Primary Function: Support the annual campaign to raise $5M+ annually in funding for institutional priorities, including exhibitions and acquisitions, from individuals. Includes closing major gifts, proposal research and writing, reporting, maintaining proposal schedule in database, and collaboration with curatorial staff and other administrative staff members.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
1. Directly solicit prospects and provides staff support to museum leadership, including the President and Director, for solicitations.
2. Actively manages a portfolio of 60 – 80 major gift donors; and serves as a strong model to peers of portfolio management.
3. Maintains up-to-date strategies for managed donors that continually advance gift conversations.
4. Conducts robust qualification activity for prospects.
5. Works with Development, Marketing, Finance, and Curatorial colleagues to develop persuasive and comprehensive proposals for institutional priorities.
6. Participates in regular meetings with Research staff to identity and track prospects.
7. Other projects as assigned.
Bachelor's degree. Master's degree preferred.
Minimum 5-7 years track record of progressively responsible experience in Development, including experience closing $50K + gifts.
Experience with personal solicitation of significant gifts $50,000+.
Experience in managing a donor portfolio.
Excellent writing, oral, and interpersonal skills.
Outstanding organizational skills and attention to detail.
Proficiency in Word, Excel, Raiser's Edge (or similar system) and demonstrated ability to learn new computer software.
Excellent project management, problem-solving, and communication skills.
Must be able to work on multiple projects simultaneously and meet short deadlines.
Knowledge of the Chicago philanthropic community is a plus.
Proficient in Mandarin a plus.
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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.