Chief Development Officer

  • Job posted by National Museum of Mathematics (MoMath)

Job Type

Full Time


Details: Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience; full suite of benefits included.




New York
United States



The National Museum of Mathematics (MoMath) is an award-winning museum that highlights the role of mathematics, illuminating the patterns and structures that abound in our world. Located in the historic Flatiron district, MoMath strives to enhance the public understanding of mathematics through its interactive exhibits, galleries, and programs to encourage inquiry and reveal the wonders of math to a diverse audience of all ages.

Founded in 2010, MoMath is the only museum dedicated to mathematics in North America. MoMath began as traveling exhibit that received worldwide acclaim before assuming its current home, which opened on 12/12/12 adjacent to Madison Square Park.  

Building on its early successes as Manhattan’s only interactive science center and as an innovator in engaging the public with math, MoMath has grown into a vital cultural institution. With a talented staff of more than three dozen, a $6M annual budget, and more than 40 hands-on exhibits, MoMath provides special programs and unique education opportunities. Program highlights include:

  • Math Encounters – MoMath’s flagship presentation series celebrates the richness of mathematics by bringing in research mathematicians who are skilled in reaching a general audience. 
  • Pythagorize Seattle – MoMath gathered hundreds in Seattle to celebrate Pythagoras Day (08/17/15) where families and individuals gathered for a city-wide puzzle hunt featuring games and prizes in the city’s historic Triangle Pub, measuring 8 meters x 15 meters x 17 meters – a Pythagorean triple.
  • Rosenthal Prize – MoMath’s annual award of $25,000 recognizes teachers for promoting hands-on math education in middle school classrooms. Last year’s recipient was California teacher Matt Engle who was recognized for his lesson “Bringing Similarity Into Light: Experience Similarity and Dilations Using Shadows.” The 2018 award recipients will be announced in the winter.
  • MoMathlon – An annual math tournament that provides a day of challenge and camaraderie for middle school students from the New York metropolitan area and recognizes the top three participant schools. This year’s first place champions hailed from R.C. Murphy Junior High School in Suffolk County. 

MoMath is entering an exciting period of expansion. To support its growth, the Museum is seeking an experienced, dynamic Chief Development Officer.

Position                                                                                                                            Reporting directly to the Executive Director & CEO of the Museum, the Chief Development Officer will serve as a key member of the Museum’s top leadership group, and will lead the Museum’s overall fundraising strategy development and execution, expand its network of potential donors, and increase support from individual and institutional contributors. Candidates must be creative, nimble and capable of working collaboratively across the organization.

This is a special opportunity to partner with highly intelligent, passionate, and fundraising savvy senior leadership and staff seeking to make a real and lasting impact in the field.


  • Develop and implement a comprehensive strategic annual fundraising plan; develop donors, generate contributions, and identify new potential Trustees, in collaboration with the Executive Director and the Board of Trustees.
  • Orchestrate the implementation of all development initiatives.
  • Develop existing Museum relationships and research, identify, and cultivate potential new individual and institutional funders; perform detailed prospect research.
  • Utilize a full spectrum of fundraising methods including individual/major gift appeals, foundation and corporate grant proposals, events, government appeals, memberships, direct mail, and online fundraising.
  • Partner with Museum management to aid in the development of a robust schedule of Museum cultivation events; provide development support for the Museum’s two annual fundraisers.
  • Set fundraising goals and budgets.
  • Oversee the preparation of letters of inquiry and the grant application process.
  • Manage the day-to-day operations of the development function and development staff, ensuring a high level of quality, efficiency, and support.
  • Maintain close communication with top Museum management regarding fundraising strategies and progress towards goals; report periodically to the Board of Trustees.


  • Successful record of at least seven years in the development field, preferably in New York City; at least 10 years’ experience in not-for-profit organizations; experience with museums or educational institutions preferred.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in establishing and managing relationships with donors in all categories.
  • Ability to lead, motivate, and organize a development team.
  • Strong analytic and project management skills, attention to detail.
  • Demonstrated experience organizing and executing multiple time-sensitive projects and an ability to building consensus.
  • Proven ability to implement annual and long-term strategic development plans.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, together with excellent verbal and written communications.
  • Experience with a donor management database system.
  • Bachelor’s degree required.

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply

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