Director of Institutional Advancement [EcoTarium, Worcester, MA]


Position Summary:

The Director of Institutional Advancement is a senior management position responsible for expanding and providing leadership to the museum’s development and awareness efforts.  The position is responsible for leading fundraising, communications and engagement of external constituencies in support of the advancement of the EcoTarium’s mission.  This includes the Third Century Capital Campaign, donor cultivation and solicitation, prospect research, planned giving, corporate and foundation gifts, fundraising and marketing events, outreach, marketing, advertising and external communications.  The position provides leadership to a team of employees, works closely with the President and Board of Trustees, and oversees the department budget.  The Director oversees:

  • Marketing and Communications which is responsible for communications to all external constituents, internal and external brand management and public relations to raise awareness of the EcoTarium, increase visitation, expand reach and grown our audience.
  • Major Gifts, which cultivates and maintains relationships with individual major donors and develops mutually beneficial relationships with corporate members and sponsors.
  • Grants Management & Governmental Affairs which cultivates and obtains funding for capital projects, educational programming and on-going operations from federal and state agencies, and private, public and corporate foundations.
  • Development and Capital Campaign, which gathers the resources needed to maintain and expand the EcoTarium’s operating and capital support of its mission and impact through annual giving, capital campaign and fundraising for special projects.
  • Membership and Special Events, creates and manages events and activities to build awareness of and showcase benefits of EcoTarium membership and build the pipeline of new members.


Essential Functions

  • Provide leadership to Institutional Advancement team, including role clarity, goal setting, professional development and performance management
  • Work with President to design and plan Third Century Plan Capital Campaign plans
  • Serve as staff to the Capital Campaign, Advancement and Governance Committees of the EcoTarium Board of Trustees, provide staff support for institutional strategic planning, and serve on additional ad hoc and advisory committees
  • Provide oversight for fundraising and special events
  • Collaborate on external marketing and communications to build awareness and support
  • Cultivate new donors prospects and provide oversight to maintain donor relationships
  • Provide stewardship of development database
  • Represent the EcoTarium at public events and on committees throughout the community
  • Collaborate with other directors
  • Manage the annual budget, with staff
  • Collaboratively research and develop proposals to corporations, institutions and foundations for partnerships, sponsorships, charitable giving, memberships and other mutually beneficial programs.

Non-Essential Functions

  • Other duties as assigned


  • Minimum 5 – 10 years experience in development field
  • Minimum: Bachelor’s degree, Master’s and CFRE preferred
  • Demonstrated success in donor cultivation and solicitation
  • Proven track record in securing and stewarding six figure gifts
  • Solid experience with corporate and foundation gifts, planned giving, donor and foundation research and fundraising events
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and oral, as well as strong social media skills
  • Solid computer skills with knowledge of MS Office and donor management software
  • Leadership and management experience
  • Highly skilled as a strategic thinker with ability to lead change and growth
  • Solid experience in participative management and staff development
  • Experience in budget development and management
  • Ability to lead and drive sustainable work process change and improvement


Please send a cover letter, resume and names of three references to:

Human Resources, Attn: Director of Institutional Advancement, EcoTarium, 222 Harrington Way, Worcester, MA01604 or via email.


Job Information
  • Worcester, Massachusetts, 01604, United States
  • 26821487
  • February 10, 2016
  • Director of Institutional Advancement
  • EcoTarium
  • Development/Membership
  • No
  • Indefinite
  • BA/BS/Undergraduate
  • 5-7 Years

Assistant Gift Registrar, Office of Advancement [Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC]


Come join a team of dedicated staff at an exceptional time in Smithsonian history, as the Institution continues with a comprehensive strategic plan, expands the programming, educational, and scholarly activity of its museums and research centers, and completes its very first Institution-wide fundraising campaign.

In planning for the campaign, the Smithsonian is building a model fundraising organization, one that will meet the growing needs of this unique organization and offer excellent professional opportunities. This position offers exciting opportunities for the successful candidate to make a significant impact on the future of the Smithsonian. There is no better time to join this amazing Institution.

The Assistant Gift Registrar is responsible for the creation of documents, database entry and other administrative tasks related to the functions the Gift Registrar Office. The Assistant Gift Registrar learns the gift entry process and assists as necessary with the accurate recording of gifts and pledges to the Institution and tax receipting. Pre-employment Background Investigation must be successfully completed.


Successful candidates will demonstrate:

  • Knowledge and experience in gift receipting and gift receipting policies, procedures and regulations.
  • Knowledge of development gift account practices.
  • Knowledge and ability in a variety of computer programs including Microsoft Word, Excel and Access; other spreadsheet software programs; and database software and accounting systems.
  • Ability to interact effectively with all types of people, including Smithsonian staff, corporation and foundation executives, volunteers, and influential members of the community.

The Office of Advancement oversees and guides the fundraising efforts of the entire Smithsonian and is home to the central development organization for the Institution. In addition to raising significant support for a variety of Smithsonian initiatives, the Office of Advancement provides support services to development offices across the Institution. The office engages with staff throughout the Smithsonian in accomplishing their goals.

The Smithsonian Institution is a unique complex of 19 museums and galleries, the National Zoological Park, and nine research centers. The Smithsonian is a national and world treasure and is dedicated to its founding mission, “the increase and diffusion of knowledge.” Its exhibitions, programs, collections, and outreach touch the lives of millions of Americans every year, as well as many who visit us from abroad.

The Smithsonian Institution offers a competitive salary and a comprehensive package of benefits. This is not a Federal Position, but has similar requirements and benefits. To learn more about the Smithsonian, please visit Interested candidates should submit their resumes and a cover letter to by March 8, 2016.

The Smithsonian Institution is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. Candidates of all backgrounds are encouraged to apply.


Job Information
  • Washington, Dist. Columbia, 20013, United States
  • 26816126
  • February 10, 2016
  • Assistant Gift Registrar, Office of Advancement
  • Smithsonian Institution
  • Development/Membership
  • No
  • Full-Time
  • Indefinite
  • 0-10%

Director, Donor Engagement [Williams College, Williamstown, MA]

Director, Donor Engagement
Williams College Museum of Art
The Williams College Museum of Art (WCMA) seeks a Director of Donor Engagement to lead the museum's fundraising efforts. This senior management position reports to the museum's Director and works very closely with Williams College's Division of College Relations and Development. We seek a creative, intellectually curious and highly organized team player who will thrive in a liberal arts college environment.
The Williams College Museum of Art makes dynamic art experiences to incite new thinking about art, museums, and the world. The Williams College Museum of Art is a vibrant center for the arts at Williams that embodies the potential for the liberal arts to catalyze our ability to think creatively and critically. It is a vital hub for deep student learning and participation; for taking risks and testing creative, future forms of scholarship and teaching; and for boldly affirming the relevance of the history of art and the arts broadly. Partnering closely with art department faculty and others, we aim not just to sustain but also to revitalize the college's world-class legacy in the visual arts for generations to come. Visit our website:

The Director of Donor Engagement will develop a strategic plan for donor relations and museum stewardship focusing principally on individual giving. S/he works closely with the museum's advisory committee; identifies, cultivate and solicit donors; develops and oversees the museum's various membership programs; and oversee foundation, government, and corporate grant support. The Director of Donor Engagement manages a staff of two.
Key responsibilities include:
  • Develop an overarching strategy of member and donor engagement with the museum, from free membership to high-level members, with associated cultivation events
  • Work closely with the Director to manage and further define the role of the museum’s advisory committee, identify and solicit new members of the committee, plan meetings, and act as a liaison between council members and museum staff
  • Conceptualize and collaborate with museum and communications staff to create a comprehensive communications plan for cultivating donors and soliciting gifts, including developing new marketing materials for prospective members and the solicitation of gifts of art
  • Creates innovative programs and projects to thank and steward donors; ensures the external reporting to donors on endowments
  • Collaborate with development colleagues and the Museum Director to determine both an annual fundraising goal and objective for its Fellows Program
  • Develop processes with associated infrastructure that will systematize donor records including art collections, and track donor reports, gift acknowledgements, follow-ups and other communications
  • Develop a strategic plan for the museum’s membership programs aimed at increasing membership and moving members into the museum’s high-level membership “Fellows” program
  • Supervise and manage the Membership/Special Events Manager to ensure that the museum’s targeted guests are informed and cultivated
  • Supervise and manage the museum’s part-time Grants Manager, ensuring that key foundation, government and corporation grant opportunities are pursued, and that grant reporting and communication are carefully managed and timely
  • Works closely with Development staff to report to donors on the use of gifts, to arrange meetings between donors and beneficiaries, if appropriate, and to help celebrate gifts
The successful candidate should be an energetic liberal arts generalist who loves higher education, is highly organized, and has highly developed skills working with a diversity of people and groups. S/he must have a Bachelor's degree in a related field or equivalent with a minimum of five years of experience in a field in which building and sustaining relationships over time was critical. A background in donor relations, including long-term cultivation, solicitation, tracking of donor contact and the associated technology required for accurate data management desired but not strictly required. S/he must have a passion for persuading others to make a difference through museum support and donations of art. Demonstrated experience and success establishing fundraising priorities, achieving fundraising goals, maintaining contact with major donors, board members, and corporate and foundation leaders, and the ability to inspire others.
Knowledge and enthusiasm for art history, so as to be conversant with donors and curators. Experience managing staff and multiple competing needs, interests, and personality types of donors and high-level members. Available for travel as needed.
Review of resumes will begin immediately and continue until position is filled. Job group 2-E.
Employment at Williams is contingent on the verification of background information submitted by the applicant, including the completion of a criminal record check, and education when applicable.
To apply for this position, please visit If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us via phone at (413) 597-4247 or email at
Beyond meeting fully its legal obligations for non-discrimination, Williams College is committed to building a diverse and inclusive community where members from all backgrounds can live, learn and thrive.


Job Information
  • Massachusetts, United States
  • 26810621
  • February 10, 2016
  • Director, Donor Engagement
  • Williams College
  • Directors/Administrators
  • No

Curator of Natural History [The High Desert Museum, Bend, OR]


Title:                      Curator of Natural History

Division:                 Programs

Classification:          Salaried/regular full-time

Reports To:             Director of Programs

Supervises:             Associated interns and volunteers



High Desert Museum – Organization Description


The High Desert Museum is a non-profit organization focused on the biotic and cultural elements of the High Desert region of the Western United States. Located near Bend, Oregon, on the edge of the beautiful Deschutes National Forest, the Museum melds the natural history of diverse habitat types with human history of the environment into a unique blend of indoor and outdoor exhibits, living history and both living and historic collections.


Job Summary – Curator of Natural History


High Desert Museum seeks a Curator of Natural History to expand the Museum’s natural history collection and provide all aspects of research, exhibition, and program development.  The Curator of Natural History will have the intellectual vision and practical skills necessary to present, interpret and build a vibrant collection of natural history specimens that will be utilized in thought-provoking exhibitions. The Museum emphasizes scholarship: the successful candidate will have a familiarity with current scientific and popular literature and will incorporate this knowledge into programs and exhibits and be a motivated researcher.  Specifically, the applicant must have a proven record of creating and effectively managing the production of exhibits on diverse natural history themes. The Curator is a key member of the curatorial team. In collaboration with this team and the Curator of Wildlife, the Curator writes text and develops vibrant, compelling and innovative exhibits. Consulting with other experts in the field and establishing partnerships in the community will further enhance the Museum’s role as a resource for wildlife, natural history and conservation information. We seek an individual with innovative programming concepts and delivery who applies their expertise to inspire our visitors to learn more about natural history, and the relationship between people and the natural and cultural resources of the region. The successful candidate will conduct public education programs and must have excellent presentation and written skills. Teaching experience, and experience working with collections is a plus.


High levels of professionalism and collaboration, a positive demeanor and the ability to learn new skills quickly are essential traits. We look at each candidate in terms of combined skills; different combinations of skills can serve to qualify for the position.





  • M.A. in zoology, biology, ecology or related field required; or combination of education and work experience (BA, supplemented with 2 years curatorial experience).
  • A thorough knowledge of natural history with specific expertise in the High Desert and Intermountain West regions.
  • Proven curatorial track record of creating compelling exhibitions and publications.
  • Experience in effective and dynamic public speaking, educational programs and lectures, and creating and teaching standards-based curriculum.
  • Excellent communication skills and ability to effectively communicate, both verbally and in writing, the importance of natural history and specimens.
  • Working knowledge of MS Office suite.
  • Ability to set and meet deadlines and budgets.
  • Proven ability to work as part of a team, establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with fellow employees, volunteers and general public.
  • Ability to work flexible hours and days as necessary.


Responsibilities and Tasks

  1. Plans and executes natural history exhibitions with the Exhibits Team—including specimen collecting, loan coordination and transportation, exhibit design and installation, didactic label information and essays for collateral publications.
  2. As a member of the Programs Department, participates in defining and articulating exhibit/program objectives and expected outcomes based on identifiable audience needs/interests and target audience segments. This includes providing expertise in developing, planning and implementing school and public programs.
  3. In conjunction with the Collections Committee, adheres to the Museum’s Collection Management Policy and develops long range planning of the collection.
  4. Conducts independent research relative to the Museum’s collection, objects on loan and/or materials being considered for acquisitions.
  5. Researches and produces scholarly essays for publications.
  6. Organizes the presentation of lectures and excursions to diverse audiences.
  7. Collaborates with the Curator of Wildlife to plan and lead lectures, trips, tours and interpretive programs with an emphasis on local and regional natural history to diverse audiences.
  8. As part of the Exhibits and Programs Teams, collaborates in the development and presentation of exhibitions and adjunct programming, and may supervise various interns as appropriate.
  9. Oversees exhibition design and development while adhering to deadlines and budgets.
  10. Represents the Museum at professional meetings, forums and/or workshops as required.
  11. Provides curatorial content, research and planning for exhibit design, construction and renovation, including participating in the Museum’s changing exhibition program and permanent exhibits.
  12. Contributes curatorial content to exhibit-related programming.
  13. Complies with all Museum policies, procedures and safety regulations.
  14. Manages schedules and budgets for temporary and permanent exhibits.
  15. Collaborates with the Curator of Wildlife to collect specimens, objects and materials in accordance with the Collections Management Policy and Strategic Collecting Plan.
  16. Cultivates and maintains new and existing donors to enhance the Museum’s natural history collection.
  17. Develops and maintains partnerships with organizations and institutions throughout the region.
  18. Conducts training of education staff, interns, teen and adult volunteers.
  19. Develops and manages department budget.
  20. Performs other tasks and duties as assigned by immediate supervisor.
Job Information
  • Bend, Oregon, 97702, United States
  • 26809426
  • February 9, 2016
  • Curator of Natural History
  • The High Desert Museum
  • Curator
  • No
  • Full-Time
  • Indefinite
  • Master’s Degree
  • 2-3 Years
  • 0-10%
  • $45,000.00 (Yearly Salary)

Head of Digital Platforms [Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, CA]


The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco (the de Young and Legion of Honor) are seeking a Head of Digital Platforms. Working with the Chief Information Officer and Assistant Director Web & Digital Production, the Head of Digital Platforms will establish a vision and implementation strategies for in-house software platforms and public digital engagement with the FAMSF collections and exhibitions. In this role the Head of Digital Platforms will guide the museum through implementation of several new systems. They will work with a variety of content managers, subject matter experts, and end users to determine requirements, draft specifications, and establish project plans that include data migration, maintenance, and feature enhancement roadmaps.

New systems for which this role will be responsible include:

  • Expansion of a museum wide intranet.
  • Digital Asset Management Systems.
  • Museum/Collection Management Systems.

The Head of Digital Platforms additionally has the responsibility of lead software architect and lead developer for the design, development, and maintenance of current web-based applications that access museum data as well as all mobile and in-gallery digital engagement initiatives.

Current maintenance responsibilities include:

  • Drupal Content Management System (CMS) for the primary FAMSF website.
  • The online retail store.
  • Web-based access to images of the museums’ collection.
  • A globally-used database for art conservators.
  • Development support for integrations with CRM systems (SalesForce).
  • Working with Senior Database Administrator to build and maintain special-purpose databases and interfaces for a variety of business applications and their data, including financial (The Financial Edge), museum wide (SalesForce), ticketing (SiruisWare), online communities and collection management (4D).

Typical Duties and Responsibilities:

  1. Advises management on the capabilities and limitations of current systems and recommends improvements.
  2. Provides high level strategic vision and planning around the digital platforms used by the museum for collection management and digital experiences.
  3. Present vision, research, analysis and planning around digital platforms and engagements with the museums to management and board members.
  4. Maintaining existing software. Analysis, research, and repair of program logic and systems problems. Development and implementation solutions. Resolution of technical problems with end users in the implementation, maintenance, and modification of complex application programs.
  5. Management of additional personnel and contractors for the design, development and testing of digital projects.
  6. Plan, analyze, design, and implement a variety of new systems, establishing internal and external controls. Develop procedures for access and retrieval of information. Ensure program designs meet user requirements. Ensure adherence to design/program standards.
  7. Manage the hosting environment for the Content Management System.
  8. Maintain test and development environments. Orchestrate migration of approved software to production environments.
  9. Writes, modifies, and/or runs programs to provide reports and to extract information from museum databases.
  10. Provide APIs to museum data and systems for use by external developers and vendors in developing of applications.
  11. Analyze and respond to service requests; determining the most cost effective approach and the appropriate staff time required to achieve needed modifications. Recommend appropriate solutions to meet user needs and project requirements.
  12. Assist users and other analysts in diagnosing complex program failures. Develop recovery and backup procedures. Detect, identify, and correct software deficiencies.
  13. Prepare project plans, time and cost estimates of new projects, and enhancement or changes to existing systems/applications. Coordinate integration into existing systems and procedures.
  14. Coordinate and/or attend project team meetings, user meetings as needed.
  15. Prepare user and technical manuals and instructions. Instructs users on new capabilities.
  16. Research and evaluate new technologies, software, and hardware products. Consults with vendors regarding product functions and features. Recommends software and hardware purchases.

FAMSF offers a competitive salary and generous benefits package.

Application Deadline: Open until filled

The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco are the city’s largest public arts institutions and comprise the de Young and the Legion of Honor museums. The de Young, designed by Herzog & de Meuron and located in Golden Gate Park, showcases American art from the 17th through the 21st centuries, international contemporary art, textiles and costumes, and art from the Americas, the Pacific, and Africa. The Legion of Honor displays a collection of over 4,000 years of ancient and European art including Auguste Rodin’s The Thinker and houses the Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts in a Beaux-Arts style building overlooking Lincoln Park and the Golden Gate Bridge.

COFAM is the Corporation of Fine Arts Museums and is the privately funded non-profit corporation which supports the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, a department of the City and County of San Francisco.

COFAM is proud to be an equal opportunity employer and is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination in all phases of employment in accordance with all federal, state, and local laws.


Education: Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science or a related field.

Work Experience: 5 years of experience in applications programming, with at least 2 years as a senior level programmer, or directly related experience.

Skills and Abilities:

  • Ability to work collaboratively in a complex, dynamic environment.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Strategic long range planning around technology choices, feature road maps and project and project management.
  • Interest in fine arts and/or museum management.
  • Experience in software design, development, and testing.
  • Experience with modular architecting software systems.
  • Ability to design and execute complex software projects to meet the diverse needs of a various user groups.
  • Familiarity or expertise with the current suite of technologies in use at the FAMSF, including Drupal, Java, RDBMS and SQL.
  • Expertise with HTML/CSS and current front end web development technologies.
  • Affinity for Open Source programming projects.
  • Knowledge of Java, Python, Django, Android, iOS development
Job Information
  • San Francisco, California, 94118, United States
  • 26488937
  • January 11, 2016
  • Head of Digital Platforms
  • Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco
  • IT/Web
  • No
  • Full-Time
  • Indefinite
  • BA/BS/Undergraduate
  • 5-7 Years