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Major Gifts Officer

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At the Philadelphia Museum of Art, we actively seek to employ a diverse group of people who embody our organizational values. We welcome and encourage individuals of all backgrounds to apply, especially those from traditionally underrepresented groups in the museum field, who are inspired by our shared purpose and enjoy working collaboratively with others.

We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, ancestry, citizenship or immigration status, color, disability, ethnicity, familial status, gender identity and/or expression, genetic information, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, veteran status, or any other protected status. 


How You Will Contribute

As a member of the museum’s Development department, the Major Gifts Officer manages all aspects of the gift cycle including identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship for a portfolio of principal giving, major gifts, and planned giving prospects and donors.


Specifically, you will:

  • Identify and develop solicitation strategies for a highly qualified pool of 100+ prospects and current donors.
  • Build and implement strategies that will diversify the museum’s donor base.
  • Meet metrics as assigned, including goals for meetings, proposals over $100,000 submitted, gifts secured, Leadership Annual Giving gifts secured, and identification visits with prospects not previously seen by a Development Officer.
  • Manage prospect tracking and correspondence including contact reports, proposals, prospect strategies, bios, etc.; share information with staff and volunteers as appropriate.
  • 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, , Director of Development, and Trustee leadership.
  • Ensure that Raiser’s Edge is up to date with all actions, contact reports, strategy memos and proposals statuses so that progress towards goals can be tracked and shared through reporting, staff meetings, and in other settings.
  • 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 curatorial or program department(s) of the Museum.
  • Participate in interviewing and hiring process for new Individual Giving division staff, as requested.
  • Direct and evaluate the work of the Major Gifts Assistant, in partnership with fellow Major Gifts Officers and the Deputy Director of Development, Individual Giving. 
  • Participate in select museum programs and donor events.
  • Other duties as assigned.


Your background and experience include:

  • A proven track record of success in initiating contact with prospective donors as well as participating in individual cultivation and solicitation for fundraising campaigns.
  • The ability to communicate the priorities and programs of the museum and identify and understand the philanthropic interests of donors.
  • A bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience is required.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office programs and Raiser’s Edge preferred. 
  • A minimum of seven years of progressive Major Gifts and/or Development experience


Compensation: The minimum salary for this position is $80,325.

This position is part of the AFSCME Local 397 bargaining unit.



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