Jackie Robinson Museum

Development Director

  • Full Time
  • New York, NY
  • The Jackie Robinson Museum (JRM) seeks a Director of Development to provide leadership, strategic direction and overall management of JRM’s fundraising efforts related to the completion of the JRM National Legacy Capital Campaign, of which $35 million of $42 million has been raised, the opening of JRM, and annual operating and program expenses, endowment-building and special projects undertaken by JRM staff. The Director of Development will be a member of the Museum’s senior management team and will work closely with The Jackie Robinson Foundation (JRF) president & CEO and JRF board of directors to fulfill JRM’s mission to advance the legacy of its namesake and the values embodied in his life story.


    • Lead the completion of the Museum’s current capital campaign.
    • Coordinate the securing of major gifts from donor prospects already identified to support Phase 2 of the construction of the 20,000 square foot JRM facility and the creation of a JRM website.
    • Work closely with the JRM Executive Director and the JRF president & CEO to secure JRM operating and capital funds through major gift solicitation, board engagement, and the cultivation and securing of gifts from private foundations, corporations, individuals and through annual and planned giving programs.
    • Design a program to pursue local, state and federal government support and coordinate solicitors among JRF senior staff, the JRF board and other JRF and JRM constituents.
    • Plan, design, and evaluate strategies for the stewardship of all aspects of fundraising to support JRM once it opens, including development and oversight of JRM’s membership program.
    • Expand the pool of JRM donors through research, strategic events and outside consultants.
    • Facilitate, and where appropriate perform, the myriad tasks necessary to advance fundraising efforts, including writing proposals, meeting notes and otherwise preparing materials that will be used for interactions with current and prospective donors.
    • Oversee and conduct stewardship of both current and prospective donors.
    • Develop concepts for, effectuate, and supervise at least two annual fundraising events at JRM.
    • Oversee the maintenance of office systems to support all development operations and projects.
    • Supervise donor and gift acknowledgement, record-keeping and report requirements.
    • Work with JRM staff and board to develop and manage marketing & public relations programs.


    • Ten years of experience in comparable development positions
    • Capital campaign experience is especially desirable
    • Demonstrated knowledge of standards and best practices for museums or other non-profit organizations, as well as a history of involvement in relevant professional organizations
    • Record of success in fundraising and audience development; metrics discussed in the interview
    • Excellent communication skills, including proficiency in writing, editing, and public speaking
    • Demonstrated resourcefulness in working collaboratively, diplomatically, and effectively with many constituencies, including board members, donors, donor prospects, community leaders and government officials and across diverse populations
    • Strong organizational skills, including prioritizing tasks effectively and delegating appropriately
    • Excellent planning, time management, and decision-making skills
    • Proficiency with common database and word processing software in the context of development (e.g., Microsoft products, Slate)
    • Willingness to work a variable schedule, including weekends and evenings when necessary

    Salary and benefits are commensurate with candidate’s experience and JRF/JRM policy.

    The Jackie Robinson Foundation is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages candidates from diverse backgrounds to apply.


    The Jackie Robinson Museum (JRM), set to open in July 2022, will be located at One Hudson Square/75 Varick Street in New York City. As a permanent tribute to Jackie Robinson’s pioneering legacy, it will feature innovative educational programming and host a varied agenda of topics around both organized sports and critical social issues to which Robinson dedicated his life. In exploring Robinson’s unswerving commitment to social justice and equal opportunity, the Museum will bring together people from all backgrounds to learn about Robinson’s character and unique journey, appreciate each other’s humanity and experiences, and consider ways to work together to confront the challenges that impede the realization of first-class citizenship for all.

    Development Director