Annual Giving, Capital Campaigns/Endowment, Major Gifts
4 Year Degree
The New Bedford Whaling Museum seeks a Major Gifts Officer. The Major Gifts Officer is a key member of a dynamic and highly productive development team charged with a yearly fundraising agenda of $3M. Reporting to the Director of Development, the Major Gifts Officer will manage the Museum’s portfolio of individual and corporate donors with a focus on major gifts (donors of $1,000+).
Specific responsibilities include:
Identify, cultivate and solicit qualified prospects and donors of $1,000+ to support the Annual Fund, special events, special projects, endowment, and capital projects.
Steward the Cupola Society, a portfolio of major donors, with responsibility for growing the Society.
Engage with members of the Development Committee in peer prospect recruitment.
Work with the Director of Development to implement an Annual Giving strategy and meet annual benchmarks and goals.
Manage all aspects of day-to-day operation of the Annual Fund including: planning and implementing mailings, writing solicitation materials, generating gift reports, and managing gift tracking.
Identify, cultivate and solicit qualified corporate prospects for annual gifts;
Utilize Raisers-Edge donor software tool to manage profiles of individual donors and prospects
Organize and attend appropriate donor and donor cultivation events, including Cupola Society programming, on-site VIP receptions and tours, and off-site events.
Identify, cultivate and solicit qualified prospects to sponsor the annual Gala.
The successful candidate will have progressive fundraising experience and proven ability to solicit and close gifts on the $10,000 level; a track record of building relationships to achieve fundraising goals; and the ability to develop and execute a cultivation strategy for qualified prospects. The successful candidate will have the ability to effectively articulate the Museum’s priorities to donors; have excellent verbal and writing skill; and enjoy working in a fast paced environment.
Minimum qualifications include a Bachelors’ degree, valid driving license, and excellent computer skills with proficiency in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, and Outlook). This position requires occasional nights and weekends. Preferred qualifications include proficiency in Raiser’s Edge or comparable fundraising database software. Museum or arts/culture experience is a plus. Competitive salary commensurate with qualifications and experience.
APPLICATIONINSTRUCTIONS: Send resume, cover letter, and salary requirements to Michelle Taylor, V.P. Operations & CFO, at firstname.lastname@example.org. New Bedford Whaling Museum is committed to diversity among its employees and encourages qualified candidates from all backgrounds to apply.
The Museum is the largest museum in America devoted to the history of the American whaling industry and its greatest port. Through exhibits, publications, and programs, the Museum brings to life the whaling era and the history of the local area. It houses the most extensive collection of art, artifacts, and manuscripts pertaining to American whaling in the age of sail - late eighteenth century to ...the early twentieth, when sailing ships dominated merchant trade and whaling.The mission of the Old Dartmouth Historical Society-New Bedford Whaling Museum is to educate and interest all the public in: The historic interaction of humans with whales worldwide; The history of Old Dartmouth and adjacent communities; and Regional maritime activities.To accomplish this mission, the Society shall: Collect, preserve, and interpret the artifacts and documentary evidence of these endeavors; Maintain a whaling, maritime, and local history museum; Maintain a research library; Promote and disseminate historical research; and Accept and hold historic sites, where appropriate.