Title: Director, Advancement (Major Gifts and Individual Giving)
The Director, Advancement (Major Gifts and Individual Giving) is a newly created position, and will be responsible for implementing the museum’s major gift program, managing the individual giving program via membership at the $500 and greater level, and assisting the CEO with the management of a private campaign effort for 2014-2015. Working closely with the CEO, the Director, Advancement, Major Gifts and Individual Giving will create and carry out innovative, strong and sustainable major gifts and annual fund programs as part of EMP’s overall development efforts.
Reporting to the CEO, and working in partnership with other staff and volunteers, the Director, Advancement, Major Gifts and Individual Giving is an externally focused, front-line fundraising position. S/he will:
- Implement and manage the museum’s giving relationships with major donors in all aspects of the gift cycle, to include initiating contact with potential major gift donors; developing appropriate cultivation strategies; moving potential donors toward solicitation and closure, making solicitations where appropriate, and maintaining stewardship contacts with donors.
- Maintain a solid portfolio of approximately 125 prospective donors with the capacity to give $10,000+ in current year gifts and $100,000+ in multi-year gifts for a wide range of institutional priorities
- Recruit and manage campaign and major gift solicitation volunteers
- Manage the writing and development of the major gift and campaign print and electronic collateral materials and coordinate with the Marketing team on design and production of said materials
- Manage individual giving campaigns via membership and other platforms for gifts of $500 - $9,999. Work collaboratively with the Sr. Manager of Special Events and Corporate Relations to ensure coordination of campaign and non-campaign individual prospect identification, gift solicitation, donor activity tracking and acknowledgements.
- Develop and execute cultivation and solicitation strategies for potential prospects, as well as supervise fulfillment process.
- Record and track prospect and donor information and significant solicitor activity into the donor database in a timely manner
- Participate in regular Advancement staff and organization-wide meetings
- Five years+ of progressive professional experience in fundraising, with proven ability to personally cultivate, solicit, and steward major gifts ($25,000+) from individuals
- Knowledge of Seattle, the West Coast, national and international philanthropic communities that support the arts, cultural organizations, popular music or the study of popular culture
- Experience in cold calls, and in scheduling and staffing solicitation calls and conducting follow up
- Superior verbal and written communication skills
- Computer fluency in MS office, The Raiser’s Edge or other donor database software, web applications and knowledgeable about the role of technology and electronic communication in fundraising.
- Commitment to EMP Museum’s mission, interest in popular culture, and dedication to promoting the museum’s fundraising priorities
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