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Major Gifts Officer

Position Summary

The Major Gifts Officer will be responsible for creating and implementing strategy to identify, cultivate and solicit potential major donors while building upon existing relationships and significantly growing annual support for the institution. The Major Gifts Officer is responsible for stewardship of programs (events, communications and personal outreach) designed to inform existing donors and prospects of MAS’s work, to sustain and increase giving, and to broaden the organization’s circle of supporters.

Reports To

Vice President of Development

Duties and Tasks

A. Individual Giving

  1. Develop strategies for cultivation, solicitation, stewardship and growth of individual major donors ($1,000+)
  2. Oversee the launch of the Richard Morris Hunt Patrons major donor group ($2,500+)
  3. Identify individual giving opportunities across all programming and activities including the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Medal Gala, MAS Salons, MAS Summit, Celebrating the City, Closer LOOK, and Jane’s Walk

B. Donor Cultivation

  1. Advance new cultivation opportunities; test new strategies and approaches
  2. Develop, implement and coordinate individual appeals and outreach in collaboration with other MAS departments
  3. Recognize individual donor engagement opportunities for funding MAS projects and programs
  4. Research existing and prospective donors
  5. Create and maintain materials for all individual giving and program needs

C. Events and Outreach

  1. Support all aspects of planning, outreach and execution of MAS’s key fundraising events
  2. Work with the Vice President of Development and event planning consultant on the annual Jaqueline Kennedy Onassis Medal Gala
  3. Devise communications strategy for outreach and create appealing content
  4. Collaborate with Communications Department to craft appropriate messaging and social media opportunities

Other Responsibilities

  1. Support Vice President of Development in stewardship of Development Committee of Board and fundraising efforts with MAS Board of Directors
  2. General support for Development Department efforts as they relate to public programs and events
  3. Work with Vice President to craft a planned giving solicitation strategy


  • Three to five years of experience managing relationships with individual donors
  • Experience with volunteer leadership and committees
  • Strong interpersonal skills and attention to detail
  • Excellent writing, editing, and verbal communication skills
  • Experience with advocacy groups and an understanding and appreciation of public policy, city building, architecture, design and preservation that drives the work of the Municipal Art Society
  • An entrepreneurial spirit
  • Awareness of best practices, and emerging tools and trends in individual prospect research, direct mail and use of social media
  • Ability to work both independently and also within MAS’s very collaborative team culture
  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office, NEON or other CRM software suites. Experience with HTML, WordPress and InDesign desired

Application Instructions

To apply, please send cover letter and resume to with the subject line “Major Gifts Officer”. No phone calls please.

The Municipal Art Society of New York is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Fundraising Intern, Development Department - Fall 2019

For over 125 years, The Municipal Art Society of New York (MAS) has worked to educate and inspire New Yorkers to engage in the betterment of our city. As one of the city’s oldest nonprofit advocacy organizations, MAS mobilizes diverse allies to focus on issues that affect our city from sidewalk to skyline. Through three core campaign areas, MAS protects New York’s legacy spaces, encourages thoughtful planning and urban design, and fosters inclusive neighborhoods across the five boroughs.


Hours per week: 16 to 20 hours
Duration: 12 weeks minimum
Start Date: Early September
Reports to: Fundraising Team
Compensation: $15/hour
Education: Applicants must be currently enrolled in a master’s or bachelor’s degree program for the
duration of the internship.

Internship Description

MAS seeks a part-time Fundraising Intern in the Development Department to provide support in the
planning and execution of development campaigns, appeals and events throughout the year,
including the annual Summit for New York City.

The internship will focus on:

  • Conducting research for fundraising projects and event planning
  • Writing letters and other correspondence
  • Contributing to production of reports, presentations, printed materials and webpages
  • Liaising with donors and members
  • Assisting with logistics associated with meetings and events
  • Using and updating the donor database

Required Skills

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Organized and detail-oriented
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively, and to successfully manage multiple projects
  • Ability to work occasional nights and weekends as needed
  • Interest in urban advocacy, preservation and policy

Preferred Skills

  • Experience working with Adobe Creative Suite
  • Experience working with a CRM Database
  • Experience working with WordPress
  • Experience with photography

Application Instructions

The application deadline is August 15.

To apply, please email a resume, and cover letter to, with the subject line “Intern, Development – Fall 2019”. No phone calls please.

The Municipal Art Society of New York is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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