Individual Giving and Events Manager

Queens Museum

New York City Building, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Apt. 24
NY 11368




Dec 14, 2023

Full time / $65,000 - $70,000 annually / Queens Museum / Queens, NY

Position Overview

The Individual Giving and Events Manager is responsible for leading the implementation of a robust fundraising strategy that builds and maintains individual donor relationships and increases individual support and engagement with the Museum across giving levels.

Responsibilities include overseeing and developing the Museum’s membership and patron programs, securing giving to support exhibitions and programs, conceiving and delivering creative patron engagement opportunities including special events and patron trips nationally and internationally, planning and executing the Museum’s two annual fundraising events (Annual Gala and Spring/Summer party), planned auctions and other events, developing and leading in the outreach for individual giving initiatives including online campaigns, supporting individual donor outreach for capital campaign support, and supporting Board giving and engagement. The Manager reports to and works closely with the Director of Development


Essential Functions

  • Lead planning and execution of the Museum’s major events (i.e. Annual Gala, openings and cultivation events for major donors and prospects, etc.)
  • Maintain direct relationships with donors and build new relationships by creating opportunities for engagement with the Museum and by highlighting museum programming.
  • Lead donor cultivation and engagement events for the Exhibitions Circle and Board engagement.
  • Maintain existing and develop new relationships with patrons, donors, trustees, and members
  • Devise and deliver donor engagement programs including special, talks, events, visits, cultivation dinners, and trips nationally and internationally
  • Execute special fundraising projects (i.e. art sales, patrons circles, Adopt-A-Building program, etc
  • Write and follow up letters of inquiry, acknowledgment letters, and appeals
  • Research new funding prospects and support all efforts to identify, cultivate, and steward new and existing donors
  • Create promotional materials and packages to support fundraising requests
  • Follow all processes and procedures for receiving and recording gifts and updating funder lists
  • Track all donors and prospects in Salesforce, run custom reports, generate mailing lists
  • Oversee the management and training of interns and temporary support staff as needed

This list represents the essential functions of the role, this list does not constitute an exhaustive list of job functions


  • Demonstrates initiative, resourcefulness, and a creative approach to problem-solving
  • Thrives in culturally diverse settings
  • Displays a high level of support for colleagues, and builds professional and respectful relationships with others
  • Adaptability and flexibility
  • Ability to work independently and as a team player in a fast-paced environment, handling multiple tasks and adhering to deadlines


  • Prior experience planning large-scale events and donor programs
  • Knowledge and interest in contemporary art practice
  • Ability to think creatively, synthesize information effectively, and tailor information to appeal to a broad spectrum of funder interests
  • Proven ability to manipulate and analyze large volumes of data in Donor databases and CRMs (Salesforce preferred)


  • 5+ years of experience in nonprofit fundraising
  • Bachelor’s degree in Museum Studies, Nonprofit Management, Business Administration, Communications, a related field and/or its work experience equivalent
  • Availability to work onsite at the Queens Museum and nights and weekends as required
  • Excellent written, verbal, and organizational skills
  • Strong computer skills, Proficient in Microsoft Office, Google Suite, Adobe Acrobat, and CRMs