Jobs & Internships

Come work with us! The Emily Dickinson Museum is the premier center for the study and celebration of the life and work of Emily Dickinson. If you are passionate about Emily Dickinson’s revolutionary voice, we encourage you to apply to our open staff roles that best fit your skill set and experience.

Prospect Researcher & Database Manager

The Emily Dickinson Museum invites applications for the Prospect Researcher & Database Manager position. The Prospect Researcher & Database Manager is a full-time, year-round position, job group and level PT-2. Given Amherst’s distinction as one of the most diverse liberal arts colleges in the country, the successful candidate will demonstrate the ways in which they bring value to and will work towards supporting a broadly diverse community.

The Prospect Researcher at the Emily Dickinson Museum provides timely prospect research and identification while maintaining accurate pipeline data ensuring that information provided to staff, board members, and fundraising volunteers is thorough and well-communicated so as to inform fundraising strategy and decision-making. The Prospect Researcher writes narrative reports on financial, philanthropic, professional, and biographical information for the Emily Dickinson Museum staff and fundraising volunteers.

The position requires proficiency in CRM administration, including prospect and constituent management, data quality, developing reports, as well as strong understanding of nonprofit fundraising processes, donor cultivation, and related financial requirements.

Summary of Duties and Responsibilities

Prospect research

Research and analyze information from a variety of sources pertaining to a diverse set of constituent’s philanthropic capacity, charitable interests, and relationship to the Emily Dickinson Museum. Develop deliverables ranging from thumbnail bios to bullet-pointed profiles and comprehensive narrative research memos. Assess gift capacity of potential donors. Identify new prospects for fundraising and other initiatives using available industry tools. Monitor industry lists relevant to constituents. Track news alerts and manage information updates to be saved in the database. Implement best practices for continuous improvement of prospect management and prospect research procedures. Contribute to an intentionally inclusive museum culture for staff, visitors, donors, and other community members.

Prospect Management

Manage portfolio reviews including developing meeting materials. Maintain fundraising pipeline and gift solicitation data integrity, including tracking and updating progress levels, contacts, trip reports, events, and other information. Record new prospect assignments and reassignments.
Database Management and Gift Processing

Manage conversion of current museum CRM to new software platform. Manage Museum’s CRM database, provide database training to other staff, maintain data integrity. Establish and manage CRM database architecture, policies, and procedures. Perform data entry, produce queries, and reports for staff and volunteers. Enter gifts and produce receipts and acknowledgments

Events & Activities

Provide support for fundraising, cultivation, and stewardship events and activities.


Bachelor’s Degree
2 to 5 years of experience in prospect research or related field.
Experience with CRM fundraising databases.
Strong verbal and written communication, organizational, and time management skills and attention to detail.
Proficiency in Google Suite and Microsoft Office, as well as ability to learn new software
Commitment to working with a diverse community.

Experience with Blackbaud products, especially eTapestry or similar
Experience with WorkDay, Colleague Advance
Experience with data visualization


The Emily Dickinson Museum is owned by the Trustees of Amherst College. Amherst College has taken a leadership role among highly selective liberal arts colleges and universities in successfully diversifying the racial, socio-economic, and geographic profile of its student body. The College is similarly committed to enriching its educational experience and its culture through the diversity of its faculty, administration and staff.