Position Title: Major Gifts Officer
Status: Full-time, Exempt
Job Classification: Development
Job Summary: The vision of the DuPage Children’s Museum (DCM) is that all children reach their full unique learning potential through hands-on play and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) based experiences. The Major Gifts Officer 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 Major Gifts Officer is an integral member of DuPage Children’s Museum’s (DCM) Development team who serves a critical role as an ambassador for the museum, building strong and sustainable relationships with individuals and corporations and their representatives. The focus is on securing major gifts for the Museum ($25,000 and up), as well as one-time and/or ongoing gifts.
Distinguishing Characteristics: The successful candidate will work with a portfolio of donors to obtain major gifts and cultivate major gift prospects for eventual gifts. This candidate will also identify, research, and qualify new prospects. This candidate should cultivate, negotiate, close, and finalize the terms of new gifts and/or recurring gifts, with the advice and input of development and leadership staff at DCM. They should work with DCM representatives including members of the education and programs team, building and making team, marketing team, and finance team to move prospects toward a major gift through individual meetings, phone calls, and written correspondence.
The Major Gifts Officer will have project management responsibility in executing specific fundraising projects 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 Major Gifts Officer 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 are considered major gift prospects.
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 Major 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 CEO and other departments within the organization, 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:
College degree with an emphasis in sales, communications, marketing, or nonprofit management. Minimum 5 years’ experience in fundraising and major gift solicitation, 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.
Must dress appropriately as defined by the interactions required in a given day making sure to present as professional and approachable.
HOW TO APPLY:
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DuPage Children’s Museum
301 N. Washington St.
Naperville, IL 60540
Attn: Human Resources