Assistant/Associate Director of Development

Shelburne Museum
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Location: Chittenden County,
About the Job

Duties & Responsibilities:

Shelburne Museum seeks an Assistant/Associate Director of Development to grow and sustain a robust fundraising operation for the largest art and history museum in northern New England. The Assistant/Associate Director of Development will provide direct support to the Director of Development in achieving fundraising and development goals across the institution. This includes planning and executing Annual Fund campaigns, cultivating a portfolio of major gift prospects, providing support for other fundraising campaigns including a capital campaign and planned giving program, and overseeing membership and fundraising events programs.

A successful candidate will have excellent communication skills, be familiar with database management and digital outreach platforms to achieve the following outcomes:

  • Effective engagement of existing and prospective donors in a number of channels including email, print and social media;
  • Assist in the planning and execution of annual fundraising that meets or exceeds goals;
  • Assist with foundation and corporate support;
  • Support success of capital campaign with prospect management, event management and donor stewardship;
  • Support fundraising events and programs;
  • Demonstrate high level of attention to detail in all aspects of the job including database management and reporting;
  • Assist in creation of collateral materials, proposals, and reports.


  • Bachelor’s Degree required, with a minimum of five years of demonstrated success;
  • Proven leadership and management capabilities ranging from creating and executing plans and achieving goals, to a commitment to excellence in all development activities;
  • Substantial experience implementing fundraising plans and cultivating relationships for all funding streams with a proven track record of achieving income targets;
  • Positive proactive attitude, flexible, collaborative, attends to detail and shows initiative;
  • Excellent communication and problem-solving skills.

Compensation and Benefits:

Shelburne Museum offers a generous benefits package including:

  • Medical, Dental, Vision, Life Insurance & AD&D and Short/Long-Term Disability.
  • Combined time off up to 160 hours per year, 8 hours for your birthday, and 8 hours for community service leave.
  • Employees may contribute to the Museum’s Retirement plan, effective 1st of the month following their start date. After one year of service employees are eligible for a 2% Match and 3% Safe Harbor contribution, paid for by the Museum.
  • Other benefits include free Museum access for immediate family members and an employee discount at the Museum store and café.

Shelburne Museum is an equal opportunity employer and gives consideration for employment to qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, military service, or because of marital, parental, or veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law. If you’d like more information about your EEO rights as an applicant under the law, please download the EEO brochure to view your rights.

How to Apply

To apply, please visit our careers page,, to download the Employment Application. We request that a completed Employment Application be sent, along with a Cover Letter and Resume, to

Employer's Approach to Diversity, Equity, & Belonging

Shelburne Museum is committed to serving our community by:

1. Developing a comprehensive institutional DEAI plan to identify long and short-term goals and strategies across all facets of the Museum’s operations.

2. Working with learning partners to develop and conduct ongoing DEAI professional development and training throughout the institution.

3. Fostering an inclusive, transparent, and supportive workplace, by strengthening a safe space for staff learning and authentic engagement recognizing this may require the implementation of new or revised policies and procedures.

4. Expanding and reinforcing zero-tolerance policies and creating a safe reporting structure regarding racism, discrimination, or sexual and gender-based misconduct that may arise at our institution, followed by necessary corrective actions.

5. Committing to diversifying Shelburne Museum’s board of trustees, staff, and volunteers at all levels, and developing strategies for best practice compliance in equitable hiring, support, and retention of staff.

6. Addressing the biases in our institutional history, including our place on unceded land of the Western Abenaki people and the legacies of the capital that funded the Museum.

7. Ensuring that the Museum experience—such as its collections, exhibitions, and programming—presents content in an equitable and accessible manner by identifying and working to eliminate physical, technological, financial, and other barriers.

8. Creating meaningful partnerships and relationships within our larger community to amplify and support diverse voices and ensure that all visitors feel welcome, seen, heard, and valued.

9. Continually work to foster cultural competency and identify areas for DEAI learning and
improvement, strategize solutions, and secure resources necessary to support implementation while maintaining transparency and accountability to our staff and community in our evolving efforts to better the Museum.

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