Opportunity to serve as a Senior Advancement Officer (Major Gifts). He or she will report to the Director of Advancement and focuses his/her efforts on identifying, cultivating, and soliciting high-dollar individual prospects and donors. Responsible for successfully raising major gifts from a range of new and existing prospects and donors.
Major Duties and Responsibilities:
• Develops and implement strategies to achieve Cooper Hewitt fundraising goals through major individual gifts. Works closely with the Director of Advancement, Museum Director and the Board to identify, cultivate, and secure grants and gifts from individuals using an extensive local, regional and national philanthropic network.
• Works independently, and with other CHSDM development staff, to draft and finalize written gift proposals, create successful cultivation and solicitation plans, identify and understand fundraising priorities and needs at Cooper Hewitt, and to professionally represent the museum and the Smithsonian Institution to a broad audience. Plays a key role in helping the museum meet significant campaign fundraising goals, and, as such, will be expected to create productive working relationships with staff from across Cooper-Hewitt, museum board members, and a broad array of donors and prospects.
• Drafts, and helps to finalize, program budgets and plans in order to effectively accomplish goals of the museum.
• A Bachelor’s degree or Master’s Degree is highly desired.
• 5-7 years of experience in major gift and/or annual fundraising including principal or leadership giving.
• Successful track record in securing significant major gifts from individual donors.
• Successful track record meeting if not exceeding fundraising goals and objectives
• Direct experience with face-to-face gift solicitation
• Knowledge of the NY donor base a plus
• Excellent interpersonal skills in order to build and sustain relationships with donors
• Outstanding writing skills
• Outstanding presentation skills
• A collaborative style and demonstrated ability to work effectively in a team-oriented environment.
• Excellent MS Office and donor database/fundraising software skills
• Ability to work evenings and weekends
• Ability to travel as needed
• Knowledge and personal interest in art and/or design.
TIAA-CREF (Defined Contributions – 12 percent)
Free Life Insurance
Voluntary Accidental Death & Dismemberment Insurance
Long Term Disability
Health Insurance (Blue Cross Blue Shield)
Dental (Delta Dental)
Vision (Vision Services)
Flexible Spending Accounts
Free Transit/Commuter Benefits (up to $3,180 commuter costs paid per year)
Annual Leave (13 days) increasing after 3 years (20 days)
Sick Leave (13 days)
Federal Holidays (10 days)
Family Friendly Leave Family Friendly Workplace
Historic Carnegie mansion and landmark offices
Arthur Ross Terrace and Garden
92Y Fitness Center
Free Entrance to Museums and Galleries
Employee Assistance Program
Tarallucci e Vino (Museum Cafe) Discount
Museum Shop Discount
General Employee Discounts
Submit cover letter and resume (addressing qualification requirements) to: HRdevelopment@si.edu
Attn: Senior Gifts Officer