Overall, support development and fundraising operations for Museum of African American History-Boston and Nantucket to ensure effective donor relations and stewardship, donor and prospect cultivation, and donor engagement strategies toward securing contributions from individual, corporate, and foundation sources that meet the Museum’s annual budget needs. This position is an integral member of a small development team and reports directly to the Director of Strategic Planning and Special Projects, while also providing support to Development Counsel.
The ideal candidate will demonstrate exceptional technological, organizational and analytical capabilities as well as impeccable attention to detail, the ability to take initiative, and manage multiple projects simultaneously. The ability to work in a fast-paced, deadline driven environment is also a must. The Development Associate must be flexible, have strong analytical capability, be an independent thinker and able to work well as part of a team. A Bachelor’s Degree is preferred and at least three years successfully working in a nonprofit environment is required.
DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATE RESPONSIBILITIES
Manage all aspects of the gift recording process, including but not limited to:
1. Enter gifts daily into donor database.
2. Acknowledge gifts within 48 hours via email and tax receipts mailed via USPS.
3. Prepare weekly gift reports to be shared with Development team and reconciled with the Finance team
4. Produce and distribute or donor reports as needed.
5. Communicate effectively with donors and volunteers.
6. Develop and refresh acknowledgement letters based as needed
7. Produce segmented donor lists as requested.
8. Assist with management and execution of major annual events.
9. Maintain development department central filing system (paper and electronic files).
10. Provide administrative support for Development Office and the President and CEO as needed.
11. Track all grant reporting deadlines in donor database in partnership with Grant Writer.
1. Assist with data tracking and analysis.
2. Perform other reasonable duties as requested by supervisor.
• Bachelor’s or Associate’s and/or three or more years work experience in a professional environment.
• Proficiency with databases and a variety of software platforms; examples include Microsoft Office
(including Word, Excel, and Publisher), Adobe, Constant Contact, etc.
• Familiarity with Blackbaud, Salesforce or similar data software/CRM products preferred
• Highly organized with exceptional attention to detail.
• Ability to work on a team as well as independently.
• Able to prioritize and manage multiple tasks accurately and effectively within deadlines.
• Ability to communicate effectively with donors and volunteers.
• Possess sensitivity to others, tact, and ability to honor confidentiality.
• Ability to work with volunteers and donors in a friendly and professional manner.
Telecommuting is allowed.
About Museum of African American History
About the Museum of African American History
The Museum of African American History is a non-profit institution that began its first exhibitions and public
gatherings in 1967. It is nationally and internationally known for its collection of historic buildings in Boston and
Nantucket. The Museum's mission is to inspire all generations to embrace and interpret the authentic stories of
New Englanders of African descent, and those who found common cause with them in their quest for freedom
Through its historic buildings, collections, and programs, the Museum expands cultural understanding and
promotes dignity and respect for all.
The Museum of African American History is New England's largest museum dedicated to preserving, conserving,
and interpreting the contributions of African Americans. In Boston and Nantucket, the Museum has preserved
two historic sites and two Black Heritage Trails® that tell the story of organized black communities from the 18th
century through to the end of the 19th century. The exhibits, programs, and education activities at the Museum
showcase the powerful stories of black families who worshipped, educated their children, debat...ed the issues of
the day, produced great art, organized politically and advanced the cause of freedom.
In Boston, the African Meeting House is the first of its kind in America and the oldest black church building in the
country. The adjacent Abiel Smith School is the oldest building in the nation constructed for the sole purpose of
housing a black public school. Today, the Abiel Smith School galleries feature rotating exhibits and a Museum
Store open year-round.
On the Island of Nantucket, the Florence Higginbotham House, currently in its final phase of restoration, sits
next door to the pristinely restored African Meeting House. Visitors will find the African Meeting House open for
scheduled hours during July and August and open by appointment at other times of the year. You can discover
the stories of courageous Americans on a guided walking tour of the Museum's Black Heritage Trails®; Trails
highlighting black heritage and community on Boston's Beacon Hill and the Island of Nantucket.
Through a vast collection of historic artifacts, including its historic sites, educational programs, and interactive
exhibits, the Museum tells the complete and inclusive American story.
In 2020, the Museum received a significant grant to build its capacity and launch a strategic planning process
that will position it to expand its programming and organizational capacity so it can become a force in Boston’s
and the nation’s discussion of justice and equality.