Museum of Science
  • 20-Jul-2020 to 23-Aug-2020 (EST)
  • Leadership & Planned Giving - 470
  • Boston, MA, USA
  • Regular, Full Time

Associate Director, Major Gifts & Planned Giving

Museum of Science, Boston

Innovation and creativity come from the unique perspectives of a diverse staff. We value your perspective.


The Associate Director, Major Gifts & Planned Giving is responsible for securing $1-$5 million per year in leadership and planned gifts ($25,000+) to support the Museum of Science. The position will build a major gift pipeline that creates a sustainable philanthropy stream across both unrestricted and restricted giving. The Associate Director will act individually, and also in partnership with Museum staff, content experts and other internal constituents, and be an ambassador and spokesperson for the Museum. They will interact with a wide array of external constituents including C-level executives, community and business leaders, and Museum volunteer leadership.


  • Raise between $1-5 million annually
  • Raise Annual Fund and Gala (unrestricted) 5- and 6-figure gifts annually
  • Dedicate 80% of job to prospect/donor identification/discovery, cultivation, engagement and solicitation activities
  • Design and execute 30 leadership gift solicitations annually for a portfolio of 120 donors
  • Execute approximately 150 donor visits a year
  • Attend 40-50 Museum events per year, including nights and weekends


This position is full-time, 40 hours/week, Monday-Friday.


Director, Individual Giving


  • Bachelors of Science or Arts degree required
  • 5 or more years of individual fundraising experience
  • Proven track record building a portfolio and growing revenue
  • Demonstrated understanding of major gift best practices including adherence to an accountability matrix and pipeline development
  • Demonstrated history in working collaboratively with colleagues to identify institutional funding needs and match them with donor interest
  • Demonstrated history with pipeline and portfolio development, bringing prospects through the lifecycle from identification and qualification to major gifts
  • Proven communication skills – both written and verbal
  • Proven interpersonal skills and the ability to effectively collaborate with others


Exempt (Salaried). Commensurate with experience.


Benefits for full-time, exempt (salaried) staff include: free parking, T accessibility, 23 vacation days, 12 holidays, 10 sick days, medical, dental, and vision insurance, short- and long-term disability, life insurance, retirement and savings plan, health care/dependent care flex spending plan, employee discounts, employee referral program, tuition assistance, professional development, direct deposit, free admission, free Duck Tours, discounted movie passes, and much more!

The Museum of Science is fully committed to Equal Employment Opportunity and to attracting, retaining, developing and promoting the most qualified employees without regard to their race, gender, color, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, age, physical or mental disability, citizenship status, veteran status, or any other characteristic prohibited by federal, state or local law. We are dedicated to providing a work environment free from discrimination and harassment, and where employees are treated with respect and dignity.

No phone inquiries, please. Qualified applicants will be contacted within two to four weeks of initial application.

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