Director of Development and Membership

Job Type

Full Time


Details: Salary Commensurate to Experience



Start Date



9 Sullivan Avenue
North Easton
United States


The Children’s Museum in Easton is looking for a new Director of Development and Membership. We are looking for entrepreneurial, strategic thinkers who are energized by the prospect of building a robust development program in partnership with the Executive Director and the Museum leadership team.  A bonus are candidates who would be excited for the opportunity to occasionally run programs on the Museum floor with visitors, either a scheduled program or one you create based on your interests and hobbies.

There is a lot going on at CME (including a new website that will launch at any moment!) and we encourage you to check out recent articles to get a sense of the revitalization happening at the Museum.

Director of Development and Membership Key Accountabilities

  • Manage all fundraising initiatives to achieve annually budgeted goals. Develop and execute The Children’s Museum in Easton’s annual fundraising plan to include grants, individual major giving, special events, direct mail, and other activities.
  • Lead the Museum’s grants program. Write and coordinate the review, submission, fulfillment and reporting for grant applications and proposals
  • Oversee the successful implementation of all fundraising events to include Night at the Brewseum, Father’s Day Road Race and other events that arise.
  • Develop and oversee a successful Individual Giving program
  • Lead Museum Membership acquisition, renewal and recapture efforts
  • Management and utilization of volunteer committees including Development Committee and Board of Advisers


The activities and tasks the Director of Development and Membership is responsible for include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Oversee and effectively administer the annual development budget, both expenses and revenue.
  • Create and implement procedural best practices and operational efficiencies to support long-term success and ensure auditory compliance.
  • Draft high-quality, compelling, and detailed documents such as proposals, appeal letters, LOIs and progress reports to donors.
  • Oversee the Museum’s foundation program, including grant seeking, research, proposal writing and reporting. Ensure all deadlines are met and applications are effectively stewarded. Oversee grant seeking including research, proposal writing, and reporting requirements.
  • Lead the planning, fundraising and implementation for all special events
  • Establish and grow a major gifts program including identification, cultivation and solicitation of major donors.
  • Create and oversee a strategic and growing direct mail program based on data, segmentation and new technology.
  • Create and oversee a donor relations initiative to ensure the effective stewardship of Museum donors to deepen engagement and increase financial support: including thank you processes, personalized reporting, LYBUNT and SYBUNT campaigns, and other strategies as appropriate.
  • Develop and implement a marketing and communications plan for philanthropy and membership; Partners with Manager of Programs for cross-departmental planning and implementation.
  • Create and manage key donor communications including Annual Reports, sponsorship materials etc.
  • Create and implement annual schedule of Membership acquisition, renewal and recapture communications and programs.
  • Develop additional ways to engage and inform the Museum’s board of directors of programs, funding, and opportunities to engage
  • Secure financial support from individuals, foundations and corporations.
  • Serve as a Museum representative at local chambers, community delegations and meetings.

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply

To apply, please email your Cover Letter, Resume, 2 Writing Samples and Salary Requirements to: Please no calls, we are very busy playing.


●    Commitment to the Museum’s mission

●    Have knowledge and strong experience in fundraising techniques and grant writing.

●    Demonstrated excellence in organizational, managerial, and communication skills.

●    Be a “self-starter” and goal driven to initiate donor visits and fundraising calls.

●    Fluency and comfort with a diverse range of stakeholders

●    Superior writing and editing skills; ability to digest and translate complex concepts to diverse audiences

●    Willingness to play a range of roles, from adviser to strategist to individual contributor

●    Ability to manage multiple projects effectively, and meet deadlines

●    Thrive in a fast-paced, collaborative, and entrepreneurial environment; solutions-focused, proactive, team-oriented, comfortable with change, and able to make decisions in the face of uncertainty or lack of precedent

●    Proficiency with Macs, PCs, Microsoft Office, donor databases and Google Apps.

Education & Experience

●    Bachelor’s degree

●    5-7 years of development experience in a non profit

●    Demonstrated ability to think critically, meet goals, and empower teams to achieve goals

The Children’s Museum in Easton is proud to be an equal opportunity employer.