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Special Gifts Officer

Company: Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History
Date Posted: February 8, 2018

As SGO, you will be part of a dedicated team responsible for key elements of fundraising and stewarding both new and existing donor relationships, manage a portfolio of donors and prospects, including some major gifts, support long-term strategic planning, work in partnership with the Senior Vice President, and serve alongside key members of the executive and educational teams to advance the organizational mission. The SGO will have primary responsibility for securing, and advancing, targeted mid-range gifts within the $5-$25K level. The position will manage a structured prospect portfolio, with the expectation of meeting quarterly fundraising objectives. 

Essential Duties of the Position:

  • Expand and grow the base of individual donors and expand community relationships to grow revenue, identify and steward new prospects, and expand connections between donors and people we serve.   
  • Support strategic planning of donor engagement, moves management, and increasing fundraising capacity.
  • Work to grow existing portfolio of donors, build new donors, and ensuring that every prospect feels connected to The Wright, and that their investment in our mission will generate an impact. Donor stewardship and retention are key metrics for success.
  • Directly responsible for cultivating new relationships that expand the portfolio of individual donors, grow overall sources of revenue, and expanding the overall number of donors in the portfolio.
  • Assist in managing volunteer engagement with individuals and community stakeholder groups that seek access to our educational programs in a manner that strengthening ties and future financial support.
  • Supports fundraising strategies, donor relations, and overall resource development plan.
  • Assist in coordinating and executing fundraising of all special events.
  • Maintain transparency and a strong donor centric philosophy in support of donor engagement, donor retention, giving prospects, and stewardship strategy.
  • Communicate effectively with SVP, CEO, executive staff, Board, and key stakeholders.

Additional Key Responsibilities:

  • Directly accountable for managing portfolio, monitoring key fundraising data and expanding the number of total donors that support The Wright
  • Participates in training, workshops, and professional development as requested.
  • Assist in marketing and outreach of Museum activities, events, and programming.

 Required Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing, Communications, Social Science or related discipline, Masters preferred.
  • 4-5 years of progressive experience in fundraising, sales, marketing, or non-profit leadership.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and capacity to self-manage/motivate.
  • Successful candidate will present as a mature professional with a keen sense for donor sensitivity and appropriateness in advancing the mission and values of the museum.
  • Skills in Donor related software use and researching is a significant plus.

Qualified applicants should email a resume, cover letter and portfolio link(s) to .