Gift Officer, Individual Giving
Job Type

Institutional Overview

Nestled in 25 acres of beautiful gardens, Philbrook Museum of Art is a 1920s Italianate Villa featuring a dynamic and ambitious program of rotating exhibitions and galleries with selections from an actively growing collection of approximately 15,000 objects. With artworks from Africa, the Americas, Asia, and Europe dating from 3,000 BCE to today, Philbrook is Oklahoma’s most comprehensive art museum and offers visitors a glimpse into a broad range of cultures, time periods, and perspectives. The diverse collection supports a vision of Philbrook as central to the lives of our community as a place for learning, inspiration, and fun. Through bold action and strategic investment, we create a space for new ideas, diverse perspectives, and social connection.

Position Overview

In this position, you will identify, cultivate, solicit, and steward a portfolio of current and prospective major donors giving at or above $2,500 annually. The Gift Officer will create personalized strategies to maintain consistent annual giving, increase engagement with the Museum, and grow cumulative giving across funding areas. You will report to the Director of Major Gifts. 

Essential Responsibilities

Relationship Management – 

  • In coordination with the Director of Major Gifts, this position will manage a diversified portfolio of 100+ qualified donors and increase cumulative giving from portfolio year-over-year. 
  • Develop goals and strategies for donors in portfolio, averaging 30 substantive contacts per month. 
  • Solicit major gifts in support of all Museum areas including Ambassador Circle membership, programs, exhibitions, fundraisers, and capital projects. 
  • Craft donor communication and create and implement personal donor engagement opportunities. 

Research & Analysis – 

  • Regularly research, identify and qualify new major gift prospects. 
  • Maintain accurate and timely tracking of donor research and activities in donor database.
  • Track philanthropic activity toward demonstrated growth in cumulative giving. 

Project Management & Collaboration – 

  • In collaboration with the Director of Major Gifts, create, implement, and manage cultivation and stewardship events throughout the year related to major exhibitions and donor programs. 
  • Work collaboratively with Museum staff to cultivate and steward donors. 
  • Collaborate with project leads across the institution to develop funding opportunities to put in front of donors.

Other – 

  • Help foster a philanthropic culture within the organization. 
  • strong relationships with colleagues across the institution by communicating proactively and maintaining a professional demeanor and positive attitude. 
  • Maintain prompt and reliable attendance to successfully perform duties of the job.

Equivalent Education/Experience

  • Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent required; degree in arts- or philanthropy-related field preferred
  • Minimum 2 years’ experience in individual fundraising or outside sales 
  • Experience with cultural institution preferred 
  • Experience with corporate sponsorship a plus


  • Proven interpersonal skills with the ability to interact with a diverse audience in a friendly and professional manner while demonstrating diplomacy, tact, and poise.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced, flexible workplace culture.
  • Excellent communication/presentation skills with the ability to craft compelling written proposals.
  • Strong collaborative and relationship management skills.
  • Excellent organizational skills and time management with the ability to manage concurrent projects.
  • Must be a self-starter with the ability to meet and exceed fundraising goals. 
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office suite.
  • Knowledge of donor database/CRM software; Tessitura experience preferred
  • 10% travel required

Competitive Salary& Benefits

  • $48,000 - $56,000 annual salary
  • Health insurance
  • Paid time off, Sick Time, Paid Holidays 
  • Dental insurance
  • Vision insurance
  • Flexible spending accounts
  • 403(b) retirement plan and matching

Schedule Information:

  • 9:00am - 5:00pm in office Monday - Friday, flexing for occasional evenings and weekend events

***Please provide a full application and Cover Letter to be considered.

Philbrook provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to 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. 

Salary Description
$48,000 - $56,000