Development Officer, Major Gifts

The Development Officer is a frontline fundraiser responsible for managing the Patron Program, which is comprised of Museum donors who give between $1,000-$9,999. Through personal visits and targeted solicitations, the Development Officer will oversee a distinct portfolio that raises over $600,000 annually. The position will be directly responsible for growing the Patron Program’s membership and will assist with cross-departmental gifts, general operating support, and other projects as needed.

Department: Development
Reports to: Director, Major Gifts
Date posted: November 8, 2023
FLSA Status: Non-Exempt
Schedule: Full-time; 35 hours/week


  • Steward current funders; identify and qualify new prospects; develop and implement solicitation strategies
  • Manage a portfolio of approximately 150 funders and prospects through a minimum of 90 meetings
  • Develop written renewal and acquisition appeals; oversee list management
  • Manage the production of mailing and print materials as well as telephone fundraising efforts for the Patron Program, including providing cross-team training
  • Coordinate with the Institutional Giving officers to steward and secure restricted funding for exhibitions and project support
  • Coordinate the acknowledgement of gifts and donor benefits with the Development Associate
  • Plan and execute Patron stewardship events, in and outside of the Museum
  • Provide tours of Museum’s exhibitions including rotating and collection exhibits

Other Duties and Responsibilities or Relevant Information (optional):

  • Assist with the updating of all collateral materials (brochure, website, etc.)
  • Assist with the departmental events as necessary, including occasional evenings and weekends
  • Manage donor crediting and listing
  • Participate in Major Gifts strategy meetings
  • Other duties as assigned


  • Minimum of 2 years related experience, preferably in the arts or Jewish communal field
  • Demonstrated experience, success, and interest in frontline fundraising
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work with a diverse group of donors
  • Superior written and verbal communication skills
  • Well-organized, detail-oriented, and proven project management skills
  • High energy level, enthusiasm, flexibility, and an entrepreneurial spirit
  • Bachelor’s degree required

Salary: $65,000 - $75,000

Send Resume with Cover Letter To:

Director, Human Resources
The Jewish Museum
1109 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10128


The Jewish Museum is committed to diversifying its staff and encourages individuals of all abilities and ethnic, racial, and religious backgrounds to apply for this position. The Museum is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of any protected characteristic prohibited by applicable law.

This is a unionized position with covered employees represented by Local 2110, UAW, AFL-CIO.

The Jewish Museum is an Equal Opportunity Employer.