Associate Manager, Institutional Development

Job Type

Full Time




One Liberty Plaza
New York
New York
United States




The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation is seeking an Associate Manager of Institutional Development. As a member of the Development Department, the Associate Manager is responsible for managing the foundation and government fundraising portfolio and generating grant awards with the support and guidance of the Associate Director of Institutional Development and Director, Corporate, Institutional, and Global Partners.

Founded in 1937, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation is dedicated to promoting the understanding and appreciation of art, primarily of the modern and contemporary periods, through exhibitions, education programs, research initiatives, and publications. The Guggenheim network that began in the 1970s when the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, was joined by the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice, has since expanded to include the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao (opened 1997) and the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi (currently in development). Looking to the future, the Guggenheim Foundation continues to forge international collaborations that take contemporary art, architecture, and design beyond the walls of the museum. More information about the foundation can be found at

Key Responsibilities:

  • With the support and guidance of the Associate Director of Institutional Development, manage a portfolio of foundation and government donors and prospects with the goal of maintaining and increasing existing levels of giving and generating new sources of support.
  • Keep apprised of the Guggenheim’s activities and match those activities with foundation and government grant opportunities, focusing in particular on exhibitions, conservation, and library and archives, programming, education and special initiatives. Assist with requests for special projects and other fundraising efforts as relevant/assigned.
  • Conduct prospect identification, research, and analysis; prepare and submit proposals and reports and research briefings for meetings; provide effective and ongoing stewardship of current and prospective donors.
  • Maintain accurate, up-to-date correspondence, research, and institutional donor records for Raiser’s Edge database and central files; ensure regular and timely communications with current and prospective donors.
  • Work collaboratively as a key member of the Institutional Development team and as part of the larger Corporate, Institutional, and Global Partners team and wider Development Department. Maintain strong working relationships with staff across Guggenheim departments, working particularly closely with the Curatorial, Education, Conservation, and Library and Archives Departments, as well as Legal, Finance, Global Communications, and Publications.  
  • Liaise with program staff and trustees from foundations and representatives from government agencies. 
  • Represent the Guggenheim at internal and external meetings, as well as site visits, exhibition openings, and other events/receptions.
  • Administrative duties relevant to foundation and government fundraising efforts, including managing grants tracking spreadsheets.
  • Update and maintain an internal record of gifts received, manage calendars and reconciling departmental tracking spreadsheets for the preparation of budgets and expense reports.

Qualifications and Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree required, master’s degree a plus. Degrees in arts administration, arts education, art history, or museum studies preferred; English, journalism, or other disciplines with a heavy focus on writing also given very strong consideration.
  • Three to five years’ development experience, preferably with a cultural institution. Exhibition fundraising experience preferable. 
  • Superior writing skills, adherence to very high standards for presentation of proposal/report materials; consistent attention to detail; excellent organizational skills; and ability to prioritize, multitask, and meet deadlines.
  • Familiarity with local, regional, and national foundation and government funding sources.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple projects, set goals, and develop effective strategies for meeting those goals. 
  • Ability to work collaboratively and form solid relationships with internal and external contacts.
  • Equally adept with identification, cultivation, written solicitation, and stewardship of foundation and government donors.
  • Proficient with Microsoft Word and Excel, strong preference toward experienced Raiser’s Edge users.

The Guggenheim offers a competitive salary and excellent medical, dental, life, disability, and retirement plan coverage. Our staff also enjoys generous vacation, sick leave and personal days, access to a variety of cultural institutions, discounts to museum stores, and a stimulating and collegial work environment.

Qualified applicants please send your resume and cover letter, including salary expectations, to Indicate the job title “Manager of Institutional Development” in the subject line. Only those applicants who meet our requirements for this position will be contacted.

The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation is an equal opportunity employer.

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

4-year degree