Associate Development Officer, Exhibitions

The Jewish Museum seeks a grants manager and persuasive writer to play a key role securing and stewarding support from foundations, individuals, corporations, and government agencies for exhibitions and other Museum initiatives. The Associate Development Officer for Exhibitions will write highly effective grant proposals for exhibitions and special projects as needed; maintain and grow relationships with funders; and participate in creating funding plans and strategizing approaches to meet the Museum’s goals. The ideal candidate will be a skilled writer, a project manager, an excellent communicator, detail-oriented, and able to meet all deadlines. A passion for the arts and a strong understanding of cultural funders is required.

Department: Development
Reports to: Director, Institutional & Major Gifts
Date posted: March 26, 2021
FLSA Status: Non-exempt
Schedule: 35 hours/5 days a week


  • Develop and implement fundraising strategies for exhibitions, including researching new foundations, individuals and corporations; and building upon trends in cultural philanthropy
  • Write and submit a portfolio of high-quality exhibition proposals, including creating cover letters, LOIs, and effective funding requests as well as preparing budgets and other supplementary materials
  • Oversee reporting and tracking of exhibition grants, including preparing interim and final reports, reconciling budgets, managing the stewardship process, and working with departments throughout the Museum to ensure successful execution of related contractual requirements
  • Track current and potential funders to ensure timely and appropriate solicitation and follow up
  • As needed, review and edit other proposals, supplementary materials, and budgets
  • Maintain complete and up-to-date donor and research files and Salesforce records
  • Represent the Museum and interact with all levels of the organization and donors
  • Participate in development-related special events, entailing some evening and weekend hours


  • At least two years of grant writing experience with a proven record of success
  • Exceptional written and oral communications skills, reflecting clear, critical, and creative thinking
  • Experience managing grants, including budget creation and oversight
  • Highly organized with strong attention to detail
  • Ability to prioritize tasks and manage multiple projects under the pressure of deadlines
  • Ability to take initiative as well as direction
  • Demonstrated willingness to work effectively as part of a team and with all levels of donors.
  • B.A./B.S. degree
  • Excellent computer skills (MS Word, Excel, and preferably Salesforce)

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.