Martha's Vineyard Museum

151 Lagoon Pond Road
Vineyard Haven, MA 02568

Date Posted:
January 09, 2023




Development Director


Come be a part of the team that is leading the Martha’s Vineyard Museum (MVM) into its second century. As the pre-eminent cultural institution in this historic, culturally rich and diverse community, MVM is poised to meet the growing demand for its exhibits, programs and educational offerings. Having recently completed a major transformation, the Museum inspires all people to discover, explore and strengthen their connections to the Island, tracing its history back 10,000 years. As historians and storytellers, MVM strives to provide a framework for understanding the past in order to create a better future. Every visit to the Museum, like every visit to Martha’s Vineyard, surprises, challenges, delights, and leaves lasting memories.

We know that a museum is much more than a collection of buildings, art and historic artifacts, and we have made great strides towards becoming a community museum truly representing the entire Island population, both year-round and seasonal. Thus, as we enter our Centennial Celebration in 2023, we look to the future as well as the past. We are committed to telling the untold stories, and to elevating the voices of those who were overlooked, ignored, and omitted in our first century of collecting. To realize this and other strategic priorities, we must increase and rebalance all of our revenue streams. With ambitious annual fundraising goals in addition to a $10m+ Centennial Campaign, the Development Director will be instrumental in helping to secure the future of the Martha’s Vineyard Museum.

Reports to: Executive Director

Core Function: Manages and implements all fundraising, membership and development activities of Martha’s Vineyard Museum.

Position: Working in close partnership with the Executive Director and the MVM Board, the Director is responsible for the creation, implementation, and oversight of a comprehensive fundraising plan that supports the Museum’s Strategic Plan and next phase of growth. As a member of the senior management team, the Director will support and manage the Development Committee of the Board and will develop fundraising strategies, organizational capacity, and create necessary infrastructure to systematically and effectively strengthen MVM’s long-term fundraising capacity.

The Development Director will expand and diversify MVM’s donor base and pipeline, and will work closely with staff to qualify, cultivate, solicit, and steward existing and future leadership donors. Additionally, the Director will be responsible for managing all aspects of development activities, including staffing and administrative responsibilities of the program. As a leader and ambassador of the Museum, the Director will be responsible for developing and maintaining collaborative philanthropic efforts and alliances with other island non-profit organizations.

Due to the severe housing shortage on Martha’s Vineyard, we encourage local area residents to apply.


Fundraising and Development:

  • Develop and implement an overall fundraising strategy to achieve both annual and Centennial Campaign fundraising goals for the organization. Specifically, this includes all duties associated with the management and continued growth of the annual appeal, membership program, fundraising events, and major gift fundraising on an ongoing basis.

  • Develop a Planned Giving program as well as enhance and expand the foundation and corporate fundraising efforts including developing metrics to report and manage the administration of awarded grants and gifts.

  • Responsible for the creation and implementation of strategic fundraising events to directly and indirectly support fundraising activities, including the planning and execution of MVM’s annual gala.

  • Manage a portfolio of prospects and support the Executive Director and Board of Directors with the qualification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of individual and corporate major gift prospects.

  • Lead the development of a grant program and manage a grant writer to maximize revenue from federal, state and local sources, both public and private. Coordinate all metrics for reporting on grants.

  • Manage Board fundraising committees and work with Board members, in coordination with the ED, to secure individual and corporate gifts.

  • Maintain a CRM system (Bloomerang) of gifts, pledges, cultivation conversations and stewardship communications. Ensure that gift and grant acknowledgements are prepared in a timely manner.

  • Promote a culture of philanthropy throughout the Museum, collaborating with other departments on a regular basis. When mutually beneficial, establish partnerships or participate in collaboration with other nonprofit organizations.


  • Develop and implement annual fundraising communications plan in coordination with other Museum departments

  • Craft fundraising communications, including annual giving materials, messaging themes for fundraising events, talking points for solicitation meetings, etc.

  • Coordinate and oversee writing and publication of all fundraising-related communications, including website, media (including social media), Annual Report and newsletters.

Organization and Administration:

  • Collaborate with the Executive Director and Director of Finance to develop, monitor, and assess the revenue projections for MVM’s annual and long-term financial strategy.

  • Prepare and manage the annual budget for the development department.

  • Advise Executive Director, all Senior Managers and Board on the progress of the development program, funding forecasts and trends which includes monitoring, analyzing and assessing donor and membership data.

  • Supervise and mentor the development staff, vendors, fellows, volunteers, and consultants, as needed.



  • Bachelor’s degree required, advanced degree desirable

  • At least five years successfully leading a significant multi-million-dollar development program.

  • Preferably has experience in an arts/culture organization, or educational institution, or equivalent.

  • Demonstrate a commitment to MVM’s mission and have an authentic passion for the Island’s history and the ability to articulate the vision and mission of the Museum to a wide audience.

  • Specific knowledge of MV’s philanthropic landscape is helpful.

  • Exceptional planning and organizational skills are necessary. Results and detail-oriented with the ability to set and meet deadlines.

  • Successful, collaborative supervisor who encourages new ideas and creativity. Is able to build a strong team and a creative, healthy work environment, yet willing to make difficult decisions when necessary.

  • Comfort with technology tools for collaborative purposes. Strong skills with CRM or prospect databases, MS Office suite, Google suite.

  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity and a history of working effectively with all people irrespective of their economic status, ethnicity, gender, educational level or sexual orientation.

  • Flexible and adaptable work style with the ability to work nights and weekends, manage competing demands and work independently.

  • Travel may be required.

How To Apply:

Interested candidates should resume and list of three references with the subject line: Development Director. Successful applicant must be willing to undergo a criminal background check.

The Martha’s Vineyard Museum is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status.

Apply by:
March 01, 2023
$70,000 - $80,000 /
About this Organization:
The Martha’s Vineyard Museum inspires all people to discover, explore, and strengthen their connections to this Island and its diverse heritage.