Posted August 7, 2014

The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation is seeking a Manager, Individual Development. As a member of the Major Gifts Department, the Manager, Individual Development will manage a portfolio of donors, and develop and administer patron groups and fundraising initiatives.

Founded in 1937, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation is dedicated to promoting the understanding and appreciation of art, primarily of the modern and contemporary periods, through exhibitions, education programs, research initiatives, and publications. The Guggenheim network that began in the 1970s when the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, was joined by the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice, has since expanded to include the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao (opened 1997) and the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi (currently in development). Looking to the future, the Guggenheim Foundation continues to forge international collaborations that take contemporary art, architecture, and design beyond the walls of the museum. More information about the foundation can be found at

Supervisory Responsibilities:
This position may supervise a coordinator and may supervise interns.

Key Responsibilities:
* Develop and manage strategies to maintain existing members and solicit new prospects in order to keep up growth of and exceed annual financial targets for the Education Committee, Kids Club, Conservation Council, and the new Middle East Circle, and manage the institution’s relationships with the members of those Affinity Groups.
* Oversee the collection of contributions and stewardship of members of these Affinity Groups, and work with the Development Operations Associate to maintain and ensure accuracy of donor records.
* Organize, promote, and execute a series of member events and meetings for each group, focusing on the museum’s important education and conservation initiatives in and around New York City and raising awareness for these programs globally.
* Working in collaboration with Development and Curatorial departments, as well as the Director’s Office to identify and oversee exhibition Leadership Committees: including: prospect research, proposal writing, event preparation, and stewardship.
* Working in collaboration with the Education, Conservation and Curatorial departments, identify and oversee additional Major Gift opportunities for support of both areas, including: prospect research, cultivation, proposal writing, soliciting, stewardship, and reporting.
* Collaborate with Special Events department on the planning of the annual Learning Through Art Benefit with the intent of meeting or exceeding annual goal. Solicit and steward the chairs and Leadership Committee, assist with prospecting and sponsorship appeals, gift processing and acknowledgment letters.
* Manage a general portfolio of prospects and donors (in addition to Affinity Group patrons), seeking opportunities for further engagement with the museum, cultivation and stewardship.
* Assist the Director of Individual Giving, Major Gifts and Deputy Director, Advancement with additional stewardship, program management, and other projects as requested.

Qualifications and Requirements:
* Bachelor’s degree with strong interest in art.
* 3-5 years of development experience and/or experience in a cultural institution environment required.
* Competent at planning multiple concurrent projects and events.
* Exceptional written, verbal and interpersonal communication skills.
* Experience managing volunteer leadership and committees, as well as external vendors.
* Adept at interacting with a wide variety of people within and outside the museum. Professionally represent the institution and its programs across a wide range of circumstances.
* Ideal candidate is extremely personable, highly organized, detail-oriented, and works collaboratively.
* Proficiency in computer applications including Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, and Raiser’s Edge.
The Guggenheim offers a competitive salary and excellent medical, dental, life, disability, and retirement plan coverage. Our staff also enjoys generous vacation, sick leave and personal days, access to a variety of cultural institutions, discounts to museum stores, and a stimulating and collegial work environment.

Application Instructions
Qualified applicants please send your resume and cover letter, including salary expectations, to Indicate the job title “Manager, Individual Development” in the subject line, and please mention in your cover letter that you saw this job posting on NYFA.

The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation is an equal opportunity employer.