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21 Aug 2020

Full-Time Development Officer, Education – Posted by New York, New York, United States

Job Description

Development Officer, Education


Date:                          August 14, 2020

Department:            Development

Reports to:               Director, Institutional Giving and Major Gifts

FLSA Status:             Exempt

Schedule:                 Full-Time


The Jewish Museum

Founded in 1904 and located on New York City’s Museum Mile, the Jewish Museum is dedicated to the enjoyment, understanding, and preservation of the artistic and cultural heritage of the Jewish people. The Museum has a unique identity as a hub for art and Jewish culture, drawing on a collection of nearly 30,000 works of historical and contemporary fine art, Judaica, antiquities, folk art, ceremonial objects, and broadcast media. The Museum applies a contemporary lens to its exhibitions, which range from ancient to contemporary art.


The Position

The Jewish Museum seeks an experienced grants manager, persuasive writer, and collaborative team member to play a key role in securing education program and project support from foundations, corporations, individuals, and government agencies. The position manages funding for a diverse portfolio of school, public, family, and access programs as well as special projects as needed. The Development Officer, Education will write highly effective grant proposals; maintain and grow relationships with funders; and participate in creating funding plans and strategizing approaches to meet the Museum’s goals. The position will also include front-line fundraising for individual prospects and donors within this portfolio. The ideal candidate will be a skilled writer, a strong project manager, an excellent communicator, detail-oriented, and able to meet all deadlines. A passion for the arts and a strong understanding of cultural and education funders is required.



  • With the Director of Institutional Giving and Major Gifts, develop and implement fundraising strategies for education programs for students, educators, adults, families, and the general public as well as special projects as needed by researching new prospects; leveraging relationships; and building upon trends in cultural philanthropy
  • Manage funding applications, appropriations, and reports to the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA) and other government agencies and officials
  • Write and submit an extensive portfolio of high-quality education program proposals, including creating cover letters, LOIs, and effective funding requests as well as preparing budgets and other supplementary materials
  • Oversee reporting and tracking of education and project grants, including preparing interim and final reports, reconciling budgets, managing the stewardship process, and working with Finance and other departments throughout the Museum to ensure successful execution of related contractual requirements
  • Serve as a liaison to funders and grant officers within the education portfolio, including front-line fundraising for individuals, ensuring strong cultivation and stewardship, including scheduling site visits, providing related event tickets, and managing specific donor requests, as appropriate
  • Track current and potential funders to ensure timely and appropriate solicitation and follow up
  • Maintain complete and up-to-date donor and research files and Salesforce records
  • Represent the Museum and interact with all levels of the organization and donors
  • Participate in development-related special events, entailing some evening and weekend hours



  • Three to five years of grant writing experience with a proven record of success, preferably for programs that serve a broad and diverse range of audiences and constituents.
  • Exceptional written and oral communication skills, reflecting clear, critical and creative thinking
  • Experience managing grants, including budget creation and oversight
  • Highly organized with strong attention to detail
  • Ability to prioritize tasks and manage multiple projects under the pressure of deadlines
  • Ability to take initiative as well as direction
  • Demonstrated willingness to work effectively as part of a team and with all levels of donors as well as exercise excellent judgment and tact
  • Excellent computer skills (MS Word, Excel, and preferably Salesforce)

How to Apply

Send Resume with Cover Letter To: Associate Director, Human Resources The Jewish Museum 1109 Fifth Avenue New York, NY 10128   For additional information, please visit:   The Jewish Museum is an Equal Opportunity Employer that is committed to building a culturally diverse staff and encourages applications from diverse candidates.

Job Categories: Equal Opportunities. Job Types: Full-Time. Job Tags: Art, artists, culture, development, Education, fine art, grants, Institutional giving, major gifts, manager, Museums, and New York.

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