Development Associate


The Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) seeks a Development Associate to support the Institutional Advancement team. The Development Associate provides cross-functional administrative support to the Institutional Advancement team in service of an ambitious fundraising goal. The Development Associate will ensure the day-to-day operations of the department, as well as contribute to important fundraising initiatives.

Compensation is $45,000 to $50,000 annually, commensurate with experience. This is a full-time, permanent, non-exempt position. Hours are weekdays 9:30 am-5:30 pm, plus evenings and weekends as needed. This position reports to the Deputy Director, Institutional Advancement, and works collaboratively with colleagues across the Museum. 

The Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) champions contemporary makers across creative fields and presents the work of artists, designers, and artisans who apply the highest level of ingenuity and skill. MAD provides an opportunity for employees to enrich and develop their love of the art, craft and design while contributing their specific skills, expertise, and talents.


  • Create briefing materials for Senior Staff and IA Colleagues for meetings with donors and prospects.
  • Conduct foundation and individual donor research and help strategize approaches.
  • Create exhibition, event, and program pitch decks.
  • Support Sr. Major Gifts Officer in tracking, cultivating, and stewarding individual donors, including working in-person events. 
  • Provide comprehensive special event support for two fundraising events per year including managing mailings, RSVPs, benefit auctions, and other administrative work as needed.
  • Record and distribute minutes for bi-weekly Institutional Advancement meetings.
  • Working with the Database Manager, ensure proper record keeping in Raiser’s Edge.
  • Perform other administrative duties to support the Institutional Advancement team as assigned.


A successful candidate will meet many of these requirements, and have the desire and capacity to learn the rest on the job.

  • Knowledge of Raiser’s Edge database software.  
  • Experience in donor services and fundraising data collection and analysis.  
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.  
  • Exceptional level of organization and project management skills.  
  • Ability to anticipate project needs, discern work priorities, and meet deadlines with little supervision.  
  • Desire to be part of a team with the capacity to work well independently.  
  • Ability to think strategically, creatively, analytically, and deal effectively with challenges  
  • Willingness to work nights and weekends as required.  
  •  Strong proficiency in the Microsoft Office Suite, including Outlook, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
  • COVID guidelines: The  health and safety of our Museum community is the highest priority. As such, MAD requires all newly hired staff members and freelancers to be fully vaccinated with an FDA authorized and/or approved COVID-19 vaccine, including a booster if eligible. Requests for reasonable accommodations for medical, religious, or other reasons will be considered in accordance with applicable law. 

Education and Experience

  • A bachelor’s degree or equivalent combination experience sufficient to successfully perform essential functions of the job.
  • 1-2+ years of relevant work experience

Research shows that women and people from underrepresented groups often apply to jobs only if they meet 100% of the qualifications.  We recognize that it is highly unlikely that someone meets 100% of the qualifications for a role. If much of this job posting describes you, then please apply for this role. 

MAD provides equal opportunity to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, age, mental or physical disability, pregnancy, alienage or citizenship status, marital status or domestic partner status, genetic information, genetic predisposition or carrier status, gender identity, HIV status, military status and any other category protected by law in all employment decisions, including but not limited to recruitment, hiring, compensation, training and apprenticeship, promotion, upgrading, demotion, downgrading, transfer, lay-off and termination, and all other terms and conditions of employment. 

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