Chief Development Officer

The Jewish Museum seeks an extraordinary leader to oversee its Development division and diverse philanthropic initiatives. Reporting to the Museum’s Director, the successful candidate will play an integral role on the Museum’s senior leadership team and will bring a unique blend of energy, creativity and strategy to the task of expanding the Museum’s support base through fundraising. An enthusiastic collaborator and thought partner, the Chief Development Officer will lead a team of nineteen development professionals with expertise in major gifts, institutional giving, membership, special events, and development operations.


The successful candidate will thrive in dynamic settings with dedicated stakeholders and Trustees and serve as an impassioned ambassador for the Museum and its growth. A desire to sustain and enhance the Museum’s active donors while cultivating new relationships will be critical. The Chief Development Officer will embrace the creative culture of the institution and enjoy collaborating with curators and programmers to advance support for the exhibitions and educational programs that are at its core. They will have a proven track record of closing significant gifts of six figures, working in close coordination with the Director and senior team. Professionalism, trustworthiness, honesty, and belief in the institution’s mission will be hallmarks of the Chief Development Officer’s success as an essential member of the Museum’s staff and key contributor to its financial future.


The Museum’s artistic and educational programs have generated critical acclaim and excitement from the communities it serves. With its notable collection, acclaimed exhibitions, meaningful public programs, and talented staff, the Jewish Museum is poised to embark on a new chapter in its history. At a time when its mission as an identity-based organization is more important than ever, this is an exciting opportunity to help strengthen the institution and its impact.

Department: Development
Reports to: Helen Goldsmith Menschel Director
FLSA Status: Exempt
Schedule: Full-time


  • Develop and execute a strategic, comprehensive fundraising plan that ensures effective results and meets both annual and long-term financial goals
  • Successfully lead the development team in securing $13+ million in annual support, in addition to endowed and capital gifts
  • Take a central role in cultivating, soliciting and closing gifts, including identifying and stewarding prospective donors and new Trustees
  • Oversee efforts in securing financial resources which will support the Museums Strategic Plan and ambitious Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Inclusion Plan goals
  • Serve as the staff liaison to the Board Development Committee and Committee on Trustees
  • Represent the Museum at key donor and foundation meetings and events
  • Establish revenue plans and implement performance goals, objectives, and action plans; generate buy-in around a data-driven approach to goal-setting and benchmarking
  • Produce detailed reports on the Museum’s fundraising for the Director, executive team and Board
  • Supervise and mentor a department of nineteen full-time staff with five direct reports
  • Serve as part of the Director’s senior leadership team


  • A minimum of 10 years of proven fundraising experience, preferably in the non-profit, Museum or cultural sectors, with five or more years demonstrated success at the director level of a similarly-sized organization
  • Experience in the planning, implementing and managing comprehensive fundraising campaigns, including experience with capital campaigns
  • Demonstrated experience with multiple categories of giving such as major gifts, foundation and corporate support, planned giving, and special events
  • A demonstrated capacity to lead, manage and motivate a large team
  • Superior written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to attend evening and weekend events and to travel as needed
  • Proficiency in CRM systems, Salesforce preferred
  • A passion for and commitment to the Jewish Museum’s mission
  • Bachelor’s degree required. Advanced degree desirable
  • Fully vaccinated against COVID-19 with a Centers for Disease Control (CDC) or World Health Organization (WHO) authorized vaccine (or approved for an exemption as a reasonable accommodation due to a qualified disability or sincerely held religious belief or other legal basis)  

Send Resume with Cover Letter To: 

Director, Human Resources 

The Jewish Museum 

1109 Fifth Avenue 

New York, NY 10128 

The Jewish Museum is committed to diversifying its staff and encourages individuals of all ethnic, racial, and religious backgrounds to apply for this position. The Museum is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of any protected characteristic prohibited by applicable law. 

The Jewish Museum is an Equal Opportunity Employer.