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Assistant Director, Major Gifts

The Jewish Museum
New York, United States
Salary Not specified
Closing date
Aug 18, 2022

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Position Type
Fundraising, Major Gifts
Employment Type
Full Time

The Jewish Museum

The Jewish Museum serves people of all religious, cultural, and ethnic backgrounds through world-class art exhibitions ranging from ancient to contemporary. Founded in 1904 and located on New York City's Museum Mile, the Jewish Museum aspires to be the global leader at the center of Jewish culture.

The Museum maintains a unique collection of nearly 30,000 works of art, ceremonial objects, and media reflecting the global Jewish experience over more than 4,000 years. The Museum's thought-provoking, innovative, and intellectually stimulating exhibitions and education programs serve a wide range of audiences, including families, teens, students, educators, and visitors with disabilities. As an identity-based institution, the Museum plays an important role among cultural institutions, challenging all forms of bigotry and discrimination and promoting understanding among wide audiences. The Jewish Museum invites applicants of all backgrounds to consider joining the Museum in its work.

The Jewish Museum is committed to creating an inclusive and welcoming environment for all and to promoting a positive work culture that celebrates difference, challenges prejudice, and ensures fairness. Integrity, collegiality, and excellence are central to the Museum's values. These values, along with an institution-wide commitment to Diversity, Equity, Access & Inclusion (DEAI), are embedded in the Museum's strategic plan and will be the focus of a comprehensive DEAI action plan.


The Position

In this newly created role, the Jewish Museum seeks an entrepreneurial Assistant Director to play an integral role in leading and expanding major gifts supporters. This includes leading and growing its Museum Council, which comprises donors at the $10,000 - $100,000 level and with a $870,000+ goal for the 2023 Fiscal Year. This role will also oversee two direct reports who manage the Patron ($1,000 – 9,999 level), Young Patrons ($180 – 1,800) and Contemporary Circle ($2,500 – 7,500). The Assistant Director will be a key part of the Institutional and Major Gifts team, which raises approximately $4MM each year.

Through personal visits and targeted solicitations, the Assistant Director will oversee a distinct portfolio, as well as provide mentorship and guidance for members of the Major Gifts team. In collaboration with the Director of Institutional and Major Gifts and the Institutional and Major Gifts team, this position will also develop and execute an ongoing strategy for qualifying prospects and donors and moving them to blended-gift prospect status. 



    Identify and qualify new prospects; cultivate and upgrade existing Museum Council members; develop solicitation strategies; identify gift opportunities that match donors' interests; personally solicit gifts and continually steward donors. Manage a portfolio of approximately 75 prospects.  Supervise and steward advancement of Patrons, Young Patrons, and Contemporary Circle portfolios, and act as a mentor to two direct reports on the Major Gifts team. Manage the production and mailing of print pieces and collateral materials (brochures, website, etc.) for the Museum Council, and oversee same for Patrons program. Oversee implementation of Museum Council benefits. Work with Director of Institutional and Major Gifts to engage the Museum’s most philanthropic supporters through tailored asks including blended gifts for exhibitions, programs, and the annual Purim Ball.  Work closely with Trustees and Museum Leadership to cultivate new prospects and steward active members.

Other Duties and Responsibilities:

    Assist with departmental events when and where necessary, including some evening and weekends Manage donor crediting and listings Other duties as assigned



    Minimum 7 years of related experience, primarily in major gifts fundraising, and preferably in the arts or Jewish communal field. Demonstrated track record in cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding gifts in the five-figure range and higher. Interest in mentoring team members, some management experience strongly preferred. An ability to make a compelling case in support of the Jewish Museum. Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work with a diverse group of donors. Superior written and oral communication skills. Donor and Special event experience. Well-organized, detail-oriented, and proven project management skills. Proficiency in Salesforce and/or other development technologies for prospect identification and research. High energy level, enthusiasm, flexibility, and an entrepreneurial spirit absolutely required. Fully vaccinated against COVID-19 with a Center for Disease Control (CDC) or World Health Organization (WHO) authorized vaccine (or approved for an exemption as a reasonable accommodation due to qualified disability or sincerely held religious belief or other legal basis)

Note: The Museum currently is operating with a hybrid model, with all full-time staff working on-site three days per week.


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.


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