Director of Development, Maine Maritime Museum
Maine Maritime Museum, an internationally recognized cultural institution located on the Kennebec River in
Bath seeks a Director of Development who will play a key role in the leadership team and help the museum
continue to grow and excel.
Maine Maritime Museum (MMM) is an independent, nonprofit institution dedicated to promoting an
understanding and appreciation of Maine’s maritime heritage and culture through gallery exhibits, an
historic shipyard, educational programs, a research Library, and narrated excursions along area waterways.
Founded in 1962, the Museum is located on a beautiful 20-acre campus on the banks of the Kennebec River
in Bath, “The City of Ships” and provides a unique experience to visitors of all ages from around the world.
The MMM experience includes indoor galleries with changing exhibits on historic and contemporary maritime
issues, the monumental evocation of the schooner Wyoming, an active boat shop that teaches traditional
skills to students and adults, and river and industry tours that help people gain an entirely new
understanding and perception of Maine’s maritime culture. More than 250 volunteers spend their time
working with the staff, the collections, and visitors to contribute to the enrichment of thousands of lives.
Engaged donors support the Museum in order to leave a lasting legacy that will inform – and transform –
future generations. MMM strives to enrich the lives of residents and visitors and be the fullest expression of
what a museum can be.
The Museum has a staff of 22 FTEs, 250+ volunteers, and an active board of trustees. MMM is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums and adheres to the highest standards of the museum industry.
The Director of Development is responsible for the strategic development plan and oversees all aspects of
the Museum's fund raising activities to meet annual financial objectives. With assistance from a full-time
development associate and additional administrative and marketing support, the Director of Development
reports to the Executive Director and works closely with the board to ensure the museum raises the funds
necessary to fulfill its mission.
Specific Duties Include:
Annual and Long-term Development Plan – Works with the Executive Director and Development
Committee to create the strategic development plan to meet specific financial goals that include annual
giving, major gifts, planned giving, individual and business membership programs, sponsorships,
foundation giving, grants, fundraising and cultivation events, restricted project support and campaigns.
Donor Stewardship – Develops and implements a personal cultivation, solicitation and stewardship plan for prospects, major donors, and trustees. Supports the Director and Trustees in donor stewardship and cultivation. Keeps current supporters informed and involved and is creative in thanking and acknowledging donors.
Annual Giving – Develops and implements an annual giving plan including a summer appeal and yearend
appeal, Trustee giving, Compass Circle (major gifts), prospect cultivation, and timely gift
acknowledgement. Works with trustees and staff on prospect identification and cultivation.
Individual Membership – Leads development and visitor services staff to grow membership program through enrollment of new members, retention of current members, and to increase membership levels.
Corporate Support – Works with development staff, Trustees, and other museum staff to identify
prospects and solicit and cultivate support from the corporate sector. Forms strong and mutually
beneficial relationships with business leaders that lead to annual giving, business memberships and
Foundation Giving and Grants – Solicits gifts and grants from foundations and agencies for annual giving and specific project support. Where appropriate, works with other museum staff and outsidegrant writers to maximize funding opportunities.
Planned Giving – Develops and implements plans to encourage bequests and deferred gifts to the museum. Stewards known bequest donors and cultivates estate attorneys.
Capital Campaign – Working with the Executive Director, the Campaign Chair and Campaign Committee, provides leadership for campaign fundraising and support for all participants in their fundraising efforts. Assumes responsibility for a designated prospect pool, manages donor assignments,and ensures proper and timely gift acknowledgments are made.
Special Events – Develops and works with museum facilities staff to implement special events for
fundraising and stewardship. Specifically, takes the lead on the annual Mariner’s Award event and
supports Compass Circle and other cultivation events throughout the year.
Community Relations – Develops effective relationships in the community and actively share stories
of positive outcomes to build support for the Museum’s mission and activities.
Finance and Data Integrity – Works with the Finance Office and administrative staff to ensure proper
record keeping in Raiser’s Edge and Financial Edge systems.
Other duties and responsibilities as required.
Minimum of a B.A. or B.S. with at least five years of proven success in development.
Adherence to the highest ethical standards and demonstrated ability to work effectively with donors,
board members, and leaders in the business and philanthropic community.
Experience researching, cultivating and soliciting individual and corporate donors as well as grant
writing for foundation and agency support.
Excellent oral and written communication and strong leadership and strategic project management
skills. Ability to work well with a wide variety of individuals.
Ability to work occasional evenings and weekends for special events and travel.
Experience with donor management software, especially Raiser’s Edge.
Salary commensurate with experience, competitive benefits, positive working environment.
Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.
Please send a cover letter and resume to John Settelen, Maine Maritime Museum, 243 Washington Street,
Bath, ME 04530. Electronic submissions accepted at firstname.lastname@example.org. No phone inquiries.
This position is subject to background checks including sex offender, criminal and credit checks. EOE.
The Museum is open daily (except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day) from 9:30 am to 5 pm.
Visit www.mainemaritimemuseum.org for more information.