Development Associate

The Jewish Museum

The Jewish Museum:

Founded in 1904 and located on New York City’s Museum Mile, the Jewish Museum is a museum at the intersection of art and Jewish culture for people of all backgrounds. The Museum maintains a unique collection of nearly 30,000 works of art, ceremonial objects, and media reflecting the global Jewish experience over more than 4,000 years. The Museum applies a contemporary lens to its exhibitions, which range from ancient to contemporary art.

The Position:

The Jewish Museum seeks an energetic, organized, and detailed-oriented individual to provide essential support to the Department of Major Gifts and Institutional Giving. These departments raise money from individuals, foundations, corporations, and government agencies. The Development Associate provides administrative support to the Director of Institutional and Major Gifts and the Department, assists with tasks related to major gifts, institutional giving, membership, and other tasks as assigned.

Department: Major Gifts

FSLA Status: Non-Exempt

Supervisor: Director, Institutional & Major Gifts

Schedule: Full-time; 35 hours / 5 days a week

  • Track revenue for Institutional Giving, Planned Giving, and Major Gifts.

  • Assist the Director of Institutional and Major Gifts with acknowledgments for all incoming gifts; draft all personalized acknowledgment letters and keep bulk acknowledgement letters up to date.

  • Administer donor benefits, including ensuring donors are on appropriate event lists, complimentary catalogues are mailed, and private tours and events are coordinated as needed.

  • Facilitate New York Jewish Film Festival tickets for institutional and individual donors.

  • Manage VIP art fair passes for high level donors.

  • Work with the Membership Department to track expiration and renewal dates of complimentary memberships for restricted donors and mail new and renewed membership cards.

  • Act as the departmental liaison for list management, including invitations, catalogue mailings, and donor lists.

  • Create, update, format, and maintain the supply of supplemental materials needed by the Department for renewal and acquisition mailings, planned giving outreach, proposals, reports, cultivation, and stewardship.

  • Provide administrative support for the Major Gifts and Institutional team, including filing, mailings, photocopying, and ordering supplies.

  • Facilitate stewardship tasks including thank you calls.

  • Assist with prospect research and moving prospects up the pipeline for Major Gifts, prospect ideation for all team members, and membership upgrades through personal outreach.

  • Assist with virtual events.

  • Participate in development-related in-person events, requiring some evening and weekend hours.

  • One to two years of direct experience, preferably in an art museum or cultural institution

  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills with the ability to write and speak in clear and compelling ways

  • Strong judgment and the ability to work well both independently and with a team

  • Experience working with budgets

  • A positive attitude and an entrepreneurial spirit

  • Exceptional organizational skills

  • Willingness to work periodic weekends and evenings

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office (specifically Excel), Adobe Acrobat Pro preferred

  • Bachelor’s degree required

How to Apply

Send Resume with Cover Letter To:

Associate Director, Human Resources

The Jewish Museum

1109 Fifth Avenue

New York, NY 10128


The Jewish Museum encourages individuals of all ethnic, racial, and socioeconomic backgrounds to apply for this position. We are committed to maximizing the diversity of our organization and want to engage all those who can contribute to this effort. The Jewish Museum provides equal employment opportunities to all qualified individuals and does not discriminate on the basis of any protected characteristics prohibited by applicable law.

Posted on May 21