Development Manager: Williams College Museum of Art (WCMA)

Williams is pleased to announce the opening of a Development Manager in Williams College Museum of Art. The Development Manager will manage and coordinate the museum’s donor engagement and stewardship programs and events partnering closely with colleagues in the museum’s engagement and curatorial divisions. The Development Manager will plan and produce dynamic events and programs for all museum supporters, from members through high level donors, communicating the museum’s vision and sensibility. S/he/they reports to the Museum’s Director of External Relations.


  • Implement events and manage communication for a stewardship program that deeply engages the full spectrum of supporters, from young WCMA and Grad Art alums to the highest level donors and advisors.
  • Liaise with the curatorial and programming staff to coordinate the design and implementation of creative and meaningful donor events.
  • Manage all related event budgets.
  • Write and communicate clearly and effectively to a broad and diverse set of constituents.
  • Track member, donor, and recent visitor activities by sending invitations, managing guest lists, attending events, and providing check-in at events.
  • Prepare correspondence, proposals, briefings and other detailed reports.
  • Work with the Director of External Relations and Senior Development Officers, implements and coordinates a donor engagement calendar for the Museum director and others at the museum.
  • Report to donors on the use of gifts, arranges meetings between donors and beneficiaries, if appropriate, and helps acknowledge and celebrate gifts.
  • Help design and host meetings of advisory groups, such as tri-annual Visiting Committee meetings and bi-annual Collections Council meetings, as well as helps organize special Fall weekend for Fellows (high level Members) group.
  • Occasional evening and weekend work is required, as per the nature of donor engagement.


  • Bachelor’s degree in an arts related field and at least three to five years of experience in donor engagement or a related field in advancement.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills are essential, including editing and proofreading, as are organizational and good decision making skills.
  • Knowledge of, and experience with, word processing, Excel spreadsheets, and email systems.
  • Must be able to balance many different tasks simultaneously with attention to detail.
  • Interact effectively with alumni and donors in a courteous, confidential and professional manner.
  • Strong time management skills and effective, efficient decision-making skills.
  • Excels at working independently as well as collaboratively.

This is a fulltime, year-round, regular appointment.

Review of resumes will begin immediately and will continue until position is filled. Band 18.

Employment at Williams is contingent on the verification of background information submitted by the applicant, including the completion of a criminal record check, and education when applicable.

To apply for this position, please visit If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us via phone at (413) 597-4247 or email at

Williams College is a coeducational liberal arts institution located in the Berkshire Hills of Western Massachusetts with easy access to the culturally rich cities of Albany, Boston, and New York City. The College is committed to building and supporting a diverse population of approximately 2000 students, and to fostering an inclusive faculty, staff and curriculum. Williams has built its reputation on outstanding teaching and scholarship and on the academic excellence of its students. Please visit the Williams College website (

Beyond meeting fully its legal obligations for non-discrimination, Williams College is committed to building a diverse and inclusive community where members from all backgrounds can live, learn and thrive.

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