Cooper Hewitt is seeking a dynamic and highly motivated Development Associate specializing in corporate giving and fundraising to manage all aspects of corporate support and membership for the museum and its initiatives, under the leadership of the Associate Director, Institutional Giving. The Development Associate will identify, solicit and secure corporate contributions and membership that meet or exceed fiscal year fundraising goals; manage funder credits and benefits, create thorough sponsor reports, manage database and prospect list reporting and maintenance; and create and develop best-in-class opportunities for Institutional Giving/Corporate Relations Program. This individual must be highly proactive, capable of working autonomously and as a team. S/he will generate strategies to reach goal, craft and stay on top of follow-up, utilize resources such as historical data and databases, and will be held responsible for generating impactful revenue, This individual will be expected to set and meet deadlines. Some knowledge of special events work and some late evenings are required.
• Conducts prospect research of corporate entities, and develops a targeted strategy, including looking at past supporters and former prospects.
• Develop high quality sponsorship proposals in coordination with Curatorial, Digital and Emerging Media Departments, for exhibitions, National Design Awards, and special projects; draft cover letters and/or email.
• Prepare accurate corporate briefings and museum information packets for meetings with prospects. Create appropriate follow up to all calls and meetings.
• Provide professional support to senior staff for corporate solicitations.
• Work closely with Smithsonian Institution to create gift agreements.
• Generate invoices, ensure payments are received, and draft and send acknowledgement letters.
• Maintain timely moves management, contact information, and follow-up actions in PANDA and SI database, as well as current upkeep of all prospect lists
• Oversee preparation of accurate exhibition and program fact sheets.
• Coordinate and track all aspects of corporate sponsorships, from contract execution to benefits fulfillment (including invitations, catalogues, and assistance with special events).
• Develop high quality sponsorship reports in a timely manner in coordination with various internal departments.
• Manage corporate (and university, association, etc.) membership program. Research, contact, and meet with company officials with interest and authority to join corporate member program.
• Keep abreast of key corporate moves and changes (WSJ, NYT, etc.); write and distribute weekly email digest of corporate news. Draft congratulatory letters to key executives regarding promotions/new appointments.
• Oversee funder credits for exhibitions, programs, National Design Awards, and other projects. Ensure each sponsor is correctly recognized in all appropriate museum donor listings and on all materials produced in conjunction with sponsored programs. Keep crediting information up to date and accurate at all times. In addition, assist with annual Donor Listing at the close of each fiscal year, ensuring that all corporate gifts and gifts-in-kind are recorded accurately.
• Organize and grow the National Design Week Business Breakfast.
• Support the growth of Institutional Giving research and cultivation of new and existing prospects with a focus on potential multi-year relationships. Update databases and alert appropriate staff.
• Ensure exceptional stewardship of major donors, always improving relationships.
• Provide support to department with filing, scheduling, maintaining supplies, and other tasks as needed.
• B.A. or higher in arts administration or related field.
• Five years (minimum) of fundraising experience, working directly with corporate donors.
• Proven and highly successful track record of corporate fundraising.
• Experience writing, vetting, and proofing a wide range of reports and documents for senior management.
• Ability to identify corporate prospects and provide strategies to secure funding.
• Ability to work independently as well as part of a development team.
• Ability to communicate verbally, share ideas in professional manner.
• Ability to communicate in writing and produce documents and high-level, error-free, confidential reports.
• Superb vetting and proof reading skills.
• Ability to organize and track a wide variety of correspondence and documents.
• Excellent knowledge of MS Office Suite programs, prospect research tools, fundraising databases (Raiser’s Edge, etc.)
• Ability to meet or exceed deadlines by demonstrating initiative and ownership of projects
• Interest and background in design, art, and museums preferred
EXCEPTIONAL SMITHSONIAN BENEFITS:
Full Time Position (Eligible to be extended each year)
TIAA-CREF (Defined Contributions – 12 percent)
Life Insurance (including Optional Life Insurance)
Voluntary Accidental Death & Dismemberment Insurance
Long Term Disability
Health Insurance (Blue Cross Blue Shield)
Dental (Delta Dental)
Vision (Vision Services)
Flexible Spending Accounts
Free Transit/Commuter Benefits (up to $3,060 paid per year)
Annual Leave (13 days)
Sick Leave (13 days)
Federal Holidays (10 days)
Family Friendly Leave
Family Friendly Workplace
Historic and landmark offices/library and garden
Curatorial Talks and Tours (Cooper Hewitt)
92Y Fitness Center
Employee Assistance Program
Tarallucci e Vino Museum Café (employee discount) http://www.cooperhewitt.org/visit/cafe/
Museum Shop (employee discount) http://shop.cooperhewitt.org/
Free Admission to most NYC museums: http://www.ny.com/museums/all.museums.html
Other Employee Discounts
Please submit cover letter and resume (addressing qualification requirements) to HRcorporate@si.edu
Application deadline is: Open Until Filled