Director of Major Gifts

Museum of Jewish Heritage


Director of Major Gift


Museum of Jewish Heritage
A Living Memorial to the Holocaust


New York, NY


The Director of Major Gifts will manage a significant portfolio of principal and major gift donors and prospects, and will be responsible for personally cultivating, soliciting, closing, and stewarding gifts of $10,000 to $1,000,000+. In collaboration with the EVP, Strategy and Development and with colleagues across the Museum, the Director of Major Gits will formulate strategic direction and program development to enhance private individual philanthropic support.

Key areas of responsibility:

Major Gift Cultivation, Solicitation, and Stewardship

  • Develop and drive effective cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship strategies for a portfolio of 100+ major gift donors and prospects.
  • Design and implement creative strategies for building individual philanthropic support, including multi-year gifts opportunities for a wide range of institutional priorities.
  • Lead major gift prospect identification, qualification, and rating process. Assess and expand major gift prospect pool.

Fundraising Strategy and Operations

  • Establish fundraising goals, monitor overall expense budget, and ensure donor database records are up to date.
  • Collaborate with Development Department colleagues to prepare analytical reports measuring progress toward fundraising goals.
  • Implement and maintain a moves management system across donor portfolios.

Leadership and Collaboration

  • Manage the major gift portfolios and offer prospect strategy counsel to Development Department colleagues.
  • Support the President & CEO and the EVP, Strategy and Development in engaging existing Trustees and cultivating new prospects for the Board.
  • Work with staff and consultants to revitalize and expand planned giving program.


The successful candidate will be a dynamic, highly organized, and effective fundraiser who excels at raising unrestricted and restricted gifts through the identification, engagement, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of a portfolio of high-net-worth families and individuals to expand and maximize giving across the institution through annual appeals and endowments. They will also possess:

  • 5+ years of demonstrated success in individual principal and/or major gift fundraising, preferably in the arts and/or Jewish philanthropic space.
  • Superior written and oral communication skills, ability to write and speak in clear, crisp and compelling ways and to articulate the goals, mission and values of the Museum.
  • Proficiency in Altru or Raiser’s Edge or other development technology for prospect identification and research.
  • A willingness to work weekends and evenings as necessary.
  • Adherence to the highest ethical standards; demonstrate an empathetic disposition, exhibit perseverance, and project an optimistic and positive attitude.
  • Familiarity with the New York philanthropic community, and a commitment to the Museum’s mission, vision, and values, including knowledge of Jewish heritage and the Holocaust.


The Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust (MJH) is New York’s Holocaust museum. MJH is committed to the crucial mission of educating people about Jewish life before, during, and after the Holocaust.

Anchoring the southernmost tip of Manhattan, the Museum of Jewish Heritage completes the cultural and educational landscape it shares with the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. Across the water, Lady Liberty lifts her lamp, and Ellis Island marks the gateway through which millions flowed into this country seeking refuge. The Museum’s meaningful location inspires its mission.

MJH seeks to uphold the vision of its founders, while continuing to attract new audiences, teach the dangers of intolerance and challenge visitors—including more than 60,000 schoolchildren a year— to let the painful lessons of the past guide them to envision a world worthy of their futures.         

Education: Bachelor’s degree required. Advanced degree preferred.

Compensation: Salary and benefits are competitive and commensurate with experience.

The Museum of Jewish Heritage is an equal opportunity employer. As a cultural institution that teaches about the dangers of intolerance, the Museum is dedicated to promoting diversity, multiculturalism, and inclusion in its hiring practices.

Please email letter of interest and resume or nominations in confidence to: