Canterbury Shaker Village is currently hiring the following position:

Development Associate

Position Overview

The Development Associate plays a critical role in overseeing and facilitating development work for Canterbury Shaker Village. The Development Associate position encompasses a highly knowledgeable and skilled leader who readily embraces the mission, vision, and values of Canterbury Shaker Village, and is a hands-on working colleague who provides services within the organization, managing and stewarding donors and members with a high degree of experience, expertise, and enthusiasm.

The Development Associate is responsible for:

  • Promoting a culture of philanthropy at Canterbury Shaker Village.
  • Overseeing the donor database including accuracy of gifts being recorded, lists pulled, giving reports and other features of the database.
  • Coordinating donor solicitation campaigns for the annual fund.
  • Leveraging the annual development calendar to deploy the campaigns and activities scheduled to meet the stated development goal.
  • Identifying prospective donors with whom the Executive Director and any members of the board (i.e., Board chair, development committee chair) may meet to build a relationship and lead toward a donation.
  • Serving as the staff liaison for the development committee, including working with the development committee chair to facilitate the meeting, agenda crafting, sending reminders to the committee members, completing follow-up after the meeting(s).
  • Ensuring all gifts are acknowledged and stewarded effectively and in a timely, innovative way that reflects the importance of the Village and the support by the donor.
  • Managing marketing needs for each development campaign.
  • Working to increase annual membership.
  • Identifying and cultivating new sponsors for the Village.
  • Managing special fundraising events.
  • Assisting with donor stewardship for special events.


  • Strong verbal and writing skills and the ability to communicate organizational needs and articulate a compelling case to members, donors, and potential donors.
  • Warm and personable person who can build relationships.
  • Organizational skills and project management experience.
  • Ability to prioritize, set and meet goals.
  • A.S. or B.S. in Museum Studies, or Business, Marketing, Communications, or related field.
  • Progressively responsible experience in project management, administrative work, event management or similar work preferred.
  • Database experience a plus.
  • Or a combination of education, skills, knowledge, and abilities to meet the needs of the position.

Reporting Relationship:

The Development Associate reports directly to the Executive Director of Canterbury Shaker Village.


Competitive salary range of $45,000 – $55,000 and paid time off. To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to: info@shakers.org.

Development Director

The Director of Development for Canterbury Shaker Village is the organization’s primary staff fundraiser and creates, deploys, and evaluates the organization’s development activities. Duties include management of the day-to-day development program of the Village, partnering with the Executive Director, Development Committee, and Board of Trustees and Corporators, to ensure the successful achievement of all development goals. The Development Director also serves as a key solicitor and will spend considerable time working directly with donor prospects and making solicitations, some in collaboration with Trustees and others as appropriate.

This position will report directly to the Executive Director of Canterbury Shaker Village and will be supported by the Development Associate.

Key Responsibilities

  • Build a culture of philanthropy and donor stewardship throughout the institution including the Board of Trustees, Corporators and staff.
  • Create and implement a comprehensive development plan which defines strategies and goals for annual fund, special campaigns, major gifts, special events, corporate partnerships, and foundations.
  • Evaluate current development efforts including database, ROI and written materials in order to create short and long-term development plans. Such an evaluation will include a review of role and responsibilities of Board of Trustees, Development Committee, and ad hoc committees in building relationships with donors and potential donors going forward.
  • Establish a process and oversee the ongoing identification, cultivation, solicitation, acknowledgement, and stewardship of donors (including foundations), who will support the work of the organization.
  • Prepare actionable steps to implement and achieve success within the development office. This includes direct mail solicitations, targeted case statements for special projects, as well as sponsorship opportunities throughout the year.
  • Assist the Executive Director in creating the annual report.
  • Champion a relationship-based focus across development practices.
  • Manage the data collection and data management process, ensuring data is used to inform philanthropy practices; use metrics to inform wise decision-making.
  • Oversee special fundraising events of the organization, including managing volunteer (Board and donors) engagement opportunities surrounding the events.
  • Work in close partnership with Executive Director and Board of Trustees in all development-related activities.
  • Serve as liaison and overall facilitator for the Board-level development committee.
  • Ensure recognition of all donors in a prompt, proper, and respectful manner.
  • Development efforts will lay the groundwork for an expected capital campaign next year.


The ideal candidate for the Director of Development should be a confident, successful professional with a proven track record of building strong and productive relationships with donors and prospects. An individual who can create as well as execute plans, activities, and results is of prime importance. Evidence of setting, meeting, and exceeding annual ambitious revenue goals is essential. Experience in engaging members of the Board of Trustees, Development Committee, and other volunteers in various development efforts is necessary. Knowledge of and experience in designing and implementing a successful capital campaign plan is a plus.

  • 5-10 years of professional experience in a nonprofit organization with proven success in a development role. An equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to influence and engage a wide range of donors and foster long-term relationships.



Competitive salary of $80,000 and paid time off. To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to: info@shakers.org.

Canterbury Shaker Village prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, religion, age, disability, or marital status. Canterbury Shaker Village is an equal opportunity employer.