Did you know there’s a planet in our galaxy where it rains glass? Or that light bounces around inside the Sun for 175,000 years before shooting off into space? If you think that’s freaking awesome, and you’re passionate about STEM, community outreach, education, and working in a welcoming environment, this might be the place for you!
The Adler Planetarium is seeking an Associate Director, Major Giving to join our dynamic team located on Chicago's Museum Campus.
The Associate Director, Major Giving will be responsible for the execution and management of a comprehensive, strategic major giving program including individual, corporate, and foundation donor relations. In partnership with the Senior Director, Development, this individual will also be responsible for:
Executing a major giving strategy and project plan that includes overall portfolio management of corporate and foundation grants as well as leadership giving
Contributing to a comprehensive major giving program to help identify, cultivate, solicit and steward major giving prospects and donors
Creating and maintaining a highly engaging stewardship program and establishing close working relationships with major donors
Maintaining a stewardship portfolio of 75 - 100 donors ($10,000 - $24,999)
Being an on-site resource for volunteer leadership meetings, annual and major giving events including but not limited to annual luncheon and gala
We’re looking for a fundraising professional who is excited about the opportunity to implement new innovative strategies and take the next step in their career. This person is a mentor, coach, and cheerleader for their team, always looking for ways to help their department learn and develop professionally.
This is a person who is able to strategize, set and meet goals, be proactive, and who has meticulous attention to detail in the completion of tasks. Someone who has excellent communication skills, and is a creative thinker. This person will need to have the ability to multi-task effectively in a fast-paced environment, and is flexible—happy to work autonomously or on a team in an organization of tremendously talented people. We are looking for someone who is excited about the opportunity to work in an organization that values a healthy work/life balance, and who will cultivate that culture within their team.
A minimum of five years in fundraising with experience in personal solicitation
Bachelor’s degree or equivalent relevant experience
At least two years of direct management experience
Knowledge of fundraising strategies and a track record of achieving financial goals, building donor relationships, and major gifts is essential
Under the direction of our Vice President of Development, the department is quickly growing and evolving. Our stellar team is passionate about creating innovative fundraising initiatives, building an outstanding team culture of collaboration and learning, and fostering deep connections between our donors and the Adler mission. They are cheerleaders for science and technology, megaphones for our incredible programs, and advocates for science literacy. All of this in service of inspiring exploration of that mind-blowing thing we call our Universe.
The Adler Planetarium is dedicated to complying with its obligations as an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. Our recruiting and hiring procedures are free of discrimination based on race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin, disability, covered veteran status, including disabled veterans, recently separated veterans, other protected veterans, and Armed Forces service medal veterans or any protected group status as defined by law.
Internal Number: 1187
About The Adler Planetarium
The Adler Planetarium—America’s First Planetarium—was founded in 1930 by Chicago business leader Max Adler. As a recognized leader in public engagement, the Adler Planetarium’s scientists, historians and educators inspire the next generation of explorers. The Adler is home to three full size theaters, extensive interactive exhibitions, and a significant collection of antique scientific instruments and print materials. In addition, the Adler boasts the lakeside Doane Observatory, one of the only research-active, public urban observatories, and the only place in Chicago where the public can see planets, stars, and galaxies up-close and in person.