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15 Apr 2021

Full-Time Director of Development

hancockshakervillage – Posted by hancockshakervillage Pittsfield, Massachusetts, United States

Job Description

Hancock Shaker Village

Director of Development

Hancock Shaker Village seeks to hire a Director of Development who will lead and oversee institutional advancement at the Village. The Director of Development will be responsible for the design and implementation of a strategic fundraising and communications program that would raise over $1.5 annually from individuals, corporations, and foundations, which will maximize the museum’s ability to steward this historic property and realize the community programs, exhibitions, special projects and events that bring the Shaker ideals to life.

Reporting to the Director/CEO, the Director of Development will work with her and the board of directors to develop, implement, and manage a plan of action for cultivating and soliciting principal and major gifts from current and prospective donors. The Director of Development will be a member of a small, vibrant senior management team and work collaboratively on institutional initiatives in support of each other’s objectives including program development, branding, historic preservation, education, audience development, earned income generation, budget balancing, exhibition planning, visitor and member experiences, and other potential internal collaborations that will raise the institutional program and awareness. Responsibilities include:


  • Raise $1-1.2 million in contributed income for operations annually through individuals, foundations, corporate and government funding. Manage the Development Department’s day-to-day operations, including gift tracking, acknowledgements, membership metrics and trends, stewardship, cultivation, and budgeting.
  • Develop short-term and long-term plans for giving, including major gifts, online giving, direct mail, events, sponsorships, and planned giving. Develop and implement a plan to increase the support of existing donors, and attract former and new donors to increase annual revenue to further the goals of Hancock Shaker Village.
  • Develop and foster relationships with foundations, major donors, sponsors and other stakeholders. Work closely with trustees, managing the administrative aspects related to trustee operations.

Membership and Events

  • Lead programs and policies designed to grow membership, sponsorships, and other methods of visitor engagement and loyalty. Oversee fundraising events, from gala to member activities.
  • Provide strategic and marketing oversight to all development materials and activities.

Capital Campaign/Museum Transformation

  • In collaboration with the Director/CEO and trustees, complete the $3 million Legacy Campaign.
  • Lead strategy and fundraising efforts to secure special project funding that advance the vibrancy of the Village (such as outdoor recreation). Write grants and proposals, meet with donors, identify prospects, plan meetings and events, prepare briefs and campaign materials and track progress.
  • Work collaboratively with senior management team to determine and evaluate progress against goals for the organization, and model and cultivate the values of the Village.
  • Lead strategic communications related to the Campaign through completion of new construction.


  • Oversee the work of the communications manager, directing the museum’s internal and external communications and serving as a key spokesperson.
  • Direct the development and implementation of an integrated, strategic communications plan to advance the Village’s brand identity; broaden awareness of its impact and mission; and increase the visibility of its collection, exhibitions, farm and programs.


We’re looking for a dynamic colleague who thinks, writes, and acts strategically and successfully to fund programs, initiatives, and communications that advance the Shaker legacy and material culture.

The ideal candidate has the capacity and networking resources to identify and win large gifts and sponsorships, and has the ability to initiate and enjoy direct communication with trustees, donors, and prospects. The successful candidate will have a passion for the arts, design, history, and/or the Shakers, enjoy being a member of a close-knit team, and thrive in a nimble, fast-paced environment. Essential to this role:

  • Excellent verbal, research and writing skills, and time management skills, comfortable working on multiple projects and meeting new challenges
  • Creative and nimble thinker who is highly motivated and hardworking
  • Bachelor’s degree, and senior level experience in development within an arts and cultural organization, with demonstrated fundraising success
  • Mastery of donor database software (ALTRU preferred) as well as MS word, excel, and power point.
  • Belief in and commitment to the mission and vision of Hancock Shaker Village

Hancock Shaker Village is an extraordinary living history museum on 750 bucolic acres in the Berkshires of Western Massachusetts. A National Historic Landmark, the property includes 20 historic buildings and the oldest working farm in the region with livestock and heirloom gardens. Illuminating the Shakers’ commitment to sustainable agriculture, design, innovation, gender equality, and principled living, the museum is also home to more than 22,000 artifacts, including furniture, textiles, hymnals, and manuscripts, making it one of the premier Shaker collections in the world. There’s as much reverence in pulling an onion as there is in singing hallelujah, as one Shaker said, and Hancock Shaker Village does quite a bit of both, with an active program of music, art, education, and history that tells the Shaker story through the lens of today. We are a local museum with global ideals. Hancock Shaker Village encourages staff to embrace experimentation and exploration through the engagement of Shaker principles. Finding inspiration from these standards, Hancock Shaker Village encourages strategic risk, thinking outside the box, and facing new opportunities and challenges with grace and vigor. The success of each individual directly impacts the success of the Village, and vice versa, and we value our work as a community as we meet institutional goals, values, and ideals. Hancock Shaker Village is an Equal Opportunity Employer. It’s a great place to work!

How to Apply

This is a full-time position with benefits. Candidates should please submit a resume, 2 development writing samples and 2 references to or in writing to Leslie Pizani, Hancock Shaker Village, PO Box 927, Pittsfield, MA  01202.

Job Categories: Equal Opportunities. Job Types: Full-Time. Job Tags: development, director, museum, and shaker.

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