USS New Jersey
most decorated battleship in Navy history, earning distinction in
World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, the Cold War, and
conflicts in the Middle East. The New Jersey
history spanned over half the 20th century, from its design in
1938 until 1991. She was launched on the first anniversary of Pearl
Harbor and went on to steam more miles, fight in more battles, and
fire more shells than any other battleship in history. In World War
II, the New Jersey
led the Pacific Fleet under
Admirals Spruance and Halsey and fought in the two largest naval
battles in history. She was reactivated to fight in the Korean War
and again in the Vietnam War when she was the world’s only
operating battleship. She was reactivated for a third time in the
Cold War to halt Soviet expansionism and resolve conflicts in the
Middle East. After fighting fascism, communism, and terrorism, she
was decommissioned for the final time in February 1991. Today,
continues her service as a living museum
and memorial in Camden, New Jersey, just across the Delaware River
from Philadelphia, where she was built.
The Major Gifts Officer (MGO) is a
vital member of the Executive Team and is responsible for securing
financial resources for the Home Port Alliance for the USS New
Jersey, Inc. (the HPA). The primary position focus is meeting and
working with donors and prospects with significant giving capacity
to accomplish their giving objectives through large gifts over
$5000 and legacy giving. The MGO will engage in and be responsible
for major donor identification, cultivation, solicitation, and
relationship growth. This income-generating position reports
directly to the Chief Executive Officer (CEO). The position
requires travel and includes evening and weekend responsibilities
to be successful.
- Cultivate giving relationships for the operation and
restoration of the Battleship New Jersey Museum &
- Develop a compelling case for support and fundraising materials
to convey the significant history of the Battleship NJ and clearly
show how the continued operation of the historic sites is critical
to honor its legacy, the legacy of those who served, and the
education of our citizens.
- Establish realistic goals for significant gifts annually with
the CEO and develop an incremental growth plan.
- Identify and cultivate major gift prospects. Build
relationships with donors that align with the HPA’s mission and
- Manage a portfolio of approximately 100-125 relationships and
apply a moves management approach to the portfolio. Develop a
customized engagement strategy for donors.
- Manage prospects in the Delaware Valley and Mid-Atlantic, and
plan for the nationally strategic expansion of the donor pool.
- Develop stewardship strategies that continue the major gift
relationship for future gifts and legacy giving opportunities.
- Adhere to the highest ethical standards to match the HPA
values; demonstrate an empathetic disposition; reflect an
optimistic attitude to the donors.
- Report progress quarterly in a report that can be shared with
- Work collaboratively, under the direction of the CEO, with
other key members of the HPA’s senior staff to accomplish
individual, team, and organizational funding goals.
- Serve as a resource for other members of the Executive Staff,
from identifying potential volunteer connections to knowing about
meeting and event spaces in key locations.
- Track prospects and donor contacts in the portfolio using the
HPA’s donor management software. Ensure that all donor information
is recorded and accomplished in a technologically secure
- Participate in planning and hosting signature fundraising
events at the Battleship and offsite.
- Actively participate in the Board of Trustees’ Resource and
- Perform other duties as assigned.
- Bachelor’s degree required. Master's degree and/or Certificate
in Professional Fundraising preferred.
- Minimum of three years of experience as a Major Gift Officer
and demonstrated success in donor cultivation and sustained
- Knowledge of philanthropy best practices.
- Ability to communicate effectively and to develop and maintain
effective relationships with donors.
- Detailed and in-depth knowledge of fundraising, its impact, and
associated tax laws.
- Skilled in researching and analyzing data for prospect
- Skilled and compelling writer.
- Proficient social media skills.
- Proficient with Altru, Raiser’s Edge, or other Blackbaud
- Capable of handling numerous tasks at once and still meeting
- Demonstrated ability to understand the needs and interests of
donors to develop or strengthen relationships with the HPA.
- Proficient in the development and growth of legacy giving
- Ability to travel and work irregular hours as the position
The HPA’s and the Battleship New
Jersey Museum & Memorial’s recruitment policies are designed to
place the most highly qualified persons available in a timely and
efficient manner. Battleship New Jersey may pursue all
avenues available, including promotion from within, employee
referrals, outside advertising, employment agencies, Internet
recruiting, job fairs, college recruiting, search firms, and
Equal Employment Opportunity:
The HPA and the Battleship New Jersey strongly supports equal
employment opportunity for all applicants regardless of race,
color, sex, religion, marital status, national origin, age, sexual
orientation or preference, medical condition (including pregnancy),
or protected disability where it is unrelated to the ability to
perform a job, or status as a