Development Officer, Major Gifts

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 that raises over $500,000 annually. The position will be directly responsible for building the Patron Program membership and will assist with bequests, blended gifts, 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.

Department: Major Gifts
Reports to: Director of Institutional and Major Gifts
Date posted: May 20, 2021
FLSA Status: Exempt
Schedule: Full-time; 35 hours / 5 days a week


  • 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 approximately 150 prospects and make a minimum of 75 visits or conversations that advance a gift, including a minimum of 3 bequest conversations. 
  • Develop the written renewal and acquisition appeals 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, including providing cross-team training.
  • Coordinate with the Institutional Giving officers to steward and secure restricted support for exhibitions and other projects.
  • Coordinate the acknowledgement of gifts and donor benefits with the support of the Development Associate.


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
  • Bachelor’s degree required

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.

The Jewish Museum is an Equal Opportunity Employer.