POSITION: Director of Development
REPORTS TO: Executive Director
LOCATION: 212 West 83rd Street, New York City
As New York’s premier cultural institution dedicated to young people, CMOM
inspires children and families to learn about themselves and our world
through an environment of interactive exhibitions and programs. Begun in a
neighborhood storefront in 1973, CMOM has grown to a 38,000 square-foot
learning facility with outreach programs at 49 sites throughout New York
City, and has become a destination for visitors from around the world.
This past year, CMOM set an attendance record of 400,000 visitors, which
includes 30,000 children who visit CMOM as part of a school group and more
than 34,000 children served through outreach programs across the city in
at-risk communities through partnerships with community-based organizations,
schools, hospitals and libraries. A key aspect of the strategic plan is to
provide free or low-cost access to CMOM and its programs to low-income
families. In the past two years, the Museum’s budget has grown with new
local and national initiatives in health, early math and the arts.
The Director of Development is a senior level position responsible for the
strategy and implementation of the Museum’s fundraising efforts during a
period of vigorous and exciting program expansion. He or she will work
closely with the Board of Directors, the Executive Director and the Deputy
Directors for Exhibitions and Education to develop strategic thinking and
targets for foundation, corporate and government grants, as well as
fundraising events and memberships.
Specific responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:
* Work with the Executive Director and Board to develop and implement a
comprehensive Fundraising Plan (including foundations, individuals, special
events, sponsorships and corporations) that will meet the organization’s
* Identify, evaluate, cultivate and solicit major gifts.
* Provide leadership and management for the development, sponsorship and
membership staff of four.
* Coordinate grant writing efforts with Museum staff to match potential
grants with Museum projects.
* Communicate effectively with donors and prospective donors to engage them
in the life of the Museum and keep them informed about CMOM’s mission,
needs, and gift opportunities.
* Cultivate Board members to become more deeply engaged in fundraising
* Oversee the planning and successful execution of the Museum’s annual
family and fundraising events.
* Supervise the creation, updating and managing of all records relating to
corporate and individual donations.
* Develop and implement creative and sustainable strategies to increase
member involvement and retention.
* Continually assess and upgrade development systems and structures to
ensure they support fundraising goals.
* Create annual income and expense budgets and manage the Development
Department in a fiscally sound manner.
* Provide detailed reports on fundraising progress to the Executive Director
and Board on a regular basis.
* Five to seven years experience in fundraising across all giving sectors,
including at least two years of major gift experience.
* Experience in the coordination of external affairs/corporate strategic
alliances and development campaigns.
* Experience leading and managing a staff.
* Strong understanding of development systems and structures.
* Excellent communication skills, both written and oral.
* Collaborative work style and an ability to involve senior programming and
exhibition staff in development efforts.
* Exceptional organizational skills with a particular ability to prioritize
projects and keep multiple initiatives moving forward simultaneously.
* Ability to keep the big picture in mind while also paying close attention
* Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
* Demonstrated passion for missions associated with serving the needs of
children across a broad developmental and economic spectrum.
* Bachelor’s degree and PC/database experience required. Raiser’s Edge
The ideal candidate is exceptionally intelligent, warm, engaging and
energetic. He or she also:
* Thrives in a fast paced environment and is driven to succeed at the
* Sees the possibilities as opposed to the obstacles and is creative and
tenacious in solving problems;
* Enjoys working with others in a collaborative, creative environment;
* Has a strong work ethic and high standards for his/her own work and the
work of others;
* Is flexible and has a lively sense of humor.
Please email your resume & cover letter, including salary requirements, to
No calls or search firms please!
CMOM is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.