The Art Institute of Chicago is a national leader in the visual arts and an important cultural partner in a dynamic city. Founded in 1879, the Art Institute is widely recognized for both its curatorial excellence and its popularity among visitors. Its exceptional collection and important exhibition schedule are complemented by cutting-edge curatorial and scientific research. The Art Institute welcomes 1.6 million visitors annually and has been ranked among the world’s top three art museums on TripAdvisor for the past four years. With a new senior leadership team, the museum is in an enviable position to reaffirm the importance of an art museum in our democracy and the role of the Art Institute in its city. A strong and generous base of members, leadership donors, and major/planned gift prospects support the museum’s operations, exhibitions, and special/capital projects.
Founded in 1977, the Sustaining Fellows play a central role in museum life. Their legacy of support constitutes the Art Institute’s premier annual giving campaign providing critical unrestricted support from Trustees as well as other leading philanthropists. Each fiscal year, approximately 1,000 Sustaining Fellows contribute more than $7,000,000 with gifts ranging from $2,500 to $250,000. Led by an Executive Committee of renowned civic and cultural influencers, Sustaining Fellows are recognized for their vital support with insider access to the museum’s leadership, curators, and globally acclaimed collection through highly tailored programs and travel, both internationally and domestically.
The Sustaining Fellows Gift Officer will work within the Individual Giving Department to manage Sustaining Fellows, the museum’s premier donor society comprised of 1,000+ VIP donors providing annual unrestricted gifts of $2,500-$99,999. This position supports the Sustaining Fellows to raise $8M+ annually in funding. Working in conjunction with the Director of Sustaining Fellows, the Sustaining Fellows Gift Officer will provide assistance in acquisition and solicitation activities to enhance the Sustaining Fellows membership. Additionally this position will work closely with volunteer committees and museum leadership to cultivate and retain donors through active participation and tailored stewardship.
PRIMARY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Manage a portfolio of ~100 donors (roughly 30% major gift prospects; 70% SF)– actively stewarding and soliciting individuals appropriately each year. Serve as a strong model to peers of portfolio management.
Directly solicit prospects and provide staff support to museum leadership, including the President and Director, and board members for solicitations.
Work closely with the Director of Sustaining Fellows to assist in implementing solicitation and acquisition strategies to achieve increased revenue goals.
Participate in regular meetings with Research staff to identity and track prospects.
Work with Sustaining Fellows Coordinator of to ensure timely coordination of cultivation and stewardship reports.
Build and maintain relationships with curatorial staff, Prospect Development and Information Strategy, Insitutional Relations, Special Events, Marketing and Public Relations, Volunteers and Visitor Services, Security, etc.
Works closely with Development staff including the offices of the Senior Vice President for Museum Development and Special Events and Affiliates to ensure integration and coordination of Sustaining Fellow programming with other institutional efforts.
Provide development support during donor travel as necessary; either as primary development staffer on trip or as office liaison to development staffer participating on trip.
Assist the Director of Sustaining Fellows and Associate Director of Donor Travel to plan two-three domestic and one – two international trips each year for the Sustaining Fellows.Assist in preparation of correspondence and collateral materials to support each trip, including reports, hospitality gifts, museum brochures and guides, etc.
Assist Director of Sustaining Fellows in monthly management of the Executive Committee, the Program Committee, the Travel Committee, the Membership Committee and Membership Engagement Committee.
Support the Director of Sustaining Fellows in maintaining the Sustaining Fellows annual budget.
Represents the Art Institute as appropriate at external events, meetings and to the public at large.
Bachelors degree required.
Minimum three years track record of progressively responsible experience in Development including experience closing gifts $2,500 to $99,000.
Must have experience in stewardship and relationship cultivation of Trustees and/or high-level volunteers and external constituencies.
Must have experience producing high-end, large-scale events and special VIP experiences.
Excellent writing, oral, and interpersonal skills.
Proficiency in Word, Excel, InDesign (or similar system), Raiser’s Edge (or similar system) and demonstrated ability to learn new computer software.
Knowledge of the Chicago philanthropic community is a plus.
Excellent project and time management, organization, attention to problem-solving.
Multi-task proficient, flexible, and ability to meet ambitious deadlines.
Adept and persuasive communication skills, including the ability to establish and sustain relationships with donors, co-workers and museum.
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About The Art Institute of Chicago
The Art Institute of Chicago is a world-renowned art museum housing one of the largest permanent collections in the United States. It is encyclopedic in nature with strong holdings across all media, all traditions and all ages. The Art Institute is particularly recognized for its extraordinary Impressionist, Modern, Contemporary and American collections, among other aspects of its holdings. In addition to housing its permanent collection, it typically stages 35-40 special exhibitions a year. In 2014, it was named by Trip Advisor travelers as the number one museum in the world, a remarkable recognition that speaks not only to the quality of the collection but to the entirety of the visitor experience.
The Art Institute welcomes between 1,400,000 and 1,800,000 visitors a year and has a membership of 100,000. The museum has an annual operating budget of approximately $110 million.
Founded in 1879, the Art Institute grew with the success of Chicago and quickly attained world class stature given the strength of its collection. The Art Institute has expanded several times in its history, most recently and notably with the opening in 2009 of the 264,000 square foot Modern Wing ...designed by internationally acclaimed architect Renzo Piano. The addition has been critically important to the museum as it not only provided much needed gallery space, but also allowed the Art Institute to reorganize its galleries to present the collection in a more logical and accessible fashion. The new addition also includes one of the largest education facilities at any museum and this center has allowed the Art Institute to expand its already impressive array of offerings.