Events & Individual Giving Associate

Job Type

Full Time


Minimum: $42,000
Maximum: $45,000




103 Charlton St
New York
United States


Children’s Museum of the Arts is searching for an Events & Individual Giving Associate to play a key role in CMA’s fundraising. Reporting to the Director of Development, he/she will be responsible for two major fundraising events that account for a major portion of the museum’s fundraising. The Events & Individual Giving Associate will be detail-oriented, a problem-solver, and a creative thinker. He/she should be comfortable both with desk work and public events, can work independently while being part of a team, be able to manage interns and co-workers in event planning, and possess a mature attitude reflective of the professional standards of the museum. At least three years of progressively responsible experience in non-profit events is required.

Primary Responsibilities and Duties:

Special Events:

The Events & Individual Giving Associate will be primarily responsible for managing and overseeing fundraising special events, including a family-focused Spring Benefit and a Fall Art Auction and Cocktail Party.

●     Work with Development and Executive team to develop event theme and structure, build host committees, and solicit major sponsorships.

●     Independently manage vendors and contracts, income tracking and attendance, food, beverage, and entertainment.

●     Work with Marketing/Design team to develop invitations, programs, corporate decks, and e-communications schedule around the events.

●     Maintain the invitation and RSVP lists for events.

●     Manage special events budget.

●     Solicit individual, corporate and in-kind donations, alongside other members of the Development and Executive team.

●     Engage volunteers and staff members for event activities; oversee a special event intern each semester.

●     Ensure donor experience is of the highest quality.

CMA also hosts cultivation events. The Events & Individual Giving Associate will be responsible to work with other organizational departments to plan and coordinate other special events, including exhibition openings, corporate events, and other development events.

Individual Giving:

●     Work with other revenue-generating departments to identify and cultivate new individual donors.

●     Draft mail & email appeals; manage solicitation list.

●     Use PatronManager database to track individual cultivation touch points for the Executive Director and Director of Development.


●     Manage donor data input and pull reports for PatronManager database.

●     Maintain event files and records, ensuring digital and hard copy files are up to date.

●     Manage donor acknowledgement and stewardship; ensure that proper acknowledgments and recognition opportunities are extended; and implement appropriate follow-up activities.

●     Develop a strong connection with institutional communications/marketing to help ensure key messages and design standards are maintained and that appropriate donor recognition and announcements are handled in accordance with the donor’s wishes.

●     Perform other related duties as asked by the Director of Development.


This is a full time non-exempt position. Salary range is $42,000-$45,000, based on prior experience. CMA also offers a highly competitive benefits package.

Level of Language Proficiency


●     At least 3 years of progressively responsible development experience;

●     Excellent writing skills;

●     Articulate with proven ability to write effectively and speak persuasively;

●     Solid integrity and devotion to team efforts;

●     Ability to manage multiple tasks and exceptional organizational skills;

●     Pro-active approach, flexibility, and positive, can-do attitude;

●     Ability to learn new procedures on the job without formal training;

●     Excellent interpersonal skills and attention to detail;

●     Ability to work calmly within a fast-paced environment;

●     Knowledge of NYC arts/youth funding community is a plus;

●     Bachelor’s degree required.


Core Competencies:

●     Pro-active team player;

●     Highly organized with superb attention to detail;

●     Resourceful and creative problem-solver;

●     Demonstrated ability to manage and meet deadlines;

●     Consummate relationship building skills within and outside the organization;

●     Must be able to work in a highly entrepreneurial environment;

●     Sense of humor and ability to work calmly and resourcefully within a high-pressure environment and adapt quickly to changing needs;

●     Thorough proficiency in Word, Excel and PowerPoint a must;

●     Sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse backgrounds of children and families;

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply

To Apply: Please send a resume, two original, unedited writing samples, and cover letter including salary requirements to:

All applications will be kept in confidence. No calls, please.

Eligible candidates will be contacted by phone or email for an interview. CMA is seeking to hire immediately. We are only seeking full time employees, not contracted firms. No recruiters, please.

CMA is an equal opportunity employer. We encourage candidates from diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds to apply.