Senior Director of Development and Communications

July 2020 | Amherst, MA
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About Emily Dickinson Museum

Emily-Dickinson-Museum-HomesteadThe Emily Dickinson Museum (the Museum) was founded in 2003 to celebrate the life and works of the renowned American poet Emily Dickinson. The Museum is comprised of two historic homes located in the center of Amherst, Massachusetts that are associated with the poet and members of her family from the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries: The Homestead and The Evergreens. The Museum’s mission is to “spark the imagination by amplifying Emily Dickinson’s revolutionary poetic voice from the place she called home” and draws visitors from around the world. The Museum is owned by Amherst College and governed by an independent Board of Governors.

In its short history, the Museum has shown a deep commitment to the history and preservation of the homes and community that inspired Emily Dickinson’s poetry and for encouraging a broad appreciation for her work. It has established itself as a center for ambitious programming and experiences, including:

About the Position

Reporting to the Executive Director, the Senior Director of Development and Communications (Senior Director) is a newly created position responsible for leading the Museum’s fundraising, communications, marketing, and promotional programs. While the Museum is owned by Amherst College, it is responsible for marketing and promotions, and must raise its own funds for operating costs and special projects.

Emily-Dickinson-Museum-TourWorking closely with the Executive Director, Board of Governors, development and communications staff, and key stakeholders, the Senior Director will identify, cultivate, solicit and steward gifts from individuals, foundations, corporations, and government sources to support the Museum’s established operating, project, and program priorities. Overseeing a team of three, the Senior Director will serve as the Museum’s top fundraiser and work with staff and the Museum Board to ensure that development activities are deeply embedded in the mission, work, and culture of the Museum. They will ensure that philanthropic support increases significantly in support of an ambitious vision.

The Senior Director will represent the Emily Dickinson Museum to peer institutions, prospects and donors, and the general public. They will interact regularly with all Museum staff, board, and volunteers, and will communicate with Amherst College staff, faculty, alumni, families, students who express interest in Museum opportunities. They will take appropriate actions to support a diverse workforce and participate in the College’s efforts to create a respectful, inclusive, and welcoming work environment.


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Amherst College and the Emily Dickinson Museum do not discriminate in employment or administration of its programs and activities on the basis of race, national or ethnic origin, color, religion, sex or gender (including pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender expression, and gender identity), age, disability, genetic information, military service, or any other characteristic or class protected under applicable federal, state, or local law. The Museum complies with all state and federal laws that prohibit discrimination, including Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, Title IX, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Equal Pay Act and the Age Discrimination in Employment Act.

Please email your cover letter and resume in confidence to:

Tracy Marshall

Senior Vice President, Principal

Development Guild DDI

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