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Opportunities at Park Avenue Armory range from volunteers to full-time positions. Please keep checking back to see what opportunities await you. The Armory is always looking for enthusiastic people from all walks of life to help further our mission to revitalize one of America’s historic treasures as a dynamic alternative arts space unlike any other in New York. As we receive hundreds of applicants for every opening (including volunteer opportunities) we are unable to respond to each person individually, but will definitely reach out should your skills match our current needs. Thank you for your interest in Park Avenue Armory!

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Director of Development
Posted on September 29, 2020

Part American palace, part industrial shed, Park Avenue Armory is dedicated to supporting unconventional works in the visual and performing arts that need non-traditional spaces for their full realization, enabling artists to create and audiences to experience epic and adventurous presentations that cannot be mounted elsewhere in New York City.

The Armory seeks a highly organized, efficient, proactive development professional with the ability to oversee a team of seven focused on individual giving, events, and administration; carry a portfolio of high-net-worth individuals; ensure the smooth operation and maintenance of all systems and structures that support the achievement of goals for all philanthropic revenue streams; provide oversight for approximately 50 events a year, including a high-profile gala; and serve as a resource for the President, and other departments across the institution. The position reports directly to the Chief Development Officer and works closely with her to develop strategic direction and fundraising goals for the institution.

• Cultivate, close and steward major gifts from a portfolio of high-net-worth individuals.
• Oversee the Individual Giving team with campaigns for acquisition, stewardship, benefits and renewals for the Membership ($100 to $2,499), Avant-Garde Young Patron Program ($350 and $600), Chairman’s Circle ($2,500 to $25,000), and the Education Committee ($5,000).
• Liaise with the president’s office, together with the CDO and Director of Individual Giving, on key major donor giving plans and solicitations.
• Represent the Development Department at production meetings where all matters pertaining to drill hall productions are discussed. Communicate programming plans and funding needs/opportunities to the rest of the development team.
• Together with the CDO, oversee a robust pipeline of major gifts prospecting and Board recruitment through research and Committee engagement.
• Create narratives and reports for Board meetings and board committee meetings as necessary.
• Directly communicate with Armory Board members on special projects like the Education Committee and education events.
• With the Associate Director of Special Events, ensure timelines and activities for major events like the annual Gala are on schedule and provide organizational oversight for an additional 50+ smaller fundraising events a year.
• Direct day-to-day operations of the development office, including direct management of a team of seven staff and integration of additional staff into event and solicitation calendars.

The ideal candidate will be:
• A highly organized, detail-oriented self-starter with the ability to set priorities and manage the team executing against them.
• An experienced development professional with an understanding of both the internal and external aspects of fundraising.
• A personable individual comfortable working with prominent high-net-worth individuals in both formal and informal settings.
• Experienced in development best practices with the ability to continually improve fundraising operations so the department works as efficiently and as effectively as possible.
• A strong communicator and relationship builder with the ability to work within the department, across the institution, and externally.
• An effective manager able to balance a collaborative nature with timely decision-making.
• Confident, resilient, and have a great sense of humor.
• 10-15 years of senior-level experience

Medical, dental, vision, Life, AD&D, LTD, STD, 403B with employer contribution, Transit, FSA, paid leave

Interested candidates should submit resume and cover letter in a single Word or PDF document saved as candidate’s first and last name.  All submissions should be emailed to with “Director of Development” in the subject line. Only resumes and cover letters submitted in this format will be reviewed.  No phone calls, please.

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Park Avenue Armory is an Equal Opportunity Employer and committed to the goal of building a culturally diverse staff and strongly encourages applications from minority candidates.

643 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10065
(212) 616-3930