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Associate Development Officer, Individual Giving—Development

The Associate Development Officer is a skillful, detail-oriented, frontline fundraiser. Through the Museum’s Membership program and patron groups, the Associate Development Officer (ADO) personally identifies, engages, cultivates, solicits, and stewards a portfolio of individuals to support the mission of the Brooklyn Museum. Reporting to the Development Officer, Individual Giving, the ADO will support the Individual Giving and Major Gifts team in all fundraising needs, with a special focus on the Museum’s six patron groups. We seek a forward-thinking professional who is passionate about the Museum and dedicated to developing ways to better serve our Membership programs and communities.


  • Bachelor’s degree or commensurate experience
  • Outgoing personality and strong customer service skills, with an ability to interact with patrons and anticipate their needs
  • Working knowledge of philanthropic vehicles and background in the visual arts to facilitate sophisticated conversations with donors and prospects
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, organizational aptitude, and problem-solving abilities
  • Attention to detail and ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously
  • Passion for the Museum’s nonprofit mission and its innovative programming
  • Commitment to elevating a diversity of backgrounds and voices

Preferred skills

  • One to two years of experience in frontline fundraising and managing a portfolio
  • Solid experience interacting with membership constituencies and high-level donors
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Office, Google Suite, and Tessitura


  • Maintain a portfolio of high-net-worth individuals and formulate customized moves-management strategy for each individual in order to grow the Brooklyn Museum’s patron groups
    • Solicit, close, and steward gifts through in-person solicitations and written appeals
    • Serve as primary liaison to the Young Leadership Council and other young professional stewardship levels across the Brooklyn Museum’s giving programs
    • Cultivate patrons to give above and beyond current dues; to make planned or principal gifts or annual fund donations; or to support exhibitions, education programs, or other general operating needs
    • Work with curators and Special Events team to conceive and execute annual calendar of dynamic engagement events for donors and prospects that foster support and a sense of community
    • Provide donor-centric stewardship to patron group members, working closely with the larger Development team and other departments to ensure that donors and prospects benefit from the best opportunities the Museum has to offer
  • Prepare written appeals as needed to raise support from individuals
  • Document all donor and prospect activity in Salesforce, including actions, proposals, and meeting notes; produce reports on financial progress
  • Develop and maintain a thorough working knowledge of the Museum’s strategic plan, mission, and vision—as well as the permanent collection, education offerings, and public programs—in order to take a mission-driven approach to fundraising and effectively articulate the Museum’s priorities and objectives
  • Cultivate and maintain a working knowledge of the art world in and beyond New York City, such as current exhibitions, art fairs, and trends, in order to build competitive and robust patron group programming and benefits
  • Assist during exhibition openings, board meetings, and other special events as needed
  • Provide general support of the Individual Giving team and other Development Officers as needed

Start date: Immediately

Department: Development

Reports to: Development Officer, Individual Giving

Position type: Full-time

Grade and salary: I - $63,240

Union status: Union—UAW Local 2110

FLSA status: Exempt

Schedule: 35 hours per week, Monday–Friday, 9 am–5 pm

Apply online.

Application deadline: September 22, 2023

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At the Brooklyn Museum, we value all types of experience. For us, a successful candidate has many of the qualities listed in our job postings, and the desire and capacity to learn the rest on the job. If much, but not all, of a job posting describes you, then we welcome your application.