Manage the identification, research, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of major gift prospects and donors including restricted, annual, special project funding, tour sponsorship and endowment support for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association. The Major Gifts Officer will work closely with a team of frontline fundraisers, including the Vice President for Development, to design and implement solicitation plans for major gift prospects as well as set and achieve goals for expectancies created and realized. Provide input in other fundraising areas as part of the larger development team.
PRINCIPAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Identify, evaluate, cultivate and solicit major gift donors for restricted, annual, special project funding, tour sponsorship and endowment gifts to the CSOA.
Work with (solicit, stewardship, etc.) 100+ major donors ($10,000+) and 25 prospects/upgrade candidates to realize their full philanthropic potential to the CSOA, maximizing multi-year commitments whenever possible.
Develop and execute cultivation plans for major gift prospects. This includes creating opportunities to meet with administrative, artistic and orchestral leadership as well as musicians and visiting artists
Prepare solicitation proposals.
Identify and qualify new major gift prospects
Help establish fundraising goals for Major Gifts to ensure close coordination of annual and major giving efforts.
Achieve annual revenue goals for areas of responsibilities.
Work with Donor Relations and Stewardship to execute stewardship plans for the CSOA’s highest-level donors.
Assist with the planning of the CSO international and national Patron Tours, as needed.
Work with development colleagues and volunteers to identify and rate new prospects.
Maintain accurate, up-to-date tracking of all major gift prospects and donors and appropriate documentation of all gifts.
Provide input on other fundraising areas.
Recruit, train and manage fundraising volunteers, as needed.
Manage special related projects as assigned.
Attend and assist with development-related events and concerts throughout the year.
Other duties as assigned.
Reports to the Director of Development/Individuals Gifts.
Other contacts include: Donors, donor prospects, Trustees, volunteers, subscribers, staff and Orchestra members.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE REQUIRED
Bachelor’s degree required.
A minimum of three to five years increasingly responsible development (or related) experience. Experience in an arts organization preferred.
Proven track record in relationship management.
The ability to work autonomously while keeping direct supervisory and volunteers apprised of issues, problems, opportunities and progress.
Ability to work collaboratively with development colleagues to create a results-driven, team oriented environment.
Excellent writing and communication skills.
Computer literacy, including word-processing, database, and spreadsheet proficiency.
Project management skills.
Pleasant office environment.
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