Development - General, Donor Relations/Stewardship, Planned Giving
4 Year Degree
The Art Institute of Chicago, founded in 1879, is a world-renowned art museum housing one of the largest permanent collections in the United States. An encyclopedic museum, the Art Institute collects, preserves, and interprets works in every medium from all cultures and historical periods. With a collection of approximately 300,000 art works and artifacts, the museum has particularly strong holdings in Impressionist and Post-Impressionist painting, contemporary art, early 20th century European painting and sculpture, Japanese prints, and photography. The museum’s 2009 addition, the Modern Wing, features the latest in green museum technology and 264,000 square feet dedicated to modern and contemporary art, photography, architecture and design, and new museum education facilities. In addition to displaying its permanent collection, the Art Institute mounts more than 30 special exhibitions per year and features lectures, gallery tours, and special performances on a daily basis
The Director of the Buckingham Society is the manager of the museum’s planned giving society and responsible for a revenue stream that generates more than $2 million in unrestricted contributions annually and an additional $2 million to $5 million in restricted and endowment gifts. The director must identify, cultivate, solicit, and steward members in order to maintain a future revenue stream. In this capacity the Director will work with Trustees as well as colleagues in the volunteer office and the Department of Museum Education. At the same time, the Director will maintain a portfolio of major gift prospects as part of the development department’s general operations.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Working under the direction of the Director of Planned Giving, Stewardship, and Special Gifts, the position holder serves as the manager of the Buckingham Society (approx. 285 members) and acts as the museum’s primary liaison for individuals who have included the museum in their estate plans.
Director will develop and implement marketing and outreach strategies to promote planned giving among the Art Institute’s general membership and specific subsets of this population.
Working with the museum’s Volunteer, Membership, and Museum Education Departments the director will promote planned gifts and identify planned giving prospects.
The Director will personally solicit planned gifts—including bequests, directed contributions through IRAs and retirement accounts, charitable gift annuities, and other vehicles.
The Director will work directly with Trustee volunteers to promote, identify, and solicit gifts.
The Director will regularly engage with volunteers, docents, and Sustaining Fellows to identify and solicit gifts.
The Director will conceive and implement programmatic stewardship. These efforts will include partnering with curators to showcase exhibitions and collections.
Manages a coordinator and interns as needed to implement donor identification, cultivation, and stewardship programs.
Responds to inquiries regarding gifts of cash, stock, and art.
Working with the Director of Prospect Development and Information Services is responsible for implementing and operating the Planned Giving module in Raiser’s Edge to track new and anticipated gifts.
Is responsible for the cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of a portfolio of major gift donors.
Performs other special projects as assigned.
Bachelor’s Degree with a minimum of five years development experience. Knowledge of planned giving fundraising and familiarity with planned giving vehicles and trends.
Experience with account management of high-level clients/donors/prospects in complex, multi-layered organizations.
Familiarity with budgets and ability to develop and manage systems for monitoring multi-tiered activities and initiatives.
Must have demonstrated ability in working with high-level volunteers and external constituencies.
Demonstrated proficiency in verbal and written communication.
Museum experience and knowledge of Raiser’s Edge a plus
The Art Institute of Chicago is an equal opportunity, equal access employer fully committed to achieving a diverse and inclusive workplace.
About 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.