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
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
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
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
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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- Support a culture of fundraising within the institution,
ensuring fundraising is integral to all program
- 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
- 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
- Strong oral and written communication, ability to capture the
voice of MoMA PS1 and produce language appropriate for target
- 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.