Vice President of Individual
Museum of Science,
For nearly 200 years, Boston’s Museum of Science has been the
iconic cultural institution of New England. However, the scope and
brand extend beyond a local, fun museum for a day, as the Museum is
also a global STEM content provider: the reach of its
Engineering is Elementary curricula surpasses annual
Museum attendance, and exhibits like The Science Behind
Pixar add to its global impact. With a growing digital
footprint and partners like Roblox, the Museum is positioned to
reach 100 million people a year by its bicentennial in 2030.
As science and technology continue to shape and reshape our
lives, the Museum is transforming to meet challenges and expand
opportunities. Among the world's largest science centers, and New
England’s most attended cultural institution, the Museum of Science
engages more than 1.5 million visitors a year in Boston through
science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) interactive
exhibits and programs. Nearly an additional 2 million people
experience the Museum annually through touring exhibitions,
traveling programs, planetarium productions, and Pre-K to 8
curricula through the William and Charlotte Bloomberg Science
Education Center. Many look to the Museum as the leader in best
practices of informal and formal STEM education and universal
Located at the center of Boston’s innovation hub and surrounded
by high tech companies, cutting-edge research organizations, and
world-renowned universities and health care institutions, the
Museum is uniquely positioned to create experiences for all ages to
imagine a better world and to inspire people to explore and develop
their interests. It offers programs and exhibits addressing science
and technology that invite, engage, excite, and empower all
generations to ask questions, imagine what’s possible, and design
solutions to shape the future.
In November 2021, the Board of Trustees and Museum Advisors
approved a capital campaign called The Boston Science
Common that will raise $225 million over the next 5 years for
the Museum. BSciC builds a new capacity that will allow
MOS to bring science to everyone at the pace of change, with
content generated by the region’s leading scientists, made
engaging, accessible, and fun by the Museum, and delivered out to
the world through a three-channel approach. Content will focus on
the most important and exciting STEM topics, including climate
response, life sciences, and data science/AI.
The Vice President of Individual Giving (Vice President) will be
joining the Museum at an exciting new phase of growth and
development designed to broaden the participation of visitors of
all ages, expand the Museum’s reach, and leverage the Museum’s
position as the leader in Pre-K to 8 engineering and computer
science curricula. This seasoned professional will be key to
building a robust individual giving program as part of a long-range
vision in support of the Museum’s capital campaign The Boston
Science Common, as well as other transformations across the
campus footprint. The Boston Science Common will
completely transform the Museum into a future-facing, three-channel
organization that helps decode the science of today and tomorrow
for an inclusive and broad array of visitors. The new Vice
President will be mission driven with a view of people as born
problem solvers. This person will have a demonstrated track record
of servant leadership that persuades and inspires individuals to
give, and will possess a conviction for diversity, equity, and
belonging that advances access for all.
Reporting directly to the Chief Advancement Officer, the Vice
President of Individual Giving will supervise a seven-person
individual giving team and serve as a prospect manager for a
portfolio of highly rated prospects. The Vice President will
coordinate with Museum and Board leadership and the entire
Advancement team to identify, research, cultivate, and solicit top
donors. They will bring a growth mindset to the role, driving new
prospect identification, research, and fundraising across the
individual giving team. The Vice President will work across the
division to develop strategy for the timing and execution of all
individual solicitations, including managing solicitation
priorities for the President. The Vice President has a high-profile
role, suitable for developing the relationships and insights key to
the success of the institution.
While the Museum of Science will consider a broad range of
backgrounds, the ideal candidate will have the following
- Deep appreciation for the Museum’s mission: to inspire a
lifelong love of science in everyone. A commitment to advancing
human dignity and an understanding of its relationship to
high-quality science learning.
- 10+ years of progressive fundraising experience, with
particular depth in leadership, planned, and annual giving
programs. Experience working within a non-hospital, non-university
setting to understand the level of entrepreneurship that comes with
prospecting and donor cultivation at the Museum will be considered
- Demonstrated success as an effective manager with the ability
to empower others and lead, manage, and motivate staff to achieve
- Demonstrated commitment to and understanding of how to build
justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion in the development
function; culturally competent with respect to issues such as
racial, cultural, religious, sexual, and gender identity. Skilled
at delivering solutions in evolving, multi-cultural
- Sophisticated understanding of best practices in managing
individual giving programs.
- Experience managing and growing an annual giving program, as
well as demonstrated success growing donor relationships from
annual gifts to leadership gifts.
- Creative advancement professional, able to identify funding
opportunities and match them with donor and prospect interest. Able
to work collaboratively with program colleagues to develop
opportunities for prospective donors, where appropriate.
- Demonstrated success with high-level individual donors and
prospects on gift cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship,
including six and seven-figure gifts.
- Demonstrated judgment in assessing opportunities and analyzing
issues; demonstrated experience working with major gifts staff
using best practices and systems metrics.
- Ability to identify when a prospect might be a suitable planned
giving prospect; has successfully cultivated and solicited some
- Experience setting and hitting goals, managing projects,
collaborating, building trust, and motivating others.
- Ability to align with and contribute to leadership's
priorities, vision, and goals.
- Demonstrated experience cultivating, training, building
relationships with, and working in collaboration with executives,
senior staff, and volunteer leaders on development-related
- Ability to collaborate with Museum leadership in setting goals
for planning future comprehensive campaign and rolling visionary
- Ability to integrate data into decision-making and to create
and implement strategic plans in order to reach desired goals and
- Bachelor’s degree.
The Museum of Science is an EEO/AA employer. All qualified
applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not
be discriminated against on the basis of gender, race/ethnicity,
protected veteran status, disability, or protected group status.
Federal and State law prohibit employment discrimination.
It is the Museum of Science’s policy when recruiting,
hiring, training, promoting, and terminating employees to comply
with those laws which prohibit discrimination as to race, color,
religion, creed, gender, sex (including pregnancy), sexual
orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin,
ancestry, age, marital status, citizenship status, genetic
predisposition or carrier status, disability, military status,
status as a disabled, recently separated veteran, Armed Forces
service medal veteran, or other covered veteran or any other
protected status under applicable law. We are dedicated to
providing a work environment free from discrimination and
harassment, and where employees, interns, and volunteer are treated
with respect and dignity.
The Museum of Science has retained the DSG Fundraising &
Advancement Practice of the Diversified Search Group to assist in
this confidential search process. Inquiries, nominations, and
applications (current resumes and cover letters) should be directed
Gerard F. Cattie, Jr.
Managing Director and DSG Fundraising & Advancement Practice
Diversified Search Group
The Chrysler Building, 405 Lexington Avenue, 49th Floor, New York,
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