Employment Opportunities

Development Associate Position Description

Position Summary
The Development Associate position is designed to cultivate and foster relationships that provide both financial and ancillary support to help the museum fulfill its vision and mission. The Development Associate acts as the liaison between the museum and the community, actively seeks development and networking opportunities, and works to garner support and positive promotion for the museum.

Position Details
• Regular part-time employee; reports directly to the Executive Director (ED).
• 25 hours per week. Additional hours may be required as needed.
• Hourly rate of $20.00 per hour; not eligible for health benefits. This is a 2-year grant-funded position, with the potential to lead to a permanent part-time position.

1) Grants
a) Develop and manage calendar to track application and report cycles for past, current, and prospective grant sources
b) Write, coordinate, and assist with the submittal of proposals and reports
c) Assist the ED in fostering relationships with grantors, when applicable
d) Conduct research on new prospects
2) Sponsorships & Corporate Donations
a) Develop strategies for recruiting and cultivating major donors
b) Work with ED to secure business sponsors and corporate donations for the museum
c) Research and develop a matched giving program with local and state companies
3) Individual Giving
a) Help ED develop a "Supporter" program that encompasses both members and donors
b) Assist the ED in fostering relationships with Supporters, including conducting surveys/research
c) Create and draft Supporter communications, including annual appeals
d) Research and develop a planned giving program
4) Fundraising Events
a) Assist in the development, planning, and execution of fundraisers
b) Represent the museum in additional community and museum events as needed
5) General
a) Manage development budget
b) Maintain donor records including gift acknowledgements
c) Other duties as assigned, which may include but are not limited to: front end duties (greeting and orienting visitors, operating the gift shop, etc.), monthly weekend on-site duty, meeting set-up and break-down, etc.

Required Skills
• B.A. or equivalent required
• Proficient in Microsoft Word and Excel, Access or other database programs
• Excellent writing and communication skills
• Must be highly self-directed, organized and able to balance multiple tasks
• Superior interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to work well with the public and colleagues
• Outgoing and personable demeanor, with the ability to maintain positive, professional relationships with clientele
• Commitment and belief in the organization
• Reliable and responsible. Ability to do some work at home a plus
• Development experience preferred with a minimum of two years experience working for a museum or other nonprofit required

Application Information
To apply for this position, please send or email your resume and cover letter to:

Noah Webster House & West Hartford Historical Society
c/o "Development Search"
227 South Main Street
West Hartford, CT 06107


Deadline for applications is Friday, October 24, 2014.