Regular Full-time Positions
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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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.