About Martha’s Vineyard Museum:
Martha’s Vineyard Museum (MVM) inspires all people to discover, explore, and strengthen
their connections to this Island and its diverse heritage.
Since its early existence as the Duke’s County Historical Society, MVM has operated from a
small cluster of buildings in the heart of historic Edgartown. Over the last century, the Museum
has collected tens of thousands of artifacts that tell Island stories: paintings and literature, oral
histories, tools and vessels, dance and music. As the Museum and our community have grown,
a dramatic transformation is now underway. In late 2018, MVM will move to its new permanent
home at the historic Vineyard Haven Marine Hospital. The Museum is poised to become a
modern cultural center that honors our past while affirming our commitment to the future,
featuring state-of-the-art galleries, enhanced exhibits and public spaces, and improved
MVM is nearing completion of a $31 million capital campaign to fund the transformation of our
organization. Over the next few years, we will be seeking to increase our annual contributions
in all categories (events, membership, grants, annual fund) by at least 150%.
About the Position:
The Advancement Associate will report to the Advancement Director (AD) and work closely
with the AD and Executive Director to ensure the success of MVM’s annual fundraising efforts,
which will raise over $1.2 million each year from individuals, events, and foundations. The
Advancement Associate will play an important role in supporting efforts in all funding streams.
This role requires attention to detail and professionalism in all things, from daily email to donor
and trustee interaction. Candidates must possess superb writing and communication skills. The
ideal candidate is an energetic and affable self-starter with a strong connection to the Island and
commitment to MVM’s mission.
• Process all pledges, gifts and membership renewals from receipt to mailing thank yous.
• Create donor profiles for AD, Executive Director and Board Members.
• Write donor proposals, manage grant applications, and edit content of newsletter and
other communications pieces
• Support all annual events, including major benefits, cultivation events and other
• Support all annual mailings, including list maintenance and generation.
• Analyze fundraising metrics monthly, looking for trends and opportunities
• Research new foundations and corporations for partnership and/or funding.
• Manage all updates in Bloomerang, such as returned mail, Style Guide compliance, etc.
• Manage stationary and supply inventory.
• Actively participate in the life of the Museum.
A Bachelor's degree is required for this role.
Ideal candidates possess the following strengths:
Seeks excellence –
• Exceptional writing, editing, and proofreading skills
• High level of integrity and standard of work
• Outstanding professional judgment and demeanor
• Highly organized and able to anticipate, plan for and reach deadlines
• Excellent interpersonal/communication skills
• Discretion and malleability to work with varying constituencies
• Willingness to learn new skills to support team growth and efficiency
• Positive attitude and a strong desire to be a part of a diverse team
• Demonstrates the resiliency needed to excel
• Exudes composure, especially under pressure
• Reflective, proactive, and dedicated to personal growth
• Adept at working within deadlines handling several projects at once
• Creative thinker who can think beyond status quo
• Ability to juggle priorities and to maximize resources
• Takes initiative to anticipate next steps and potential roadblocks
Desired Skills –
• High degree of proficiency in Microsoft Office suite; experience with Bloomerang or
Raiser's Edge, a plus
• Experience in fundraising analytics, prospect research and proposal writing preferred
Salary and Benefits
• Salary commensurate with experience
• Comprehensive benefits (including health, retirement and vacation)
• Professional development opportunities
Interested candidates should send cover letter, resume, and list of references to:
The Martha’s Vineyard Museum is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status.
Start date: November 2018