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Career Opportunities

Manager of Institutional Giving (full-time position)
Department: Development
Reports to: Deputy Director for Development



The Manager of Institutional Giving is part of a small development team responsible for raising a significant portion of the American Folk Art Museum’s annual revenues.

Working closely with the Deputy Director for Development, the Manager of Institutional Giving manages all aspects of institutional giving to the museum, including foundation giving, government grants, and corporate philanthropy. In addition to stewarding current grants, the Manager of Institutional Giving researches and writes new proposals, creating tailored strategies for collaboration with funders, with a focus on sustained revenue generation and outcomes-based partnerships.

The ideal candidate is a self-motivated and creative professional who possesses excellent writing and presentation skills, and who has the ability to build client relationships and manage complex projects. A willingness to be a team player and a good sense of humor are necessary.


Principal Responsibilities:

  • Maintain the museum’s portfolio of foundation partners, government funders, and corporate partners
  • Stewart current grants to ensure proper fulfillment of all grant requirements
  • Maintain a grants calendar of deadlines, shared with relevant colleagues
  • Research potential grant opportunities, working closely with other departments at the museum to identify projects or partnerships that enhance the mission of the museum
  • Prepare grant budgets and comply with museum reporting procedures as determined by the CFO
  • Synthesize the museum’s complex programs and activities into clear, compelling presentations, proposals, and reports
  • Submit applications for various curatorial and publication awards
  • Other duties as required



  • 3 to 5 years of mid-to-high level development experience and non-profit grant writing experience
  • Excellent verbal and written skills (Writing samples and references will be requested.)
  • Museum and arts experience a plus


To apply: Send cover letter and resume to Include job title in the email subject field. No phone calls, please.


Equal Opportunity Employer
The American Folk Art Museum provides equal opportunity to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, age, mental or physical disability, pregnancy, alienage or citizenship status, marital status or domestic partner status, genetic information, genetic predisposition or carrier status, gender identity, HIV status, military status and any other category protected by law in all employment decisions, including but not limited to recruitment, hiring, compensation, training and apprenticeship, promotion, upgrading, demotion, downgrading, transfer, lay-off and termination, and all other terms and conditions of employment.

The American Folk Art Museum is located at 2 Lincoln Square in midtown Manhattan. The administrative office for the museum is in Long Island City, Queens.


Volunteer Opportunities

Thank you for your interest in volunteering at the American Folk Art Museum! Volunteers are vital to the success of the museum, contributing countless hours to visitor services, education projects, administrative assignments, and special events. The museum is always seeking energetic and committed volunteers interested in folk art and self-taught artists. While each opportunity requires specific skill sets, every qualified candidate must be dedicated, communicate effectively, possess basic computer skills—including familiarity with the internet—and have a valid email address.

To apply: Please complete the volunteer application form here.

If your skills and qualifications meet our immediate needs, you will be contacted for an interview. If not, your application will be kept on file and you will be contacted if an appropriate position becomes available. Only individuals authorized to work for the museum in the United States will be accepted into the internship program. The museum will consider expressions of interest in providing volunteer services to the museum from non-work authorized individuals.


The museum offers internships for college and university students, graduate students, and emerging professionals interested in museum careers. The goal of an internship is to provide practical experience as well as a general understanding of the role of an individual department within a larger museum setting. Academic internships are by semester or full year. For general internship queries, send a résumé and cover letter to, stating the departments you are interested in working in, the skills you bring, and how you hope to contribute to the department.


Curatorial Intern—Spring/Summer 2019

The American Folk Art Museum is seeking part-time interns for Spring/Summer 2018 for its 20th & 21st Century Self-Taught Art Curatorial Department. This position is open to students enrolled in a Master or a PhD program, interested in careers in art museums. Please note that this is an unpaid internship; credit toward class may be given if applicable. Work days and hours are flexible; however, a minimum commitment of eight hours per week for at least ten weeks is required.


  • Assist the curator in research for two upcoming large exhibitions


Qualifications/Skills Required:

  • Strong writing and organizational skills
  • Previous research experience
  • Ability to work independently and with acute attention to detail
  • Interest in self-taught artists
  • Computer skills, including experience with Microsoft Office, Excel, and TMS
  • Student in art history and anthropology preferred


To apply: Please email a cover letter and resume (two pages max.) to the attention of Curator Valérie Rousseau at Indicate “Curatorial Internship – 20th & 21st Century Self-Taught Art” in the subject line.



Visit the Fellowship page to learn about current opportunities.


Log Cabin Quilt, Courthouse Steps Variation
Samuel Steinberger (1865–c. 1934)


Crewelwork Picture
Artist unidentified


The Kander Valley in the Bernese Oberland (Das Kander-Thal im Berner Ober-land)
Adolf Wölfli (1864–1930)