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Major Gifts Coordinator

The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum is one of America’s leading historic, cultural and educational institutions. Opened in 1982, the Museum, anchored aboard the former USS Intrepid, a national historic landmark, has welcomed more than 10 million visitors and currently welcomes almost one million visitors annually. The Museum's mission is "to honor our heroes, educate the public and inspire our youth."  The Museum pursues this mission through a dynamic and enriching exhibition environment recounting human stories behind the machinery on display in relation to the service era of the Intrepid: in World War II, the Cold War, NASA recovery missions and three tours in Vietnam. In connection thereto, the Museum delivers a broad range of credible, innovative, and engaging educational programs supplementing classroom learning in history, science, and leadership as well as extensive public and proprietary programs honoring those who serve our country – all to inspire our youth.

We are seeking a Major Gifts Coordinator to support the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum’s cultivation of individual donors. The responsibilities of this position include prospect research, annual appeals, developing and managing Museum’s individual giving program and supporting the Director of Individual Giving in the cultivation of individual relationships in a professional, courteous and helpful manner by performing the following duties:

  • Work with Director of Institutional Advancement to create and manage an Individual Giving Program to cultivate increased giving. 
  • Work with Director of Institutional Advancement to create and manage a Stewardship Plan to ensure appropriate recognition of donors at all giving levels and to cultivate Major Gifts.
  • Conduct ongoing individual prospect research.
  • In collaboration with the Director of Institutional Advancement, initiate contact and follow up with individual prospects, as appropriate.
  • Assist Director of Institutional Advancement in fulfillment of Seats of Honor campaign and ceremonies.
  • Collaborate with Institutional Advancement staff to manage relationships with major donors.
  • Work with Director of Institutional Advancement to prepare for meetings with donor prospects.
  • Draft thank you letters and manage other ongoing correspondence with individuals.
  • Manage special stewardship projects including: follow up letters after VIP events, holiday card mailings, invitations to special events, personal calls to donors, etc.
  • Research new stewardship opportunities and ideas.
  • Research and develop strategies to increase individual giving (such as social media fundraising, etc.)
  • Pull lists and prepare donor reports from database for mailings and analysis.
  • Draft and coordinate two solicitation appeals each year and renewal appeals to existing donors. 
  • Perform other duties as required by management.


The ideal candidate will have a Bachelor's Degree from a 4-year college/university or equivalent combination of academic and work experience; advanced degree preferred. 3-5 years of experience in development, stewardship and individual giving programs required. Must be proficient with fundraising databases (preferably Raiser's Edge) and with computers (especially Word and Excel). The candidate should exhibit a high degree of organization, attention to details and ability to multitask. This person must be proficient with Internet research tools and Microsoft Office Suites. Ability to work weekends, holidays, and evenings as necessary.

For consideration e-mail resume with salary requirements to: resume@intrepidmuseum.org.

Be sure to include the title of the position you are interested in and your salary requirements.

NO PHONE CALLS. Only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum is an equal opportunity employer.