Deputy Chief Development Officer for Research and Strategic Planning

The Metropolitan Museum of Art
New York, United States
$115,000.00 - $125,000.00
Closing date
Dec 20, 2022

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Position Type
Fundraising, Other Fundraising
Employment Type
Full Time

About the Metropolitan Museum of Art

The Met presents over 5,000 years of art from around the world for everyone to experience and enjoy. The Museum lives in two iconic sites in New York City—The Met Fifth Avenue and The Met Cloisters. Millions of people also take part in The Met experience online.


Since its founding in 1870, The Met has always aspired to be more than a treasury of rare and beautiful objects. We are committed to fostering a collaborative and respectful work environment with a staff as diverse as the audiences we engage. Our staff members are art lovers who are passionate about working toward a common goal: creating the most dynamic and inspiring art museum in the world.


At The Met, every staff member – from security officers to researchers to scientists and beyond – lives by our core values of respect, inclusivity, collaboration, excellence, and integrity. 


Respect: Engage one another with collegiality, empathy, and kindness, always.

Inclusivity: Ensure that all are and feel welcome and valued.

Collaboration: Reach across boundaries to exchange ideas and work together toward our shared mission.

Excellence: Lead the cultural world in quality and expertise—and inspire curiosity and creativity.

Integrity: Hold ourselves to the highest moral standards, admit when we fall short, and then evolve. 




The Deputy Chief Development Officer for Research, working with the Chief Development Officer for Research and Strategic Planning, manages the production, priorities, and deadlines of the Development Research team and works with clients in Development, as well as executive and curatorial offices, on the delivery of information that supports fundraising and institutional priorities.  The individual also maintains their own portfolio of research work, writing concise reports on funding prospects for Trustees, Senior Staff, and Development Staff, utilizing Lexis-Nexis and many other specialized online resources; identifying potential new donors for The Museum; and partnering with Development Staff in the creation of fundraising strategies.  The individual plays a key role in maintaining Department-wide data standards for prospect and portfolio management in Tessitura, the Museum’s CRM system, and in training staff who use the system. 



  • Manage the production, priorities, and deadlines of Development Research and maintain relationships with the team’s clients
  • Write concise reports on funding prospects for Trustees, Senior Staff, and Development Staff; identify new potential funders; partner with Staff on creation of fundraising strategies
  • Analyze and report on news and financial and business information relevant to priorities and fundraising efforts of the Museum
  • Oversee Development Research team and provide ongoing training to staff in research methods and writing requirements
  • Maintain data standards for prospect and portfolio management in Tessitura and train staff who use the system; participate in setting policies for data entry and reporting
  • Maintain knowledge of current Development Research industry standards, new online resources and screening services, methods of information management, and issues related to ethics and confidentiality
  • Maintain knowledge of the team’s methods of statistical analysis and data mining, and participate in decision-making regarding data strategies
  • Other duties as assigned


Experience and Skills:

  • At least Five to seven years’ experience in fundraising research; experience managing a team preferred
  • Excellent research, writing, editing, analytical, and communication skills
  • Ability to work under pressure, prioritize multiple projects, meet deadlines, and delegate accordingly
  • Strong attention to detail and organizational skills
  • Strong computer skills and experience with MS Office
  • Experience with Web-based research, SEC and financial documents, and online news retrieval systems; experience with Lexis-Nexis preferred
  • Experience with Tessitura or other major development software system; experience utilizing prospect tracking and prospect management functions of this software


Knowledge and Education:

  • BA or BS required
  • Interest in current events and news related to business, finance, philanthropy, and the arts; knowledge of key figures in business and finance, New York philanthropy, and the international art market preferred


Compensation Range:

  • Pay Range: $115,000 - $125,000

  • The advertised pay scale reflects the good faith minimum and maximum salary range for this role. The advertised pay scale is not a promise of a particular wage for any specific employee. The specific compensation offered to a candidate may be dependent on a variety of factors including, but not limited to, the candidate’s experience, education, special licensing or qualifications, and other factors. 



Benefits Offerings

The Museum provides competitive compensation, and generous benefits and perks for all eligible employees. Note: Benefits Offering may differ based on Employee Status.

  • Medical, dental, vision and life insurance
  • 403(b) basic retirement plan and optional matching retirement plan with an outstanding employer match
  • Considerable paid time off, including annual leave, sick leave, and 13 Museum holidays
  • Long-term disability coverage
  • Flexible Spending Accounts & Health Savings Account (pre-tax income for eligible health care expenses)
  • Commuter benefits (pre-tax income for parking or mass transit expenses)
  • Free financial-planning services
  • Financial assistance for relevant coursework, seminars, and training programs
  • 25% discount for staff in Museum shops
  • A subsidized staff cafeteria
  • Access to the Museums Council pass, which grants free admission to various museums and cultural institutions


Research shows that women and people from underrepresented groups often apply to jobs only if they meet 100% of the qualifications. We recognize that it is highly unlikely that someone meets 100% of the qualifications for a role. If much of this job description describes you, then please apply for this role.


The Met is committed to the full inclusion of all qualified individuals. As part of this commitment, The Met will ensure that persons with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodations. If reasonable accommodation is needed in this process, please contact  


The Metropolitan Museum of Art provides equal opportunity to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, age, mental or physical disability, pregnancy, alienage or citizenship status, marital status or domestic partner status, genetic information, genetic predisposition or carrier status, gender identity, HIV status, military status and any other category protected by law in all employment decisions, including but not limited to recruitment, hiring, compensation, training and apprenticeship, promotion, upgrading, demotion, downgrading, transfer, lay-off and termination, and all other terms and conditions of employment.

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