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Thank you for your interest in employment opportunities at the USS Constitution Museum. 

Current Opportunities:

Development Officer

The USS Constitution Museum serves as the memory and educational voice of USS Constitution by collecting, preserving and interpreting the stories of “Old Ironsides” and the people associated with her through the years. The Museum is a private, not-for-profit educational organization founded in 1972 and currently welcoming more than 325,000 visitors annually. The Museum is located in the historic Charlestown Navy Yard, a part of Boston’s National Historical Park. “Old Ironsides”, a commissioned naval vessel, is berthed just across the pier.

The Museum’s annual operating budget is currently $2.9 million. The Development Officer is responsible for fundraising events, external function rentals and assists with public relations and marketing for the Museum. These activities directly support operations and our ability to provide educational activities for all ages.

The Position:

The Development Officer is responsible for planning and implementing all of the Museum’s fundraising and cultivation events. The Development Officer works closely with the Director of Development, the President and members of the Boards to define and reach the goals of each of these events. The Development Officer also coordinates all external rentals of the Museum for meetings and functions. The Development Officer is part of an interdepartmental team that promotes the Museum and its programs through an ongoing public relations campaign. The Development Officer reports to the Director of Development.

Major Specific Responsibilities:

  1. Plans and implements an average of 7-10 fundraising and cultivation events each year, including the annual Chairman’s Dinner and Awards Ceremony. This is our largest fundraiser of the year, with a revenue goal of over $275,000 and roughly 400 guests in attendance. Event planning and implementation requires working directly with members of the Boards and leaders in the local business community.
  2. Leads our public relations effort by managing social media messaging, writing a monthly e-newsletter, drafting and distributing press releases and finding external sources for program promotion. Works with media on-site and off to facilitate interviews and provide information requested.
  3. Fields all inquiries from external sources, both individual and corporate, regarding rental of the Museum for meetings and functions. Coordinates with other departments to secure time and space, and with client to secure all event details. Coordinates Museum staff to cover all functions.
  4. Works with the President and Director of Development to plan and conduct cultivation lunches, behind-the-scenes tours and other strategic events designed to engage high net worth individuals.
  5. Plans and oversees annual orientation for new members of the Boards.
  6. Represents the Museum in regular Navy Yard Partner event coordination meetings, as well as other collaborative alliances as needed.
  7. Participates in outreach efforts as required, potentially needing to travel out of state on occasion.
  8. Discharges other duties as may be assigned.


The Development Officer:
  1. Has at a minimum a BA or BS from an accredited 4-year college, with 1-3 years development or related experience.
  2. Works well independently, able to manage strict timelines and manage multiple projects at one time.
  3. Has excellent collaboration skills and enjoys working with teams as well to continually enhance and energize our events.
  4. Is computer literate, with a working knowledge of social media platforms. The ideal candidate will have experience with Blackbaud, though that is not mandatory.
  5. Has excellent organizational and communication (written and verbal) skills, is willing to solicit gifts from individuals and corporations, and is an enthusiastic and positive representative for the Museum and our mission.
  6. Has experience organizing large and small fundraising events, and comfort in working with Museum leadership to plan and implement these functions.
  7. Is able to reprioritize as needed and has the ability to problem-solve.
  8. Has strong interpersonal skills, is outgoing and willing to make cold calls to prospects.
  9. Understands some evenings and weekends are required through the year to support these events and heavy visitation periods.

The ideal candidate will be able to begin work in December or January.

Please submit cover letter and resume by Monday, December 1, 2014 via email to getinvolved@ussconstitutionmuseum.org or mail to

Ms. Laura O'Neill
Director of Development
USS Constitution Museum
P.O. Box 291812
Boston, MA 02129-0215



Museum Learning Volunteers
Volunteers are trained by Museum Learning staff to assist visitors in our exhibits, answer questions about the Museum and its program, and support our educators in gallery and school programs. Additional responsibilities may be available based on interest and need. Training for this program occurs in May. A volunteer commitment of eight hours per month is required to be considered.

If you would like more information about this program or would like to apply for our 2014 season, please e-mail museumlearning@ussconstitutionmuseum.org.