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Senior Development Officer, Individual Giving

The Senior Development Officer, Individual Giving is an experienced, independent and entrepreneurial development professional with the ability to oversee and manage complex moves management and stewardship strategies for a portfolio of high-potential prospects. The Senior Development Officer will identify, cultivate, and solicit a portfolio of existing and potential major gift and planned giving donors while building successful relationships and increasing annual support for the institution. This position will utilize moves management principles, including prospect identification, and develop effective stewardship and solicitation strategies, with a keen focus on pipeline cultivation, aligning donors with institutional priorities that includes advancing our programmatic priorities and initiatives.


  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Minimum of seven years’ experience in fundraising, prospect research, Annual Fund, or related field
  • Experience cultivating relationships with a wide range of individuals from a variety of different demographics
  • Strong time management skills, the ability to handle multiple tasks, adhere to deadlines and work independently and as part of a team 
  • Creative, resourceful, entrepreneurial mindset, with roll up your sleeves mentality
  • Ability and interest to think creatively and strategically about furthering impactful relationships
  • Experience managing team members, along with volunteer leadership and committees
  • Competent in the planning and implementation of multiple concurrent projects and events
  • Ability and interest in maintaining a thorough working knowledge of the Museum’s strategic plan, mission, and vision—as well as the permanent collection, education offerings and public programs


  • Under the leadership of the Director, Individual Giving, develop and implement rigorous strategies and schedules for identifying prospects, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship for major gifts fundraising
  • Collaborate with the Individual Giving team, and other museum departments (Director’s Office, Curatorial, Education and Conservation), outside consultants, volunteers (e.g., Committee and Board Members) to actively engage donors and exceed annual fundraising goals.
  • Maintain and build a portfolio of high-net worth individuals and formulate customized moves-management strategy for each individual
  • The Senior Development Officer will maintain a portfolio of donors with an emphasis on gifts of $25,000, or greater, with a focus on exhibitions, in addition to education, conservation, DEIA initiatives, sustainability and general operations.
  • Develop customized briefing documents, solicitation materials, proposals, correspondence, and gift acknowledgements.
  • Create and implement a stewardship plan to ensure best practices for accuracy in processing and tracking gifts, as well as gift acknowledgement, donor records, and reports.
  • Partnering closely with high-potential committees and volunteer solicitors, set a strategy for engagement, cultivation, and acquisition to meet and exceed fundraising goals
  • Regularly attend museum-wide and art world events several evenings per week and occasionally on the weekends, as well as plan cultivation and stewardship events throughout the year.

Start date: Immediately

Department: Development

Reports to: Director of Individual and Major Gifts

Position type: Full-time

Union status: Non-Union

Grade & Salary: E-$99,960

FLSA status: Exempt

Schedule: 35 hours per week, Monday through Friday, 9 am to 5 pm; additional night and weekend hours are required during key events.

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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. So if much, but not all, of a job posting describes you, then we welcome your application.