12.23.16/ The Whaling Museum & Education Center: Community Relations & Development Manager


Community Relations & Development Manager


The Whaling Museum is seeking a full-time Community Relations & Development Manager to build both support and visitation, furthering the impact of the museum’s mission.


Principal Responsibilities:

  •   Lead the advancement of diversified fundraising plans at the museum with individual support, private & government grants, corporate sponsorships, and special campaigns for exhibitions, educational initiatives, and collections
  •   Construct annual and long-term development plan with benchmarks
  •   Oversee execution of successful fundraising events, including major annual benefit
  •   Seek opportunities to stimulate patron involvement; ensure recognition of major contributors
  •   Thoroughly manage each step of development projects, including research, proposals, and reports
  •   Maintain accurate prospect and cultivation records in ETapestry
  •   Identify viable partnership opportunities to strengthen support for museum
  •   Advise board and staff on trends in philanthropy
  •   Work with staff to match donor interest with areas of the museum’s work
  •   Identify marketing strategies to build visitation, develop new audiences, and grow membership base
  •   Publicize happenings through press releases, E-Newsletters, social media, website, flyers, and e-blasts
  •   Design and disseminate high-quality promotional materials, in print and online, with unified institutional branding
  •   Broaden the museum’s profile in the community in appropriate outreach opportunities
  •   Represent the museum locally, attending organizations’ meetings and functions
  •   Help execute in-house events as needed
  •   Other duties or projects as assigned

Education and Experience:

  •   A bachelor’s degree – graduate training preferred – in professionally appropriate field
  •   Professional fundraising experience within a museum or not-for-profit organization
  •   Experience in detailed event-planning
  •   Successful record of achievement in securing support from diverse sources
  •   Grant writing and oversight
  •   Experience with ETapestry highly desirable
  •   Advanced skills with Microsoft Office
  •   Ability to produce polished and attractive promotional materials; experience with Publisher preferred
  • Qualifications:
  •   Understanding of the philanthropic scene of local community
  •   Capacity to formulate creative fundraising strategies, with in-depth knowledge of current approaches
  •   Knowledge of content marketing approaches to drive visitation
  •   Diplomatic personality with high level of poise and professionalism in all circumstances
  •   Stellar interpersonal skills to collaborate effectively with Museum constituencies and staff
  •   Optimistic and forward-thinking with an energetic, joyful, can-do attitude
  •   Self-starting and resourceful; fearless but friendly attitude in soliciting gifts
  •   Ability to produce high-quality and impeccable writing in proposals, reports, and correspondence
  •   Occasional evening and weekend work is required; light traveling may be required
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  • This position reports to the Executive Director and is a salaried, exempt, employed-at-will position. The museum is an EOE Employer. Interested applicants should send:

 Cover letter | Resume | 3 References | Two examples of project, grant, or initiative created or developed

Email ASAP to director@cshwhalingmuseum.org

EMAIL ONLY — No Phone Calls Please.


Posted 12/9/16 | Position Open Until Filled

The Whaling Museum & Education Center

279 Main Street       Cold Spring Harbor, NY 11724     



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