Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum : Development Assistant



The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum is launching a new strategic plan that reflects Isabella’s radical experiment and our commitment to broadening audiences. The plan lays out a bold, contemporary vision for the future. Building on our recent explosive audience growth and dynamic program innovation, we are exploring ways to realize most fully the Gardner’s vast potential as a vibrant cultural resource and a catalyst for daring, meaningful, artistic experiences. The Development Assistant is a key member of the Development team responsible for undertaking the multi-million-dollar fundraising effort that will implement the strategic plan and launch the Gardner’s exciting next chapter. 

Reporting to the Director of Prospect Management, Stewardship, and Operations, the Development Assistant will provide administrative support for the operations of the Development Office, focusing on the four key areas listed below.


  • Annual Fund including serving as mailhouse contact, supporting logistics for in-house mailings, and drafting and circulating AF acknowledgements 
  • Institutional Support, including providing administrative support to Corporate and University Members


  • Manage all event RSVPs 
  • Track cultivation event gifts 
  • Provide night-of support at events
  • Staff lead for Memorial Concerts (4 per year)
  • Assist with internal staff celebrations 

Governance and the Director’s Office

  • Lead admininistrative support of all committee and board meetings
  • Coordinate logistics for donor meetings with Director and/or Chief External Engagement Officer

Development Operations

  • Support electronic record-keeping 
  • Maintain office supplies and manage mail
  • Compile and distribute Team Meeting materials and agendas 
  • Provide back-up gift entry
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent
  • Interest in Development field 
  • Strong project management skills  
  • Exceptional attention to detail and follow through
  • Excellent writing and interpersonal skills
  • Eagerness to learn, collaborate, and work as part of a team.
  • Availability to work evenings and weekends when needed


  • Experience planning special events 
  • Familiarity with fundraising databases 



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