Development Officer, Individual Giving

Job Type

Full Time




200 Eastern Parkway
United States


The Development Officer is an externally focused, skillful, and detail-oriented frontline fundraiser who personally identifies, engages, cultivates, solicits, and stewards a portfolio of individuals whose philanthropy helps to support our mission.


  • Intimate knowledge of development systems, including moves management, and a donor-centric approach to fundraising
  • Excellent presentation, writing, and interpersonal skills
  • Working knowledge of philanthropic vehicles
  • Some background in visual arts, to facilitate sophisticated conversations with donors and prospects
  • Ability to write clearly and persuasively
  • Computer proficiency, including Microsoft Office and Raiser’s Edge
  • Attention to detail and ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously
  • Results-oriented, with a passionate commitment to the arts and appreciation of the Museum's goals and mission
  • Bachelor's degree required, advanced degree preferred


  • Maintain a portfolio of individuals and formulate a customized moves-management strategy to grow the Director's Circle, including the Young Leadership Council and Brooklyn Families
  • Solicit and close new gifts and renewals through both in-person and written appeals to meet annual fundraising goals
  • Form and implement a growth strategy and pipeline to increase dollars raised and number of patrons in the short term
  • Track progress toward quarterly and annual fundraising goals, including weekly updates to the Director of Individual Giving and monthly fundraising reports for the Director and Deputy Director
  • Maintain annual budget
  • Work with curators to conceive and execute a dynamic annual calendar of special events for donors and prospects
  • Provide concierge services for patron group members, working closely with the larger Development team and other departments to ensure donors and prospects benefit from the best opportunities the Museum has to offer
  • Develop and maintain a thorough working knowledge of the Museum's strategic plan, mission, and vision, as well as the permanent collection, special exhibitions, education, and public programs, in order to effectively articulate our priorities and fundraising objectives to donors and prospects
  • Cultivate and maintain a working knowledge of the art world in and beyond New York City, including current exhibitions, art fairs, and trends, in order to build competitive and robust patron group programming and benefits
  • Document all donor and prospect activity in Raiser’s Edge database, including actions, proposals, and meeting notes
  • Support the Individual Giving team as needed

Starting date: Immediately

Department: Development

Reports to: Director of Individual Giving

Position type: Full-time

Union status: Non-union

FLSA status: Exempt

Schedule: 35 hours per week, Monday through Friday, 9 am to 5 pm



Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

No requirement

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