Regular Full-time Positions

Mystic Seaport staff

Annual Fund Manager

The Annual Fund Manager works collaboratively with the Advancement team to ensure the accomplishment of the Annual Fund Campaign, which in FY 2016 is to secure $2.5 million in unrestricted gifts to Mystic Seaport–The Museum of America and the Sea, representing a 30 percent increase over the prior year. In order to do so, the Annual Fund Manager will work with senior Museum and Advancement staff to broaden and deepen the base of support and to foster a donor-centered culture of philanthropy.

Under the supervision of the Director of Development and in concert with the Annual Fund team, the Annual Fund Manager will be responsible for working collaboratively to devise a robust Annual Fund plan; develop direct mail pieces and creative messaging for the campaign distinguished by a broad-based Annual Fund and the leadership level of America and the Sea Society; track progress against goals; and engage frequently with current and prospective donors through tailored, personal communications via in-person meetings, US mail, email, and social media.

Through the development of a regular calendar of contact for both solicitation and stewardship, the charge of the position is to keep open lines of frequent communications. Designing unique and personalized approaches, the Annual Fund Manager will organize specific interactions to increase the Museum’s connection to its Annual Fund donors and attain greater investment by these supporters. Employing new techniques grounded in best practices, the Annual Fund Manager will rely on his/her creativity and inventiveness to enhance the relationship with Annual Fund donors.

In addition to renewing and upgrading existing Annual Fund donors, developing strategies and implementing the plan for donor acquisition to grow annual giving will be a high priority.

Annual Fund donor recognition and stewardship interactions will be paramount to a successful Annual Fund program and it will be the responsibility of the Annual Fund Manager to ensure that the stewardship plan is implemented across the department.

Working with program directors and other staff members of Mystic Seaport, the Annual Fund Manager will create Annual Fund messages and appeals that are mission-centric, lead with program and best demonstrate who we serve and with what result.


  • Bachelor’s degree with 2-4 years of progressively responsible experience managing Annual Fund campaigns with a track record of success
  • Excellent oral, written, and interpersonal skills; strict attention to detail; superior time management skills
  • Working knowledge of on-line and social media fundraising and solid computer skills, particularly with Blackbaud’s Raiser’s Edge or similar database
  • Must exercise good judgment; demonstrate organizational ability; employ protocol and etiquette; be diplomatic; thrive in a team environment; accomplish tasks and initiatives on schedule and on budget; be adaptive and flexible with a positive, confident spirit

To apply: please submit a Mystic Seaport application, resume, and cover letter to or to Mystic Seaport PO Box 6000 Mystic, CT 06355 Attn: Human Resources. An EOE.

Director, Maritime Gallery


The Director is responsible for the overall direction, management, operations, and sales of the Maritime Gallery at Mystic Seaport. Founded in 1979, it is the nation’s foremost contemporary marine art gallery specializing in painting, sculpture, scrimshaw, and ship models.  In addition to Gallery management, the Director develops art events and educational programs for the Museum.

Key Responsibilities:

The Director oversees all day-to-day Gallery operations to insure the successful handling, exhibition, and sales procedures for artworks on display. Principle duties include:


  • Plan, organize, install, and manage 4-5 yearly on-site marine art exhibitions and at off-site locations.
  • Develop off-site marine art shows in conjunction with Advancement Department.
  • Supervises all Gallery personnel including full and part-time staff as well as volunteers.
  • Manage Gallery’s exhibit space insuring professional handling and installation for all artworks.
  • Establish and maintain positive relationships with Gallery Patrons, clients, and exhibiting artists.
  • Oversee Gallery budgets for staffing, exhibitions, and related exhibition/event costs.
  • Maintain and secure all consigned art for sale including all client correspondence records.
  • Maintain and grow Gallery Patron program through ongoing events, correspondence, annual dues.
  • Work closely with Museum’s event catering department on support of all Gallery exhibitions and events.
  • Provide full service art consulting and installation for Museum’s business partners and Trustees.
  • Work closely with Advancement to cultivate Museum support though various art-related programs.

Sales and Marketing:

  • Manage and administrate specialized Gallery database including image files, sales records, and website.
  • Establish sales prices for all artworks in consultation with artists.
  • Provide exhibition calendar, copy, images to Marketing and Communications Department to promote Gallery shows and special events through timely PR in both print and electronic media.
  • Plan and develop brochures, invitations, postcards, and banners to promote exhibitions.

Programs and Special Events:

  • Plan and run the annual fall Black Tie Awards Gala for International Maritime Art exhibition securing noted judges and speakers; develop guest list in conjunction with Advancement Department.
  • Develop and manage new programs for Museum members with Membership Department.
  • Develop and run art workshops/classes on Mystic Seaport grounds and at off-site locations.
  • Provide ongoing special events and programs for Gallery Patrons.

Required Skills and Experience:

  • BFA or MFA preferred; minimum of three years gallery management experience required.
  • Developed experience with social media protocols.
  • Proven records in sales and client development.
  • Excellent “people person” skilled at effectively interfacing with Museum staff and departments, artists, patrons, and the public maintaining a professional art gallery retail business.
  • Effective manager able to supervise and motivate diverse staff and effectively utilize Museum resources.
  • Knowledge of the contemporary marine art marketplace, artists, and exhibition/gallery best practices.
  • Excellent planning, organizing, and coordination of all Gallery-related programs and special events.
  • Strong oral, written, computer skills, including expertise in Microsoft Office and understanding of the web as marketing tool to support Gallery awareness and sales.
  • This is a full-time position and requires flexibility for additional hours based on the needs of the gallery.

To apply: please submit a Mystic Seaport application, resume, and cover letter to or to Mystic Seaport PO Box 6000 Mystic, CT 06355 Attn: Human Resources. An EOE.

Mate aboard Schooner Brilliant

Mystic Seaport is seeking a mate for the historic schooner yacht Brilliant. This position will begin in October 2015. The mate assists the captain in sailing and maintaining a classic 1932 schooner.  Brilliant is owned and operated by Mystic Seaport and is a certified and inspected passenger vessel that has been engaged in sail training and education under sail since 1954. She travels New England waters carrying adult guests spring and fall and teenagers during her summer youth sail training programs. Candidates should have sailing experience, a good attitude and enjoy working closely with students of all ages. A coast guard license, first aid training, and shipboard skills such as painting and cooking are helpful, but not necessary. This position is a full-time, year round role broken into 6 months of maintenance and 6 months of sailing. Full benefits including paid vacation are available. The incumbent will be exposed to all aspects of the operation of a 61’ auxiliary sail passenger vessel. For more information on Brilliant, please visit

To apply: please submit a Mystic Seaport application, resume, and cover letter to or to Mystic Seaport PO Box 6000 Mystic, CT 06355 Attn: Human Resources. An EOE.