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Development Associate - American LGBTQ+ Museum

  • June 22, 2022 4:19 PM
    Message # 12825672
    Mili Gonzalez (Administrator)

    Job Location: New York, NY

    Job Title: Development Associate

    Institution: American LGBTQ+ Museum

    Institution Website:

    About the Institution: The American LGBTQ+ Museum preserves, investigates, and celebrates the dynamic histories and cultures of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer people, as well as those of the emergent and adjacent identities among their communities. Using exhibitions and programs, the Museum seeks to advance LGBTQ+ equality through the lens of social justice movements, including, but not limited to, race, gender, class, immigration, age, and disability.

    Position Summary:

    Ahead of the Museum’s launch in 2026, the Development Associate will be instrumental in implementing fundraising strategy across all types of giving. The Development Associate, in close collaboration with the Executive Director and a fundraising/campaign consultant, will support cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of all existing individual, foundation, and corporate donors.

    In addition, this position, working with a CRM consultant, is responsible for launching and managing a CRM and developing a membership program. Their primary responsibility is to support the Museum in exceeding its annual philanthropic revenue goals.

    The Development Associate is one of the Museum’s most important ambassadors and actively manages external stakeholder relations for the benefit of the Museum. Reporting to the Executive Director, the Development Associate will have an extraordinary ability to work independently while still working in close strategic collaboration with the Executive Director, Museum staff, consultants, and board members.

    Essential Job Functions:

    With fundraising consultant, Development Committee members, and Executive Director, implement fundraising strategy across all types of giving with an eye towards short, medium, and long-term goals.

    Work closely with the fundraising consultant and Executive Director to create the high-level strategy and vet it collaboratively with key staff and board members.

    Steward, deepen, and grow a balanced set of funding sources across each category (individual, corporate, foundation, and government).

    Identify key metrics and manage to them.

    Responsible for data entry, management, donor acknowledgements, & reporting to ensure accurate and timely data reporting.

    Responsible for tracking grants and reporting.

    Design and coordinate development events.

    Attend and participate in board Development Committee meetings. Work with Development Committee Chair to plan meetings.

    Work closely with individual donors to communicate new initiatives and plans for the Museum, both leading up to and after the Museum’s opening.

    Serve as an ambassador for the Museum throughout the community.

    Participate in strategic planning and visioning, offering strategic insights from a fundraising perspective.

    Ensure compliance with fundraising code of ethics and internal policies and procedures regarding donors.

    Inspire and coordinate fundraising efforts of board members to help them leverage their unique skills and connections.

    Work collaboratively with staff and other key stakeholders throughout the Museum to identify fundraising needs and cultivation/stewardship opportunities for donors.

    Help with other tasks as needed and as time allows.



    Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent experience. CFRE preferred.

    At least 5+ years of progressive experience in Development with a proven track record of delivering results.

    At least two years of managerial experience.

    Significant experience working on capital campaigns.

    Significant experience in individual giving, including major gifts, planned giving, monthly giving, and membership programs.

    Significant experience in corporate and foundation giving.

    Significant experience in grant writing/reporting.

    We value candidates who can demonstrate capability and articulate how prior experiences will help them to contribute.


    Excellent verbal and written communications skills

    Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to manage sensitive and confidential situations with discretion, tact, professionalism, and diplomacy

    Project management and advanced organizational skills reflecting the ability to perform and prioritize multiple tasks seamlessly with excellent attention to detail

    Creative, innovative, and persuasive.

    Self-starter who can work independently with little direction.

    Collaborative team player.

    Ability to adapt to changing environments.

    Strictly follows AFP guidelines and general fundraising ethics.

    Excellent proficiency in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint).

    Proficiency in CRM management preferred.

    Experience working in museums, the arts, and/or socially conscious organizations preferred.

    Tech-savvy with ability to troubleshoot minor day-to-day tech issues prior to escalating to external support preferred.

    Commitment to the vision and mission of the American LGBTQ+ Museum

    Cultural responsiveness and alignment with our values; commitment to equity and inclusion

    Personal qualities of humility and empathy

    Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC), immigrants, women, Latine, and LGBTQ+ candidates are strongly encouraged to apply. We recognize that it is highly unlikely that an applicant meets 100% of the qualifications for the given role. Therefore, if much of this job description describes you, then you are highly encouraged to apply for this role.

    This Position is: Hybrid

    Position Type: Full-Time

    Salary range: $90,000 - $110,000

    Benefits: Health Insurance, Dental Insurance, Life Insurance, Paid time off

    How to Apply:

The Museum Association of New York helps shape a better future for museums and museum professionals by uplifting best practices and building organizational capacity through advocacy, training, and networking opportunities.

Museum Association of New York is a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization. 

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