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Development Associate Full Time Permanent

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Sugar Hill Children's Museum of Art & Storytelling


Open since October 2015, the Sugar Hill Children’s Museum of Art & Storytelling (SHCMAS) is the cultural capstone of BHC’s Sugar Hill development at the inter-section of the African-American community of Harlem and the Latino community of Washington Heights. SHCMAS provides children with opportunities to discover, engage with and appreciate important works of art as they strengthen their own cognitive and creative development. Museum programs developed for 3-8 year olds and their families feature exhibitions ranging from single-artist presentations to thematic surveys and newly commissioned artist projects; intensive hands-on art education programs; storytelling series; and other family programs.

The Museum is a program of Broadway Housing Communities (BHC), a nonprofit organization committed to addressing the challenges of poverty and homelessness for adults, children, families and communities in Upper Manhattan. BHC has developed seven buildings that provide housing and other services for people living in deep poverty; operates an award-winning early childhood center; and provides opportunities for tenants and the wider community to engage with the cultural arts. The recently completed Sugar Hill Project, located in the National Historic District of Sugar Hill, includes 124 units of permanent, affordable housing; an early childhood center; a children’s museum of art and storytelling; and other community facilities.

The Development Coordinator is a key member of the administrative team working to ensure the Museum’s financial long-term sustainability. This full-time position reports to and assists the Associate Director, Development & External Affairs with ongoing tasks that enhance the Museum’s ability to identify and cultivate potential supporters and secure contributions and grants. This includes prospect research, writing solicitation and report materials, gathering documentation, and record keeping for institutional, individual and public donors. In addition, the Development Coordinator manages the Museum’s membership program, interacting with members and the public, providing timely communications to members, devising new member benefits, and handling all member-related record-keeping. The Development Coordinator also collaborates with other
Museum staff to produce communications and events that impact fundraising, membership and the Museum’s overall position within the community. This position offers the opportunity to become deeply engaged with the fundamental strategic processes and implementation of fund development for a new organization with a growing community impact and social justice at its core.

– Become thoroughly knowledgeable about the Museum’s history, mission and programs through ongoing communications with Museum leadership and program staff.
– Maintain fundraising calendar and database on all prospects, pending asks, results and reporting requirements.
– Perform individual and institutional prospect research to ensure steady pipeline of potential support.
– Assist with creation of donor appeals, grant submissions and report materials; engage with program and visitor services staff to gather metrics and anecdotes that enhance appeals, requests and reports.
– Collaborate with the Visitor Experience & Retail Services Manager to ensure timely updates to the Museum’s database for all e-communications and mailings.
– Interact with Museum members, process memberships and maintain member database.
– Manage all member communications, including benefits, renewals and special announcements.
– Lead the creation of membership campaigns and development of expanded membership benefits.
– Partner with Special Events & Rental Income Manager to plan and manage events for donor cultivation, membership benefits, and volunteer appreciation.
– Collaborate with Marketing & Communications Coordinator on efforts that support fundraising and memberships, such as brochures and social media campaigns.

– B.A. degree, preferably in arts or education related field.
– Three to four years’ experience in a nonprofit development office; preference given to background in arts, museums, education and/or social justice settings.
– Familiarity with building and stewarding membership programs a plus.
– Excellent writing skills, confident speaking skills, and strong sense of graphic design.
– Dedication to accuracy and detail in the creation of high quality work products.
– Experience in fast-paced work environments; ability to take the initiative.
– Strong team player; able to engage with diverse staff to gather, synthesize and use programmatic and financial information for effective fundraising.
– Proven ability to handle confidential information.
– High level of comfort working with CRM software (experience with Blackbaud Altru a plus).
– Experience with Microsoft Office and direct mail programs such as Mail Chimp.
– Enthusiasm for fundraising and genuine interest in the development field as career path.
– Interest in the field of arts/museum education and the impact of arts engagement on young children.
– Fluency in Spanish a plus.

Application Instructions / Public Contact Information

To apply for this position, please email your resume, cover letter and one professional writing sample, with salary requirements, to Applicant review will continue until the position is filled. Please indicate your last name and “SHCMAS Development” in the subject line. No phone calls, please – we will respond to those candidates whose qualifications are best aligned with the components of this job description.

Salary commensurate with experience. We offer a comprehensive benefits package, including health, dental, 403(b) retirement plan, group life insurance, short term disability and paid time off. SHCMAS/BHC is committed to providing equal employment opportunity without regard to race, ethnicity, religion, gender identity, national origin, age, citizenship status, marital status, sexual orientation, veteran status, height, weight, or disability.

Job Overview

  • Date Posted: Posted 3 months ago
  • Location: New York, NY
  • Job Title: Development Associate