in a fast-paced environment with a small staff and assist with all tasks needed to ensure the success of events and membership programs.
- Ability to safeguard confidential information and perform with a high level of discretion, professionalism, and integrity.
- Ability to communicate effectively and to interact with the public in a positive and friendly manner.
- Strong planning and organizational skills and proven ability to meet deadlines.
- Experience working with Board members, high net worth individuals, and a broad range of community members.
- Familiar with the North Shore and/or museums or other cultural organizations a big plus.
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
- Bachelor’s degree required.
- Ability to hold a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and work evenings and Sundays, as required
Status: Full Time exempt
Posted: November 11, 2019
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: firstname.lastname@example.org. You may also submit your materials via postal mail to: Human Resources, Cape Ann Museum, 27 Pleasant Street, Gloucester, MA 01930.