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Major Gifts Officer

Shedd Aquarium
Illinois, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Closing date
Jun 18, 2022

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Position Type
Fundraising, Major Gifts
Animal Protection, Environment, Museum
Employment Type
Full Time
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The Major Gifts Officer will grow Shedd Aquarium’s major gifts pipeline, including targeted solicitation of 5- and 6- figure gifts, through Shedd’s current comprehensive fundraising campaign in support of Shedd mission and Centennial Commitment fundraising priorities. The Major Gifts Officer will be an enthusiastic, results-oriented, and entrepreneurial relationship builder who thrives on fast-paced teams. Must demonstrate exceptional work ethic and high-caliber writing skills. Must have the ability to manage various efforts at once while maintaining a clear view of how those efforts support Shedd’s mission and advance the Centennial Commitment campaign.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Demonstrate commitment to Shedd's vision, mission, and values.
  • Cultivate, solicit, and thoughtfully steward a portfolio of approximately 70 donors capable of making leading annual financial commitments of 5-figures or more and designated commitments of 6-figures or more.  
  • Plan and execute a minimum of 140 visits per year with prospects, including a significant focus on discovery and qualification.
  • Deliver a minimum of 12 comprehensive major gift solicitations annually that effectively match donor interests with Aquarium needs.
  • Work closely with members of the Prospect Research, Annual Giving, and Membership teams to ensure consistent flow of prospects up and down the pipeline.
  • Leverage close working relationships with the Board of Trustees, President’s Council, and event committees to identify new prospects and convert event donors into annual supporters.
  • Support President’s Council leadership in their work to host targeted semi-annual identification and cultivation events.
  • Collaborate with internal Shedd colleagues to implement unique donor cultivation and stewardship opportunities.  
  • Maintain timely contact records in the database and analysis of donors managed.  Deliver timely and effective follow-up to prospects and donors.
  • Participate in coordination and execution of appropriate donor cultivation events, including small group engagement and marquee fundraiser (Gala and Immersion).  This will require occasional evening and weekend availability.
  • Other duties as assigned in support of other areas of development when needed.


  • To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


  • Minimum of a Bachelors' degree required


  • A minimum of 6 years of progressive, professional experience in development, alumni relations, or similar professional work experience.  Experience managing and moving a portfolio of donors preferred.
  • Quantifiable success in delivering personal solicitations required.
We strongly encourage people of color, LGBTQ+ community, veterans and active duty military, parents, individuals with disabilities, and individuals from all cultural backgrounds to apply. Shedd Aquarium is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes everyone to our team.

If you need a reasonable accommodation at any point in the application or interview process, please let us know. In your application, please feel free to select which pronouns you use (For example – she/her/hers, he/him/his, they/them/theirs).

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