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Major Gifts Officer, Museum field

Mystic Seaport Museum
Connecticut, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Closing date
Sep 24, 2021

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Position Type
Fundraising, Donor Relations, Major Gifts, Other Fundraising
Employment Type
Full Time
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Taking advantage of the upward trajectory of the Museum, the Major Gifts Officer will be responsible for securing philanthropic support for the mission of Mystic Seaport Museum.  Major gift giving at Mystic Seaport Museum is a donor centric undertaking that results in a trust-based donor relationship, which ultimately generates significant donor outcomes. The successful candidate will work collaboratively with other solicitors and support staff, program staff, and members of the management team identify, cultivate, solicit, and steward major gift donors. The position reports to the Vice President for Advancement.

The Major Gifts officer will seek gifts not only for operating support, but for projects across the institution, including education, special exhibition initiatives, scholarships, the Gala, planned gifts, and in-kind support.

Cultivation strategies will include but not be limited to, correspondence, face to face socializing and meetings, presentations, special experiences and exclusive hosted events both on and off the museum grounds. Some out of state travel required.

The Major Gifts Officer will be responsible for individual fundraising objectives within their portfolio and for supporting the collective success of the Advancement Team.

Essential Functions:

  • Build a portfolio of 100- 150 donors with potential to give at the $5,000 level and above.
  • Manage their engagement with and cultivate their passion for the institution.
  • Establish an individualized strategy for each potential donor, which takes into consideration their area of passion, determines the length of their cultivation and the approach.
  • Plan and successfully execute solicitations with these donors.


Measuring Success:

  • The successful candidate will maintain their portfolio’s annual fund giving, secure new revenue and increase the number of major gifts received annually.
  • The successful candidate will work with the VP Advancement to set performance metrics including fundraising goals as part of the annual institutional budgeting process.
  • Performance will be evaluated quarterly based on the effectiveness of strategic initiatives to meet objectives, and on self-measured levels of activity, including but not limited to outgoing touches, successful engagements, actual solicitations, and most critically, actual portfolio results.



  • Bachelor’s degree required
  • Five or more year’s development experience in major gifts as an individual giving officer
  • Experience with legacy or deferred gifts and / or grants and foundation work preferred
  • Personnel management experience desirable
  • Fundraising training and experience, coursework toward CFRE, CFRE certification preferred
  • Experience with prospect research
  • Prior experience at a mid to large-sized non-profit organization’s advancement department
  • Self-starter with a demonstrated strong work ethic
  • Ability to work independently, and collaboratively as part of a team
  • A sense of integrity and emotional intelligence
  • Strong communication skills, both written and verbal
  • Proficiency with Raisers Edge or another relationship management system
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office applications, including Outlook, Word, and Excel


Please include a cover letter with your application

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