New England Aquarium
  • Recruiting Agency - External
  • Boston, MA, MA, USA
  • Salary
  • Full Time Regular

Reporting to the President & CEO, the Vice President for Development ("VPD") will oversee and manage the Development functions of the organization, including: Major Gifts, Corporate and Foundation Giving, Membership, Annual Giving, Government Grants and Planned Giving. In addition, the VPD will be playing the lead role in preparing the organization for the next capital campaign. The VPD will be a primary contributor to setting the strategy of the organization through participation on the Executive Management Team.


Key Responsibilities


  • Partner with President & CEO and Board in taking the Aquarium's development program to the next level, particularly in the area of individual and foundation major gifts.
  • Review, enhance and implement comprehensive development plan that supports the goals of the Aquarium's strategic plan. Provide leadership to all facets of the development department including planning, analysis, implementation, major donor identification and cultivation, coordination of Board efforts, and related activities.
  • Serve as a key strategist and member of the Aquarium's senior leadership team.
  • Participate at meetings of the Board of Trustees and select Board committees to provide counsel, and report on development related issues and operations. Work closely with President & CEO and Board Members on development activities and Board recruitment and engagement.
  • Coach, mentor and motivate development team members, and draw upon their potential and talent, individually and collaboratively.



  • Manage top philanthropic relationships with a portfolio of leading individual, corporate and foundation supporters and prospects.
  • Oversee and manage all development functions, including major gifts, corporate and foundation gifts, annual giving and direct mail, membership, government grants, planned giving, and an upcoming capital campaign. Ensure effective cultivation and stewardship of donors.
  • Identify donor funding opportunities that match the Aquarium's institutional priorities and operational needs.
  • Develop and implement plan for a more targeted planned giving program.
  • Attend special events as a key representative of the Aquarium.



  • Assess current development program and evaluate department performance to ensure achievement of department revenue goals to support the Aquarium's mission and strategic direction.
  • Develop strong and collaborative working relationships with the Vice Presidents of other departments to best understand the Aquarium's mission and programs, and effectively articulate this information to donors and the public.
  • Oversee the development of a best practice development infrastructure, including systems, policies, and procedures to ensure effectiveness and accountability across the program.
  • Prepare and monitor the annual Development budget.
  • In addition to advancing the fundraising potential of the current staff, create strategies and opportunities to attract talented professionals to join growth oriented development team.


Minimum Qualifications

  • Strong passion and enthusiasm for the Aquarium's mission of protecting our blue planet and ensuring vital and vibrant oceans
  • 15+ years of development experience
  • Minimum of 8 years of management experience


Strategic Fundraising and Management Requirements

  • Demonstrated success building philanthropic relationships and support through individual, corporate, and foundation donors at six and seven figure levels
  • Track record of strategically building programs, pipelines, and volunteer networks to serve organizational objectives and maximize revenue
  • Demonstrated experience leading a comprehensive development team that includes major gifts, corporate and foundation support, annual giving and planned giving
  • Strong management skills that include the ability to motivate, unify, influence, and hold staff accountable to high standards and achievement of goals
  • Demonstrated ability to establish solid working relationships with Board members, high level volunteers and senior staff
  • Knowledge and appreciation of the key roles of planned giving, membership, and stewardship
  • Leadership experience in a successful capital campaign


 For more information about this opportunity, please visit the Development Guild website:


To apply, please email your cover letter and resume in confidence:

Kieran McTague

Senior Vice President, Principal at Development Guild DDI


New England Aquarium is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer committed to diversity in the workplace. EOE/M/F/Vet/Disability

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