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Director of Individual Giving

The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum is a non-profit, educational institution featuring the legendary aircraft carrier Intrepid, the space shuttle Enterprise, the world’s fastest jets and other historic aircraft as well as a cold war era guided missile submarine. Opened in 1982, the Museum, anchored aboard the former USS Intrepid, a National Historic Landmark, has welcomed more than 1 million visitors annually since 2012. The mission of the Intrepid Museum is to promote the awareness and understanding of history, science and service through its collections, exhibitions and programming, in order to honor our heroes, educate the public and inspire our youth.
Reporting to the VP of Institutional Advancement, the Director of Individual Giving will assume a leadership role in expanding private philanthropic support for the Intrepid Museum, overseeing the full spectrum of individual support from membership to major gifts. The successful candidate will serve as a front-line member of the Institutional Advancement team, meeting regularly with donors and prospects and working collaboratively with key colleagues to identify and successfully engage supporters in the Museum’s mission.
The new Director of Individual Giving will join the team at an exciting time, as the institution prepares to launch its rebranding campaign, celebrate its 40th anniversary in 2022, and begin work on a range of strategic priorities, from institutional capacity building to restoring and interpreting newly opened spaces on the ship. This is a terrific opportunity for a candidate with exceptional fundraising skills who is eager to be a part of building a strategic vision to launch the Museum into its next 40 years
Specific responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Manage and grow the individual giving portfolio, especially the major giving program
  • Identify, cultivate, solicit and steward donors and members for the Museum’s existing initiatives, future campaigns, and the annual fund
  • Serve as a representative of the Intrepid Museum to key stakeholders such as the Board of Trustees, major donors, members, Former Crew Members, prospects and more
  • Manage a portfolio of donors and high-level members
  • Execute annual fundraising calendar while expanding individual support for the Intrepid Museum, including developing upgrade strategies for grassroots donors and household members
  • Oversee engagement with the Former Crew Member community, which includes donors, members and volunteers among them
  • Oversee the coordination of the Library Membership program and Honor Wall program
  • Work closely with the Vice President, Institutional Advancement in the development of a multi-year fundraising communications plan
  • Conduct prospect research as needed and review materials developed by Prospect Researcher
  • Oversee the production of the supporters newsletter, distributed twice annually
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the Vice President, Institutional Advancement or President, as needed, that are consistent with development goals
  • Perform other duties and responsibilities as assigned

Qualified candidates will have a BA/BS degree from an accredited college or university with 7+ years of fundraising experience and a proven track record raising major gifts from individual donors for a nonprofit organization including prospecting, cultivation, solicitation and closing. Strong communication, collaboration and management skills. Outstanding writing skills; the ability to develop and edit persuasive letters and materials that compellingly communicate the mission of the Intrepid Museum. Understanding of the record-keeping and stewardship systems that support a successful donor relations program. Ability to meet deadlines, manage multiple projects and prioritize fundraising activities effectively. Comfort with managing multiple assignments in a fast-paced non-profit setting. Experience working in or overseeing an annual giving program. Experience working on a major fundraising campaign is a plus. Broad knowledge of the principles of fundraising – able to participate in all aspects of the gift cycle/Experience with and knowledge of computer operation; knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite Experience with Tessitura database a plus. Ability to work some weekends, holidays, and evenings as necessary

Intrepid Museum is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to the goal of building a culturally diverse staff and strongly encourages applications from minority candidates.
We offer a competitive salary, benefits and the opportunity to be a part of a very rewarding time in the Museum’s history! 

For consideration e-mail resume/coverletter with salary requirements to: Be sure to include the title of the position.  

Only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

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

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