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Major Gifts Officer - Museum

Connecticut Historical Society
Connecticut, United States
$80,000.00 - $100,000.00
Closing date
Apr 22, 2023

Position Description: The newly created position of Major Gifts Officer will be responsible for cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding a portfolio of 100-150 donors with the potential to make five-figure-plus gifts to support the Connecticut Historical Society (CHS).

About Connecticut Historical Society and its Opportunities:

CHS is at an exciting moment in its history. As the organization prepares for its 200th Anniversary in 2025, the CHS is committed to a five-year strategic plan to enhance its impact by elevating work with diverse communities across the state to develop engaging programs, events, and exhibitions. The CHS is in discussions with the State of Connecticut regarding a potential public-private capital project which is currently in its early stages of conception. In support of this capital project, the CHS anticipates launching a comprehensive fundraising campaign. In preparation for this anticipated campaign, the CHS has completed a campaign readiness assessment, an extensive development assessment, and wealth screen of its prospects. The CHS has also completed an institutional rebrand which will launch to the public during 2023.



  • Work closely with the Chief Advancement Officer to design a major gift strategy aimed at increasing the overall dollars raised, and deepening our relationships with the CHS’ most committed supporters
  • Develop and grow CHS’ donor base and pipeline of individuals capable of making five-figure-plus gifts
  • Build and manage a fundraising portfolio of 100-150 active prospects, including:
    • Identify, research, and qualify donors in close consultation with the Manager of Development Services
    • Create individual goals that match organizational needs to the passions, interests, and capacity of each individual prospect; set and achieve annual portfolio goals
    • Create a meaningful cultivation and solicitation plan for each prospect; execute and modify as circumstances change

Skills, Experience and Education Required:

  • Demonstrated success in major gift fundraising with a minimum of 5-7 years of relevant professional experience, preferably with capital campaign fundraising experience



Full time, Monday through Friday, with approx. 2 days remote per week.  



$80,000 to $100,000 per year.

Eligible for generous full employee benefits package including medical, dental, vision, life, long term disability, employer contributions to 403(b) plan, and paid vacation and sick days.

How to apply
Please email cover letter and resume to Susan Presutti, Director of Human Resources,, by April 14, 2023. Finalist group of candidates will provide three references (preferably current or former managers) with telephone numbers and email addresses.

CHS is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

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