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Major Gifts Officer - External Affairs

The Major Gifts Officer 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 Center for the Advancement of Science Education (CASE) 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:

  • Manage a prospect portfolio of approximately 125-175 prospects, and manage the qualification of a select group of suspects. 
  • 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.
  • 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.


  • 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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