Museum of Science

Science Park
Boston, MA 02114

Date Posted:
October 01, 2019

Eastern Massachusetts



Associate Director, Donor Relations


Associate Director, Donor Relations

Museum of Science, Boston

Innovation and creativity come from the unique perspectives of a diverse staff. We value your perspective.


Under the general direction of the Director of Donor Relations, the Associate Director will assist in the development, implementation and management of an institution-wide comprehensive stewardship program that appropriately and consistently promotes interaction with and recognition of donors at all levels. This position's role is to sustain positive and mutually-rewarding relations between the Museum and its donors; partner with development directors to determine strategies for effective stewardship of donors; maintain ongoing and active networking with internal and external constituencies; coordinate recognition events for major gift donors and coordinate various activities for the Museum's leadership and planned giving donor societies. The position reports to the Director of Donor Relations and includes supervisory responsibility for the Stewardship Specialist.


  • Provides oversight one one staff as pertains to the strategic design, operations and logistics of all donor relations
  • Assists the Director of Donor Relations in the mentorship and training of the Stewardship Specialist
  • Supports the projections and development of the annual Donor Relations budget of approximately $1,100,000 and the associated management of expenses for up to 20 individual project codes
  • Partners with event coordinators to facilitate 10-15 donor recognition and stewardship programs annually
  • Oversees and creates content for an annual stewardship calendar with up to 100 engagement activities or communications
  • Develops, oversees and manages 25-50 stewardship plans per year, including those focused on major individual, corporate and foundation donors
  • Facilitates relationships with 25-50 internal colleagues to expand awareness and utilization of museum programming to our five (5) giving societies with up to 1,000 members each
  • Manages relationships with up to 200 volunteers and donors in relations to 5-10 affinity groups and 10-20 designated funds
  • Recruits and maintains relationships with 5-20 individual internal and external vendors


This position is full-time, Monday-Friday, 40 hours/week.


Director, Donor Relations



  • Bachelors of Science or Arts degree.
  • 5 or more years of Donor Relations and Stewardship experience.
  • Demonstrated leadership in the field of Donor Relations, specifically in the areas of gift acceptance, acknowledgement, recognition and donor stewardship
  • Demonstrated supervisory experience with a team of one or more staff members
  • Demonstrated ability to lead and manage large-scale projects independently, synthesize data, and project execution within established time constraints
  • Demonstrated communication skills, both written and verbal
  • Demonstrated responsibility for maintaining strict confidentiality and adherence to security protocols, including electronic processes
  • Proven computer skills and knowledgeable on all MS Office Suite programs


Exempt (Salaried). Commensurate with experience.


Benefits for full-time, exempt (salaried) staff include: free parking, T accessibility, 23 vacation days, 12 holidays, 10 sick days, medical, dental, and vision insurance, short- and long-term disability, life insurance, retirement and savings plan, health care/dependent care flex spending plan, employee discounts, employee referral program, tuition assistance, professional development, direct deposit, free admission, free Duck Tours, discounted movie passes, and much more!

The Museum of Science is fully committed to Equal Employment Opportunity and to attracting, retaining, developing and promoting the most qualified employees without regard to their race, gender, color, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, age, physical or mental disability, citizenship status, veteran status, or any other characteristic prohibited by federal, state or local law. We are dedicated to providing a work environment free from discrimination and harassment, and where employees are treated with respect and dignity.

No phone inquiries, please. Qualified applicants will be contacted within two to four weeks of initial application.

How To Apply:
For more information, or to apply now, you must go to the website below. Please DO NOT email your resume to us as we only accept applications through our website.
Apply by:
November 26, 2019
About this Organization:
In 1830, six men interested in natural history established the Boston Society of Natural History, an organization through which they could pursue their common scientific interests. Devoted to collecting and studying natural history specimens, the society displayed its collections in numerous temporary facilities until 1864, when it opened the New England Museum of Natural History at the corner of Berkeley and Boylston Streets in Boston's Back Bay. That Museum is now known world-wide as the Museum of Science.

After World War II, under the leadership of Bradford Washburn, the Society sold the Berkeley Street building, changed its name to the Boston Museum of Science (later, dropping Boston from the name) and negotiated with the Metropolitan District Commission a 99-year lease for land spanning the Charles River Basin, now known as Science Park. In 1948, the Museum designed and built the first traveling planetarium in New England to promote the development of a new Museum building. The cornerstone for the new Museum was laid at Science Park a year later, and a temporary building was erected to house the Museum's collections and staff.

In 1951, the first wing of the new Museum officially opened, making the Museum the first to embrace all the sciences under one roof. Comprising 14,000 square feet of exhibit space, the new Museum's first wing was already much larger than the entire exhibits area of the old Berkeley building. That same year, one of the most endearing and memorable symbols of the Museum, 'Spooky,' the Great Horned Owl, was given to the Museum as an owlet. Spooky lived to the age of 38 years, becoming the oldest known living member of his species.During the next two decades. the Museum greatly expanded its exhibits and facilities. In 1956, the Museum was successful in campaigning for a Science Park MBTA station that now brings visitors to within 200 yards of the Museum. The Charles Hayden Planetarium, funded by major gifts from the Charles Hayden Foundation, opened in 1958.

By 1968, further building expansion was under way as ground was broken for the Museum's west wing which was completed in the early 1970s. The Elihu Thomson Theater of Electricity, which houses the 2 1/2 million-volt Van de Graaff generator -- the two-story tall high voltage electricity generator given to the Museum by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1956-opened in 1980.

The Museum has remained on the cutting edge of science education by developing innovative and interactive exhibits and programs that both entertain and educate.

Two of the Museum's more recent additions, the Hall Wing housing the Roger L. Nichols Gallery for temporary exhibits, and the Mugar Omni Theater, exemplify the Museum of Science's commitment to making science fun and accessible to all. The Mugar Omni Theater, opened in 1987, utilizes state-of-the-art film technology to project larger-than-life images onto a five-story high, domed screen, creating a 'you are there' experience for viewers.

More than 1.6 million people visit the Museum and its more than 400 interactive exhibits each year.