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Become a Volunteer

All our programs, workshops and events are supported by a team of incredibly talented and generous volunteers.

We constantly need volunteers for a variety of events on weekdays and weekends. Volunteer duties typically include: greeting visitors, checking in guests, setting up chairs and tables, serving beverages, gallery watch, answering questions, assisting instructors and craft participants (children and adults), coat check, and general clean up. We occasionally need volunteers for administrative tasks or special projects in the office too. We'd love to hear from you! Join our volunteer roster. Email: volunteer@sfmcd.org.


Job Opportunities

The Museum of Craft and Design seeks out qualified candidates who are passionate about contemporary craft and design. We are an equal opportunity employer. The following positions are currently open:



Duties and requirements: Assist visitors with purchasing admission and merchandise in the Museum Store. Restock, tag, and display products in the store/storeroom as instructed by store manager. Must be reliable, friendly, trustworthy, interested in contemporary craft and design, and participate in Museum events as needed. Prior retail experience preferred. Mac savvy, quick learner. We use the Altru POS system. Position starts immediately, references required.

Hours: Tuesday thru Sunday, part-time, 11am - 6pm, must work some nights and weekends.
 Please send resume and cover letter to careers@sfmcd.org, or mail to 2569 Third St, San Francisco, CA 94107. No phone calls please.





Summary:  The Development Director is responsible for leading the fund development efforts of the museum working closely with the Executive Director and Board of Directors.  The Development Director develops and implements an annual plan for raising approximately $1.3 million annually through all sources of support and all vehicles including a membership program, annual fund campaign, major gifts, planned gifts and grants.  The Development Director is supported by a Development Associate who is fully dedicated to the development program.  The Museum uses Altru, a Blackbaud software product, as its donor database system. 


Opportunity:  This opportunity will be especially appealing to a candidate who enjoys the visual arts and especially contemporary craft and design.  Since this is a young museum and a two person development program, the best candidate will be a self-starter with broad working knowledge of all aspects of philanthropic giving and solicitation.  The Director of Development is responsible for everything from direct mail campaigns to major gift efforts and will be motivating and coaching board members with limited experience in philanthropy.  This is a great opportunity for a mid-career professional who wants to make a big difference in a small, nimble, and very unique museum. 

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Produce an annual written development plan for review and approval of the Executive Director and Board of Directors that meets the contributed income needs of the Museum.
  • Develop relationships with board members, donors, and other members of the community that lead to increased charitable giving and volunteer involvement for the Museum.
  • Grow the Museum’s membership base through direct mail, on-site sales and other web-based vehicles.
  • Produce annual direct mail appeals
  • Development long-term relationships with major gift donors ($1,000 and up).
  • Oversee cultivation and stewardship programs including the planning and implementation of events and programs for donors and prospects.
  • Maintain relationships with approximately 100 major gift prospects and coordinate with the Executive Director who manages a portfolio of approximately 50 major gift donors and prospects.
  • Track all metrics for measuring constituent actions, including donor meetings and solicitations. 
  • Identify, research and qualify donor prospects; develop strategies for building relationships.
  • In conjunction with the Executive Director, act as staff liaison to the Development Committee and to the Board of Directors in support of their fundraising efforts.
  • Oversee the grants management process, including timely submission of grants, reports and other documents to assure compliance and good relationships with granting agencies.  Potential to work with contracted grant writer.
  • Manage all member and donor events.
  • Supervise the Development Associate to insure that all systems for data entry, Altru database maintenance, acknowledgement, recognition, other administrative systems are fully operational and working well. 
  • Work collaboratively with Executive Director and marketing team on the production of fundraising collateral materials and other publications designed to support fundraising efforts and activities.
  • Serve as an ambassador for the Museum at all times.
  • Build a culture for philanthropy internally and externally that will help to attract staff, board members and donors to the organization. 



Knowledge, Ability and Skills:

  • Expert user of development database systems, how they work and how to use them. 
  • Experienced with the full body of knowledge that supports successful philanthropic programs in nonprofit organizations and how to incorporate this body of knowledge into a small organization’s culture.
  •  Understanding of important aspects of development including the appropriate roles of board and staff in development, IRS regulations effecting charitable giving, ethics in fundraising, and marketing.
  • Computer literate in all Microsoft Office applications, office equipment, internet research.
  • Ability to work in collaboration with a team of professionals, to be persuasive at the appropriate time and know when to hold back.
  • A skilled ambassador who can help build bridges with both internal and external stakeholders
  • Flexibility, adaptability and a sense of humor are great assets.




  • 5+ years of fundraising, organizational development, non-profit management or related experience.
  • Excellent organizational skills; efficient and effective in work style.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills. 
  • Good public speaker and presenter.
  • Bachelor’s degree preferred or equivalent work experience.
  • CFRE or ACFRE certification preferred.
  • Self-confident, flexible, and able to work with a variety of volunteer leaders.
  • Experience in financial and budget management.


Other qualities

  • The Museum’s mission requires a candidate that is passionate about contemporary art, craft and design.
  • A “can do” attitude and the ability to work independently with limited supervision.
  • An enabler who can motivate an encourage others to become champion fundraisers for the Museum.
  • Intuitive and sensitive to other points of view.
  • Good judgment and common sense.
  • Ability to give and take both positive and negative feedback.


Compensation and benefits: 

  • Salary will be commensurate with past experience and history.
  • Health insurance, vacation and sick leave provided.


To apply:  Please submit a cover letter including salary history and a resume by email to info@sfmcd.org.  This position will remain open until filled.  Writing samples will be required of finalists as well as references.