Founded in 1904 and located on New York City’s Museum Mile, the Jewish Museum is dedicated to the enjoyment, understanding, and preservation of the artistic and cultural heritage of the Jewish people. 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 Development Officer is a frontline fundraiser responsible for managing the Patron Program, which is comprised of Museum donors at the $1,000–$9,999 level. Through personal visits and targeted solicitations, the Officer will oversee a distinct portfolio. The position will be directly responsible for building the Patron Program membership and will assist with bequests, general operating support, and other projects as needed.
The position will also execute administrative tasks related to the Museum Council, the Museum’s membership group for donors at the $10,000 level and above.
Identify and qualify new prospects; cultivate potential contributors; develop solicitation strategies; identify gift opportunities that match donors' interests; personally solicit gifts and continually steward donors.
Manage a portfolio of 150 prospects, make a minimum of 75 personal visits, and engage in a minimum of 15 solicitations per year, including a minimum of 3 bequest conversations.
For the Patron Program and Museum Council memberships, develop the written pieces and, working with the Research Manager, oversee list development to expand the donor base.
Manage the production and mailing of print pieces and telephone fundraising efforts for the Patron Program and Museum Council.
Coordinate the acknowledgement of gifts, with the support of the Development Associate.
Oversee implementation of Patron Program and Museum Council benefits.
Other Duties and Responsibilities:
Assist with the updating of all collateral materials (brochures, website, etc.)
Assist with departmental events when and where necessary, including evening and weekends
Manage donor crediting and listings
Participate in Major Gifts strategy meetings
Other duties as assigned
Minimum 3 years of related experience, preferably in the arts or Jewish communal field
Demonstrated experience, success, and interest in frontline fundraising
An ability to make a compelling case in support of the Jewish Museum
Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work with a diverse group of donors
Superior written and oral communication skills
Well-organized, detail-oriented, and proven project management skills
Proficiency in Salesforce and/or other development technologies for prospect identification and research
High energy level, enthusiasm, flexibility, and an entrepreneurial spirit absolutely required
The Jewish Museum is a dynamic and progressive organization dedicated to presenting and preserving the remarkable scope and diversity of art and Jewish culture. The Jewish Museum offers a broad range of challenging opportunities.