Folger Shakespeare Library, located on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., seeks a Senior Development Officer to join a dynamic fundraising team. The Folger is a world-class research and cultural center on Shakespeare and the early modern age. Home to the world’s largest and finest collection of Shakespeare materials, the Folger offers activities that range from scholarly seminars to theatrical performances, from K-12 outreach to exhibitions and lectures.
The Folger is seeking a creative, energetic, and experienced development professional with major gift and capital campaign experience for this new position in a growing department. The Senior Development Officer (SDO) will be responsible for managing a portfolio of 100-150 prospects with a focus on securing major gift funding in the six-figure range for a capital campaign. This individual will be expected to spend the majority of their time on personal visits and facilitating other engagement activities, including but not limited to; tours, volunteer engagement, and cultivation events and meetings with senior leadership and board members. The SDO will also be responsible for developing, recording, and implementing strategies from identification through proposal (in writing and in person) and gift closure. The SDO will work in close collaboration with the Chief Advancement Officer, Folger leadership, and the development team, on board development, high-level major donor strategy, and development events.
Our ideal candidate has significant expertise in major gifts and capital campaigns, is an excellent communicator, strategically minded, detail oriented, creative and enthusiastic about funding strategies, and is ready to embrace the Folger’s mission. Applicants must have demonstrated experience closing gifts of a minimum of $50,000, with a strong preference for six- and seven-figure closure experience. Needed: B.A. in an applicable field and five years of progressively responsible development experience, preferably in a cultural or academic institution in the context of a capital campaign. Must be skilled in face-to-face solicitation, writing persuasive appeals, effectively working with volunteer leadership and senior staff, researching donor prospects and relationships, and developing strategies to increase funding. Knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, and Outlook is required; experience with fundraising databases and email marketing programs also required; knowledge of Tessitura is a plus. This position is a terrific opportunity to work with a successful team of development professionals, and for an established yet growing institution.
To apply, please submit a cover letter and resume. No phone calls, please. EOE.