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Director of Development - MoMA PS1

New York, United States
$120,000.00 - $125,000.00
Closing date
Jul 2, 2022

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Position Type
Executive, Administrative, Arts Administration, Public Relations and Communications
Arts, Community Development, Education, Museum
Employment Type
Full Time
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About MoMA PS1 

MoMA PS1 was born out of New York’s alternative space movement in the 1970s, transforming an abandoned nineteenth century schoolhouse in Long Island City, Queens, into a space for artists and their collaborators to generate ideas and present work. 

Located in what was once an industrial enclave, the institution has now become a creative landmark in the fastest growing residential neighborhood in the country. Continuously responsive to the potential for collective impact, in 1976 PS1 was registered as an independent non-profit in a city-owned building. In 1982 it became the first Cultural Institutions Group (CIG) that focused on contemporary art as part of NYC’s Department of Cultural Affairs. Then in 2000, PS1 also established an affiliation with the Museum of Modern Art, and in 2010 it became known as MoMA PS1. 

In 2022–23 PS1 has a budget of approximately $12M and is a team of approximately 50 led by an independent Board of Directors. Embracing that we operate by, for and with artists, we are focusing on collective action to reach our local and global community in our programming. Working with an evolving constellation of practitioners, neighbors and partners, we are committed to the critical work of diversity, equity, access, and inclusion. It is through these lenses that we examine and build our programs, relationships, and organizational culture. 

PS1 champions how art and artists are at the intersection of the social, cultural, and political issues of their time, and we center equity in how we work and what we do. 

We recognize that a successful candidate will meet many of the requirements listed on this job description, but may not meet 100% of the qualifications. If much of this job description describes you, we encourage you to apply for this role. 


MoMA PS1 seeks a Director of Development to initiate and execute a comprehensive fundraising strategy that includes all aspects of giving—individual, institutional, corporate, and special events—totaling approximately $8-9M per year. The Director is responsible for stewarding a diverse mix of existing donor relationships and working with PS1 leadership to strengthen and expand the Museum’s networks and opportunities in alignment with the institution’s vision and goals. The Director serves as a critical thought partner for PS1’s Director and Board on high-level fundraising strategies and donor cultivation, and leads the overall

operations of the Development Department. The Director of Development is responsible for overseeing the planning and execution of all donor-related special events that drive revenue generation at PS1, including the annual Benefit Gala. Additionally, the Director of Development will contribute to strategic planning for the Development Department and the broader External Affairs team to ensure the sustainability of PS1’s revenue streams. 


Reports to the Director of External Affairs and works collaboratively with PS1’s Director and Museum leadership—in particular the Director of Curatorial Affairs, Director of Program Production, and Controller. Directly supervises the Assistant Director of Individual Giving and the Manager of Institutional Giving and leads the Development team made up of the Assistant Director of Individual Giving, Manager of Institutional Giving, Development Associate, and External Affairs Assistant. 


  • Work closely with PS1’s Director, Director of External Affairs, and Board of Directors to create strategies and grow pipelines for all aspects of giving at PS1, with a focus on major gifts of $25,000 and above from individuals, foundations, and corporate partners. 
  • Represent the interests of the PS1’s Director and Board with key stakeholders such as the Board of Trustees, patrons, major donors, the leaders of foundations and government agencies, among others. 
  • Liaise and manage the robust activities of several Board committees—including Executive, Nominating, and DEAI, among others—to achieve high-level goals and priorities. 
  • Support and guide the development of PS1’s partnerships with major Foundations, and grow the overall Foundation portfolio as an key revenue stream for the institution. ● Direct the growth and expansion of the newly created Vision Fund ($25,000-$50,000 annual contribution). 
  • Direct the planning and execution of PS1’s Benefit Gala, solicitations strategy for all programs, end of year appeals, and other fundraising campaigns throughout the year. ● Oversee the growth of the Greater New Yorkers donor program ($10,000 annual dues), led by the Assistant Director of Individual Giving. 
  • Oversee the identification, research, solicitation planning, cultivation, and stewardship of all donors at PS1 by implementing team-wide systems for these activities. ● With the Controller and Deputy Director, review and manage the institutional budgets, fundraising pipeline, and cash flow, and ensure fundraising goals are met. ● Work collaboratively as part of PS1’s External Affairs Team and support efforts to promote PS1's artist-centric and community-driven program and mission to key stakeholders. 
  • Support a culture of fundraising within the institution, ensuring fundraising is integral to all program successes. 
  • Liaise with Development colleagues at the Museum of Modern Art, ensuring consistent collaboration and communication. 


The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required to be successful.

  • Minimum of 10 years of fundraising experience, with a primary focus on major gifts and high-level donor cultivation.
  • Experience developing and executing short and long-range fundraising strategies. ● 3-5 years of experience directly managing staff; experience working with and leading a diverse team of development professionals.
  • A proven track record of success within individual, institutional, and corporate donor cultivation and management.
  • Strong budget management experience required.
  • Ability to navigate a complex calendar of activities, remain cool under pressure, and the confidence to assess priorities and provide strategic recommendations to PS1 leadership and team members.
  • Strong oral and written communication, ability to capture the voice of MoMA PS1 and produce language appropriate for target audiences.
  • Experience working in a museum setting or other not-for-profit related field. ● Ability to organize and attend evening and off hour donor cultivation events, as needed. ● Experience with Salesforce or other CRM databases.

Salary and Benefits 

MoMA PS1 is an equal opportunity employer and considers all candidates for employment regardless of race, color, sex, age, national origin, creed, disability, marital status, sexual orientation or political affiliation. 

Salary commensurate with experience and previous compensation. Benefits include 30 days paid vacation leave, 10 days paid sick leave, 10 paid holidays and 3 paid personal days, participation in the Museum’s 401(k), life insurance, medical/health (including visual and dental) and a defined benefit pension plan.

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