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National Museum of African American Music

Assistant Director, Development

National Museum of African American Music


Job Summary

Reporting to the Director of Development, the Assistant Director, of Development is responsible for securing leadership annual gifts, cultivating new major gift prospects, and expanding the museum’s individual giving programs. This role builds relationships across channels to drive fundraising outcomes through data-driven moves management.

Job Responsibilities

Major Gift Development

  • Identify, qualify, cultivate, solicit, and steward major gift donors and prospects capable of gifts of $10,000+
  • Develop customized engagement and solicitation strategies tailored to prospect interests.
  • Staff work for affinity groups and lead volunteer fundraisers.
  • Maintain a pipeline of 150+ viable major gift prospects with a capacity of $25K+

Annual Giving

  • Secure annual leadership gifts of $5,000+ for general operating support
  • Collaborate on comprehensive annual fund strategy including mail appeals, events, and specialized groups.
  • Analyze program metrics and recommend changes to increase retention, upgrade gifts, and acquire first-time donors.

Membership Program

  • Oversee membership program including stewardship, renewals, new acquisitions, and increased annual fund gifts from members.
  • Evaluate and enhance member benefits, services, and policies to drive engagement.


  • Maintain constituent records in the Altru database.
  • Prepare progress reports, analyses, and budget recommendations.
  • Participate in community groups to increase the museum’s visibility.


  • Bachelor’s degree.
  • 5+ years of frontline fundraising experience with proven major gift results
  • Strong relationship-building and communication/presentation abilities.
  • Organized, detail-oriented, and ethical.

Additional Information


Full-time Benefits: eligible beginning of the month following the date of hire unless otherwise noted:

  • Medical (employer-subsidized)
  • Dental (employer-subsidized)
  • Vision (employer-subsidized)
  • Employee Assistance Program (employer-paid)
  • Telemedicine Program (employer-paid)
  • Short-term Disability (employer-paid)
  • Long-term Disability (voluntary)
  • Group Life Insurance (employer-paid)
  • Supplemental Life Insurance – self and dependents (voluntary)
  • 401(k) (employer matched, safe harbor) – eligible after working a minimum of 250 hours in the first 3 months of employment, or if not, you have worked at least 1,000 hours during your first year of employment. Once either are met, you become eligible on January 1st following the calendar year)
  • 100% match for the first 3% of contribution, 50% match for the next 2% of contribution. The maximum match is 4% on a 5% employee contribution.
  • Generous Vacation and Sick Leave (available after 90 days of employment)
  • Personal Leave Bonus Hours (at each anniversary year)
  • Birthday Bonus Day
  • On-site Parking (employer subsidized)
  • Amplify Store discount!
  • Discounts or free admission to other arts and entertainment venues as a NMAAM employee.
  • Holidays (11)

How to Apply

Please click here to apply: Assistant Director, Development – National Museum of African American Music – Career Page (applytojob.com)


  • Date Posted: March 5, 2024
  • Type: Full-Time
  • Job Function: Fundraising / Revenue Development
  • Service Area: Philanthropy / CSR
  • Start Date: 04/01/2024
  • Salary Range: $80,000-$85,000
  • Working Hours: 40 hrs/wk; M-F