American Museum Of Natural History
Major Gifts Officer
The American Museum of Natural History seeks an enterprising Major
Gifts Officer who will primarily work to secure five- and
six-figure gifts from individual donors and prospects to support
the broad scope of the institution's work in science and education.
The Major Gifts Officer will identify, qualify, cultivate, solicit,
and steward his/her/their own portfolio of donors/prospects,
implementing targeted strategies he/she/they develop, resulting in
gift closures at maximum levels of support. The Major Gifts Officer
will also staff volunteers and manage volunteer councils and
committees, as assigned. The ideal candidate is an enthusiastic
self-starter who is capable of building sustainable, long-term
philanthropic relationships while meeting annual fundraising goals
for a preeminent scientific and cultural institution with more than
150 years of history. He/she/they should also have proven volunteer
management skills. Key Responsibilities include, but are not
- Build and manage a portfolio of at least 125 major gift donors
and prospects to deepen their engagement and relationships with the
Museum and increase their giving, aligned with the institution's
- Create tailored short-, intermediate- and long-term strategies
for existing donor/prospect portfolio.
- Conceptualize and implement strategies to engage new prospects,
including identifying and researching prospects where
- Staff volunteers and manage volunteer councils and committees,
as assigned. Work collaboratively with Development colleagues to
develop a volunteer management plan that leverages resources and
compliments a variety of volunteer strengths and opportunities in
prospecting, cultivating, and soliciting.
- Proactively stay abreast of the Museum's needs within areas of
responsibility and identify prospective donors for those
- Craft effective proposals, reports, acknowledgements, and other
related communications, working with Donor Relations team.
- Plan, oversee, and host various cultivation and stewardship
activities, including one-on-one and volunteer council meetings,
tours, and other small gatherings.
- Coordinate and collaborate with Museum colleagues, including
Museum leadership, fellow Institutional Advancement staff,
scientists, educators, and exhibition specialists.
- Maintain current and accurate records in Raiser's Edge
- Bachelor’s degree.
- 7+ years’ professional experience, at least 4 of which is in a
donor-facing role in development. Demonstrated success in
soliciting and closing gifts at the major gift level.
- Solid volunteer management skills.
- Exceptional communication skills, including written, oral, and
- Ability to exercise flexibility, good judgement, and
- Attentive to detail, while adapting quickly to, planning for,
and managing multiple projects in a fast-paced setting.
- Ability to function independently yet work in a centralized
- Understanding of the Museum’s mission and the ability to be an
effective spokesperson and representative.
- Proficient use of Microsoft Office programs, internet
applications, and fundraising databases (with Raiser’s Edge
experience, a plus).
- Ability to travel locally and work occasional evenings and
- Raiser’s Edge experience, a plus
To be considered for this position please visit our web site and
apply on line at the following link: careers.amnh.org
The American Museum of Natural History is one of the world's
preeminent scientific and cultural institutions. Since its founding
in 1869, the Museum has advanced its global mission to discover,
interpret and disseminate information about human cultures, the
natural world and the universe through a wide-ranging program of
scientific research, education and exhibition. The Museum is
renowned for its exhibitions and scientific collections, which
serve as a field guide to the entire planet and present a panorama
of the world's cultures.
The American Museum of Natural History is an Equal
Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. The Museum does not
discriminate with respect to employment, or admission or access to
Museum facilities, programs or activities on the basis of race,
creed, color, religion, age, disability, marital status,
partnership status, gender, sex, sexual orientation, gender
identity, gender expression, genetic information, pregnancy,
alienage or citizenship status, current or former participation in
the uniformed services, status as a veteran, or national or ethnic
origin, or on account of any other basis prohibited by applicable
City, State, or Federal law.
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