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Director of Development and Outreach, Auburn, NY

  • February 11, 2019 2:00 PM
    Message # 7158417
    • February 11, 2019
    • Director of Development and Outreach

    • Cayuga Museum of History and Art
      Auburn, NY

    • The Cayuga Museum of History and Art campus operates in three buildings: the Mansion, the Case Research Laboratory, and the Carriage House Theater.  The former Willard-Case Mansion is home to changing and permanent exhibits on the history of Auburn and Cayuga County. The Case Research Laboratory is the home of talking movies, where Theodore Case invented the first commercially successful system of sound on film, which visitors can now explore on a guided tour to learn about the history of sound film.  The Carriage House Theater is a multi-purpose space used for museum and community events.

    • Position Summary:

    The Director of Development and Outreach is responsible for planning, cultivating, implementing, and supervising all aspects of the Museum’s fundraising and marketing programs, as well as developing creative opportunities for community engagement.

    Reporting directly to the Executive Director, the successful candidate will be a hands-on and participative manager, working closely with the Board of Trustees and staff.  As one of two full-time staff members, this a newly created position at the Museum and the ability to self-start is a must.

    • Full Time

    • Responsibilities include but are not limited to:
    Fund Development
    • Manage annual fundraising schedule and activities.
    • Revamp and grow membership program.

    • Research and prepare grants supporting operations and strategic initiatives.

    • Steward and expand relationships with corporate funders and sponsors.
    • Develop creative revenue producing initiatives.   

    • Engage key stakeholders to raise the Museum’s visibility and attract more prospective donors to the Museum.   

    Community Engagement

    • Work with Board and staff to develop and implement a comprehensive strategy for creating community programs and partnerships.

    • Build, maintain, and invigorate mutually beneficial relationships with cultural and community organizations to expand the reach of museum programs through strategic partnerships.

    Marketing & Public Relations

    • Increase visibility, engagement, and revenue growth through social media, website, and other marketing materials as needed.

    • Reinvision and oversee branding to refine and strengthen institutional identity and image.

    • Write press releases, manage calendar and events listings in support of Museum exhibitions, programs, and other initiatives.


    • With the Executive Director, co-manage the Carriage House Theater and all related activities.

    • Work with Executive Director to develop and manage volunteer program.

    • Required Qualifications

    Bachelor’s degree, minimum of two years related experience in non-profit fund development, ability to work weekends and evenings; flexibility and adaptability in schedule, valid driver’s license, and proficiency in Adobe InDesign and Photoshop.

    The ability to lift up to 50 pounds is required, as candidate will be responsible for assisting with exhibition installation as needed, and event management.

    • Preferred Qualifications

    Excellent organizational, interpersonal, and verbal and written communication skills.

    Strong project management skills; the ability to see projects through from concept through delivery. Experience with web editing, e-mail services, and Google Analytics a plus. Experience working in museums and/or cultural institutions is preferred.

    The Cayuga Museum reserves the right to modify job duties or job descriptions at any time. We are an equal opportunity employer, dedicated to a policy of nondiscrimination in employment on any basis including race, creed, color, age, sex, religion or national origin.

    Applications should include the following: cover letter, resume, writing sample, and three professional references.  Applications should be submitted via email to Kirsten Wise at No phone calls please.

The Museum Association of New York strengthens the capacity of New York State’s cultural community by supporting professional standards and organizational development. We provide advocacy, training, and networking opportunities so that museums and museum professionals may better serve their missions and communities.

Museum Association of New York is a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization. 

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