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Director of Major Gifts - MCNY

Director of Major Gifts - Museum of the City of New York

The Museum of the City of New York fosters understanding of the distinctive nature of urban life in the world’s most influential metropolis. It engages visitors by celebrating, documenting, and interpreting the city’s past, present, and future.

Reporting to the Vice President, Development, the Director of Major Gifts is responsible for identifying and cultivating relationships with prospective major gift donors and planned giving donors. This involves full use of moves management principles, including prospect identification, and developing effective stewardship and solicitation strategies. The Director of Major Gifts will compile this information in a donor portfolio and emphasize gifts in excess of $10,000, with emphasis on those over $25,000 or greater. This individual will oversee the Museum’s Individual Giving division, serve as a staff representative on the Museum’s Development Committee of the Board, and work directly with staff leadership to coordinate and execute long-term fundraising initiatives.

Roles and Responsibilities: 

Build and codify the Museum’s major giving program for the Museum, building upon foundational efforts achieved to date

Work to maintain a schedule of cultivation and solicitation with a portfolio of prospects and members of various giving groups devoted to the Museum

Engage through a rigorous strategy system, identifying and cultivating new prospects culled from the Museum’s existing donor and attendance base, as well as recommendations brought forward by Museum trustees and other ambassadors

Help establish a culture of philanthropy among the Museum’s various individual networks, shaping the messaging for compelling fundraising appeals and pitches 

Provide accurate and timely management of portfolios, along with developing unique and personal solicitation strategies, both written and direct, throughout the year 

Coordinate, manage, and lead special donor engagement opportunities, including dinners, salons, and other Patron and Major Gifts events, in conjunction with the Manager, Patron Services, the Special Events team, and/or Public Programs department 

Track major gift fundraising metrics

Work collaboratively with Museum Director, VP Development, and Board members on major gifts solicitations

Supervise the Sr. Manager, Membership and Annual Fund; the Manager, Patron Services; and the Development Assistant 

A successful candidate will have: 

An undergraduate degree or equivalent combination of training and experience, an understanding of cultural fundraising and NYC donor/philanthropic landscape preferred, and at least five years of individual/major gift/planned giving experience

Possess a thorough background in fundraising best practices and donor databases for managing donor and solicitation records

Ability to see and understand the objectives of the major gifts group, the individual giving group, and the advancement division, and to integrate the major gifts program with those objectives

Ability to articulate the case for support so that individuals “buy into” the vision/mission/goals of the Museum with sufficient effectiveness to secure gifts and pledges of greater than $10,000

Excellent oral, written, interpersonal, analytical, and organization skills required

Ability to make direct, face-to-face solicitations, and assist the Director, Board and other staff with their solicitation (e.g. provide portfolio development support, strategic counsel, and help with donor communications)

Acknowledge major donors through public and private recognition

Track and report progress using specific metrics

Highly detail-oriented with excellent organizational and time management skills

Exceptional writing, editing, and communication skills

Problem-solver and strategic and analytical thinker with the ability to prioritize and work in a fast-paced environment with multiple deadlines

Ability to work with flexibility, efficiency, enthusiasm, and diplomacy both individually and as part of a complex team effort

Excellent computer skills including proficiency with MS Office and extensive knowledge of fundraising database management. Altru database experience a plus

Able to multi-task, in a fast paced environment, while meeting deadlines and working within a budget

Ability to meet revenue goals and grow a donor base

Ability to interact with Museum members, donors, staff, and trustees in a courteous, professional, and cheerful manner

Be a team player


Excellent benefits package, including a defined benefit pension plan as well as a 401K savings plan.


Please email your resume and cover letter to the Museum of the City of New York Attention: Human Resources Department to   To be considered, please include Director of Major Gifts within the subject line of your email.  

The Museum of the City of New York is committed to fostering a collaborative and respectful work environment with a staff as diverse as New York City and the audiences who are curious about learning more about its history and engaging in contemporary urban issues. Our staff members are dedicated to working towards a common goal: creating the most dynamic and inspiring city museum in the world.

The Museum of the City of New York is an equal opportunity employer. As such, the museum provides equal employment opportunity for all employees and applicants without unlawful discrimination with respect to age, citizenship status, color, creed, disability, ethnicity, gender identification, marital status, military status or veteran, national origin, political association, political/personal convictions, predisposing genetic characteristics, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, geographic location, philosophies, or any other classification protected by federal, state or local laws, in all employment decisions, including but not limited to recruitment, hiring, training, compensation, promotion, demotion, transfer, lay-off, and termination, and all other terms and conditions of employment. All employment-related decisions are based solely on relevant criteria including training, experience, and suitability.