Associate Director of Development - Museum

Associate Director of Development - Museum

Associate Director of Development - Museum

Chief Development Officer

The Associate Director of Development - Museum manages the Museum’s fundraising for educational programs, exhibitions, strategic initiatives, and capital projects; and is responsible for raising significant contributed revenue through grant funding from individuals, private, government, community, and family foundations; tracking and managing a contributed revenue line that includes Museum donors, foundations, corporations, and individuals; and coordinating prospect research for potential Museum donors.

This position is a key member of the Development and Museum teams, working closely with senior leaders, curators, and education 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. 

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


  1. Create and execute a multi-year development plan to meet the Museum’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 Museum programs.
  3. Oversee a schedule of donor and member cultivation and stewardship activities, including exhibition openings, donor receptions and dinners, member events, and trips.
  4. Proactively engage the Chief Development Officer, Executive Director/CEO, board members, and volunteers in suitable fundraising initiatives.
  5. Actively identify and cultivate new donors and develop strategies for their engagement.
  6. Work collaboratively with Museum colleagues to identify funding needs and assist in matching existing organizational priorities with potential grant opportunities.
  7. Prepare letters of inquiry, grant applications, reports and attachments, proposals, stewardship reports, and other related grant correspondence.
  8. Manage the overall grants pipeline ensuring timely submission of all grants and proposals, including deadline tracking, project management, and constituent follow-up. 
  9. Prepare and present monthly fundraising updates to the Chief Development Officer, Museum Director and Executive Director/CEO.
  10. Assist the Development and Museum teams 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. Superior writing skills.
  5. Instinctive “donor service” outlook.
  6. Knowledge of basic fundraising techniques and strategies and of research techniques for fundraising prospect research.
  7. Experience with grant and project budget development. 
  8. Experience working in a fast-paced, results-oriented environment.
  9. Flexibility in meeting shifting demands and priorities. 
  10. Knowledge of the Museum foundation and government philanthropy landscape is strongly preferred.
  11. Ability to collaborate within a team environment.
  12. Strong initiative and self-motivated.
  13. Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suites is required; familiarity with Raiser’s Edge, Altru, or other constituent relationship database is preferred.

$60,000 - $65,000

To apply, please send your resume and cover letter to Connie Scholz at [email protected].

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.