The Major Gifts Officer will build the major gifts program of individuals and foundations giving at the $10,000-$50,000+ level, including developing outreach, cultivation, stewardship, research, and reporting strategies. The position reports to the Senior Director of Development and will be part of a team of professionals who are devoted to securing significant resources to advance the mission of National Dance Institute. S/he will work directly with board members, the development team, the artistic team, and senior management, and is responsible for meeting an annual revenue target by working with a growing portfolio of donors and prospects.
o Ensure success through consistent, strategic cultivation and solicitation of major gifts prospects.
o Maintain a portfolio of current and prospective major donors with a focus on $10,000-$50,000+ level gifts.
o Develop strategies to identify, cultivate, solicit, and steward new major, renewed, upgraded, and planned gifts.
o Manage record keeping and reporting requirements, ensuring that deadlines and deliverables are handled efficiently and with highest standards.
o Maintain an active schedule of donor meetings with the goal of maximizing donor engagement.
o Work closely with senior management and the artistic team to pinpoint fundraising opportunities, identify prospects, and conduct prospect research.
o Ensure that recognition and acknowledgement letters to donors are personal, thoughtful, and timely.
o Serve as a key member of the fundraising team, participating in developing strategies to achieve department-wide goals.
o Create, update, and maintain Raiser’s Edge records, as needed.
o Other duties and special projects as assigned by the Senior Director of Development.
Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree required. At least five years of fundraising experience, preferably in arts and culture, or education; proven track record of securing gifts at the major gift level. A demonstrated ability to design and implement effective cultivation, solicitation and stewardship strategies for individual and foundation giving. Experience working with board; the ability to manage complex relationships; a proven collaborator with teamwork skills. Superior communication and written skills; exceptional interpersonal skills; demonstrated ability to build and maintain relationships with high level prospects. A very strong work ethic supported by commitment and follow through; proven ability to manage multiple tasks and adhere to deadlines.
Application Instructions / Public Contact Information
Please send your resume and cover letter, with salary expectations, to Michele O’Mara, Senior Director of Development, at firstname.lastname@example.org. No phone calls. No Recruiters. No Agencies.
National Dance Institute is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to diversity and inclusion, and engages employees without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, gender, marital status, or sexual orientation.
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