Major Gifts Officer
The Boston Athenaeum (BA) seeks a highly skilled, experienced,
and results-oriented development professional for the role of Major
Gifts Officer. This position’s schedule is full time from
Monday-Friday and is currently partially remote, with some days
required in the BA. Reporting to the Chief Development
Officer and working closely with the Library’s senior leadership,
this position is a key member of the BA’s Development department.
With new energetic executive leadership, the BA is at a point of
significant growth and renewal of its membership, donor base,
collections, and programs.
The Major Gifts Officer’s focus will be on providing strategic leadership in building relationships, cultivating and soliciting individuals and selecting foundation donors to grow unrestricted support for the Library, while promoting opportunities for targeted funding of particular exhibitions, programs, and initiatives. The individual in this role will be responsible for the identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of donors and prospects capable of making annual gifts of $10,000 or more, as well as re-engaging lapsed donors and legacy donors. The Major Gifts Officer will also work closely with the Chief Development Officer on major campaign gifts and reinvigorating a planned giving program.
The successful individual in this role has talent in identifying and cultivating new donors, strong interpersonal and organizational skills, and the ability to work cross-functionally with various departments to build strategic fundraising plans and solicitations.
Growth of major gifts fundraising
program, including oversight of individualized moves management
strategies and implementation of special fundraising
Managing a relationship portfolio of
approximately 100-125+ donors and prospects with capacity to give a
minimum of $10,000 annually, and/or ability to consider planned
Developing solicitation strategies
for donors / prospects in support of the organization's annual
fund, planned giving, and growth campaigns; ensure strategies are
compatible and maximize opportunities with other existing campaigns
Actively soliciting contributed
support from donors for unrestricted library operations, special
exhibitions, special collections, and other initiatives.
Partnering with the marketing team in
the development of major gift solicitation materials and
Continually recommending short- and
long-term fundraising plans and developing goals for the
growth of major gifts support focused on substantive contacts and
activity to identify, cultivate solicit and steward donors.
Overseeing major donor stewardship
including 10 ½ Circle, Hannah Adams, Rodney Armstrong, and
Bromfield Societies’ activities through deep collaboration with the
Maintaining accurate and detailed
records of donor communications and prospect management including
documentation of gift interactions within salesforce.
Reinvigorating a planned giving
program to steward legacy donors and cultivate prospects, resulting
in a planned giving pipeline.
Working with the Development
Coordinator to analyze donor base, screen and prepare profiles of
current and prospective donors; establish and refine benchmarks for
department research processes as needed.
Seven years of successful development
experiences (including major gift experience) with a track record
in planning and implementing fundraising campaigns, closing gifts,
and meeting goals.
Strong verbal and written
communication skills, ability to communicate ideas with enthusiasm
to donors, and an ability to effectively match interests of donors
to Library needs.
Demonstrated skills initiating and
managing projects, working independently, and meeting
Proficiency to manage multiple
deadlines and work with diverse groups cross-organizationally in a
Exemplify ethical standards of
professional fundraising, including confidentiality as
Adept at working with GSuite and
experience with fundraising software (salesforce preferred).
Excellent interpersonal skills with
Flexibility as needed to work
evenings and/or weekends for special events.
Salary range: $90,000 - $100,000
TO APPLY: Please send a cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Boston Athenæum is an equal opportunity employer. We encourage individuals of diverse backgrounds to apply and are committed to hiring individuals who value a diverse and inclusive work environment. The Boston Athenæum is also committed to providing access, equal opportunity, and reasonable accommodation for individuals with disabilities in employment. To request a reasonable accommodation, please contact the Director of Business Operations & Augusta Thomas Director of Finance, Christopher Boudrot, at 617-720-7642 or email@example.com.
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