Major Gift Officer
Raleigh, NC Advancement
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The Major Gift Officer will be responsible for identifying, cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding individual prospects at the $50,000 range and higher. The yearly goal will vary based on priorities, but averages more than $1,000,000 annually. The Major Gift Officer works with the Chief Advancement Officer and Museum Director on major and special gifts, including capital projects such as the Park Theater, Center for Conservation and Preservation, Children and Family Art Discovery Zone, and other strategic priorities including art acquisitions and the Center for Judaic Art.  The Major Gift Officer reports to the Director of Development. 

  • Bachelor’s degree required.
  • Five  to seven years of experience in fundraising, specifically major gifts, preferably in a      museum setting.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, exceptional interpersonal skills.
  • Strong research and organizational skills, ability to multitask and set priorities.
  • Ability to work independently and in a team environment.
  • Computer literacy with a solid knowledge of word processing, spreadsheets, and donor management and project management software. 
  • Willingness to work evening and weekend hours as needed.
  • Willingness to travel as needed.
  • An enthusiastic interest in the visual arts; a basic knowledge of art history preferred. 
  • Ability to work within deadlines and in a collaborative team environment.
  • Experience using computer applications, including fundraising software and online databases. 


Key Responsibilities

  • Manage a strategic portfolio of 150+ individual major- and planned-gift prospects, with a goal of raising $1,000,000 annually—Portfolio: 1/3 in solicitation, 1/3 in cultivation, 1/3 in discovery. Submit a minimum of two $50k+ proposals per month (24 per year).
  • Manage planned-giving program, including promotion of planned giving and stewarding of current planned-giving donors. Coordinate with executors for realized bequests. Evaluate existing planned-giving program and identify ways to increase donors through more solicitation and formalized recognition program.
  • Provide donor research and monitor news feeds related to our top prospects and supporters. 
  • Manage gifts of art program in collaboration with Curatorial team. Oversee the recording of gifts of art, promotion of gifts of art as appropriate, and collaborate with Stewardship team and Curatorial team to properly steward current and past donors. 
  • Collaborate regularly with other Museum professionals in order to create unique engagement strategies for top existing and potential major-gift donors. Strategize and implement activities supporting donor cultivation with other Advancement team members.
  • Maintain proper data records. Track activity in the prospect management system through plans and steps.
  • Collaborate with the Marketing and Communications Department on the content, design, and publication of all necessary collateral materials.
  • Other duties as assigned.


Compensation and Benefits 

  • The NCMA Foundation provides a competitive compensation commensurate with experience, coupled with a robust package of benefits, generous paid vacation, and an employer match retirement savings plan.
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