Deputy Director, Development

Job Type

Full Time



Start Date


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212 West 83rd Street
New York
United States


The Deputy Director, Development will foster a culture of philanthropy at the Children’s Museum of Manhattan (CMOM). S/he will work with the Executive Director and the Board of directors on the next phases of a Capital Campaign for a move to a new home and oversee all aspects of the Development Department. Reporting to the Director, this position serves as an integral member of the executive management team and will provide leadership and oversight for the Museum’s growing development office, contributing to the creation and implementation of strategies that will ensure institutional success. As a publicly engaged and highly visible member of the management team, this position is responsible for donor and Board relations and, as such, should share a deep commitment to inspiring involvement and engagement with the Museum. 


In December 2017, CMOM purchased the Landmark building at 96th St. and Central Park West to become its new home. The new home will double the size of the Museum and extend its role as a premier cultural institution dedicated to young people, CMOM inspires children and families to learn about themselves and our culturally diverse world through a unique environment of interactive exhibitions and programs. Since opening in a neighborhood storefront in 1973, we’ve grown into a unique 38,000 square-foot learning facility with outreach programs at nearly 50 sites throughout New York City. We’re proud to be a destination for visitors from around the world.

Each year, CMOM serves more than 350,000 people, including 65,000 children who visited the Museum as part of a school group or through one of the Museum’s community partners. CMOM is committed to making its exhibits and programs available to all and with outreach programs at nearly 50 sites around New York City, we continually reach thousands of families who might not otherwise be able to benefit from our services.

CMOM focuses on four priority areas to impact children in ways that will last a lifetime:

  • Early childhood education prepares children for success in school.
  • Creativity in the arts and sciences inspires creative and analytical thinking skills for lifelong learning.
  • Healthy lifestyles programs provide a blueprint for a family's physical, emotional and environmental well-being.
  • Exploration of world cultures gives children awareness, understanding and context for the diverse society in which we all live.


It is an exciting time at CMOM, as we enter into a period of significant growth and undertake an ambitious plan for a new expanded facility. We are seeking a dynamic, mission-driven and experienced development professional who will work with the Director and Board to achieve our ambitious and worthy goals of supporting the Museum’s physical and institutional expansion and ongoing operations. 


  • Work with the Director and Board to develop and implement long- and short-term strategies for fundraising and proactively drive fundraising activity
  • Manage the solicitation, cultivation and stewardship of all CMOM donors – campaign, major gifts, planned giving, foundation, corporate and government funders
  • Lead CMOM’s Capital Campaign, working closely with Director, the Board and outside consultants
  • Oversee and hold responsibility for all aspects of the Development Department including Individual Giving (Board, individuals, major gifts, family philanthropies, membership); Institutional Giving (Foundation, federal, state and municipal grants); Corporate Sponsorships; and Special Events
  • Grow and supervise the Development staff by setting clear expectations, motivating the team, assisting with their professional development, and maintaining the highest level of professionalism
  • Prepare and monitor development revenue and expense budgets; provide accurate reporting, analysis and integration of data; oversee the maintenance and integrity of donor and prospect records 
  • Personally cultivate and solicit major gifts for capital, endowment, annual fund, exhibitions, educational programs and events
  • Develop, cultivate and enhance CMOM’s community relationships locally, regionally, and nationally


The ideal candidate will have at least 7-10 years’ experience in a leadership development position, preferably at a museum or cultural organization with a focus on the arts; a track-record of proven fundraising, particularly at the individual level; experience with mid to large-sized capital campaigns; experience working with boards; and outstanding communications, organizational and interpersonal skills. A deep commitment to the public dimension of museums as well as an interest in children, youth and families is essential. BA required. Salary dependent on experience; excellent benefits and work environment. 

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply

Interested candidates must apply by sending a cover letter and resume.