Development Officer, Major Gifts

The Jewish Museum

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The Jewish Museum:

The Jewish Museum serves people of all religious, cultural, and ethnic backgrounds through world-class art exhibitions ranging from ancient to contemporary. Founded in 1904 and located on New York City’s Museum Mile, the Jewish Museum aspires to be the global leader at the center of Jewish culture.

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’s thought-provoking, innovative, and intellectually stimulating exhibitions and education programs serve a wide range of audiences, including families, teens, students, educators, and visitors with disabilities. As an identity-based institution, the Museum plays an important role among cultural institutions, challenging all forms of bigotry and discrimination and promoting understanding among wide audiences. The Jewish Museum invites applicants of all backgrounds to consider joining the Museum in its work.

The Jewish Museum is committed to creating an inclusive and welcoming environment for all and to promoting a positive work culture that celebrates difference, challenges prejudice, and ensures fairness. Integrity, collegiality, and excellence are central to the Museum’s values. These values, along with an institution-wide commitment to Diversity, Equity, Access & Inclusion (DEAI), are embedded in the Museum’s strategic plan and will be the focus of a comprehensive DEAI action plan.

The Position:

The Development Officer is a frontline fundraiser responsible for managing the Patron Program, which is comprised of Museum donors who give between $1,000-$9,999. Through personal visits and targeted solicitations, the Development Officer will oversee a distinct portfolio that raises over $600,000 annually. The position will be directly responsible for growing the Patron Program’s membership and will assist with cross-departmental gifts, general operating support, and other projects as needed.

This is a unionized position with covered employees represented by Local 2110, UAW, AFL-CIO.


● Steward current funders; identify and qualify new prospects; develop and implement solicitation strategies

● Manage a portfolio of approximately 150 funders and prospects through a minimum of 90 meetings

● Develop written renewal and acquisition appeals; oversee list management

● Manage the production of mailing and print materials as well as telephone fundraising efforts for the Patron Program, including providing cross-team training

● Coordinate with the Institutional Giving officers to steward and secure restricted funding for exhibitions and project support

● Coordinate the acknowledgement of gifts and donor benefits with the Development Associate

● Plan and execute Patron stewardship events, in and outside of the Museum

● Provide tours of Museum’s exhibitions including rotating and collection exhibits

Other Duties and Responsibilities or Relevant Information (optional):

● Assist with the updating of all collateral materials (brochure, website, etc.)

● Assist with the departmental events as necessary, including occasional evenings and weekends

● Manage donor crediting and listing

● Participate in Major Gifts strategy meetings

● Other duties as assigned


● Minimum of 2 years related experience, preferably in the arts or Jewish communal field

● Demonstrated experience, success, and interest in frontline fundraising

● Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work with a diverse group of donors

● Superior written and verbal communication skills

● Well-organized, detail-oriented, and proven project management skills

● High energy level, enthusiasm, flexibility, and an entrepreneurial spirit

● Bachelor’s degree required

How to Apply

Send Resume with Cover Letter To:

Director, Human Resources

The Jewish Museum

1109 Fifth Avenue

New York, NY 10128


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Posted on November 8