The Museum of the City of New York celebrates and interprets
the city, educating the public about its distinctive character,
especially its heritage of diversity, opportunity, and perpetual
transformation. Founded in 1923 as a private, nonprofit
corporation, the Museum connects the past, present, and future of
New York City. It serves the people of New York and visitors
from around the world through exhibitions, school and public
programs, publications, and collections.
The Museum believes that traditional hiring practices have
historically and systemically marginalized entire groups of people
including people of color, people of different socio-economic
backgrounds, women, people with disabilities, people in the LGBTQ
community and veterans, to name a few. We strongly believe as an
organization in deconstructing barriers and building a team that
authentically represents the diverse communities, and backgrounds
of New York City. We strongly encourage applications from people
with these identities or who are members of other marginalized
The Museum seeks a Prospect Research Coordinator
responsible for identifying, researching, and analyzing prospects
for solicitation. The Prospect Research Coordinator will primarily
focus on major gift (individual) and corporate prospect research,
with additional research for the institutional giving, special
event, and planned giving areas as needed.
The Prospect Research Coordinator independently and proactively
identifies and qualifies prospective individual and corporate major
donors consistent with the Museum's priorities and objectives,
ensuring that all fundraising initiatives have a continuous pool of
prospects to meet ongoing fundraising goals. Utilizing general and
specialized resources, the Prospect Research Coordinator oversees
multiple lists of prospects. They will work directly with
Development department heads and senior leadership to continually
refine those lists as it relates to a prospect’s propensity and
capacity to support both Museum operations and specific
Roles and Responsibilities:
- Identify potential sources of major ($10,000+) private support
(individual and corporate) for fundraising initiatives, ensuring
that each initiative has enough prospects to meet fundraising
- Design effective search strategies based on available general
and specialized database resources and advise on additional
criteria that may impact cultivation and solicitation.
Research, Analysis, and Strategy
- Recommend strategies for cultivation and solicitation based on
key information gathered during prospect research.
- Assess and analyze information from local, national, and
international resources; financial and philanthropy reports; and
- Utilize quantitative and qualitative criteria to evaluate each
prospect's potential and propensity to give.
- Identify methods of solicitation for cold prospects, including
email and mailing addresses.
- Work in conjunction with Development team leaders to ensure
that identified and researched prospects are presented to
fundraisers in a time-sensitive manner.
Writing and Documentation
- Produce robust research profiles (including bios, wealth
summaries, corporate profiles, etc) that support planning and
decision making, while adhering to Museum standards of discretion
- Record research profiles and additional information, such as
interests and relationships, in the Museum’s donor database.
- Create and maintain trustee lookbooks; assist in funder and
prospect lookbooks for events.
- Provide additional research coverage for institutional giving,
special event, and planned giving areas as needed.
- Assist in Development and Museum events as needed.
- Bachelor's degree with commensurate experience and at least
one-three years of experience in prospect research, development,
library research, sales development, or related field.
- Knowledge of general database systems and the types of data
necessary to support constituent/client relations.
- Excellent communication skills, both written and
- Attention to detail, strong analytical and critical thinking
- Commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and access
principles in the workplace.
- Enthusiastic collaborator and a team player.
- Experience with Microsoft Office.
- Experience with Altru, iWave, and LinkedIn Sales Navigator
- General fundraising and/or sales skills preferred.
- Knowledge of current trends, patterns, and relationships in
philanthropy and the arts and culture sector preferred.
- An interest in frontline fundraising preferred.
The position offers a competitive
benefits package including medical, dental, vision, FSA, HSA, life
insurance, 401K and pension plan, short and long-term disability.
Voluntary critical illness, accident insurance, legal services, pet
insurance, and Employee Assistance Program. The Museum has a
generous paid time off policy including 12 sick days per year,
vacation and 12 holidays. Your employment relationship with the
Museum qualifies you for free or discounted admissions to other
participating cultural institutions.
Working Conditions and Physical
While performing the essential functions of the job, the
Prospect Research Coordinator works a Monday-Friday. Work is
primarily onsite, with a flexible schedule, temporary ability for
remote work. The Museum environment is fast-paced and in an open
office plan setting.
While performing the essential functions of job, the individual
is regularly required to remain stationary seated at computer desk,
with frequent use of repetitive motion, and fine motor skills for
keyboarding. The individual must have the ability to lift a minimum
of 20 lbs., troubleshoot and manage multiple projects with ease and
calm. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals
with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
In accordance with applicable law, all employees must be fully
vaccinated against COVID-19. Reasonable accommodation may be made
upon request in accordance with applicable federal, state, and
HOW TO APPLY
Please email your resume and cover letter to the Museum of the
City of New York Attention: Human Resources Department to firstname.lastname@example.org. To be
considered, please include Prospect Research
Coordinator the subject line of your email. Please
state desired salary in the email.
The Museum of the City of New York is committed to fostering
a collaborative and respectful work environment with a staff as
diverse as New York City and the audiences who are curious about
learning more about its history and engaging in contemporary urban
issues. Our staff members are dedicated to working towards a common
goal: creating the most dynamic and inspiring city museum in the
The Museum of the City of New York is an
equal opportunity employer. As such, the museum provides equal
employment opportunity for all employees and applicants without
unlawful discrimination with respect to age, citizenship status,
color, creed, disability, ethnicity, gender identification or
expression, marital status, military status or veteran, national
origin, political association, political/personal convictions,
predisposing genetic characteristics, race (including traits
historically associated with race, such as hair texture and style),
religion (including attire, clothing or facial hair worn in
accordance with religious requirements), sex (including pregnancy,
childbirth or related medical conditions and transgender status),
sexual orientation, socio-economic status, geographic location,
philosophies, or any other classification protected by federal,
state or local laws, in all employment decisions, including but not
limited to recruitment, hiring, training, compensation, promotion,
demotion, transfer, lay-off, and termination, and all other terms
and conditions of employment. The museum complies with applicable
state and local law governing nondiscrimination in employment which
prohibits discrimination and harassment against any employees,
applicants for employment or interns, as well as contractors,
subcontractors, vendors, consultants, other individuals providing
services in the workplace or their employees in every location in
which the museum has facilities. The Museum is an AAP