Berkshire Museum

39 South Street
Pittsfield, MA 01201

Date Posted:
August 01, 2018

Western Massachusetts



Chief Development Officer


The Chief Development Officer provides oversight of the Museum’s Development functions and is responsible for securing funds for the contributed income portion of the Museum’s annual operating budget derived from multiple sources including individuals, corporations, and foundations through means such as membership, sponsorships, gifts and grants, special events, and annual appeals, among others. The Chief Development Officer is also responsible for securing funding for capital projects, endowment, and special initiatives of the Museum. The relaunch of Capital Campaign is planned for 2019.

Primary Functions and Major Responsibilities:

Working collaboratively with the Director of Development and the Engagement Coordinator, the Chief Development Officer is responsible for the overall planning, developing, budgeting, implementing, and managing of fundraising activities to attract annual operating support as well as capital, endowment, and special project support according to approved budgets from individuals, corporations, foundations, and government; researching and preparing major grant proposals; planning, organizing, and managing the capital campaign.

Duties include:

- Oversee the development, coordination, and implementation of fundraising plans and programs to raise funds for the annual support of the Museum’s general operations including, but not limited to, membership, annual appeal, gifts and grants, sponsorships, and special events.

- Develop, coordinate, and implement fundraising plans and programs to raise funds for endowment and capital projects, including recruiting and supporting the work of the Campaign Cabinet, identifying and researching prospects, assisting in cultivation and solicitation of donor prospects, maintaining records and correspondence for the Campaign.

- Work with the Development staff to identify, cultivate, and solicit individual, corporate, and foundation prospects for support.

- Provide oversight to staff on the development of communication plans and methods (correspondence, printed materials, digital and social networks, etc.) to promote support for the Museum and coordinate the same, as appropriate, with the Engagement Team.

- Identify and develop opportunities for support from government and foundation sources.

- Act as ambassador for the Museum, raising awareness of the Museum’s impact on the community and development needs.

- Oversee the development and management of annual fundraising events, exhibition openings, and facilities rental program.

- Work with Executive Director, Chief of Staff, Engagement Team, the Board, and volunteers to achieve Museum’s goals.

- Work with the Director of Development and Engagement Coordinator to manage and maintain effectiveness of the Museum’s donor database, ensure accurate and comprehensive donor records and prepare reports for the Board of Trustees and senior staff.

- Serve as a member of the senior staff/strategic team.

- Serve as staff to the Development Committee.

- Other duties as required.


- Bachelor’s degree or higher

- At least 7 years’ experience in management and/or development for nonprofit organizations, preferably in the fields of arts and culture, education, and/or natural science

- Excellent writing and communications skills

- Experience in donor development, grant and proposal writing

- Mastery of donor database software, knowledge of Microsoft Office software required

How To Apply:

Submit a resume and cover letter to Nina Garlington, Chief of Staff, via email to and please include Chief Development Officer in the subject line.

Apply by:
August 15, 2018
Commensurate with experience
About this Organization:
Berkshire Museum offers a unique array of exhibitions, activities, and attractions for visitors of all ages. From fine art and ancient objects to fossils; from an aquarium of native and exotic creatures to the Feigenbaum Hall of Innovation, it is a community museum: a place where everyone, from toddlers to elders, can learn, play, explore, innovate, be engaged and inspired.