Director of Development

Job Type

Full Time


Minimum: $78,000
Maximum: $85,000




145 Brooklyn Avenue
United States


Reporting to the CEO, the Director of Development designs and executes a fundraising strategy that supports the Museum’s general operations and capital initiatives. The portfolio includes institutional and government fundraising; corporate membership; individual giving; and the Museum’s annual Spring Benefit. This position works closely with the Board of Trustees, and contributes to strategy and planning for exhibitions and capital fundraising.

The role oversees roughly $1 million in private fundraising from individuals, family foundations, and fundraising events, and supports multi-million dollar exhibitions and capital fundraising. The position supervises a full time development associate and a fundraising consultant who works on the Spring Benefit, and may oversee additional staff, volunteers and consultants.

As a member of the senior leadership team, the Director of Development works closely with the executive team, and the Programs & Exhibits departments to identify funding priorities and develop new funding strategies.

Roles and responsibilities include:

·       Developing departmental goals and strategies, and creating revenue and expense budgets

·       Working with the staff and leadership to develop and manage strategies and to meet or exceed annual goals

·       Scheduling, tracking and writing proposals for major institutional gifts, and developing strong supplementary materials for these proposals

·       Growing BCM’s corporate membership program by identifying, cultivating and soliciting corporate membership gifts, and developing compelling materials to support this work

·       Identifying, cultivating and soliciting new prospects for operating, programmatic, exhibitions and capital support

·       Working closely with the Board of Trustees to identify prospects and support trustee recruitment

·       Collaborating with BCM senior staff to determine needs and evaluate funding opportunities

·       Overseeing the annual Spring Benefit, which raised approximately $450,000 this year

·       Conducting the annual appeal and maintaining the portfolio of family foundation support

·       Creating and improving departmental systems and process to support fundraising operations

·       Organizing donor cultivation events

·       Maintaining a donor communication schedule

·       Other duties as needed

·        5-7 years of fundraising experience, preferably in a museum or other non-profit educational organization. New York City candidates familiar with Brooklyn preferred.

·       Proven success in engaging individual donors, working with trustees, and securing institutional support. Experience in managing fundraising events preferred.

·       Excellent written, verbal and interpersonal communication skills.

·       High attention to detail and understanding of best practices in donor cultivation.

·       Knowledge of Altru or other Blackbaud donor databases preferred.

·       Demonstrated management ability, with excellent communication, writing and team leadership, operations and interpersonal skills.

·       Commitment to and interest in BCM’s mission to provide first cultural experiences for children in Central Brooklyn.

·       Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university. Graduate degree preferred.

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply

Applicants should send a cover letter and resume as one PDF to with “Director of Development” in the subject title.

We value a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture. BCM encourages applications from all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, marital status, disability, and veteran status.