Society of Arts and Crafts

100 Pier 4 Blvd.Ste. 200
Boston, MA 02210

Date Posted:
November 13, 2018

Eastern Massachusetts



Development Manager


The dual mission of the Society of Arts + Crafts is to encourage the creation, collection, and promotion of the work of contemporary craft artists and to advance public appreciation of fine craft. To fulfill our mission, the Society sponsors exhibitions, artist awards, and educational programming; along with promoting the work of over 400 craft artists.

The Society began in 1897 when a small group of notable Boston architects, educators and craftspeople met to organize the first craft exhibition in the United States. At the time, poorly designed factory-made goods had replaced the need and desire for handmade items. The core of the Arts and Crafts movement was the belief in the restoration of traditional craftsmanship and the appreciation of good design in everyday objects. The success of this first exhibition spurred the formation of the Society of Arts + Crafts. For over one hundred and twenty years, the Society has supported craft makers and advanced contemporary craft, pledging to preserve, perfect and promote the spirit of artisanship. Our craft practitioners challenge mass production with everything they make, offering special, high-quality and ethically made objects that enrich our lives through everyday use; they tell a story, espouse a truth, fill the air with awe. The work of the Society creates a common ground between those who practice craft and those who sustain it, provides an innovative marketplace through curated creative exhibitions and retail space.

With our move to Boston’s Seaport District in 2016, we tripled our office and exhibition gallery space and gained an opportunity to professionalize the organization with focused board development, improved processes, enhanced education programs, and expanded ethnic and cultural diversity. This cultural and organization shift encourages us to look outward rather than inward, to expand our financial base, and to develop a mission-driven professional and inclusive organization.

The Society seeks an ambitious and talented Development Manager to oversee the organization’s fundraising operations and to build a diverse and sustainable revenue stream with individual donations, membership and foundation giving at its core. The candidate should have experience creating and executing a development plan and timeline, in addition to, working with the Executive Director to advance the organization’s development messaging and outreach process. Currently the organization employs a grant researcher and writer on a part time basis. In addition, corporate sponsorships are currently managed by the Marketing Manager and relevant Society staff.

Major Responsibilities:

? Oversee development and fundraising operations through cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of an emerging major donor and individual membership giving program, maintaining and growing organizational membership, expanding the Society’s foundation giving, and managing database and lists of institutional and individual donors.

? Train, manage, and engage staff on organizational fundraising strategies while working hand-in-hand with Marketing Manager for Development Communications.

? Work with the Executive Director to deepen engagement of the Board of Directors and its committees.

Minimal Qualifications:

? Experience and desire in building a mature and growing non-profit organization.

? A track record of creating and implementing systems to raise money from individuals.

? Experience in the cultivation of new donors.

? Experience with the stewardship of major donors.

? Experience with the planning and execution of Annual Appeals and special fundraising initiatives.

? Experience with family, community and corporate foundation proposals.

? Experience with working with a small and growing hard working staff.

? Experience with donor database management, preferably Salesforce.

? A minimum of three to five years of professional experience working in the development field.

? A proven track record of success working with boards and major donors to achieve goals is necessary.

? Excellent oral and written communication skills.

? An appreciation of visual arts and/or contemporary craft is a plus.

How To Apply:

To Apply:

Please email your resume and cover letter, to with Development Manager in the subject line.

Apply by:
December 01, 2018
About this Organization:

Established in 1897, the dual mission of The Society is to encourage the creation, collection and promotion of the work of contemporary craft artists and to advance public appreciation of fine craft.  The Society's vision is to be a contemporary craft organization on par with other major cultural institutions in the Boston area, to provide critical support to a thriving community of artists and allied professionals and serve as the premier destination for artists, collectors and general craft enthusiasts. 

The Society provides services for the regional, national and international craft community. Programs include: presenting four exhibitions per year; supporting craft artists through the sale of their work in The Society's retail and exhibition galleries and at CraftBoston; granting the The Society's Artists Awards; presenting the Medal for Excellence in Craft Award; administering the John D. Mineck Furniture Fellowship; sponsoring lectures, tours, and an artist mentor program; and providing intern and volunteer opportunities. The Society’s programs and services directly benefit over 50,000 individuals each year.