New Bedford Art Museum/ArtWorks!

608 Pleasant Street
New Bedford, MA 02470

Date Posted:
November 01, 2019

Eastern Massachusetts



Development Associate

New Bedford Art Museum/ArtWorks! is in one of the most exciting and transformational times in the organization’s history. NBAM/ArtWorks! seeks an experienced Development Associate to lead foundation, government, and corporate giving efforts for museum operations and special programs. The Development Associate is responsible for building upon an existing grants portfolio and deepen relationships with foundation, government, and corporate principally to support annual growth. The successful candidate must be able to work independently and in collaboration with other departments as well as with members of the board and senior management team. The Development Associate reports to the Executive Director. They will also work with the Museum’s Development Committee to create an overall institutional giving strategy and to develop sustained relationships with funders.
The primary role of the Development Associate is to research, develop, write, and submit proposals, letters, reports, and other materials as necessary to secure grant support from foundation and government funding sources. Responsibilities include prospect research, preparation of original proposals and reports. The Development Associate must work cross-departmentally to increase contributed support and advance institutional priorities.
The ideal candidate will have the expertise to research and identify sources of support, proactively seek opportunities to generate new proposals based on foundation, government, and corporate guidelines, prepare grants and maintain strong ties with foundation, government, and corporate donors and prospects. We are looking for someone who is energetic, ambitious, goal-oriented and creative, with a talent for building strong and productive relationships.
· Maintain a portfolio of assigned corporate and foundation prospects, developing relationships with key administrators and executives through personal visits, correspondence, and communications
· Research, develop, manage and implement cultivation and solicitation strategies for foundation support, including but not limited to preparing grant proposals, reporting, stewarding and renewing grants
· Prepare and/or oversee the preparation of written funding inquiries, proposals, and reports including budgets to foundations, government, and corporate sources.
· Ensure proper stewardship of gifts including the timely completion and submission of interim and final reports (both narrative and financial) that meet donor needs and/or grant requirements.
· Meet assigned goals for prospect visits and dollars to be raised as determined annually
· Managing the Museum’s comprehensive grants calendar of deadlines and submissions
· Document all relevant activities in Altru database
. Perform other related duties as requested
· Knowledge of cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship strategies and techniques, particularly in the area of corporate and foundation fundraising
· Demonstrated ability in proposal writing with proven closure ability
· Excellent organizational, interpersonal and networking skills with large groups as well as with individuals
· Ability to initiate and build relationships with prospective corporate and foundation donors and interact via telephone and in-person with institutional representatives
· Demonstrated a record of success in generating significant commitments from corporations and foundations.
· Willingness to work nights and weekends as needed.
· A bachelor’s degree preferred and 2-4 years progressively responsible foundation and corporate fundraising
· Experience with Microsoft Office programs, Google suite, and use of relational databases such as Blackbaud’s Altru and Raiser’s Edge
· Persuasive, passionate, and articulate communicator; who is outgoing and enthusiastic with a positive attitude, sense of humor, and commitment to confidentiality and ethical behavior
How To Apply:
To apply, please send a cover letter, resume, short writing sample, and the names and contact info of three professional references to No phone calls. Position open until filled.
Apply by:
November 28, 2019
$19-22 per hour
About this Organization:
The New Bedford Art Museum/ArtWorks! is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to providing exhibits and education programs that advance its mission to engage the public in experiencing, understanding and appreciating art. For more information about New Bedford Art Museum/ArtWorks! visit the website at