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Major Gifts Officer

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The Philadelphia Museum of Art is seeking a results-oriented and donor-centered individual to serve as Major Gifts Officer. This is a unique opportunity to work with donors at the highest levels and be part of a dynamic Development office during a transformational expansion project designed by world renowned architect Frank Gehry. The successful individual is creative and systematic in their approach to working with their portfolio, and can engage and inspire prospective donors and volunteers.  The Major Gifts team works strategically and collaboratively with Museum leadership, Development colleagues, other staff and volunteers to raise funds for programmatic, endowment, and capital priorities.

Specifically, you will…

  • Identify, qualify, cultivate and solicit a portfolio of 100+ prospects and current donors.
    • Develop, implement and drive cultivation and solicitation strategies to secure gifts focused in the $100,000–$1,000,000 range.
    • Move potential donors in an appropriate and timely fashion toward solicitation and closure, making face to face solicitations and involving additional staff and volunteers when needed.
  • Support solicitation activities of the Museum’s Director, President, Director of Development, and Trustee leadership.
  • Manage prospect tracking and correspondence in order to monitor progress toward assigned goals.
  • Meet metrics as assigned, including goals for meetings, proposals submitted, gifts secured, Leadership Annual Giving gifts secured, and identification visits with prospects not previously seen by a Development Officer.
  • Collaborate with Leadership Annual Giving team as well as with other Development and Museum staff to ensure that annual operating support gifts are part of a holistic philanthropic approach with donors.
  • Serve as Development liaison with a curatorial or program department of the Museum.

Your diverse background includes…

  • A minimum of seven years of progressive Major Gifts and/or Development experience.
  • A proven track record of success in initiating contact with prospective donors as well as participating in individual cultivation and solicitation for fundraising campaigns.
  • Successful candidates will have the ability to articulate the priorities and programs of the Museum, and identify and understand the philanthropic interests of donors.
  • A bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution is required.
  • Proficiency in Windows, Raiser’s Edge and Excel is strongly preferred.  
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