Development Associate

Website Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History

The Wright Museum seeks a permanent, full time, Development Associate.
The Wright Museum is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes applicants without regard to ethnicity, gender identity, age, or sexual orientation.
About Us:
Founded in 1965, the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History has for over half a century been a leading institution dedicated to the African American experience.

The Wright Museum houses over 35,000 artifacts and archival materials and is home to And Still We Rise: Our Journey through African American History and Culture, the museum’s 22,000 square foot, interactive core exhibit, which is the largest single exhibition on African American history in existence. The Ford Freedom Rotunda and its 95-foot wide by 65-foot high glass dome; this architectural wonder is more than twice the width of the State of Michigan’s Capitol dome and just one foot shy of the width of the U.S. Capitol dome. Our Ring of Genealogy, a 37-foot terrazzo tile creation by artist Hubert Massey surrounded by bronze nameplates of prominent African Americans in history. The Museum has the General Motors Theater, a 317-seat facility for live performances, film, and presentations. The Wright serves over half a million people annually through its exhibitions, programs, and events.
Our mission is to open minds and change lives through the exploration and celebration of African American history and culture.
Our vision is of a world in which the adversity and achievement of African American history inspires everyone toward greater understanding, acceptance, and unity!

Position Overview:
The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History (The Wright) is hiring a skilled professional with a passion for African American history and culture. The Development Associate position is responsible for all administrative aspects of the Development Department’s member cultivation, gift stewardship, and communications activities. The Development Associate will play a support role in the areas of member engagement; donor data management and reporting; direct mail appeals; and special events. This high-impact position is responsible for overseeing donor and member data entry, issuing weekly/monthly reports, maintaining all physical and digital departmental files, and fulfilling new memberships.
Reporting to the Director of Corporate Partnerships & Member Services with oversight by the Vice President of Development, the Development Associate will provide administrative support to the Development Office with a focus on membership programs.

Essential Functions:

  • Providing administrative support to efforts to recruit and retain museum members;
  • Maintaining the integrity of the department database including timely data entry, resolution of duplicate entries, and ensuring details are complete and accurate;
  • Drafting written correspondence, presentations, and performance reports;
    Managing direct mail campaigns to members and donors;
  • Processing member inquiries and resolving all questions related to membership fulfillment; • Supporting the planning and execution of membership drives, special events, and fundraisers throughout the year;
  •  Other duties as assigned

Desired Skills and Experience:

  • Minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree required;
  • 3-5 years of work experience in a museum or nonprofit setting;
  • Experience using SalesForce, Raiser’s Edge, VeeVart or similar database experience;
  • Ability to handle multiple deadline-driven projects at one time;
  • Attention to detail;
  • Strong interpersonal, communication, organizational, and planning skills;
  • Excellent problem-solving and customer service skills; and
  • Pleasant and collaborative style/professional attitude.

Salary: $40,000 annually

How to apply: Interested candidates should submit (1) a resume and (2) a cover letter with salary requirements. Application will only be accepted via our website

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