We are currently looking for career minded individuals to fill the following positions:

The Martha’s Vineyard Museum provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment, including volunteer positions, and will not discriminate in its employment practices due to an applicant’s race, color, religion, national origin, sex, gender identity/expression, age, ancestry, sexual orientation, disability, genetics, veteran status, marital status, pregnancy-related conditions, or political beliefs.

To apply for these positions please send your resume including three references and a cover letter identifying the position you are applying for as well as your interest in working at Martha’s Vineyard Museum to

Development Director

Reports to: Executive Director

Core Function: Manages and implements all fundraising, membership and development activities of MVM.

Position: Works in close partnership with the Executive Director and the MVM Board to plan, implement and review fundraising and membership activities, and to develop and sustain donor relationships. Coordinates and manages the Development Committee of the Board.  Develops the fundraising-related strategy, organizational capability and infrastructure to build and sustain MVM’s new phase of growth and the implementation of the MVM Strategic Plan.

Overall, it is expected that the Development Director will systematically and effectively strengthen the organization’s long-term fundraising capacity. Serves as a member of the senior management team. Expands and diversifies MVM’s donor base and pipeline, and works closely with all staff to secure funding to sustain operations and create new initiatives. Manages all gifts, donor and prospect contacts, staffing matters, and administrative issues of the development program. Develops and maintains collaborative philanthropic efforts and alliances with other island non-profit organizations.


Fundraising and Development:

  • Develop, manage and implement the “Development Plan” to include strategies for and supervise staff responsible for major gifts, annual appeal, membership program, grants, and special fundraising events that enable MVM to meet its annual revenue goals. This includes the setting of objectives and metrics for annual development goals.
  • Work with the Executive Director and Board to manage and complete a Centennial Campaign.
  • Research, develop and execute all fundraising requests and proposals.
  • Solicit and steward a portfolio of select major donors with specific fundraising goals and aggressively execute them in concert with the Executive Director and the Board.
  • Manage Board Development Committee and work with Board members to secure individual and corporate gifts.
  • Build a multi-faceted membership program to increase membership annually.
  • Develop a grant program to increase grant revenue from private foundations, corporate and government sources. Coordinate all metrics for reporting on grants.
  • Develop strategies for and administer a Planned Giving Program to increase the endowment for MVM’s core mission.
  • Develop a portfolio and schedule of creative and compelling fundraising and cultivation events.
  • Coordinate and oversee writing and publication of all fundraising-related communications, including website, media (including social media), and newsletters.
  • Maintain a CRM system of gifts, pledges, cultivation conversations and stewardship communications. Ensure that gift and grant acknowledgements are prepared in a timely manner.
  • When mutually beneficial, establish partnerships or participate in collaboration with other nonprofit organizations.

Organization and Administration:

  • Prepare annual budget for development department and project annual revenues in collaboration with Executive Director and Director of Finance.
  • Collaborate with Director of Finance to develop, monitor and assess the revenue projections for MVM’s annual and long-term financial strategy.
  • Advise Executive Director, all Senior Managers and Board on funding forecasts and trends on a regular basis and when preparing MVM’s annual budget. This will include monitoring, analyzing and assessing donor and membership data.
  • Communicate regularly on the progress of the development program.
  • Supervise and mentor the development staff, interns and volunteers, and consultants, as needed.


  • Bachelor’s degree required, advanced degree desirable
  • At least five years successfully leading a significant multi-million-dollar development program, with a working knowledge of all areas within development, including major gifts, annual giving, membership, corporate sponsorship and foundation giving, planned giving, campaigns and research.
  • Experience in an arts/culture organization, or educational institution, or equivalent, a plus.
  • A proven record of personal achievement exceeding ambitious revenue targets including: securing gifts of six figures or more, securing gifts in a campaign environment, and creating new and/or reinvigorating existing programs.
  • Experience raising funds throughout a large geographic region and/or nationwide.
  • Specific knowledge of MV’s philanthropic landscape is a plus.
  • Proficiency in setting goals and evaluating and communicating success.
  • Ability to understand, extract and analyze data for effective prospect strategy and programmatic reporting and tracking.
  • Strong skills with CRM or prospect databases, MS Office suite, Google suite, wealth management and project management software, and similar apps and programs.
  • Knowledge of and proficiency in social media communication.
  • Exceptional planning and organizational skills. Results and detail-oriented with the ability to set and meet deadlines. Able to construct, articulate, implement and evaluate written development plans and budgets.
  • Successful, collaborative supervisor who encourages new ideas and creativity. Able to build a strong team and a creative, healthy work environment, yet willing to make tough decisions when necessary.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills; attentive listener; and engaging storyteller able to plan and execute strategic communications to advance philanthropic initiatives and achieve goals.
  • Ability to engage diplomatically with and engender the trust of donors, colleagues, board members and other stakeholders at all times.
  • Able to attract, influence, engage and build long-term relationships with all types of donors and key stakeholders.
  • Energetic and skilled networker who enjoys community engagement, attending events and participating in activities to position the Museum for success.
  • Commitment to diversity and a history of working effectively with all people irrespective of their economic status, ethnicity, gender, educational level or sexual orientation.
  • Flexible and adaptable work style with the ability to work nights and weekends, manage competing demands and work independently.
  • In-state and out-of-state travel may be required.
  • Confident self-starter with a positive attitude and affable personality who exudes composure, especially under pressure.
  • Demonstrated commitment to MVM’s mission and a passion for Island History; ability to articulate the vision and mission of the Museum to a wide audience

Physical Requirements:

  • Prolonged periods sitting at a desk and working on a computer.

Museum Educator (Part-Time/Year-Round, 20 hours/week)

Job Summary: The part-time Museum Educator is an essential member of the Education and Public Programs team, delivering memorable, meaningful experiences to Martha’s Vineyard Museum visitors across our sites, in school classrooms, and online.

Supervisory Responsibilities: None

Reports to: Manager, Education and Public Programs


  • Be a source of knowledge on current exhibits, daily museum experience programs, upcoming events, and general knowledge of the Museum.
  • Respond to visitor inquiries in the Marine Hospital Campus exhibit galleries and satellite locations (Thomas Cooke House & Legacy Gardens, Edgartown Lighthouse).
  • Ongoing study and mastery of Martha’s Vineyard history; apply that learning to the work of answering questions and leading topic tours of the exhibits.
  • Tell the stories of Martha’s Vineyard’s diverse and unique population in an inclusive and truthful manner.
  • Use the MVM Education curriculum to deliver museum-oriented programs in school classrooms, during field trips, and/or online to students of all grade levels (preK-12).
  • Present museum experience programs to varied audiences at the Marine Hospital Campus, Thomas Cooke House & Legacy Gardens, and Edgartown Lighthouse.
  • Maintain the Hands-On History exhibit, Morgan Learning Center, and other educational spaces on our campuses.
  • Help facilitate Museum events by checking in participants, introducing speakers, etc., as needed.
  • Assist in the planning and development of new offerings from MVM Education.
  • Engage in ongoing professional development, including participating in MVM Education seminars and conducting independent research.

Required Skills/Qualifications:

  • Enjoy working with the public, meeting new people, collaborating, and being a team player.
  • Flexibility to switch among different styles of interaction (tours, general interpretation, structured programs) within a single day.
  • Ability to assess and fluidly adjust to visitors’ differing levels of comprehension, prior knowledge of the Island, and interest in specific subjects.
  • Comfortable working with audiences ranging from multi-generational family groups to single-grade field trips or Scout groups.
  • Possess excellent English-language oral and written communication skills, including research and presentation.
  • Have strong interpersonal and creative problem-solving skills.
  • Radiate a commitment to customer service and the ability to manage confidential information with discretion and tact.

Desirable Skills/Qualifications:

  • Background in teaching, public history, storytelling, and/or museum interpretation.
  • Fluency in Brazilian Portuguese will be given preference.
  • Knowledge of and interest in Martha’s Vineyard history a plus.

Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree required.
  • At least one year’s experience teaching in classrooms and/or nontraditional settings (museums/zoos/aquaria, camps, etc.).
  • Museum experience a strong plus.

Physical Requirements:

  • Prolonged periods of standing and/or walking.
  • Occasional periods of sitting for 1-2 hours at a time.
  • Edgartown Lighthouse: Ability to climb 39 stairs and an 8-step ladder.
  • Cooke House & Legacy Gardens: Willingness to work outdoors in a variety of weather conditions.


  • Work hours are generally Thursday through Sunday, 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
  • Some flexibility in scheduling is required.

Information Technology Administrator

Status: Part-time, 25 hours per week

Reports To: Director of Operations and Business Development


The Martha’s Vineyard Museum inspires all people to discover, explore, and strengthen their connections to this Island and its diverse heritage and uses modern media and technology in a variety of facets to achieve this. The Information Technology Administrator works at the center of this initiative creating and maintaining MVM’s digital infrastructure while ensuring it is flexible enough to keep pace with innovation. He/she is also responsible for the constant translation of traditional museum content into narrative and images that conform to the constantly changing conditions of electronic information consumption. While supporting the mission is key, providing support and maintenance for staff needs as well as ongoing protection against malware, viruses, and ransomware and daily back-ups is critical to serving the organization.


  • Manage and maintain IT infrastructure:
    • Maintain physical infrastructure and associated services at Museum buildings (servers, switches, wifi, phone system, internet connectivity, POS terminals)
    • Oversee server health and backup integrity
    • Manage the security of hardware assets, local networks, and network resources
    • Document IT processes
  • Oversee all IT support:
    • Work with staff to ensure consistent performance of technology assets and accessibility to all digital platforms and resources
    • Spec, order, configure, distribute, maintain, and secure all employee IT assets including quarterly preventative maintenance, updates, and clean-up
    • Manage user accounts for all systems including creation, termination, and permissions
    • Develop and implement system for asset management, and train staff on use
    • Work with department specific staff to ensure highest function of online databases (PastPerfect, Quickbooks, NCR Counterpoint, Bloomerang, etc.)
    • Onboard all new staff on IT procedures and processes
  • Lead special technology projects:
    • Define strategy and make recommendations for improvements in systems, tools, and processes specifically pertaining to asset management, communication, efficiency, and maintenance working with the Director of Business Development to ensure how these are prioritized within the MVM strategic plan
    • Develop processes and policies pertaining to long-term storage, end users, and disaster recovery
    • Assist curatorial department in the development of a long term digital content plan
    • Other projects as assigned

Experience and Skills:

  • Excellent diagnostic and problem solving skills
  • In depth understanding of diverse computer systems, software, networks, and programming
  • Strong knowledge of internet security and data privacy principles
  • Ability to juggle multiple projects at once and prioritize effectively
  • Efficient troubleshooting abilities
  • Outstanding organizational skills and keen attention to detail
  • Ability to give clear and concise directions to users
  • Driven by systems improvement
  • Motivated self-starter
  • Degree or certification in IT preferred
  • Interest in the Museum and its mission desired

Physical Requirements

  • Prolonged periods of sitting at a desk
  • Ability to lift 40 lbs. and manipulate small spaces when troubleshooting

The Martha’s Vineyard Museum provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment, including volunteer positions, and will not discriminate in its employment practices due to an applicant’s race, color, religion, national origin, sex, gender identity/expression, age, ancestry, sexual orientation, disability, genetics, veteran status, marital status, pregnancy-related conditions, or political beliefs.

To apply for these positions please send your resume including three references and a cover letter identifying the position you are applying for as well as your interest in working at Martha’s Vineyard Museum to


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