ABOUT THE MUSEUM: Since 1988, the Tenement
Museum has forged emotional connections between visitors and
immigrants and migrants past and present, through educator-led
tours of its historic tenement buildings at 97 and 103 Orchard and
the surrounding neighborhood, enhancing appreciation for the vital
role working-class migrants play in shaping America’s identity.
The museum has become one of New York City’s preeminent cultural
and educational institutions, welcoming more than 278,000 visitors,
including 55,000 students. The museum also offers various digital
media to extend the reach and impact of its programs about American
migration and identity.
The Tenement Museum aims to build an inclusive and expansive
American identity and believes that the exploration of our complex
history—one with moments of both inclusion and exclusion—helps
prepare us to recognize and discuss today’s complex issues with
empathy and nuance. For more information about the Museum, please
FUNDING: Pre-pandemic, the Museum had an annual
operating budget of approximately $11M, of which $2.85M was from
philanthropy and the balance from earned revenue. During the
pandemic, The Museum was able to pivot to digital programming,
resulting in an exponential increase in membership and donors in
addition to the institution’s existing generous board members,
donors, and members. The 2022 budget is $7M, with approximately
$3.5M anticipated from contributed support. The goal for this role
is to tap into new sources of philanthropy, building on the
momentum and dramatic growth in new donors and members. In
addition, a structural restabilization of 97 Orchard Street is
fully funded and is expected to be completed in the fall of
THE OPPORTUNITY: The Chief Development Officer
(CDO) drives the overall strategy and management of the Museum’s
fundraising program to take it to its next level of success. They
will work closely with the President, board, program, and
curatorial and development teams, among others, to create and lead
a comprehensive plan to increase private source revenue for annual
operating, capital, and programmatic priorities. This includes
identifying, cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding gifts from
individuals, foundations, corporations, and government
organizations; management of grant proposals; oversight of annual
fundraising events; and implementation of annual giving
During the pandemic, the Museum acquired 5,500 new donor and
members, mostly though digital engagement nationwide. The CDO will
work closely with an engaged, enthusiastic, and talented team and
board to tap into this new potential to support the Museum’s
ambitions as well as to help secure a successful future and
expanded impact through storytelling, exhibits, public programming,
The CDO is a member of the Senior Management Team and reports to
and works closely with the President to align the Museum’s
fundraising efforts with the strategic directions and needs of the
organization. The CDO will provide leadership, direction, vision,
and inspiration to a team of six.
- Genuine interest in the Tenement Museum mission.
- Proven track record of achieving significant major gift
- Experience in creating and implementing a capital
- Progressive achievements in personal solicitation, board
development, and the ability to create a robust and sustainable
- Innovation, creativity, and willingness to try novel approaches
- Knowledgeable about the NYC philanthropic and business
- Track record of supporting and developing high-performing
- The ability to write and speak clearly and deliver an
effective, consistent, and persuasive message.
- Successful experience working with an engaged board.
- Ability to serve as a strategic partner to the President.
- Commitment to the principles of diversity, equity, inclusion,
and access in team building and in diversifying the donor
- An understanding of how to leverage technology and create and
disseminate tailored messages to targeted audiences, members, and
- Proficiency with donor management software.
- Knowledge of budget preparation and administration.
- Experience with a cultural institution is advantageous, but not
- Ability to attend evening and weekend events and to serve as a
highly visible ambassador for the Museum.
- Bachelor’s degree is required.
Howe-Lewis International is pleased to have been retained by the
Tenement Museum to assist with this important search. Please email
your resume and letter of interest to firstname.lastname@example.org
All expressions of interest will be held in confidence.