Development Officer

Fraunces Tavern Museum seeks a Development Office to provide charismatic, creative, energetic leadership to oversee all aspects of institutional development.  This is an exceptional opportunity for growth and recognition through the expansion of the departments fundraising initiatives and outreach efforts.  Using the institution’s Strategic Plan the hired candidate will be planning and implementing ways to increase support from planned giving, major gifts, the annual appeal, capital campaigns, membership, and grants.  The position reports to the Executive Director.

The key goal of this position is to secure diversified funding resources as outlined in the Strategic Plan.  The Officer will lead staff, Board members and volunteers in building upon current contributors as well as developing new connections with individual donors, corporations, foundations, and governmental entities. The Officer must thoroughly understand, and be able to articulate the Museum’s mission, vision, culture, values, history and stakeholders, programs and finances.  Specific responsibilities include, but are not excluded to the following:

  • Effectively articulate, in written and verbal communications, the mission and impact of the Museum to the donors and sponsors
  • Grow membership program
  • Create an active planned giving program and charitable gifts program
  • Initiate and develop practices to identify, cultivate, solicit an active pool of potential donors
  • Manage a growing portfolio of individual and corporate donors
  • Work in close relationship with Executive Director to solicit and close gifts in support of the museum’s unrestricted funds, as well as, programmatic funding
  • Assist with fundraising events and select program events
  • Conduct the annual appeal
  • Increase contributed income and endowment
  • Solicit annual appeals, capital campaigns, major gifts, members, non-members
  • Identify viable grant options to further institutional goals & work with individual departments to apply for grants that further mission and goals
  • Maintain administrative systems including gift recording, acknowledgment, tracking, and donor database
  • Create, track and maintain department budget

Candidate must have a Bachelor’s degree and at least 3 years of educational nonprofit development experience – experience in a historic museum a plus.  Candidate must have a strong work ethic and self-discipline and be able to work independently and within a close team. Excellent organizational skills and ability to prioritize. Qualifying skills also include the ability to lead and inspire constituent groups and a strong sense of fundraising ethics and respect for confidentiality of donor information. Candidate must exhibit a processional presentation, manner and ability to represent the museum. A knowledge and interest in Early American history is advantageous.

The position offers a good compensation package with comprehensive benefits that include; Medical Insurance, 403(b) Retirement Plan with company contributions, and a liberal paid vacation allotment.

Interested candidates should send cover letter and resume to

Portfolio and writing samples may be requested.

Mailed, faxed or dropped off applications will not be accepted. No phone calls please.

Assistant Facilities Manager

The Assistant Facilities Manager will assist the Executive Director in matters affecting general buildings maintenance. This position will support the efforts to preserve and promote the overall historic character of Fraunces Tavern and the adjoining four buildings of the Fraunces Tavern complex.  There is opportunity for growth.

The SRNY is a non-profit hereditary society formed in 1876.  It is dedicated to preserving and educating about the history of the American Revolutionary War.  SRNY founded Fraunces Tavern Museum and continues today as the Museum’s parent organization.  The SRNY has approximately 800 members.  The Museum sees over 25,000 annual visitors and is open seven days a week.

Duties include but are not limited to the following:

  1. Follow a program for the monitoring of the buildings. Ensuring maintenance and upkeep is properly conducted.
  2. Interior and minor exterior painting. General building upkeep, with a focus in the areas of plaster and woodworking.
  3. Ensure the timely inspections and maintenance of the following: fire extinguishers, HVAC systems, fire suppression, boiler, elevators, fire detection system, boiler, hot water heaters and fire doors.
  4. Assist in the coordination of contractors, including coordination with non-residential tenants
  5. Maintain the workshop in a neat and orderly fashion, including usability. Always keeping the safety of staff and visitors a priority.
  6. Evaluating, making decisions and recommendations to the Executive Director on building improvements.
  7. Assist in the fabrication of exhibit structures.

Ideal candidate will have at least 2 years historic building management experience and basic knowledge of domestic repairs and minor renovations. Must be patient, organized, and able to work independently.  This is a physical job. Candidate must be able to climb stairs and ladders and lift at least 25lbs. A solid Early American, Colonial American and Revolutionary War history knowledge a plus.  An in person interview is required. Position reports directly to the Executive Director.

This position is part-time/hourly.

To apply send cover letter and resume to No phone calls please.