31 Aug 2023


Director of Development


 New York, New York, United States

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Job Description


Reports to the Director of External Affairs and works collaboratively with PS1’s Director and Museum leadership—in particular the Director of Curatorial Affairs, Director of Program Production, and Director of Finance. Leads the Development team and directly supervises the Assistant Director of Individual Giving, Manager of Institutional Giving, and Manager of Special Events.


  • Work closely with MoMA PS1’s Director, Director of External Affairs, and Board of Directors to create strategies and grow pipelines for all aspects of giving at PS1 including individuals, foundations, and corporate partners.
  • Direct and execute the annual fundraising strategy and solicitations for all programs and exhibitions, year-end appeals, and other fundraising campaigns throughout the year.
  • Manage a personal portfolio of top donors supporting the institution at a leadership giving level.
  • Represent the interests of the PS1’s Director and Board with key stakeholders such as the Board of Trustees, patrons, major donors, and the leaders of foundations and government agencies, among others.
  • Liaise and manage the robust activities of several Board committees to achieve high-level goals and priorities.
  • Oversee the identification, research, solicitation planning, cultivation, and stewardship of all donors and implement team-wide systems for these activities.
  • Support and guide the development of PS1’s partnerships with major Foundations, and grow the overall Foundation portfolio as a key revenue stream for the institution.
  • Direct the strategy for and expansion of PS1’s existing patron programs, and build out the structure to encompass increased mid-level giving opportunities.
  • Direct the planning and execution of PS1’s Annual Gala and support the Special Events Manager to execute an active calendar of development engagements.
  • With the Director of Finance and Deputy Director, review and manage institutional budgets, fundraising pipeline, and cash flow, and ensure fundraising goals are met.
  • Support a culture of fundraising within the institution, ensuring fundraising is integral to all program successes.
  • Liaise with Development colleagues at the Museum of Modern Art, ensuring consistent collaboration and communication.



The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required to be successful.

  • Minimum of 10 years of fundraising experience, with a primary focus on major gifts and high-level donor cultivation.
  • Experience developing and executing short and long-range fundraising strategies.
  • 3-5 years of experience directly managing staff; experience working with and leading a diverse team of development professionals.
  • A proven track record of success within individual, institutional, and corporate donor cultivation and management.
  • Strong budget management experience required.
  • Ability to navigate a complex calendar of activities and the confidence to assess priorities and provide strategic recommendations to PS1 leadership and team members.
  • Strong oral and written communication, ability to capture the voice of PS1 and produce language appropriate for target audiences.
  • Experience working in a museum setting or other not-for-profit related field.
  • Ability to organize and attend evening and off-hour events on a regular basis, as well as some local and international travel.
  • Experience with Salesforce or other CRM databases.


Salary and Benefits

This position is permanent and full-time with a salary range of $60,000 – $62,400.
Benefits include 20 days paid vacation leave; 10 days paid sick leave; 11 paid holidays; and 3 paid personal days; participation in a 401(k); life insurance; medical/health (including visual and dental); transit, health, and dependent care FSA; and pension plan.


How to Apply

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We recognize that a successful candidate will meet many of the requirements listed on this job description, but may not meet 100% of the qualifications. If much of this job description describes you, we encourage you to apply for this role.

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About MoMA PS1

Long Island City, NY

PS1 was born out of New York’s alternative space movement in the 1970s, transforming an abandoned nineteenth century schoolhouse in Long Island City, Queens, into a space for artists and their collaborators to generate ideas and present work.

Located in what was once an industrial enclave, the institution has now become a creative landmark in the fastest growing residential neighborhood in the country. Continuously responsive to the potential for collective impact, in 1976 PS1 was registered as an independent non-profit in a city-owned building. In 1982 it became the first Cultural Institutions Group (CIG) that focused on contemporary art as part of NYC’s Department of Cultural Affairs. Then in 2000, PS1 also established an affiliation with the Museum of Modern Art, and in 2010 it became known as MoMA PS1.

In 2022–23 PS1 has a budget of approximately $11M and is a team of about 50 led by an independent Board of Directors. Embracing that we operate by, for and with artists, we are focusing on collective action to reach our local and global community in our programming. Working with an evolving constellation of practitioners, neighbors and partners, we are committed to the critical work of diversity, equity, access, and inclusion. It is through these lenses that we examine and build our programs, relationships and organizational culture.

PS1 champions how art and artists are at the intersection of the social, cultural, and political issues of their time, and we center equity in how we work and what we do.


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