Development Officer

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.

Department: Individual Giving
Reports to: Director of Major Gifts
Date posted: December 5, 2017
FLSA Status: Exempt
Schedule: Full Time


  • 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
  • Bachelor’s degree required

To apply, please submit a cover letter and resume to:

Associate Director, Human Resources
The Jewish Museum
Phone: 212.423.3286

The Jewish Museum is an Equal Opportunity Employer.