Assistant Director, Institutional Giving

  • Full Time
  • New York, NY
  • Applications have closed

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The mission of Jazz at Lincoln Center (JALC) is to entertain, enrich and expand a global community for jazz through performance, education, and advocacy. From college students to young stars, from working professionals to celebrated masters, we present quality jazz for an ever-increasing audience in an unprecedented range of activities and a variety of venues. We are dedicated to lifting audiences and bringing people together with substance and with integrity. JALC has created a dynamic platform where our key constituents – jazz artists (beginner to grizzled veteran), fans (casual listeners to advanced scholars), educators (local band leaders to leading artist-educators) and advocates (local community advocates to important national promoters) – can meet, engage, learn, and work towards common objectives.

The Assistant Director of Institutional Giving is responsible for preparing and producing all written materials to government agencies and select foundations for our operational and special project needs in collaboration with the Vice President of Development and Director of Institutional Giving. The ideal candidate will be an exceptional communicator, researcher and writer and will work collaboratively with the Development team and various departments across the organization to produce compelling collateral materials that represent JALC’s mission and diverse programming across the fields of arts, culture, and music education.

Key Responsibilities

  • Manage the complete application and reporting cycle for government grants from city, state and federal agencies and facilitate the completion of government-contract packages.
  • Prepare sophisticated funding proposals, decks, letters of inquiry and reports for submission to foundations.
  •  Handle key aspects of stewardship and cultivation.  
  • Help to implement an effective renewal and moves management process for institutional funders.
  • Conduct prospect research and identify new funders.
  • Prepare briefing materials and donor acknowledgments.
  • Work with the Finance team to prepare budgets and reconcile accounts.
  • Help develop cultivation and solicitation strategies and evaluate existing methods.
  • Participate in short- and long-term strategic planning in order to meet fundraising goals.
  • Serve as liaison between JALC staff and program officers for capital projects. 
  • Stay abreast of regulatory changes and ensure internal policies and procedures are amended as needed. 
  • Participate in site visits and attend meetings/events as needed.


  • Bachelor’s degree required and 3+ years’ experience in grant writing and/or institutional giving.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of local, state, and federal government and compliance policies.
  • Excellent expository writing, research, copyediting and communication skills.
  • Keen attention to detail balanced with excellent time management.
  • Ability to interact with funders and anticipate funder needs.
  • Computer proficiency, including Microsoft Office and Tessitura.
  • Familiarity with prospecting tools such as Foundation Directory Online and DonorSearch.
  • Results-oriented, with a passionate commitment to the performing arts and an appreciation for JALC’s goals and mission.
  • Understanding of complex budgets.
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively across the organization.
  • Available to work some weekends as needed.  

We offer a comprehensive benefits package, including generous PTO, medical, dental, and a 403(b) plan.  Remote work transitioning to the workplace at a future date.


Interested applicants should send a cover letter, salary requirements, and resume to Please include how you heard about the position in your cover letter and write Assistant Director, Institutional Giving in the subject line. Due to the large volume of applications we receive, we will only be able to contact those who are being most actively considered for a position.


Those who are offered a position with Jazz at Lincoln Center will be required to provide written confirmation of a completed COVID-19 vaccination as a condition of employment. 

To assist any individual who is unable to be vaccinated because of a medical condition or who objects to being vaccinated on the basis of sincerely held religious beliefs and practices, JALC will engage in an interactive process to determine if a reasonable accommodation can be provided, so long as it does not create an undue hardship for the JALC and/or does not pose a direct threat to the health or safety of others in the workplace and/or to the employee. To request an accommodation, please notify JALC Human Resources in writing at 

Jazz at Lincoln Center is an equal opportunity employer