Regular Full-time Positions

Boats on Mystic River

Associate Director – Annual Fund

The Associate Director, Annual Fund works collaboratively with the Advancement team to ensure the accomplishment of the Annual Fund Campaign. The Associate Director, Annual Fund will be responsible for broadening and deepening the base of support through a donor-centered approach to philanthropy. He/she will be responsible for working collaboratively to develop a robust calendar of engagement with annual fund donors through in-person visits, telephone interactions, and small receptions, as well as all forms of written communications. The Associate Director, Annual Fund will participate in crafting messaging for the annual campaign that distinguishes broad-based level giving and leadership level giving; be responsible for a portfolio of leadership-level donors; engage frequently with current and prospective donors to cultivate their support and steward their generosity; develop regular tailored communications via US mail, email and social media, and create and participate in the management of Annual Fund stewardship and cultivation events.

An aspect of the Associate Director, Annual Fund’s role during the preparation for and duration of the 38th Voyage of the Charles W. Morgan will be to engage with donors at proposed ports of call–New London, Newport, New Bedford, Vineyard Haven, Boston, Stellwagen Bank (Provincetown) and Mass Maritime Academy–and to interact with area philanthropic liaison networks currently being formed.

Qualifications: Minimum qualifications include a bachelor’s degree and five to seven years of progressively responsible experience managing fundraising programs, with significant responsibilities for annual fund campaigns and a demonstrable track record of success achieving goals evidenced through increased contributed revenue. Demands of the position require excellent oral, written, and interpersonal skills; a strict attention to detail; superior time management skills; working knowledge of on-line and social media vehicles for fundraising and solid computer skills capable of adapting to current and emerging software for donor management (Raiser’s Edge preferred). Experience working in an institution dedicated to public history and interest specifically in maritime history preferred. Appreciation of confidentiality and discretion is paramount.

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

Corporate Membership and Sponsorship Manager

The Corporate Membership and Sponsorship Manager will be responsible for selling corporate memberships and soliciting community partner sponsorship. He/she will also take the lead in fulfillment of any benefits offered to business members and community partners.


  • Create and execute direct sales plan to sell corporate and general memberships and meet revenue goals
  • Identify prospects for corporate membership and/or community partner sponsorship
  • Develop proposals and materials to solicit prospects
  • Engage prospects through the mail, over the phone, and in person to solicit their support of Mystic Seaport
  • Manage relationship information in database
  • Fulfill benefits offered through programs
  • Work directly with program staff in other departments to fulfill benefits
  • Provide stewardship for participants in programs
  • Review program offerings and develop strategies and tactics to grow programs
  • Measure, track, and report on program success
  • Provide support to the staff member charged with corporate sponsorship solicitation


  • Bachelor’s degree and 3-5 years of sales or fundraising experience
  • Proven success in a sales environment
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Proficiency in word processing and strong database management
  • Experience with Raiser’s Edge preferred
  • Professional and courteous demeanor
  • Ability to manage multiple priorities and adhere to calendar deadlines
  • Comfort in meeting clients in their place of business
  • Must be able to travel on own to visit prospects

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

Director of Major and Planned Gifts

Mystic Seaport seeks a seasoned, dynamic Director of Major and Planned Giving, who possesses a proven track record of success soliciting and securing contributions from high net worth individuals, to lead its major and planned gift efforts. Reporting to the Vice President for Advancement, the ideal candidate will be responsible for managing a prospect pool of 100-150 annually and be adept at cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding donors with a gift capacity of $25,000 and above. Employing strong relationship-building skills and a donor-centric approach, the position will secure support for annual fund, endowment and capital needs, as well as a wide variety of Museum programs that may include exhibitions, education, shipyard, restoration, and collections. Deep experience in both major and planned giving is essential. Travel and working some nights and weekends required to fulfill this position.

The ideal candidate for this position will have the following qualifications: Minimum of 10 years in Advancement with increasing responsibility and success specifically in major gift fundraising and planned giving, ability to understand the needs and interests of leadership and major gift donors in order to develop long-lasting relationships on behalf of Mystic Seaport, excellent communicator in all formats, oral, written, public speaking, ability to time the pacing of and close gift solicitations successfully, familiarity with current planned giving vehicles and estate-planning trends and ability to provide basic knowledge and calculations in response to planned giving inquiries, demonstrated leadership and ability to successfully manage multi-functional areas, function in a team-oriented environment and work independently as required. Bachelor’s Degree required, Master’s Degree and/or Advanced Certification preferred, knowledge of Raiser’s Edge or similar relational database preferred.

To Apply: send cover letter, resume and Mystic Seaport application to: Mystic Seaport, P O Box 6000, Mystic, CT, 06355. An EOE.

Member Relations and Program Manager

The Manager of Member Relations and Programs is responsibility for overseeing customer services within the Membership department and for building relationships between members and the Museum. Responsibilities include overall development, implementation, and management of the member programs and events that will stimulate, engage, and grow the audience of Museum members.


  • Develop and manage member programs and events that will help advance the Museum’s mission and strengthen benefits for members
  • Manage all internal and external communication and logistics associated with the programs
  • Oversee member program budget and meet revenue goals
  • Identify and reach out to external groups in order to build an audience for programs
  • Manage and use events in database (Raiser’s Edge and Patron’s Edge)
  • Work with Director in promoting membership sales through member programs and events
  • Handle external communication requests from members and inquiries for speaking engagements at the Museum
  • Attend to all customer service matters with members by mail, email, phone, or in person


  • Bachelor’s degree with 3-5 years of event planning experience
  • Proven success in a customer-relations environment
  • Willingness to develop and understanding and appreciation for member interests
  • Strong public speaking skills
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Fundraising experience
  • Must attend all member programs and events (may domestic and international travel)
  • Flexibility to work in evenings and weekends as needed to staff member programs

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