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Job Listing: Development Associate

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Branch Museum of Architecture and Design - Richmond, VA

Closes -  Open until filled.

Position Title – Development Associate

Salary - $40,000-$45,000/Annually, commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Job Type - Full-Time

To apply, email a resume and a cover letter to

The Branch Museum of Architecture and Design, located in beautiful Richmond, Virginia, is dedicated to exploring design for the public good – design that creates connections, improves lives, strengthens communities, and transforms the world we share for the better. The Branch House – the museum’s home on Monument Avenue – was designed by John Russel Pope in 1916, was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1967 and was upgraded to National Landmark status in 1997. Following significant repairs to the building, the museum recently hired a new executive director and is about to launch a new three-year strategic plan, capping off with the museum’s ten year anniversary in 2025.

To further our mission, The Branch Museum of Architecture and Design seeks a highly collaborative Development Associate. The Development Associate will be a key member of a creative team and, in addition to the responsibilities listed below, will have the opportunity to participate in all aspects of the reimagining of the museum and its future. The Development Associate reports to the Executive Director. The position is full-time, eligible for benefits, with growth opportunities in a progressive workplace.


Fund Development

  • Work with executive director and staff to implement The Branch’s fundraising program at all levels.
  • Manage grant seeking activities, including research and tracking; collaborate in proposal development and reporting.
  • Help solicit and secure sponsorships from businesses, associations other sources.
  • Conduct preliminary research on prospective corporate, foundation and individual donors.
  • Coordinate production and mailing of appeal letters.
  • Collaborate with other organizations and groups to build partnerships and enhance fundraising activities.
  • Leverage technology and social media to improve fundraising activities.
  • Serve as an ambassador of the museum to all development constituencies.

Donor Relations, Engagement and Stewardship

  • Work with director and staff to further develop and maintain relationships with existing donors (individuals, foundations, and corporations) and cultivate new donor relationships.
  • Manage development/donor scheduling and meeting coordination for the director as needed.
  • Manage and produce acknowledgement letters and other correspondence on a weekly basis.

Financial/Accounting Support

  • Process donations and participate in other financial processes as needed.
  • Assist with monthly/quarterly income forecasting.

Data and Reporting

  • Maintain foundation, corporation and individual donor records (in database and digital/paper files).
  • Create monthly fundraising reports and dashboards.
  • Generate and track weekly stewardship reports.
  • Generate mailing lists and pull other data as requested.

Board Management

  • Coordinate Board meetings and other Board events, including notifications, agendas, minutes, refreshments, etc.
  • Assist in managing Board fundraising activities and committees.


  • Work with director and staff to design and execute donor cultivation and stewardship events, including identifying event requirements and expectations, develop and maintain guest lists, prepare and manage event budgets, and post-event evaluation.
  • Support all aspects of special events logistics including soliciting RSVPs, day-of event support, managing event set-up and clean-up, creating name tags and place cards, developing seating plans, compiling events materials, handling deliveries, and other logistics.

Other duties as assigned by the executive director.


  • Bachelor’s degree required.
  • 3+ years of professional development and nonprofit fundraising experience, preferably in museums or the arts.
  • Data and research driven, with CRM/donor management database and marketing/event software experience.
  • Strong interpersonal/verbal communication skills and the ability to write clearly and persuasively.
  • High level of initiative, attention to detail and strong organizational skills
  • Demonstrated team player with a strong collaboration abilities.
  • Ability to work independently and meet deadlines, using sound judgment to navigate obstacles as needed and complete tasks with minimal guidance.
  • Unquestionable integrity and commitment to professional ethics, and the ability to responsibly handle sensitive and confidential information with discretion.
  • Ability to work some evenings and weekends.
  • Experience writing grant or sponsorship proposals a plus.
  • Interest in architecture and design a plus.

The Branch Museum of Architecture and Design is fundamentally committed to the diversity of our staff. Together, we aim to create and maintain working environments that are inclusive, equitable and welcoming. We are an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer.

This is a Non-Exempt level, benefited position based in Richmond, VA. Anticipated Hiring Range: $40,000 - $45,000 commensurate with qualifications and experience. The museum will perform background checks on all new hires prior to employment.


To apply, email a resume and a cover letter to Your letter should articulate the reasons you are interested in this position and the ways you are uniquely prepared to serve in this role. This position will remain open until filled.

COVID Vaccination Requirement

The Branch Museum of Architecture and Design expects all current and new employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19. New staff will be required to provide proof of vaccination. Employees may request a medical or religious exemption from vaccination and be willing to obtain weekly prevalence testing. Masks are required in all public spaces in the museum and in all meetings.