Open Staff Positions

  • Managing Director
  • Visitor Services Associate
  • Event Manager

About MOFAD

The Museum of Food and Drink (MOFAD) is New York City’s first museum with exhibits you can eat. As an educational nonprofit, its mission is to advance public understanding of food’s central importance in culture.

MOFAD made its explosive debut in 2013 with the mobile exhibit BOOM! The Puffing Gun and the Rise of Cereal, which featured live demonstrations of a giant 1930s-­era cereal puffing gun. Its innovative approach, blending multisensory experience with interdisciplinary education, has been hailed by major national media including ABC, CBS, NBC, and The New York Times. The museum has garnered the support of distinguished leaders in business, entertainment, and hospitality, including Alex Guarnaschelli, Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson, and Marcus Samuelsson.

MOFAD Lab is the museum's inaugural gallery space located in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, where Chow: Making the Chinese American Restaurant is currently on view. In this space, MOFAD creates exhibits and hosts an array of public programs, including cooking classes, guided tastings, hands-­on workshops, science demonstrations, discussions, and seminars. The museum also has launched MOFAD City, a digital platform that turns neighborhoods into immersive, interactive exhibitions.

MOFAD’s goal is to open the world's first large-­scale, independent food museum. This global center for learning will feature multiple exhibition galleries, program and workshop space, a garden, café, and more.

 

Managing Director

MOFAD is seeking a Managing Director to grow the organization into the world's first large-scale, independent food museum. As an executive leader in a start-up environment, the Director will be charged with growing and diversifying revenue streams, crafting business plans, financial projections, and paving the road to launch a capital campaign.

Strong candidates have expertise in fundraising strategy, financial forecasting and analysis, budget planning, and leadership at the executive level. Additionally, s/he must have an excellent track record as a relationship builder in a start-up environment, able to both lead and execute plans as needed.

All applicants must possess a strong passion for MOFAD’s educational mission and be willing to make a two-year commitment.

Qualifications

  • Passion for MOFAD’s educational mission and the concept of food as culture.

  • Senior fundraiser who is excited about securing major funding in a start-up environment

  • Business acumen and a love for numbers and budgets

  • Impact and results driven with a strong sense of return on invested time and resources

  • Thirst to prepare for a large-scale capital campaign

  • Entrepreneurial and solutions-oriented approach, able to leap over hurdles

  • Ability to see the big picture and simultaneously manage day-to-day details

Responsibility Areas

The Managing Director will have a dual report to the Executive Director and Board Chair.

Executive Leadership

  • Partner with MOFAD’s Executive Director on organizational goals and strategy

  • Partner with MOFAD’s Board Chair on board development and fundraising

  • Foster a collaborative and rigorous working environment focused on fundraising and capacity building with a small, but creative team

Fundraising and Development

  • Develop fundraising strategy and work plans to significantly grow and sustain MOFAD’s individual, institutional, and corporate funding streams

  • Lead preparations for MOFAD’s capital campaign

  • Mentor development staff, interns, and volunteers

  • Support the Board of Trustees fundraising committee

Financial Planning and Oversight

  • Build and implement multi-year business plan and associated revenue models

  • Work with the Executive Director to build MOFAD’s annual operating budget and variance reports

  • Liaise with the Board Treasurer and provide the Board with quarterly financial reports

  • Oversee contracts for bookkeeping and annual audits until a CFO is hired

Experience and Skills

  • 7+ years experience in business development and fundraising strategy

  • Deep experience managing major funding pipelines and proven track record in closing significant gifts or investments, including at least one $100K+ opportunity

  • Experience in financial planning and analysis, as well as experience managing a $1M+ budget

  • Charismatic communicator and relationship builder

  • Thoughtful and motivational leader and mentor

Compensation

The initial salary will be modest based on MOFAD's start-up status. The position has the potential for aggressive increases and bonuses, based on performance. This is an excellent opportunity to grow with the organization over time.

For more information about MOFAD, please visit: http://www.mofad.org/about-mofad/.

Highly motivated candidates should send a cover letter and resume to managingdirector@mofad.org.

event manager

MOFAD is seeking an Events Manager to plan, manage, and execute its events. The Events Manager will be part of the museum’s revenue team, and will be responsible for fundraising events, brand sponsored events, and offsite outreach, as well as private venue rentals. This is an opportunity to be part of New York City’s next great cultural institution.

You have:

  • Commitment to MOFAD’s educational mission, approach, and values

  • At least three years of professional event production experience required

  • Proven experience identifying and closing sales opportunities

  • Flexibility to work events in evenings and on weekends

  • Willingness to do whatever it takes, including menial or custodial work

  • Familiarity with culinary industry standards and practices, particularly in fine dining

  • Familiarity with chefs and restaurants in the NYC area

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills

  • High standards for quality and attention to detail

  • Ability to manage multiple demands under pressure in a fast-paced environment

  • Ability to meet physical demands of the position, including extended standing or walking and lifting small furniture items, such as banquet chairs and folding tables

ADDED BONUSES

  • Culinary and/or beverage training a plus

  • Ability to produce high-quality marketing collateral using software such as Adobe Creative Suite or Microsoft Office Suite a plus

  • Familiarity with CRM databases, especially Salesforce and PatronManager a plus

  • Valid driver’s license a plus

WHAT YOU’LL BE DOING  

  • Coordinate MOFAD fundraising events, including the MOFAD Spring Benefit Dinner and the Fall Exhibition Premiere at MOFAD Lab

  • Market, sell, close, and maintain venue rental opportunities, meeting revenue goals set with the Executive Director

  • Serve as on-site manager for events, including setup and breakdown

  • Work with the Executive Director to create new fundraising event concepts, including dining and tasting events

  • Work with the Partnerships Manager to manage and execute brand-sponsored events at MOFAD Lab

  • Coordinate regular social events at MOFAD, including MOFAD @ Night and Food Trivia Night.

  • Create and maintain all event timelines and budgets

  • Serve as a primary point of contact with vendors and culinary event talent

  • Prepare financial reports for presentation to the Executive Director and the Board

  • Lead MOFAD participation in external fairs and festivals

  • Recruit and manage event volunteers and street teams

COMMITMENT: Full time

START DATE: December, 2017

COMPENSATION: $35,000/year, commission on venue rentals, and benefits   

HOW TO APPLY

Please email a resume and cover letter to jobs@mofad.org with the words “Events Manager - [Your Name]” in the subject line of the email. Please attach the following as one PDF attachment:

  • Cover letter

  • Resume

  • Two references

  • Short Paragraph: Please describe the best event you feel you’ve produced. Why is this your favorite event and how did it make you a better planner?

DEADLINE: Please apply by November 25th 2017