Major Giving Officer

Chrysler Museum of Art

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Primary Purpose:

Responsible for overseeing the Museum’s individual major gift program, from identification to cultivation to solicitation to stewardship, leading the process of building relationships with prospects who have the capacity and affinity to contribute a major or planned gift to the Chrysler Museum.


​Essential Functions:

  • Successfully manage and implement the Masterpiece Society membership program ($3000+), including renewals, upgrades, acquisition of new members. Serve as staff liaison to the Masterpiece Society Steering Committee.

  • Manage and build a portfolio of assigned individual major and planned giving donors and prospects using individualized cultivation and solicitation strategies.

  • Maintain relationships with existing legacy donors through regular contact, the provision of annual communications, endowment reports (as applicable) and donor recognition events.

  • Secure funding from individuals to support specific projects, programs and other initiatives as defined.

  • Work with Annual Giving Manager to steward all unrestricted donations from individuals of $1000 and more.

  • Support and assist the Director of Development and the Director in scheduling and strategic relationship building.

  • Conceptualize and oversee individual major gift events and make sure offerings are in line with annual fulfillment plan. Attend all development sponsored events (and other select events/programs) with the purpose of stewarding donors.

  • Working with Marketing and Communication Department, manages major gift and planned giving marketing and communication plans. Communication channels include letters, invitations, e-blasts, signage, website pages, and publications.

  • Works closely with Finance team to ensure timely accurate recordkeeping of donations and other donor information; oversees the production of regular statistical reports on individual major and planned gifts.

  • Ensure departmental goals are met and adheres to approved budgets.

  • Participate in continuing education to maintain current knowledge on planned giving.

  • Support Director of Development with other duties as assigned to advance the mission and programs of the Chrysler Museum.


Required Education/Experience:

  • BA/BS or equivalent related work experience.

  • A minimum of 5 years of successful non-profit fundraising experience, or directly relevant experience.

  • Must be highly organized and detail-oriented, with outstanding verbal and written communication skills, and a strong work ethic.

  • Must demonstrate a professional manner and the ability to work independently.

  • Must be able to handle complex situations with tact and pose, appropriately representing the Chrysler Museum in the community.

  • Must be able to understand the needs and interests of leadership and major donors, and how to develop and deepen donor relationships with the Chrysler Museum.

  • Must be able to articulate the case for support so that individuals “buy in” to the vision/mission/goals of upper level membership and support for special projects, with sufficient effectiveness to secure gifts at targeted giving levels.

  • Must have strong relationship-building skills, able to interface with trustees, curatorial staff, partners, contracted vendors.

  • Must be able to work under pressure, quickly and efficiently with time-sensitive material, while balancing multiple and changing priorities.

  • Must be able to maintain absolute confidentiality.

  • Must adhere to the highest ethical standards.

  • Must have strong computer skills, including MS Office.

Non-profit development experience strongly preferred.

Donor management/CRM software proficiency and experience preferred; Altru or Raiser’s Edge experience strongly preferred.

Working Conditions:

This position will work in a busy environment, subject to frequent interruptions, and will interface regularly with the public. Evening and weekend hours will be required.

​Physical Requirements:

Must be able to lift and carry file boxes and other awkward items weighing up to 25 lbs., including up and down stairs. Requires intermittent standing, walking, sitting, squatting, stretching, and bending throughout the workday. Must be able to see and hear well, or use prosthetics that will enable these senses to function adequately to assure that the requirements of this position can be fully met.

How to Apply


Posted on June 22