Concord Museum

53 Cambridge Turnpike
Concord, MA 01742

Date Posted:
July 15, 2019

Eastern Massachusetts



Director of Advancement


Reporting to the Executive Director and serving as a member of the Senior Management Team, the Director of Advancement works closely with the Museum’s Board of Governors, Trustees, volunteers, and key internal and external stakeholders to cultivate giving from individuals, foundations, corporations, and government sources and to build awareness of the Museum and its mission. The Director of Advancement will work with the Executive Director and Board to ensure that development activities are deeply embedded within the mission, work, and culture of the Museum.

The Director of Advancement works closely with the Executive Director, guides the fundraising efforts of the Board of Governors, and serves as a member of the Museum’s Senior Management team. The position oversees three full-time staff members (the Director of Marketing and Public Relations, the Development Officer, and the Membership and Development Coordinator) and occasional part-time personnel, and works closely with key members of the Museum staff to achieve the Museum’s fund-raising goals.

The Director of Advancement will join the Museum at an exciting point in its history. The completion of a new Education Center and soon-to-be renovated galleries positions the Museum for significant growth in key areas, including exhibitions, programs, and audience development. Accordingly, the Director of Advancement will help forge new relationships to build the Museum’s visibility, impact, and financial resources. The position will expand the Museum’s individual donor base/pipeline and work closely with other team members to secure funding for new initiatives. It is expected that the Director of Advancement will systematically and effectively strengthen the Museum’s overall fundraising capacity.

Principal Responsibilities:

· Develop and implement a comprehensive and effective Advancement strategy that increases financial support and visibility for the Concord Museum;

· Manage $3 million fundraising campaign for a new permanent exhibition, including donor cultivation, solicitation, stewardship, recognition, and engagement;

· Support and partner with the ED, Board of Governors, and other volunteers on all fundraising activities;

· Significantly expand major gifts income. Grow the donor base/pipeline, manage a major gifts portfolio of approximately 150 individuals, and solicit major gifts;

· Strengthen corporate fundraising efforts to support exhibits and educational initiatives;

· Develop and implement a robust planned giving program aimed at increasing support and cultivating deeper ties with donors;

· Further develop the Museum’s successful Annual Fund program;

· Write government, foundation, and private fundraising proposals and grants;

· Research funding sources and trends to help position the Museum ahead of major funding changes and trends;

· Manage the overall activities of the Department, including the Annual Fund, membership, major gifts, special events, grants and sponsorships, marketing and PR, and other activities.


· Passion for the Concord Museum’s mission;

· Proven fund-raising track-record with a minimum of 5-8 years of fund-raising experience in a management position;

· Experience in program areas, including major gifts, annual giving, planned giving, membership, events, and corporate, foundation, and government support;

· Strong strategic leadership skills;

· Experience working closely with Board leadership and top volunteers;

· Significant experience and demonstrated success in cultivating, soliciting, and successfully closing leadership gifts ($25K+);

· Ability to create and implement an annual development plan; experience in setting, forecasting, and achieving departmental goals;

· Ability to build long-term relationships and to effectively relate to a wide range of constituencies;

· Superior organizational and time-management skills with exceptional attention to detail;

· Proven success in a complex and fast-paced environment;

· Outstanding communication skills, both verbal and written;

· A professional and resourceful style; the ability to work both independently and as a team player, to take initiative, and to manage multiple tasks and projects at a time;

· High integrity and sound judgment.

· Bachelor’s Degree required; Master’s Degree preferred

· Willingness to work weekends and evenings, as required

· Excellent computer skills

How To Apply:

Please send a letter of interest and a resume to: Executive Director, Concord Museum, 53 Cambridge Turnpike, Concord MA 01742 or e-mail to No phone calls, please. For further information on the Concord Museum, please visit

Apply by:
August 30, 2019
This is a full-time salaried position with benefits. EOE
About this Organization:
Founded in 1886, the Concord Museum has a nationally significant collection of over 35,000 objects, widely emulated education programs, and an active changing exhibition program. The Museum educates visitors of all ages about the history of Concord and its continuing influence on American political, literary, and cultural life. Renowned as the site of one of the first battles of the American Revolution and the home of great American writers and thinkers, including Emerson and Thoreau, Concord has long been a popular destination. The Museum is a center for cultural enjoyment for the region and a gateway to the town of Concord for visitors from around the world. The collection includes American icons such as Paul Revere's lantern; the contents of Henry David Thoreau's cabin at Walden Pond; major Revolutionary War holdings; and exceptionally well-documented furniture, clocks, silver, ceramics, textiles and other artifacts. Accredited by AAM since 1973, the Museum is open 362 days a year and is located 20 miles from Boston.