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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. At the beginning of August, CAM will unveil a Winslow Homer exhibition entitled Homer at the Beach, which is unprecedented in scale including loans from over 50 institutions and individuals from across the United States. 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.


Job Summary

Reporting to the Museum Director, the Director of Development’s (DOD) will align fundraising and membership strategy with the CAM’s vision for its future. The DOD will serve as chief strategist for fundraising and is charged with all activities related to the cultivation, solicitation and stewardship that are integral to increasing the Museum’s philanthropic and membership revenues.

The DOD will oversee an initial team of 3 and it is envisaged that this team will grow as the capital campaign and related programming evolves. The DOD will manage all facets of a fully integrated program including major gifts, leadership gifts, annual and planned giving, member events and donor relations, as well as fostering corporate and foundation support. The DOD will have a personal portfolio of top donors and prospects and will solicit and close major gifts. Further, the DOD will serve as liaison to the Board of Directors, and will staff the Museum’s Nominating and Development Committees.


Key Responsibilities




Status: Full Time Exempt

Posted: July 9, 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: 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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