Founded in 1903, the New Bedford Whaling Museum seeks to advance understanding related to the influence of the whaling industry and the port of New Bedford on the history, economy, ecology, arts, and cultures of the region, the nation and the world. We tell the stories of the many diverse communities that shared in the creation of this history, through excellence in our collections, scholarship, and all forms of public engagement. The Museum is recognized as a compelling destination that inspires all visitors to reflect on the complex issues that shaped the past, remain critical today, and inform a sustainable future.
Today, the Whaling Museum is a leader in the cultural landscape of the SouthCoast serving more than 100,000 visitors and offering engaging exhibitions, dynamic public programs and vibrant educational activities appealing to learners of all ages.
Manager of Institutional Relations
Reporting to the Director of Philanthropy, the Manager of Institutional Relations will lead the Museum’s efforts to secure public and private institutional funding for our diverse and innovative exhibitions and programs, and for the maintenance of our unique collections and historic campus in the heart of downtown New Bedford. As a key member of the Development team, the Manager of Institutional Relations will oversee a robust foundation fundraising program and work in collaboration with other departments and senior leadership to develop and draft compelling approaches to new institutional funders. S/he will be an important part of a growing Development team as the Museum prepares to launch increasingly ambitious and innovative projects.
With the Director of Philanthropy, develop and implement annual goals and strategy for institutional fundraising
Develop and maintain an organization-wide grants calendar to ensure that all grant submission and reporting deadlines are met
Draft and submit all grant proposals, reports and supporting materials
Collaborate with senior leadership as well as the Curatorial, Education and Operations departments to gather information and materials needed to craft accurate and compelling funding requests
Work across departments to track program objectives and outcomes, and to ensure that grant deliverables are met
Maintain or increase support from a stable lineup of existing institutional funders
Research and identify new institutional funding prospects; work across departments to develop and follow up on leads
Maintain accurate and thorough grants-related records in the Museum’s shared files and donor database
REQUIRED SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE
Ability to work independently and across departments to ensure fundraising goals and grant/reporting deadlines are met
Ability to write clear, compelling narrative on deadline
Excellent time and project management skills
Knowledge of database management (Raiser’s Edge preferred) and an ability to manage and track giving and submissions as well as funding prospects
3+ years of experience in non-profit fundraising (or comparable) required
About New Bedford Whaling Museum
The Museum is the largest museum in America devoted to the history of the American whaling industry and its greatest port. Through exhibits, publications, and programs, the Museum brings to life the whaling era and the history of the local area. It houses the most extensive collection of art, artifacts, and manuscripts pertaining to American whaling in the age of sail - late eighteenth century to the early twentieth, when sailing ships dominated merchant trade and whaling.The mission of the Old Dartmouth Historical Society-New Bedford Whaling Museum is to educate and interest all the public in: The historic interaction of humans with whales worldwide; The history of Old Dartmouth and adjacent communities; and Regional maritime activities.To accomplish this mission, the Society shall: Collect, preserve, and interpret the artifacts and documentary evidence of these endeavors; Maintain a whaling, maritime, and local history museum; Maintain a research library; Promote and disseminate historical research; and Accept and hold historic sites, where appropriate.