Job Opportunities

Associate Director of Development and Special Projects

Organization Background

The Mission of the Nantucket Maria Mitchell Association is promotion of the legacy of Maria Mitchell and exploration, education and enjoyment of Nantucket’s land, waters and skies beyond. In fulfilling our mission, we recognize the historic persona of Maria Mitchell, the foremost American woman scientist and educator of the 19th century, and her potential impact on contemporary thought by passing on her legacy of intellectual curiosity, respect for and love of nature, learning by doing, and the ideal of individualism.

Maria Mitchell’s contributions to astronomy, science, and education are the basis for our continuing tradition of high quality research and teaching which inspires today’s learners and tomorrow’s scientists. The NMMA provides scientific resources and educational programs for the community, uses Nantucket Island as an exceptional natural laboratory in which to study science and the environment, and maintains research and/or representative collections of Nantucket’s biodiversity.

The Associate Director of Development and Special Projects will play a key role in achieving this record of successful growth.

Primary Function

This is a four day per week, year-round position.

The Associate Director of Development serves as a member of development team and will be an experienced fundraising professional and special projects coordinator who will help to secure support from family foundations, individuals, and corporations working with the Director of Communications and Development. Special projects are focused on non-dues revenue streams and work with the Director on various projects as directed.

Specific Responsibilities


    • With the Director of Communications and Development (Director) to implement the annual fund raising plan to meet or exceed financial goals
    • Develop and implement strategies to identify new individual and family foundation giving, and increase current roster to fill grant “pipeline”.
    • Develop and implement strategies to identify new corporate sponsorships
    • Build a portfolio of funding prospects rated in the high 5- and 6- figure range.
    • Keep apprised of new funding programs with existing sponsors and develop new prospects among family and institutional foundations and corporations
    • Undertake prospect research to identify and qualify individual donors and foundations.
    • Working closely with program staff, write and edit proposals, letters of inquiry, and reports
    • Creatively collaborate with program staff to capitalize on cultivation opportunities.
    • Membership relations and management

Special Programs

  • Identify and implement strategies to expand our winter programming with off island organizations
  • Assist Director with responsibilities and implementation of projects surrounding visitor experience.


  • Tenacious and aggressive major gift fund raiser
  • Must be able to establish priorities and manage multiple projects in a high-energy, fast-paced, deadline-driven organization, and be flexible when priorities shift
  • Results-oriented and meticulous, highly attentive to details in all aspects of work.
  • Knowledge of the philanthropic community and funding sources, particularly in the sciences, youth development and/or educational fields.
  • Experience at science visitor centers a plus.
  • Ability to set and hold very high standards and rigorous work ethic.
  • Superb writing and oral communication skills.
  • Strong track record of success identifying, cultivating and soliciting individual, foundation and corporate donors.
  • A deep appreciation and passion for the mission of Maria Mitchell Association.
  • Ideally, some past or present involvement with science education/science museums, school programs, and research.
  • Adept with computer software, especially Excel and CMS’s.

Education and Experience

  • A minimum of 5+ years development experience at a non-profit organization or educational institution with a record in securing significant support from foundation and individuals.
  • Project management experience
  • Minimum Bachelor’s degree; Master’s degree preferred
  • Demonstrated ability to meet fund raising goals

Ability to interact effectively with donors, volunteers and program staff

How to Apply

All applications should be sent to George Donnelly at This position provides medical, dental, simpleIRA, and vacation benefits.

The Maria Mitchell Association provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, the Maria Mitchell Association complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

The Maria Mitchell Association expressly prohibits any form of workplace harassment based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, genetic information, disability, or veteran status. Improper interference with the ability of the Maria Mitchell Association’s employees to perform their job duties may result in discipline up to and including discharge.

Become a Maria Mitchell Volunteer!