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Major Gifts Officer

Post Date: January 9, 2024

Position Description:

The newly created position of Major Gifts Officer will be responsible for identifying, cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding a portfolio of 100-150 donors with the potential to make four-through-six figure gifts to support the Connecticut Museum of Culture and History (formerly the Connecticut Historical Society) as the organization anticipates a potential capital campaign.

About Connecticut Museum of Culture and History and its Opportunities:

The Connecticut Museum has always worked to understand the past and encourage historic inquiry. Through permanent and groundbreaking temporary exhibitions such as Common Struggle, Individual Experience, An Exhibition about Mental Health, the Connecticut Museum has always worked to ensure that Connecticut residents feel connected not only to the history and culture of Connecticut but, through a shared understanding of history, with each other. The public programming of the Connecticut Museum serves school groups, families, teachers, curious life-long learning adults, researchers, and the State of Connecticut. The Connecticut Museum is the only state historical organization that offers a folklife program, known as the Cultural Sustainability department (formerly known as the Connecticut Cultural Heritage Arts Program), to ensure the collection is an inclusive and true representation of the diversity of the state. The adoption of the state folklife program in 2015 resulted in bringing more than 60,000 objects, mostly photographic and video content, of the diverse cultural groups that are in Connecticut.

The Connecticut Museum is at an exciting moment in its history. As the organization prepares for its 200th Anniversary in 2025, the Connecticut Museum is committed to a five-year strategic plan to enhance its impact by elevating work with diverse communities across the state to develop engaging programs, events, and exhibitions. The Connecticut Museum is in discussions with the State of Connecticut regarding a potential public-private capital project which is currently in its early stages of conception. In support of this capital project, the Connecticut Museum anticipates launching a comprehensive fundraising campaign in 2024. In preparation for this anticipated campaign, the Connecticut Museum has completed a campaign readiness assessment, an extensive development assessment, and wealth screen of its prospects. The Connecticut Museum completed an institutional rebrand which launched to the public in June 2023.

 

Responsibilities:

  •  Work closely with the Chief Advancement Officer to design a major gift strategy aimed at increasing the overall dollars raised, and deepening our relationships with the Connecticut Museum’s most committed supporters
  • Develop and grow the Connecticut Museum’s donor base and pipeline of individuals capable of making four-through-six figure gifts
  • Collaborate with the Connecticut Museum colleagues and leaders to achieve organization fundraising goals
  • Build and manage a fundraising portfolio of 100-150 active prospects, including:
  • Identify, research, and qualify leads and donors in close consultation with the Manager of Development Services
  • Create individual goals that match organizational needs to the passions, interests, and capacity of each individual prospect; set and achieve annual portfolio goals
  • Create a meaningful cultivation and solicitation plan for each prospect; execute and modify as circumstances change
  • Work with the Connecticut Museum program staff to secure project information to create exciting investment opportunities for prospects (front-end) and report gift impact to donors (back-end)
  • Partner with the team to design and implement comprehensive, creative, and high-quality stewardship strategies that exceed donor expectations
  • Ensure the integrity of the database by maintaining up-to-date and accurate donor information and contact reports
  • Solicit four-figure annual fund gifts
  • Identify, Cultivate and Solicit corporate support for exhibitions and programs
  • Manage donor cultivation events including exhibition openings and small development gatherings
  • Independently exercise ethical and sound judgement, and maintain the highest standards of donor privacy and confidence
  • Perform other leadership and major gift officer duties as required, including monthly reporting to management that accurately reflects caseload activity and performance

Skills, Experience and Education Required:

  • Demonstrated success in major gift fundraising with a minimum of 5-7 years of relevant professional experience, preferably with capital campaign fundraising experience
  • A deep understanding of the Connecticut philanthropic market and key leaders in the Arts and Culture sector
  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills; ability to build relationships and inspire action from donors
  • Comfort with public speaking
  • Ability to work effectively in a team setting and independently
  • Excellent attention to detail and a sense of pride in work
  • Ability to remain highly organized in a multi-faceted organization and drive towards goals
  • Utilizes a high degree of discretion, particularly as it pertains to sensitive donor information
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office and fundraising systems, Blackbaud Altru preferred
  • Bachelor’s Degree required
  • A passion for the mission of the Connecticut Museum

Schedule

Full time, Monday through Friday, mainly on-site in Hartford, CT with occasional remote work opportunities.

Compensation

$75,000 – $85,000 per year.

Benefits

Eligible for generous full time employee benefits including paid vacation and sick time, participation in employer-contributing 403b plan, and health, life and disability insurance.

How to apply

Please email cover letter and resume to Susan Presutti, Director of Human Resources, spresutti@connecticutmuseum.org, by February 19, 2024.

The Connecticut Museum is an affirmative action-equal opportunity employer.

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Location

One Elizabeth Street
Hartford CT, 06105

860.236.5621

 

Museum Hours:

Tuesday - Saturday 10 am - 5 pm, Thursday until 8 pm
Sunday 12 pm - 5 pm

Research Center Hours:

Tuesday-Saturday 12 pm - 5 pm, Thursday until 8 pm
Always by appointment only.