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Major Gifts Officer [Newport Art Museum, Newport, RI]

The Major Gifts Officer is responsible for prospect and project management within the Development Department of the Newport Art Museum. Working with the Executive Director and Director of Development, this individual will identify, cultivate, steward, and solicit current and prospective individual donors, corporations and foundations capable of giving $50,000 or more to the Museum’s annual fund, special events and other strategic initiatives. He/she will be part of an overall effort to strengthen donor and corporate relationships and encourage increased levels of financial support. The successful candidate will possess progressive fundraising experience and proven ability to solicit and close gifts on the $50,000+ level; track record in building relationships across a spectrum of individual, foundation and corporate donors to achieve aggressive fundraising goals; capable of developing and executing ongoing strategy for qualifying candidates and moving them to prospect status using tools such as a donor pipeline, small cultivation events, research, and community networking. A minimum 3 years of major gifts leadership, progressive experience in successful development programs, knowledge of office systems / MS-Office and familiarity with fundraising database systems (Raisers Edge) is required. To apply, please include a cover letter, current résumé, three references and salary requirements. No phone calls please. All requests should be emailed to: jobs@newportartmuseum.org, with “Major Gifts Officer” in the subject line. This is a full-time salaried position. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. 
The Newport Art Museum is an equal opportunity employer.

EMPLOYMENT TYPE: Full time

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What We’re Reading: 12 STEM Entry Points

There is often an idea that STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) subjects are incompatible with art and history. Art museums talk about art, history museums talk about history, and science museums talk about science. This is not to say there is absolutely no overlap, but one would be hard-pressed to go to a major fine arts museum and find an engineering-based activity. STEM can seem scary because it might be thought of as outside of the museum’s mission or as too technical and ‘science-y,’ but STEM doesn’t always mean doing a full-scale chemistry experiment in the galleries.

STEM can seem scary, but it doesn't always mean doing a full-scale chemistry experiment in the galleries.

STEM can seem scary, but it doesn’t always mean doing a full-scale chemistry experiment in the galleries.

Instead of siloing these subjects in our museums, we can think about them with another acronym: STEAM. You may have heard of it before, but it’s the idea of incorporating art with STEM concepts. For instance, one could think about the chemistry behind mixing pigments for a painting, or explore the aesthetic design process of an engineering project.  To think about ways to incorporate STEM and STEAM into your museum, I find the following article by Tom Vander Ark and Mary Ryerse, 12 STEM Entry Points, to be helpful. Although the article does not strictly discuss incorporating STEM and STEAM in museums per say, they do mention museums and the ideas they present are just as valid. They can even provide your museum with a welcome challenge, like adding a makerspace or challenge-based learning to your activities. If you are looking to diversify your museum’s subject matter and educational reach, check out their article!

New December Calendar!

Looking for something educational, fun, and festive to do this holiday season? Events for December 2016 have been added to our calendar! Check them out to see what’s being offered at museums in the Greater Boston area for families, kids, and adults!

If you have events you would like to see posted on our monthly events calendar, please contact us here.

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