Associate Director of Development

Associate Director of Development

POSITION TITLE: Associate Director of Development

REPORTS TO: Chief Development Officer

BASIC FUNCTION: The Associate Director of Development works to secure finding to advance Brandywine’s educational programs, exhibitions, conservation work, strategic initiatives, and capital projects; and is responsible for raising significant contributed revenue through funding from individuals, the community, and family foundations; tracking and managing a contributed revenue line and coordinating prospect research for potential museum and conservancy donors.  A key focus of this work will be building the Circles, two new $10,000 membership groups.  In addition, this person will work on an impending capital campaign.

This position is a key member of the development team, working closely with senior leaders and staff to meet fundraising goals. The successful candidate will have experience designing and implementing non-profit advancement plans, meeting annual fundraising goals, stewarding, and retaining donors, and maintaining strong working relationships with colleagues and support staff.

POSITION RELATIONSHIPS: This position is a key member of the development team, working closely with senior leaders, curators, education staff and trustees to meet fundraising goals.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:                        

  1. Create and execute a multi-year development plan to meet the position’s short- and long-term financial goals through both existing and new fundraising opportunities.
  2. Cultivate strong relationships with potential sponsors and major donors. Solicit and secure support from major donors for Brandywine programs.
  3. Oversee Brandywine’s Circles program, growing support at the $10,000+ level and coordinating activities and events to recruit and engage donors at this level and above.
  4. Meet with and qualify potential donors to the impending capital campaign.
  5. Proactively engage the Chief Development Officer, Executive Director/CEO, board members, and volunteers in suitable fundraising initiatives.
  6. Actively identify and cultivate new donors and develop strategies for their engagement.
  7. Work collaboratively with colleagues to identify funding needs and assist in matching existing organizational priorities with potential grant opportunities.
  8. Prepare and present monthly fundraising updates to the Chief Development Officer, Museum and  Conservancy Directors and Executive Director.
  9. Assist the Development team with other duties as needed or assigned.



  1. Bachelor's degree, Master’s preferred
  2. At least 3-5 years successful fundraising experience in an arts or education setting with organizational giving experience strongly preferred
  3. Superior communication and presentation skills
  4. Instinctive “donor service” outlook
  5. Knowledge of basic fundraising techniques and strategies and of research techniques for fundraising prospect research
  6. Experience working in a fast-paced, results-oriented environment
  7. Flexibility in meeting shifting demands and priorities
  8. Ability to collaborate within a team environment
  9. Strong initiative and self-motivated.
  10. Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suites is required; familiarity with Raiser’s Edge, Altru, or other constituent relationship database is preferred

We are an equal opportunity employer and consider all qualified applicants equally without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, disability status, or any other characteristic protected by law. The Brandywine Conservancy & Museum of Art is committed to building a culturally diverse staff.

Please send cover letter and resume to [email protected]