59 School Street, Box 1310, Edgartown MA 02539 - 508.627.4441
Martha's Vineyard Museum MV Museum



development director

Reporting Responsibilities: Executive Director
Supervisory Responsibilities: Donor Relations Manager
FLSA Status: Full-Time, Non-exempt

The Martha’s Vineyard Museum seeks a dynamic and motivated fundraiser to lead our Development Department and our Comprehensive Capital Campaign. The Development Director is a crucial member of the MV Museum team, and provides the leadership, management and coordination for all individual and institutional fundraising efforts. The successful candidate has a strong background in non-profit development with a familiarity of large capital campaigns, is familiar with the island of Martha’s Vineyard and well-attuned to local customs and politics, and has a stellar personality with a good sense of humor. S/he must be a fearless fundraiser, have demonstrable experience successfully soliciting major gifts, and work strategically and collegially with a team of staff, board members, and volunteers. The right candidate will have a deep understanding of the fundraising process, and can be adaptable to a wide range of personalities, situations, beliefs and behaviors.

Duties include:

  • Designing, implementing and coordinating an institution-wide comprehensive development plan, with a primary focus on completing the Capital Campaign which will include support from individuals, business, and institutions.
  • Working collaboratively with Executive Director and Board of Directors to develop strategies to approach major individual donors and prospects, providing support in all fundraising efforts by offering strategic advice on solicitation, coaching and training on fundraising, partnering during solicitation meetings, and researching donors’ backgrounds and connections.
  • Managing and personally engaging in solicitation and stewardship activities for the Museum’s Capital Campaign and Annual Fund.
  • Building and sustaining positive and mutually rewarding relationships with the Museum and individual and foundation prospects and donors.
  • Working with Executive Director, Chair of the Development Committee, and Governance Committee to identify potential board candidates, and to foster and maintain a culture of philanthropy within the Board, developing fundraising capabilities and helping the Board reach its fundraising objectives.
  • Planning cultivation events.
  • Establishing and promoting planned and legacy giving programs.
  • Producing grant proposals and reports for federal, state, and local public sources, as well as private foundations and institutions; generating promotional narratives as needed for press releases, seasonal appeals, and special events; creating and maintaining donor proposals and prospect profiles.

Ideal Experience and Qualifications

  • Demonstrated experience fundraising for a sizable, high-performing institution that includes capital, endowment, annual fund, event and membership elements; successful experience raising major gifts from individuals and institutional sources.
  • An exceptional communicator, both in writing and verbal communication; an outgoing individual who gets energy from connecting with individuals and shares their passion freely; must have social flair and be able to represent the Museum positively in varied situations.
  • Demonstrated skills in deepening donor relationships and building new ones, and in motivating, directing, and managing staff and volunteers, coordinating and supporting the fundraising activities of others.
  • Broad-based knowledge of various development activities including: direct mail, online appeals, membership, proposal and grant development, planned giving, capital campaigns, event planning, direct solicitations, leveraging fundraising databases and donor research platforms.
  • Emotionally mature with a sense of humor, flexibility and ability to improvise.

Start May 1st. Please send cover letter, resume, references, and two writing samples to Katy Fuller, kfuller@mvmuseum.org

Martha's Vineyard Museum is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

program coordinator

Reporting Responsibilities: Director of Operations
Supervisory Responsibilities: Intern
FLSA Status: Full-Time, Non-exempt

The Program Coordinator is a crucial member of the Museum team. S/he will organize all mission-based events, create marketing materials, oversee lighthouse operations, and serve as an ambassador for the Museum in the community. Must be willing to work outside of normal business hours, including nights and weekends, and to see time-sensitive projects through to conclusion.


Essential Responsibilities:

* Work with the Operations Director to ensure successful planning and execution of all mission-based events including lectures, book talks, films, panel discussions, etc. and support fundraising events.
* Develop, plan, and refine details of future events to maintain active momentum.
* Promote all programming through development and distribution of press releases, online calendar postings, and advertising in print, radio, email, social media, etc.
* Assist in developing, distributing, and monitoring promotional materials for the Museum and Museum related events.
* Collaborate with other Island non-profits and members of the community to promote the Museum and its mission.
* Identify and engage with members of the Island's diverse communities to help nourish a sense of year-round and seasonal ownership in the Museum.
* Manage the Museum’s lighthouse program including employee and volunteer scheduling, marketing and promotion, merchandise, signage, etc.
* Oversee the Museum’s private rental program for weddings and special events at the Museum campus and Island lighthouses.
* Assist in some administrative duties including greeting visitors and answering the phone part time in the off-season.


Strong interpersonal and organizational skills.
* Flexible team player who can juggle many tasks and prioritize.
* Experience in Microsoft Office necessary, Adobe Photoshop experience preferred.
* Must understand intricacies of the Island community.
* Appreciation of the Museum’s mission and its desire to serve the Island

Application Instructions:
To apply, please send a cover letter, resume, and references to Katy Fuller at

Martha's Vineyard Museum is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Oral History Assistant

Reporting Responsibilities: Chief Curator
Supervisory Responsibilities: None

Two-year position with the possibility of extension if funding becomes available.
This four-day per week position includes benefits.

The Oral History Assistant works closely with the Curator of Oral History to manage the Museum's uniquely valuable collection of oral history recordings and related materials and to make it accessible to the public. The successful candidate will be highly organized and interested in the history of Martha’s Vineyard. As a member of the curatorial team, the Oral History Assistant will help further develop the oral history program and integrate it into the future operations of the Museum.

Primary responsibilities include:
* Populating and maintaining the oral history portion of the collections database
* Reviewing and ensuring proper organization of archival materials related to the oral histories (physical recordings, transcripts, photographs, etc.)
* Maintaining collection records relating to the oral histories
* Editing audio and video recordings for inclusion in exhibitions, online, and in films


Other Responsibilities:
* Volunteer training and oversight
* Aiding the Curator of Oral History in collecting interviews

College degree required. Database experience, familiarity with video camera operation, and audio/video editing skills desirable.

Application Instructions:
To apply, please send cover letter, resume, and references to Bonnie Stacy, Chief Curator, at bstacy@mvmuseum.org.

Martha's Vineyard Museum is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

museum services coordinator (seasonal)

Reporting Responsibilities: Director of Operations
Supervisory Responsibilities: None
FLSA Status: Full-Time, Seasonal (Non-exempt)

The Museum Services Coordinator will manage the daily operations of the admissions desk with a focus on customer service, organization and efficiency ensuring visitors are attended to professionally and promptly. She/he serves as the front-line representative of all Museum functions and must be able to excel at multi-tasking and adaptation to a quickly changing environment, able to juggle and work in a busy environment and be able to take initiative to solve problems. The ideal candidate will have the ability to work as part of a team, adapt to changing situations, and work well under pressure, able to multitask in a fast paced environment with a smile. Experience with a Point of Sale system and Microsoft Office technology is strongly preferred. This is a seasonal position with hours from 9:30-5:30, Monday through Friday. Occasional flexibility in scheduling is desirable.

Essential Responsibilities:
The responsibilities listed below are those that represent the majority of time spent working in this position. Management may assign additional tasks related to the type of work of the position as necessary.
* Serve as initial contact for Museum patrons and telephone/email inquiries in a friendly and positive manner. Maintain a thorough knowledge of Museum exhibitions and events as well as local and regional information as part of a customer service oriented environment.
* Be familiar with all aspects of Museum operations and staff responsibilities in order to accurately respond to questions and route inquiries.
* Be responsible for daily opening and closing procedures and gallery security.
* Oversee and perform financial transactions in admissions, gift shop sales, and program activities.
* Receive and fulfill web and phone orders for merchandise.
* Reconcile cash and credit card accounts on a daily basis. Generate daily visitor and sales reports and reconcile cash and credit card accounts.
* Ensure that all displays and inventory items are neat and well stocked at all times.

Application Instructions:
To apply, please send a cover letter, resume, and references to Katy Fuller at

Martha's Vineyard Museum is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


lighthouse visitor guides (seasonal)

Lighthouse Guides are responsible  for daily operations and visitor services at the Gay Head Lighthouse and Edgartown Lighthouses, mid June through mid October.  Candidates should enjoy interacting with the public and be enthusiastic about the lighthouse and Vineyard history. Duties include greeting visitors, handling admission fees and retail transactions, and ensuring the security of the properties. The ability to climb stairs, stand for long periods of time and lift 30 lb. is necessary. Weekend availability is preferred. Guides will report to the Martha’s Vineyard Museum

Essential Responsibilities:
* Collect admissions income and keep accurate attendance records noting number of adults and children visiting the lighthouse. Maintain accurate cash drawer and attendance income.
* Present the history of the lighthouse and the Island in an accurate and engaging manner.
* Maintain visitor safety and structural cleanliness. Sweep stairs and landing areas daily. Monitor potential wet and slippery spots and remove any standing water.
* Assist with private events and tours at the lighthouse (on occasion).

Guides should be comfortable with people, mature, responsible, and passionate about lighthouse history. A regular weekly schedule will be developed and changes in schedule must be approved in advance.

Application Instructions:
Submit letter of interest, qualifications, and 2 personal references to bmayhew@mvmuseum.org.

Martha's Vineyard Museum is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


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