Pilgrim Hall Museum

75 Court Street
Plymouth, MA 02360

Date Posted:
February 06, 2019

Eastern Massachusetts



Director of Development


The Development Director is a full-time, year-round, salaried position, and an integral member of the management team at an accredited Museum with an incomparable early colonial collection and a nearly 200 year record of institutional success. Reporting directly to the Executive Director, they are responsible for developing strategies to achieve fundraising goals for individual and institutional giving, planning and implementing all fundraising and patron cultivation activities, and growing the Society’s development program at an exciting time as Plymouth commemorates its 400th anniversary. They oversee a wide and ongoing range of operational development, marketing, and membership activities, and help set marketing strategy to increase institutional engagement at all levels, working both independently and in close collaboration with the Executive Director, the Development Committee, and subcommittees. They supervise a PT Group Tour & Marketing Manager and PT Development Administrative Assistant.

The Development Director will identify, cultivate, and solicit prospects to secure donations from individuals, corporations, and foundations through leadership gifts, sponsored gifts, annual appeals, memberships, and special events, and oversee all membership activities. They oversee patron management tracking, major gift cultivation and solicitations, and development writing. Responsibilities include coordinating annual fundraising; managing special events; developing strategies to meet or exceed budgeted revenue goals; and working to ensure cultivation and stewardship of all philanthropic constituents. They maintain productive and timely donor communications; utilize the donor database to track development revenue and ensure accurate and comprehensive donor records; prepare regular reports on donor activities; and assist in grant research, proposal, and grant writing. They build and maintain strong relationships with individuals, organizational partners/sponsors, corporations, foundations and other major donors, and constructively engage the Museum's many stakeholders, including members, Trustees, volunteers, and the Plymouth community.

Bachelor’s degree or higher and at least 5 years experience in development; superior written and oral communication skills as well as excellent research skills; organizational and time management skills; ability to manage multiple projects and deadlines; knowledge of regional and local philanthropic community; proficiency in Excel, Word, and fundraising databases. Capital and/or endowment campaign experience preferred; familiarity with Raiser’s Edge a plus.
How To Apply:
Send cover letter and CV to Dr. Donna D. Curtin, Executive Director, at director@pilgrimhallmuseum.org.
Apply by:
February 22, 2019
mid 60s
About this Organization:
Pilgrim Hall Museum (PHM), erected 1824, is the oldest continuously operating museum in the country. The museum’s unsurpassed collection of Pilgrim possessions highlights the actual experiences of America’s earliest beginnings. What did the English families aboard the Mayflower bring with them to make a new life in a new world? See everyday objects like the wicker cradle of Peregrine White, the Bible of early Governor William Bradford, and the beaver hat worn by teenager Constance Hopkins. Explore the history and the mythology of the Pilgrims and the Wampanoag of early Plymouth in an array of changing and permanent exhibitions, and uncover a story of struggle, courage, perseverance, and hope. Pilgrim Hall Museum is open seven days a week, 9:30 am-4:30 pm, from February through December 30, excepting December 24-25.