Development Director

Website Vermont Granite Museum of Barre

The Vermont Granite Museum of Barre is seeking a highly motivated Director of Development at an exciting and defining moment in the museum’s history. This key position offers the unique opportunity to be part of establishing the museum’s Stone Arts School, which will become North America’s preeminent school for the stone arts. The successful candidate will bring an entrepreneurial spirit to the role of leading an effort to solicit, cultivate, and steward philanthropic support for the museum and school as well as increase the number of museum visitors, members, rentals, gift shop sales, and course enrollments. The successful candidate will work with the Board of Directors, Executive Director, and volunteers to foster a culture of philanthropy and meaningful support to ensure that the museum can deliver on its mission, goals, and ambitions for years to come.

This position serves as part of the museum’s senior leadership team helping to convey to potential donors the museum’s mission, fostering an equitable and inclusive culture, increasing the museum’s access and value to its communities—including students, instructors, visitors, staff, volunteers, and donors—and establishing the Vermont Granite Museum as a must-see destination in Vermont. The Development Director will define the museum’s philanthropic and communication priorities in collaboration with the Executive Director and Board. They will also represent the museum in donor relationships and public announcements and are responsible for soliciting members, students, rentals, annual support, executing yearly fundraising events, and providing critical research and reporting on the museum’s communication and fundraising efforts.

Compensation will begin at $80,000 with the opportunity to earn more based on fundraising results. Benefits include flexible paid holidays, sick leave, and a retirement contribution, but do not include group health, eye and dental care plans.

1. Provide strategic leadership for museum fundraising, membership drives, rentals, and communications
2. Develop and execute annual and multi-year fundraising plans to ensure a robust and sustainable pipeline of support from individuals, foundations, corporations, and government entities
3. Lead the identification, qualification, cultivation, and solicitation strategies for the museum’s most highly-rated prospects
4. Cultivate strong relationships with the museum’s Board of Directors and key supporters
5. Develop effective stewardship strategies and computer systems that result in accurate and timely documentation of relationships as well as compelling, accurate, and consistent project and stewardship reporting
6. Inspire and support the museum Board of Directors and consultants in development efforts
7. Perform additional duties as assigned; duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice

1. Bachelor’s degree required with a minimum of five years of experience envisioning, shaping, and implementing a successful philanthropic program; consideration will be given to those with fewer years’ experience if they hold an advanced degree
2. Strong self-motivated work ethic, flexibility, and proven ability to work independently as well as collaboratively and constructively as a member of a small team
3. Excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills, including strong relationship skills and ability to work with a wide range of people
4. Demonstrated ability to think strategically and long-term while successfully attending to more immediate goals and tasks
5. Exceptional critical thinking and problem-solving skills
6. Proven ability to synthesize information and tailor marketing materials to a variety of constituencies, including the ability to prepare succinct and clear financial reports
7. Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail with the ability to consistently meet deadlines and follow through on assignments
8. Ability to manage internal and external relationship with diplomacy, integrity, confidentiality, and a high degree of professionalism
9. Proficiency with Microsoft Office, Adobe Suite, Google applications, and with donor database software
10. Deep appreciation for the value of arts education and art and history museums

Interested candidates should submit a letter of interest, resume, and the contact information of three professional references. Materials should be addressed to:

Dr. Scott A. McLaughlin, Executive Director
Vermont Granite Museum
Barre, Vermont 05641
[email protected]

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