The Deputy Director of Major Gifts is a senior development officer
responsible for the cultivation and solicitation of major donors
and major donor prospects. S/he helps manage the Major Gifts
program and oversees solicitation strategy for the Major Gifts
annual goal of over $30 million, while also providing strategy
support for the recently launched Transforming the Met
Campaign. S/he will help oversee the International Council and
will help lead special programs and projects within the
department. S/he reports to the Director of Major Gifts.
Manage a personal portfolio of Major Gifts and Patron donors,
provide excellent patron service, and cultivate and solicit current
donors with an emphasis on upgrades.
Work closely with Director of Major Gifts and the Director of
Research to identify key prospects to support the
new Transforming the Met Campaign (goal of $432
million) and schedule in-person meetings with donors and prospects
to solicit for six-figure and seven-figure gifts.
Identify, cultivate, solicit and manage a pool of prospects
currently giving or with the capacity to give $25,000+
Assist Director in implementing the Major Gifts strategic plan
and managing the Major Gifts solicitations, as well as helping
provide guidance on solicitations for Transforming the Met
Mentor Major Gifts Officers in donor cultivation, solicitation,
and stewardship and other projects.
Manage the cultivation and stewardship activities of the Major
Gifts team (box parties, Major Gifts events, Grand Tier
Manage the International Council group, and organize and
support related activities.
Write and prepare original documents for fundraising
initiatives, including solicitation letters and new fundraising
Assist donor benefit fulfillment activities as needed.
Host cultivation evenings throughout the season, including
weekends, as well as gala events.
Skills & Qualifications:
At least 5-10 years of senior-level fundraising experience with
an emphasis on individual solicitation. Previous managerial
experience is preferred.
Comfort and poise working with high-level donors, including
Experience with international donors.
Diplomacy, tact, and ability to meet and manage donor
expectations skillfully and gracefully.
Excellent written and oral communication skills.
Strong computer and database skills. Familiarity with
Tessitura a plus.
Familiarity with the performing arts, particularly opera, a
The Metropolitan Opera is a performance venue that requires
employees working in the building to be fully vaccinated. Due to
the nature of this role, you must be fully vaccinated and receive a
COVID-19 booster shot, if you are eligible, at the time your
employment is scheduled to start.
Ability to be flexible and work well with all personality
Ability to multi-task.
Some evening and weekend work will be required.
The Metropolitan Opera offers a competitive salary and
comprehensive benefits package to our full‐time employees
including: *Medical plan and company paid Dental and Vision
coverage *Participation in the 403(b) upon hire. Enrollment in the
Metropolitan Opera Pension Plan *Employer paid Life insurance *Up
to 20 Vacation days in the 4th year of employment *10 Holidays and
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