Careers at Mystic Museum of Art




Director of Advancement

Position Description

The Director of Advancement is a new position that provides senior leadership for the fundraising, marketing, and public relations functions of Mystic Museum of Art (MMoA).

Primary Objectives

  • Leadership in planning and executing a well-developed and articulated plan for growth in fundraising, marketing and public relations.
  • Supervision of fundraising, marketing, public relations, and space rental functions, that make optimal use of MMoA human and financial resources.
  • Effective and consistent communication with internal and external constituencies.


  • One of two senior staff positions that report directly to the Executive Director and may serve as interim Director in her absence.
  • Supervision of Special Events/Space Rental Manager,
  • Collaboration with Visitor Services Manager respecting database management, social media program and administrative support.
  • Staff leadership for Advancement and special event/gala committees of the Board of Directors.
  • Liaison with marketing consultant.
  • MMoA representative developing relationships with media, civic, trade, and commercial entities.

Duties and Responsibilities
Provides vision and leadership for MMoA external relationships integrating fundraising, marketing, and public relations functions into a coherent program

  • Provide leadership in strategizing and implementing marketing and public relations efforts.
    • Ensure consistent high-quality communications (written, verbal, and visual presentation), consistent with target audiences.
  • Develop and implement annual fundraising and marketing plan in support of institutional priorities, to include
  • Membership: build value proposition to increase number and level of membership gifts.
  • Annual fund: increase prospect and donor base, track donor trends and engagement.
  • Special project support: develop resources for special exhibitions and museum programs.
  • Foundation and corporate grants: research, secure, and manage restricted and unrestricted grants.
  • Special events, in consultation with special event committees: expand audience base, raise unrestricted funds, diversify audiences, build prospect pool.
  • Major gifts and planned giving program development, in consultation with Advancement Committee: cultivation, solicitation, data management, and stewardship.
  • Work with Visitor Services Manager and Director of Finance to assure timely processing of donations, acknowledgements, renewals, and reports.
  • Continue to develop professional skills and understanding of the field and its best practices.

The Director of Advancement fills a highly sensitive and responsible role that requires professional judgement and discretion, a strong work ethic, superior communication skills, and unquestioned integrity.

  • College degree or equivalent years of practical experience. Education in the arts a plus.
  • Two years of experience with increasing responsibility in fundraising, marketing, and/or public relations.
  • Understanding of and commitment to fundraising and marketing best practices. Museum experience a plus.
  • Demonstrated interest in the arts and cultural sector.
  • Fluency with social media platforms and standards.
  • Understanding of and experience with major gifts programs.
  • Ability to anticipate and allocate needed resources; plan for resource development as needed.
  • Knowledge of and experience with computer systems and related software (Microsoft Office suite and PastPerfect or other data management system) and equipment.
  • Proven written and oral communications skills.
  • Ability to work effectively in diverse capacities with fellow employees, Board members, professional colleagues and community members.

This is a full-time exempt position.

Mystic Museum of Art is an Equal Opportunity Employer

For further information: 860.536.7601, ext. 201

To apply, email cover letter and resume, with subject line: Director of Advancement to


Seeking Children’s Art Teachers

MMoA teachers facilitate art education for children ages 3 to 18 in our studios and galleries as well as off-site as part of the Education Department’s extensive programs to nurture creativity in the community. Contractual teachers are sought for all programs, but particularly for week-long summer camps, outreach programs, weekend birthday parties, and after-school art classes for ages 3-12. Teachers must be able to identify learning goals and design effective art lesson plans in a variety of media, for a targeted age range. Hours vary by season and according to demand, allowing teachers a flexible schedule. MMoA teachers may teach at a frequency they prefer, ranging from a few hours per month to 20 + hours per week during busier periods.


  • B.A. in studio art, or art education; teaching certifications preferred. Equivalent experience will be considered
  • At least 1 year experience teaching children preferred
  • Experience teaching in both studio and/or gallery environments or similar
  • Ability to adapt to diverse types of learners and experience levels
  • Strong verbal communication and interpersonal skills
  • Time management skills and flexibility
  • Ability to work independently and also as part of a team
  • Ability to apply diplomacy in difficult situations
  • Reliable and dependable
  • Ability to stand and/or be mobile for at least 90 minutes at a time
  • A background check is required for all teachers working with students under 18 years of age

Interested candidates should send cover letter, resume, sample lesson plan and three professional references to:

Mary Addison, Director of Education,
or mail to: Mystic Museum of Art, 9 Water Street, Mystic, CT 06355