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Major Gifts Officer

About Us: The Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago is the largest and most interactive science museum in the Western Hemisphere. Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry (MSI) exposes guests of all ages to awe-inspiring exhibitions that spark curiosity and bring science to life. MSI’s mission – to inspire the inventive genius in everyone – is realized through its world-class exhibitions and engaging guest experiences. The Museum of Science and Industry provides programs and experiences that deepen the engagement of students and teachers in science and science-related disciplines, with a vision to inspire and motivate our children to achieve their full potential in the fields of science, technology, engineering and medicine.

We offer a creative, collaborative, and innovative environment for our employees. Our employees get great perks such as: benefits starting day one of your employment, free admission to MSI for family and friends, free admission to other museums, free parking in MSI’s garage and more! If you are equally passionate about our vision and want to be surrounded by a team of dynamic, smart and innovative people, the Museum of Science and Industry is the right place for you!

The Job: The Major Gifts Officer is responsible to meet annual contributed revenue goals, and will identify, cultivate, solicit, secure and steward individual prospects and donors, targeting gifts in the $100,000+ range on behalf of the Museum. This individual actively participates in the Museum’s funding priorities for exhibitions and its Welcome to Science Initiative involving volunteers and other shareholders. Responsibilities include interacting with and soliciting donors and prospects for annual fund gifts (including events or corporate support as appropriate), major gifts and planned gifts as appropriate.  Work directly with other fundraisers, senior staff and volunteer leadership. 

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Solicit monetary donations in order to meet annual fundraising goals.
  • Manage a prospect portfolio of approximately 125-175 prospects, and manage the qualification of a select group of prospective donors. 
  • Prepare strategies for individual donor engagement, solicitation and stewardship.
  • Develop relationships with prospects through various cultivation calls, letters and handwritten notes.
  • Completing 150-200 quality contacts per year with prospects from portfolio, with the goal of securing monetary donations from these contacts. 
  • Develop written donor cultivation materials, acknowledgements, solicitor training materials and reports. Produce personalized proposals for individual support.
  • Build relationships with prospects and the institution in order to identify possible interest points.
  • Actively visit and speak to donors and prospects, and keep them informed on MSI projects.
  • Draft materials, acknowledgements, and reports as needed.
  • Produce personalized proposals for donor solicitations.
  • Staff other MSI leadership and volunteers as needed on donor engagement or solicitations.
  • Identify, qualify and research new donor prospects.
  • Assist in Individual and Major Giving events and other donor meetings for cultivation and stewardship.
  • Work with Director to complete other tasks as assigned to help meet institutional goals.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor degree from four-year College or University and/or four (4) to six (6) years related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Minimum three (3) to five (5) years fundraising experience with track-record of successfully securing gifts.
  • Passion for the mission and goals of the Museum of Science and Industry. 
  • Experience working with high-level volunteers, donors and colleagues on collaborative activities.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and comfort working with donors.
  • Familiar with Blackbaud Raiser's Edge a plus.
  • Detail-oriented with a strong focus on quality and accuracy.
  • Able to manage confidential information with discretion. 
  • Self-directed and proactive.

The Museum of Science and Industry is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer, which includes providing equal opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status.

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