Development Associate

MOFAD is seeking a Development Associate to support MOFAD’s fundraising for African/American: Making the Nation’s Table, the country’s first major exhibition to celebrate African American contributions to American cuisine. Ideally, the candidate will be a top-notch writer, have excellent social acumen with potential donors and partners, and have at least one year of experience in communications or fundraising. This is a full-time salaried position with benefits including subsidized individual health insurance, a monthly MetroCard, and four weeks of paid vacation.

DUTIES WILL INCLUDE:

  • Managing gift processing, including cash, credit card charges, electronic transfers, matching contributions, and in-kind donations

  • Facilitating and providing administrative support to Board and major donor meetings

  • Maintaining donor records in MOFAD’s database using Salesforce

  • Drafting regular correspondence with individual donors, including emails, solicitations, and acknowledgement letters

  • Assisting with the planning and execution of a major crowdfunding campaign in support of African/American

  • Liaising with corporate partners, tracking deliverables on partnerships, and ensuring partners feel valued and up to date

  • Conducting research on current and prospective donors to determine their interests and capacity

  • Regularly reading relevant websites, newspapers, industry publications, and blogs to add to the prospect pipeline

  • Assisting with communications work, including drafting press releases, newsletters, and responding to press inquiries

  • Supporting production of large- and small-scale events, including by managing guest correspondence and maintaining RSVP tracking

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Commitment to MOFAD’s educational mission

  • Bachelor’s degree preferred

  • 1+ years of professional experience in fundraising and/or communications

  • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written, including the ability to present information efficiently and in a variety of formats

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office and Adobe

  • Experience working with databases a plus

  • Ability to work nights and weekends, as needed

  • Exceptional attention to detail and organizational skills

  • Ability to maintain professionalism under pressure

Are you ready to help us build a New York institution for the ages?

Submit one PDF with the following to jobs@mofad.org:

  • Cover letter

  • One-page resume

  • Name and contact information for two references

Please put “Development Associate – [Your Name]” in the subject line of the email. We will be in touch if we think you might be a good fit.

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until Friday, August 23rd. Applicants must be able to start on Tuesday, September 3 or sooner.

ABOUT US

The Museum of Food and Drink (MOFAD) is New York City’s first museum with exhibits you can eat. As an educational 501(c)(3) nonprofit, our mission is to inspire curiosity about food, what it means, and how it connects with the world around us.

In 2015, we opened MOFAD Lab, a 5,000-square-foot experimental exhibition and events space in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Over the years, we have produced numerous acclaimed exhibitions, including BOOM! The Puffing Gun and the Rise of Cereal, Flavor: Making It and Faking It, and Chow: Making the Chinese American Restaurant. Our next big project is African/American: Making the Nation’s Table, which will be the country’s first major exhibition to celebrate African American contributions to American cuisine. MOFAD Lab has been hailed as “New York’s Coolest New Museum” by Food & Wine and named one of the “Absolute Best Kids’ Museums in NYC” by New York Magazine.

We are proud to have reached hundreds of thousands of people with our experiential exhibitions, programming, digital content, and educational outreach. Learn more at mofad.org.