deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum

51 Sandy Pond Road
Lincoln, MA 01773

Date Posted:
July 30, 2018

Eastern Massachusetts



Development Assistant


The Development Assistant is an integral member of deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum’s fundraising efforts. Working closely with the Deputy Director for External Affairs and the Museum’s Development team, the Development Assistant is responsible for providing support for all of deCordova’s fundraising efforts.

Primary responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Manage, maintain, and update the Raiser’s Edge donor database;
  • Process, track, and file all philanthropic gifts;
  • Coordinate annual fund appeals and manage all mailing lists;
  • Coordinate Give Day appeals;
  • Create timely and accurate tax-acknowledgement letters and reminders for all gifts and pledges;
  • Support committee meetings, including Development Committees, Overseer Council Committee, Benefit Committee, and other committees as assigned. Support includes preparing meeting agendas, minutes, packets, and correspondence. Generates and distributes minutes in a timely way;
  • Provide excellent customer service to donors by phone, written correspondence, and in-person;
  • Assist with prospect research as needed;
  • Provide general support with the coordination of the annual Benefit, including processing and acknowledging tickets/tables and sponsorships.
  • Provide marketing and public relations support to Head of Marketing and Communications;
  • Other projects and duties as assigned related to the operations of the External Affairs department.
  • Maintain professional growth and development through self-directed learning through seminars, workshops, and conferences (as institutional budget allows).
  • Strong database management skills including data entry, query building, and reports;
  • Strong attention to detail and appreciation of the importance of accurate, usable data;
  • Demonstrated ability to multi-task, prioritize, and problem-solve;
  • Must have the ability to work independently, as part of a team, and to anticipate next steps;
  • Excellent written and verbal skills required including customer service skills;
  • Ability to converse with a wide variety of constituents in a professional manner and work collegially with all levels and departments within the organization
  • Must maintain the highest level of confidentiality, discretion, and judgement;
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office programs (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint);
  • This position requires working occasional night, evenings, and weekends.
How To Apply:
Interested candidates should send a cover letter and resume to (include Development Assistant in subject line of email).Please apply by August 20, 2018. Applications may also be mailed to deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, 51 Sandy Pond Road, Lincoln, MA 01773, Attn: Human Resources.
Apply by:
August 20, 2018
About this Organization:

DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum is a vibrant and engaging institution located in the Boston, Massachusetts suburb of Lincoln. Its mission is to connect audiences to contemporary art, with an emphasis on sculpture, through exhibitions, learning opportunities, the collection and its unique park setting. Founded in 1950 on the 30-acre former estate of Julian deCordova (1851-1945), deCordova has grown from a local collection to a dynamic contemporary art institution that attracts over 80,000 visitors each year and is recognized nationally and internationally for its innovative programming. To learn more about deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, please visit our website at