Major Gifts Officer

Municipal Art Society of New York

The Major Gifts Officer will be responsible for creating and implementing strategy to identify, cultivate and solicit potential major donors while building upon existing relationships and significantly growing annual support for the institution. The Major Gifts Officer is responsible for stewardship of programs (events, communications and personal outreach) designed to inform existing donors and prospects of MAS’s work, to sustain and increase giving, and to broaden the organization’s circle of supporters.

Reports to: Vice President of Development

Duties and Tasks


  • Develop strategies for cultivation, solicitation, stewardship and growth of individual major donors ($1,000+)
  • Oversee the Richard Morris Hunt Patrons major donor group
  • Identify individual giving opportunities across all programming and activities including the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Medal Gala, Celebrating the City, and Jane’s Walk


  • Advance new cultivation opportunities; test new strategies and approaches
  • Develop, implement and coordinate individual appeals and outreach in collaboration with other MAS departments
  • Recognize individual donor engagement opportunities for funding MAS projects and programs
  • Research existing and prospective donors
  • Create and maintain materials for all individual giving and program needs


  • Support all aspects of planning, outreach and execution of MAS’s key fundraising events
  • Work with the Vice President of Development and event planning consultant on the annual Jaqueline Kennedy Onassis Medal Gala.
  • Devise communications strategy for outreach and create appealing content
  • Collaborate with Communications Department to craft appropriate messaging and social media opportunities


  • Support Vice President of Development in stewardship of Development Committee of Board and fundraising efforts with MAS Board of Directors
  • General support for Development Department efforts as they relate to public programs and events
  • Work with Vice President to craft a planned giving solicitation strategy


  • Three to five years of experience managing relationships with individual donors
  • Experience with volunteer leadership and committees
  • Strong interpersonal skills and attention to detail
  • Excellent writing, editing, and verbal communication skills
  • Experience with advocacy groups and an understanding and appreciation of public policy, city building, architecture, design and preservation that drives the work of the Municipal Art Society
  • An entrepreneurial spirit
  • Awareness of best practices, and emerging tools and trends in individual prospect research, direct mail and use of social media
  • Ability to work both independently and also within MAS’s very collaborative team culture
  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office, NEON or other CRM software suites. Experience with HTML, WordPress and InDesign desired

To apply, please send cover letter and resume to with the subject line “Major Gifts Officer”. No phone calls please. The Municipal Art Society of New York is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

New York, NY
Due Date: 
Friday, July 16, 2021
Posted by Mary.Fichtner on May 27, 2021 - 11:58am