Regular Full-time Positions

Boats on Mystic River

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.

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.

Marine Science Laboratory Manager and Teaching Assistant

Regular full-time position beginning June 2015 at the Williams College – Mystic Seaport Maritime Studies Program, an interdisciplinary semester in the science, policy, history, and literature of the oceans ( based in Mystic, CT, to oversee our teaching and research laboratories, assist with marine science courses and interdisciplinary field seminars, facilitate student and faculty research, and support a variety of other aspects of the Williams-Mystic Program.

Primary responsibilities and duties: The incumbent will maintain our 8,000 square foot laboratory, including supply inventories, a large recirculating aquarium system, YSI Sonde, and other analytical and monitoring equipment, AV systems, and computers. S/he will assist with intermediate level undergraduate courses in oceanography and marine ecology, especially field/laboratory instruction and student research projects, driving and accompanying students to the field, teaching and supervising use of analytical equipment, and assisting with our coastal field seminars. Additional duties include supporting faculty and staff computer and networking needs, supporting summer faculty/student research, maintenance of vans and small boat fleet, assisting with program events, and house advisor for student residences.

Qualifications: Bachelor’s or master’s degree and valid driver’s license required. Excellent analytical skills and proficiency with Microsoft Office and PC and MAC platforms are also required. We seek candidates who are resourceful, imaginative, highly organized, flexible, self-motivated and energetic. Other desirable qualities include tutoring or teaching experience and small boat handling and maintenance skills. We travel on field seminars to the Pacific coast, Louisiana, and offshore waters; as such the candidate must be available for travel (approximately 25 days per semester, including weekends). A flexible schedule that includes the ability to actively participate in occasional other weekend and evening events for alumni, prospective students, and the current class is critical.

To Apply: Please submit a Mystic Seaport application, resume, cover letter, and college transcript to or to Mystic Seaport PO Box 6000 Mystic, CT 06355 Attn: Human Resources. An EOE. Applications accepted until April 1, 2015.