59 School Street, Box 1310, Edgartown MA 02539 - 508.627.4441
Martha's Vineyard Museum MV Museum

development director

Reporting Responsibilities: Executive Director
Supervisory Responsibilities: Donor Relations Manager
FLSA Status: Full-Time, Non-exempt

The Martha’s Vineyard Museum seeks a dynamic and motivated fundraiser to lead our Development Department and our Comprehensive Capital Campaign. The Development Director is a crucial member of the MV Museum team, and provides the leadership, management and coordination for all individual and institutional fundraising efforts. The successful candidate has a strong background in non-profit development with a familiarity of large capital campaigns, is familiar with the island of Martha’s Vineyard and well-attuned to local customs and politics, and has a stellar personality with a good sense of humor. S/he must be a fearless fundraiser, have demonstrable experience successfully soliciting major gifts, and work strategically and collegially with a team of staff, board members, and volunteers. The right candidate will have a deep understanding of the fundraising process, and can be adaptable to a wide range of personalities, situations, beliefs and behaviors.

Duties include:

  • Designing, implementing and coordinating an institution-wide comprehensive development plan, with a primary focus on completing the Capital Campaign which will include support from individuals, business, and institutions.
  • Working collaboratively with Executive Director and Board of Directors to develop strategies to approach major individual donors and prospects, providing support in all fundraising efforts by offering strategic advice on solicitation, coaching and training on fundraising, partnering during solicitation meetings, and researching donors’ backgrounds and connections.
  • Managing and personally engaging in solicitation and stewardship activities for the Museum’s Capital Campaign and Annual Fund.
  • Building and sustaining positive and mutually rewarding relationships with the Museum and individual and foundation prospects and donors.
  • Working with Executive Director, Chair of the Development Committee, and Governance Committee to identify potential board candidates, and to foster and maintain a culture of philanthropy within the Board, developing fundraising capabilities and helping the Board reach its fundraising objectives.
  • Planning cultivation events.
  • Establishing and promoting planned and legacy giving programs.
  • Producing grant proposals and reports for federal, state, and local public sources, as well as private foundations and institutions; generating promotional narratives as needed for press releases, seasonal appeals, and special events; creating and maintaining donor proposals and prospect profiles.

Ideal Experience and Qualifications

  • Demonstrated experience fundraising for a sizable, high-performing institution that includes capital, endowment, annual fund, event and membership elements; successful experience raising major gifts from individuals and institutional sources.
  • An exceptional communicator, both in writing and verbal communication; an outgoing individual who gets energy from connecting with individuals and shares their passion freely; must have social flair and be able to represent the Museum positively in varied situations.
  • Demonstrated skills in deepening donor relationships and building new ones, and in motivating, directing, and managing staff and volunteers, coordinating and supporting the fundraising activities of others.
  • Broad-based knowledge of various development activities including: direct mail, online appeals, membership, proposal and grant development, planned giving, capital campaigns, event planning, direct solicitations, leveraging fundraising databases and donor research platforms.
  • Emotionally mature with a sense of humor, flexibility and ability to improvise.

Start May 1st. Please send cover letter, resume, references, and two writing samples to Katy Fuller, kfuller@mvmuseum.org

Martha's Vineyard Museum is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

lighthouse visitor guides (seasonal)

Lighthouse Guides are responsible  for daily operations and visitor services at the Gay Head Lighthouse and Edgartown Lighthouses, mid June through mid October.  Candidates should enjoy interacting with the public and be enthusiastic about the lighthouse and Vineyard history. Duties include greeting visitors, handling admission fees and retail transactions, and ensuring the security of the properties. The ability to climb stairs, stand for long periods of time and lift 30 lb. is necessary. Weekend availability is preferred. Guides will report to the Martha’s Vineyard Museum

Essential Responsibilities:
* Collect admissions income and keep accurate attendance records noting number of adults and children visiting the lighthouse. Maintain accurate cash drawer and attendance income.
* Present the history of the lighthouse and the Island in an accurate and engaging manner.
* Maintain visitor safety and structural cleanliness. Sweep stairs and landing areas daily. Monitor potential wet and slippery spots and remove any standing water.
* Assist with private events and tours at the lighthouse (on occasion).

Guides should be comfortable with people, mature, responsible, and passionate about lighthouse history. A regular weekly schedule will be developed and changes in schedule must be approved in advance.

Application Instructions:
Submit letter of interest, qualifications, and 2 personal references to bmayhew@mvmuseum.org.

Martha's Vineyard Museum is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


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