12 Mar 2024


Director of Advancement

Mystic Museum of Art  →   Mystic, CT


Job Description


Working closely with the Executive Director, the Director of Advancement provides leadership for the fundraising and marketing functions of Mystic Museum of Art (MMoA) to support institutional priorities.

Primary Objectives

  • Leadership in developing and executing a well-developed and articulated annual giving and stewardship plan for growth in fundraising.
  • Support of and collaboration with MMoA staff team.
  • Effective evaluation of fundraising and marketing measures to guide future planning.
  • Effective and consistent communication with internal and external constituencies.
  • Preparation and support for the Board Advancement Committee.


  • Responsible staff position that reports directly to the Executive Director.
  • Close collaboration with staff team on data management and event planning.
  • Staff leadership for Advancement Committee of the Board of Directors.
  • Oversight of external marketing consultation.
  • MMoA representative developing relationships with media, civic, and other external entities.

Duties and Responsibilities

Articulate vision for MMoA constituents (members, donors, prospects, Board members). Provide leadership in integrating fundraising and marketing functions in a coherent program to promote and support a culture of philanthropy for MMoA donor base.

  • Provide oversight for and contribute to the development of marketing and social media strategies.
    • Ensure consistent high-quality communications (written, verbal, and visual), adapted to target audiences.
    • Identify and cultivate individuals to expand MMoA’s constituent base.
  • Develop and implement annual fundraising plan to include
    • Membership: increase number and level of membership gifts.
    • Annual fund: build unrestricted operating support.
      • Increase unrestricted operating funds.
      • Increase individual prospect and donor base.
      • Apply to state agencies (CT Humanities and CT Office of the Arts).
    • Special project support
      • develop resources for special exhibitions and other projects.
      • Sponsorships and special fundraising events.
  • With Executive Director and Advancement Committee, design and implement major gifts and planned giving programs.
  • Work with Director of Visitor Services and finance consultants (Accounting Resources, Inc.) to reconcile gift and grant data, and provide reports as needed for staff and Board.
  • Continue to develop professional skills and understanding of philanthropy, museum management and operational best practices.


The Director of Advancement fills a highly sensitive and responsible role that requires professional judgement and discretion, a strong work ethic, superior communication and interpersonal skills, and unquestioned integrity.

  • College degree or equivalent years of practical experience. Education in the arts a plus.
  • Five to seven years of experience with increasing responsibility in nonprofit fundraising, and marketing.
  • Understanding of and commitment to fundraising and marketing best practices. Museum experience a plus.
  • Demonstrated interest in the arts and cultural sector preferred.
  • Experience in budget development.
  • Fluency with social media platforms and standards.
  • Experience with major gifts programs.
  • Ability to anticipate and allocate needed resources; plan for resource development as needed.
  • Experience with computer systems and related software (Microsoft Office suite and PastPerfect or other data management system) and equipment.
  • Proven written and oral communications skills.
  • Ability to work effectively in diverse capacities with fellow employees, Board members, professional colleagues, and constituents.

This is a full-time exempt position.

Compensation $70,000 to $80,000, commensurate with experience.

Mystic Museum of Art is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and committed to diversity, equity, inclusion, and anti-racism. Workplace diversity includes but is not limited to race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, age, disability, cultural background, and socioeconomic status. MMoA strives to enable all team members to develop their potential and bring their full selves to the workplace.



Email the following items to director@mysticmuseumofart.org, with subject line:
Director of Advancement.

  • Cover letter stating candidate’s interest in and qualifications for the position.
  • Fundraising writing sample (grant proposal or appeal letter).
  • Resume.
  • Three professional references relevant to position description.

Position open until filled.

Mystic Museum of Art
9 Water Street
Mystic, CT 06378


Full-Time Job in Museum and Gallery:
Director of Advancement
Mystic Museum of Art
 Mystic, CT

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