The National WWII Museum is currently seeking a Director of
Development - Major Gifts for the West / Midwest Region. This
position reports to the Associate Vice President of Development and
is responsible for securing financial resources for the Museum’s
capital campaign, programmatic and planned giving program
objectives. The Director will be responsible for building
relationships with individual, corporate, and foundation donors and
prospects in the West and Midwest region.
The Museum’s fundraising program is national in scale and major
gift officers are assigned regional responsibilities. The
Director will join a major gift development team that includes
Directors of Development for the following regions:
North/Midatlantic, South/Central, Louisiana/Texas as well as a
Director of Planned Giving.
MAJOR DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
- Identify, cultivate, and solicit leadership and major gift
prospects; recommend and implement cultivation, solicitation,
stewardship and engagement strategies for prospects, work with
executive and Museum leadership and board members as appropriate;
meet with prospects both in-person and virtually, with regular
travel throughout the assigned region.
- Participate in the development of capital, programmatic and
endowment fundraising strategies for increased giving, with
emphasis on the expansion of an individual major gift effort.
- Manage a portfolio of approximately 150 prospects through all
fundraising cycles – identification, qualification, cultivation,
solicitation and stewardship – meeting monthly donor contact and
proposal submission goals and tracking contacts; maintain updates
in the Museum’s CRM, Raiser’s Edge.
- Develop and implement solicitation plans for each prospect;
create compelling proposals for prospects to support.
- Coordinate stewardship and acknowledgment activities, ensuring
regular and systematic contact with prospects through all means of
- Assist Museum administrators in the recognition of
institutional funding needs, keeping up to date on institutional
priorities, programs, people and events.
- Serve as the principal liaison for major gift prospects with
the Museum, developing and maintaining a collaborative work
environment with Museum departments to create a seamless donor
journey and engagement experience for donors and prospects
QUALIFICATIONS and ATTRIBUTES
- Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s degree and CFRE
certification are a plus.
- 5+ years of direct fundraising experience -- with a clear
understanding of annual, major, capital and deferred gifts -- and a
demonstrable track record in securing 6 and 7 figure gifts.
- Experience in the fields of higher education, healthcare or
large arts/cultural organizations; demonstrable interest in
- Mastery of the skills, principles, practices, and techniques
associated with implementing and successfully executing major gift
work with a national scope.
- Highly developed interpersonal, written and verbal
- Proactive strategic thinker with strong organizational skills
and an ability to work independently and as a team member.
- Flexible, adaptable, and proactive team player, comfortable
with ambiguity, with an ability to navigate sophisticated donor
- Ability to navigate work responsibilities in building donor
relationships that requires regular travel, evening and weekend
meetings and time commitments.
In addition to offering competitive wages, the Museum’s benefits
- Medical insurance – 2 plan options; Museum pays 75% of
- Dental and vision insurance
- Flexible spending account
- 401(k) – Museum matches 50% of employee contribution up to 6%;
employer contribution full vested after 3 years of employment
- Life insurance and AD&D - $15,000 policy employer paid;
additional life and AD&D available
- Long term disability insurance
- Paid vacation and sick leave, 10 paid holidays per year
- Free parking
- Tuition assistance and professional development
- Employee assistance program
The National WWII Museum is an equal opportunity employer and
seeks diversity in its workforce. We are dedicated to a
policy of non-discrimination in employment on any basis including
race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability
status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation,
gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic
protected by federal, state, or local laws. Consistent with
the Americans with Disabilities Act, applicants may request
accommodations needed to participate in the application
Interested candidates should apply online at www.nationalww2museum.org/employment
or mail resumes to 945 Magazine St., New Orleans, LA 70130.