Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum seeks a creative and energetic individual to lead Cooper Hewitt’s individual major gift efforts and serve as the Associate Director of Development and Membership reporting to the museum director.

• Expanding the Museum’s donor community
• Creates and implementing innovative strategies for securing major gifts
• Manages a portfolio of prospects
• Prepares proposals and other donor communications
• Organizes donor events
• Oversee Board relations
• Manages a team of four development staff members that contributes to the advancement program and is responsible for major gifts, membership and operations activities for the Development and Membership Department.
• Partners with the Director of Corporate and Institutional Giving in designing and executing successful fundraising strategies to achieve ambitious annual fundraising goals for the Museum
• Serves as a vital part of the Cooper Hewitt’s senior management team.

• Five years of demonstrated experience in major gifts fundraising at a senior level at a national organization. Experience in complex higher education or a large cultural organization is preferred.
• Proven drive to succeed at the executive level as a development officer
• Experience closing major gifts at or above $10,000
• Experience operating highly effectively in an environment with frequent/changing deadlines
• Exceptional written and verbal communication skills
• Strong interpersonal and leadership skills
• Superb vetting and proof reading skills.
• Excellent knowledge of MS Office Suite programs, prospect research tools, fundraising databases.
• Ability to meet or exceed deadlines by demonstrating initiative and ownership of projects
• Interest and background in design, art, and museums preferred
• Bachelor Degree or higher.

SALARY: Highly Competitive

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 $3,180 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 (New York)
Design Library
Curatorial Talks and Tours (Cooper Hewitt)
92Y Fitness Center
Employee Assistance Program
Smithsonian Network
Tarallucci e Vino Museum Cafe (employee discount)
Museum Shop (employee discount)
Free Admission to most NYC museums
Other Employee Discounts

Please submit cover letter and resume (addressing qualification requirements) to: Application deadline: open until filled