Development Manager




Established in 1988, the Tenement Museum tells the story of American immigration, the core of our continually evolving American identity and a central part of today’s national conversation. Personal stories of immigrant families allow visitors to encounter immigration as an essential force in shaping this country and to absorb how much our open society, democratic institutions, cultural creativity, and economic vitality owe to our experience as a nation of immigrants.  


The Development Manager will report to the Chief Development Officer and work with other key development and museum staff to develop and implement the strategies to expand the Museum’s donor base through increased annual giving support at the major gift level. S/he will be responsible for identifying, qualifying, cultivating, soliciting and stewarding current and prospective donors.   



  • Support Museum Trustees, president, chief development officer, and senior management in appropriate major gifts cultivation and solicitation efforts by providing prospect bios, follow-up and other support as indicated.   
  • Establish an annual major gifts goal in collaboration with Museum leadership and development staff.  
  • Actively research and cultivate prospects from a variety of sources including general membership base, public program attendees and the New York philanthropic community.  
  • Plan and manage all activities related to a major gifts donor cultivation cycle and stewardship program to secure from individuals support for the Museum’s general operations and restricted projects.  
  • Coordinate with key development staff managing cultivation events to assure that major gift donors and prospects are included.  
  • Collaborate with the marketing team and the development operations manager on strategies to grow the Museum’s membership base.  
  • Engage with the content of the Museum – tours, public programing, education, conservation – to strategically shape the case for support and to be an effective, confident spokesperson for the Museum.   
  • Participate in development and Museum events as needed.  
  • Other duties as assigned.   


  • Bachelor’s degree and experience in not-for-profit fundraising and/or for-profit sales.   
  • Excellent management, judgement, organizational, research, oral and written communications as well as interpersonal skills.  
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office, particularly Word, Excel and PowerPoint.  
  • Familiarity with fundraising databases, particularly Altru or Raiser’s Edge.  
  • Flexibility, a sense of humor, an interest in historic New York and the immigrant experience, and a passion for the Museum’s mission.   

How to Apply  

Please submit a cover letter and resume through our career portal.