Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis with an
application deadline of July 27.
Remote position, but candidates must be able to commute to Boston
regularly for meetings/events as needed throughout the year, and be
able to travel to Portland, Oregon 1-2 times a year.
Design Museum Everywhere is looking for a dynamic and
experienced fundraiser to join our senior leadership team as a
full-time Director of Development. The Director of Development will
be responsible for leading the strategy and execution of the
museum’s annual fundraising programs with a focus on corporate
sponsors, industry sponsorship, and private donors, As the museum
continues its journey toward being an anti-racist organization, the
Director of Development is in the unique position to explore and
influence what this means for our development efforts.
The position reports to the Executive Director, and interacts
with staff, board & council members, corporate partners, and
other external community members on a regular basis. The Director
of Development will oversee a full-time Grants and Membership
Manager whose primary focus is on institutional funders and
managing the museum’s individual membership program.
Successful candidates will demonstrate a passion for fundraising
and be motivated by supporting the museum’s mission to bring the
transformative power of design everywhere by growing the museum’s
resources and donor community.
Manage Fundraising Campaigns and Events
- Develop and lead fundraising strategy and efforts for
sustainable measurable growth that reflects our values, in close
collaboration with the Executive Director, board, and
- Work with the Executive Director, staff, and board to identify
prospects for immediate key campaigns, including support of our
educational programs and exhibitions.
- Cultivate new supporters for the museum through events, special
campaigns, and sponsorship opportunities.
- Oversee the development process for new and current supporters,
including initial outreach and pitch, development of proposals,
finalizing agreements, gift acknowledgment, and continued donor
- Develop and maintain donor relationships and facilitate
connections with program staff as needed in alignment with the
museum’s community centered approach. Work with staff to ensure
that sponsor benefits are met and communicated.
- Work closely with individual board members to support their
- Supervise and support Grants and Membership Manager’s
institutional funder and membership growth and management
- Ensure that the museum meets its fundraising and budget goals
and regularly report on progress to the board and staff.
- Manage campaigns throughout the year, including mailings,
emails, personal asks of major donors, and other
- Manage online holiday auction, including sourcing high-value
items from our community, and working with staff to promote and run
auction, and distribute items.
- Manage fundraising events, including small cultivation events
- Manage internal staff and volunteer teams for specific
fundraising efforts and events.
- Manage our CRM (Kindful) following best practices for gift
processing, data entry, tracking, and reporting working with Grants
and Membership Manager and Executive Associate.
- Maintain accurate records for donor communication, gift life
cycle, and acknowledgement letters.
- Process and track donor invoices and pledges.
- Produce reports on membership, year over year donor giving, and
- Coordinate ongoing database maintenance and data
- Maintain and augment Design Museum’s existing fundraising
systems and reporting structure.
- A passion for design that is contagious and a demonstrated
commitment to inclusive and equitable practices.
- 5+ years fundraising experience with notable performance
leading a fundraising campaign and/or event.
- Strong understanding of CRMs, how databases work, and how to
use data effectively for fundraising (Kindful experience a
- Demonstrated project management skills with the ability to
independently meet deadlines and simultaneously manage complex,
- Excellent leadership and supervisory skills and
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including
public speaking and pitching/sales.
- Strong interpersonal skills—you’ll be building and maintaining
Design Museum relationships.
- Experience with databases, data analysis, budgeting, and
About Design Museum Everywhere
- Begin ASAP
- Full-time: Monday-Friday, hours are generally 9-5
- This position can be located in Massachusetts, Rhode Island,
Connecticut, and/or New York. Most of the work will be done
remotely, but must be able to commute to Boston regularly for
meetings/events throughout the year, and travel to Portland, OR
1-2/times a year.
- Salary range: $70,000-$77,000/year.
- Benefits include: 401k, Paid Time Off, 14-15 paid company
holidays per year, Health/Vision/and Dental Insurance, Bonus
program, Parental/Paid Family Sick leave
Design Museum Everywhere is a new kind of museum: online,
nomadic, and accessible to all. Instead of a single museum
location, we pop-up in places where people already go, and produce
high-quality media experiences to support our mission to bring the
transformative power of design everywhere. We believe design can
change the world; done well, it can elevate our quality of life,
make businesses more competitive, and protect our environment. We
inspire people by showing what’s possible through public
exhibitions and events, as well as our magazine, podcast, and
online content. We educate people — from kids to CEOs — to become
creative problem solvers using the design process. And we
transform, using design to take action and make change,
demonstrating its impact.
Our vision: Accessibility: Design is for everyone. Design is
everywhere, so are we. We’re online and we pop-up in places all
over to engage as many people as possible. And we’re committed to
improving the gender and racial diversity of the design field.
Improvement: Design solves problems. We are entrepreneurial and
flexible, we are not constrained by existing approaches, we start
with real-world problems and we’re committed to using design for
the greater good. Community: Design is collaborative. We are a
participatory museum, meaning there are many ways for individuals
to not only enjoy our programming and content, but to be part of it
as well. We’re collaborative and community-focused.
We know there are great candidates who may not fit into what
we’ve described above, or who have skills we haven’t thought of. If
that’s you, don’t hesitate to apply and tell us about yourself. We
are committed to diversity and building an inclusive environment
for people of all backgrounds and ages. We especially encourage
women, Black, Indigenous, People of Color, LGBTQ+ people, and
people with disabilities to apply.
Learn about our
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion values and goals.
Please submit a cover letter and resume to Maria Villafranca,
Interim Executive Director, via the application