Development Associate

The Jewish Museum seeks an energetic, organized, and detailed-oriented individual to provide essential support to the Department of Major Gifts and Institutional Giving. These departments raise money from individuals, foundations, corporations, and government agencies. The Development Associate provides administrative support to the Director of Institutional and Major Gifts and the Department, assists with tasks related to major gifts, institutional giving, membership, and other tasks as assigned.

Department: Major Gifts
Reports to: Director, Institutional & Major Gifts
Date posted: May 4, 2021
FLSA Status: Non-exempt
Schedule: Full-time; 35 hours / 5 days a week


  • Track revenue for Institutional Giving, Planned Giving, and Major Gifts.
  • Assist the Director of Institutional and Major Gifts with acknowledgments for all incoming gifts; draft all personalized acknowledgment letters and keep bulk acknowledgement letters up to date.
  • Administer donor benefits, including ensuring donors are on appropriate event lists, complimentary catalogues are mailed, and private tours and events are coordinated as needed.
  • Facilitate New York Jewish Film Festival tickets for institutional and individual donors.
  • Manage VIP art fair passes for high level donors.
  • Work with the Membership Department to track expiration and renewal dates of complimentary memberships for restricted donors and mail new and renewed membership cards.
  • Act as the departmental liaison for list management, including invitations, catalogue mailings, and donor lists.
  • Create, update, format, and maintain the supply of supplemental materials needed by the Department for renewal and acquisition mailings, planned giving outreach, proposals, reports, cultivation, and stewardship.
  • Provide administrative support for the Major Gifts and Institutional team, including filing, mailings, photocopying, and ordering supplies.
  • Facilitate stewardship tasks including thank you calls.
  • Assist with prospect research and moving prospects up the pipeline for Major Gifts, prospect ideation for all team members, and membership upgrades through personal outreach.
  • Assist with virtual events.
  • Participate in development-related in-person events, requiring some evening and weekend hours.


  • One to two years of direct experience, preferably in an art museum or cultural institution
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills with the ability to write and speak in clear and compelling ways
  • Strong judgment and the ability to work well both independently and with a team
  • Experience working with budgets
  • A positive attitude and an entrepreneurial spirit
  • Exceptional organizational skills
  • Willingness to work periodic weekends and evenings
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office (specifically Excel), Adobe Acrobat Pro preferred
  • 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.