Senior Manager, Institutional Philanthropy

Job Type

Full Time


Minimum: $70,000
Maximum: $75,000




150 West 17th Street
New York
New York
United States


About the Position

The Senior Manager, Institutional Philanthropy will lead the museum’s efforts to deepen, broaden, and increase support from foundations, government, and corporate donors. With the Director, the incumbent will develop strategies to expand the portfolio of foundations, government donors, and corporations that support the Rubin Museum’s exciting exhibitions and programs, and other priorities, increasing philanthropic support to $1-2 million over the coming years. The incumbent will manage a team that sustains a healthy steady stream of letters of inquiry, proposals, reports, and will identify, cultivate, and engage new prospects and current donors, alike.

The Senior Manager will supervise a Grant Writer and be part of a 17-member External Affairs team. She/he will report to the Director, External Affairs.

This is a great opportunity for a candidate with strong grant-writing and relationship-building skills who is ready to move into an increasingly strategic role.


·        Works closely with the Director, External Affairs, to craft a 3-year strategy to expand participation and financial support from institutional donors, and most notably, foundations.

·        Through research and collaboration with Trustees and staff, identifies and qualifies new sources of institutional support.

·        Actively leads the cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of foundation, city, state, and federal government donors, and corporations. Meets with and sets up meetings for approximately 40 donors and prospective donors per year.

·        Writes and oversees the writing and submission of compelling grant proposals and timely reports, compelling letters of inquiry and grant and sponsorship proposals, timely gift acknowledgments, and more.

·        Builds both financial and non-financial goals and measurable outcomes and cultivates a team approach toward reaching those goals.

·        Prepares and works with team members to prepare briefings and research.

·        Supervises and manages a Grant Writer. Builds an effective team through collaboration, guidance, and coaching.

·        Represents the Rubin Museum at events and on other occasions.

·        Tracks, analyzes, and prepares reports on progress of institutional donors.

·        Builds and manages departmental budgets and revenue targets.

·        Works closely with Finance department to prepare budgets and other financial information for proposals and reports.

·        Keeps abreast of Rubin Museum’s goals and projects and accurately communicates the museum’s ideas and achievements to donors and prospects.

·        Contributes to a culture of philanthropy.

·        Assumes other duties as assigned.


·        Bachelor’s degree required

·        4-7 years of experience in a non-profit setting, preferably with direct solicitation experience with foundations, corporations and/or government donors or within a corporate or foundation giving office.

·        Must have excellent written, verbal, and interpersonal skills.

·        Supervisory and budgetary skills.

  • Must have superb time management skills; be detail-oriented; highly organized and be able to handle multiple tasks, adhere to deadlines and work independently and as part of a team. A motivated self-starter who is flexible, courteous and tactful in dealing with staff and others.

·        Creative, resourceful, entrepreneurial mindset, with roll up your sleeves mentality.

  • Ability to act with diplomacy and discretion at all organizational levels and across departments, including maintaining confidentiality. 
  • Passion for the Rubin Museum, art of the Himalayas, New York City cultural organizations, Buddhism or Asian philosophies and worldviews a plus.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft, Excel/Word/PowerPoint; Raisers Edge or other donor databases; Google Drive experience a plus.

Salary: Low to Mid - $70ks.

The Rubin Museum offers a competitive and generous benefits package.


The Rubin Museum offers a competitive salary and benefits package.

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

No requirement

How To Apply

Please provide the following as part of your application:

• Complete resume.

• A cover letter addressing both your interest in the Rubin Museum, and your

  qualifications for this position.


·        Please indicate Senior Manager, Institutional Philanthropy on Subject Line of email or in body of cover letter.

·        Applications in electronic format preferred, and accepted at

·        Mail application to: Manager, Human Resources, Rubin Museum of Art, 150 West 17th Street, New York, NY 10011.