Position Title: Annual Gifts Officer
Status: Full time, exempt
Job Classification: Development
Salary Range: $65,000 – $70,000 Annually
Job Summary: The vision of DuPage Children’s Museum (DCM) is that all children reach their full unique learning potential through equitable access to hands-on play and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) based experiences. The Annual Gifts Officer (AGO) serves a critical role in advancing towards the vision by engaging individuals, businesses, and organizations in the work of DCM and eliciting financial support from those constituents to support museum operations and other priorities. The AGO is an integral member of DCM’s Development team who serves a critical role as an ambassador for the museum, building strong and sustainable relationships with individuals, corporations, and their representatives. The focus is on securing annual gifts for the Museum through personal solicitation, direct mail appeals, email and social media campaigns, and event sponsorship.
Distinguishing Characteristics: The successful candidate will maintain and grow an annual giving program and will project manage activities, programs and events related to the identification, qualification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of annual fund donors, including the planning and execution of the annual Play Soiree. This candidate will work with DCM representatives including members of the play and learning team, building and making team, marketing team, and finance team to solicit and close annual gifts through individual meetings, phone calls, and written correspondence.
The AGO will have project management responsibility in executing specific fundraising activities including: active participation and management of assigned tasks relating to the Museum’s funding priorities; growing and implementing additional giving efforts; develop, organize, manage, and implement short and long range fundraising plans, goals, and strategies, all aimed at increasing giving, participation, and involvement from current and prospective donors. The AGO will work collaboratively with members of the Development Team to develop written materials and proposals for appropriate prospects and coordinate strategies for current annual donors who could be considered major gift prospects.
Other duties as assigned.
Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Must possess the knowledge, skills, and abilities described below or be able to explain and demonstrate that they can perform the essential functions of the job using some other combination of skills and abilities. The successful candidate must be steeped in a strong donor-centric and guest centric approach to fundraising, stewardship, and leadership. This person must possess the proficiency, wherewithal, and knowledge of principles and processes for providing high-quality support and services to internal and external constituents of the Museum. The successful candidate will possess the following:
The Annual Gifts Officer position reports directly to the Chief of Development. This position works closely with all members of the development department, as well as the President & CEO and other departments within DCM, to meet short and long term fundraising goals. Must maintain positive relationships with all Museum staff, vendors, guests, and other DCM related constituencies.
Education and Experience:
Undergraduate degree or equivalent professional experience with an emphasis in sales, communications, marketing, or nonprofit management. Minimum 3-5 years’ experience in fundraising and annual giving practices, and/or non-profit or corporate communications. Experience with fundraising databases, specifically Altru or Raiser’s Edge, is preferred. Experience in membership driven philanthropy preferred. Previous experience with wealth screening services and data preferred.
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DuPage Children’s Museum
301 N. Washington St.
Naperville, IL 60540
Attn: Human Resources