Major Gifts Officer


The Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) seeks a Major Gifts Officer to support the Institutional Advancement team. The Major Gifts Officer is a critical member of the Institutional Advancement team, responsible for raising upwards of $500,000 to support MAD’s exhibitions, programs, and operations. Working in partnership with the Deputy Director, other senior staff, and the Board of Trustees, the Major Gifts Officer builds, cultivates, and stewards relationships with donors and prospects who are capable of making annual gifts of $10,000 and above.

Compensation is $80,000 to $90,000 annually, commensurate with experience. This is a full-time, permanent, exempt position. Hours are weekdays 9:30 am-5:30 pm, plus evenings and weekends as needed. This position reports to the Deputy Director, Institutional Advancement, and works collaboratively with colleagues across the Museum.

The Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) champions contemporary makers across creative fields and presents the work of artists, designers, and artisans who apply the highest level of ingenuity and skill. MAD provides an opportunity for employees to enrich and develop their love of art, craft, and design while contributing their specific skills, expertise, and talents.


  • Build and manage a portfolio of major gift donors and prospects, with the goal of deepening their engagement with MAD and increasing their giving.
  • Conceptualize and implement strategies to engage new prospects.
  • Oversee the tracking of moves management for major gift donors and prospects, including leading regular moves management meetings.
  • Coordinate and collaborate with Museum colleagues, including Museum Trustees, Senior Staff, Special Events, and other Development team members to develop targeted and personalized solicitation and stewardship.
  • Establish strong working relationships with programming staff to create accurate and informative messaging to increase donor awareness of Museum programming and initiatives.
  • Ensure accurate record-keeping in Raiser’s Edge database.
  • Attend and assist at special events, as needed.
  • Other duties as assigned.


A successful candidate will meet many of these requirements, and have the desire and capacity to learn the rest on the job.

  • Knowledge of Raiser’s Edge database software.
  • Experience in donor services and fundraising data collection and analysis.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Exceptional level of organization and project management skills.
  • Ability to anticipate project needs, discern work priorities, and meet deadlines with little supervision.
  • Desire to be part of a team with the capacity to work well independently.
  • Ability to think strategically, creatively, analytically, and deal effectively with challenges
  • Willingness to work nights and weekends as required.
  • Strong proficiency in the Microsoft Office Suite, including Outlook, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
  • COVID guidelines: The health and safety of our Museum community is the highest priority. As such, MAD requires all newly hired staff members and freelancers to be fully vaccinated with an FDA authorized and/or approved COVID-19 vaccine, including a booster if eligible. Requests for reasonable accommodations for medical, religious, or other reasons will be considered in accordance with applicable law.


  • A bachelor’s degree or equivalent combination of 5+ years of experience sufficient to successfully perform essential functions of the job.
  • 4+ years of relevant work experience in a donor-facing role in Development.
  • Proven success at soliciting and closing gifts of $10,000+

Research shows that women and people from underrepresented groups often apply to jobs only if they meet 100% of the qualifications.  We recognize that it is highly unlikely that someone meets 100% of the qualifications for a role. If much of this job posting describes you, then please apply for this role.

MAD provides equal opportunity to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, age, mental or physical disability, pregnancy, alienage or citizenship status, marital status or domestic partner status, genetic information, genetic predisposition or carrier status, gender identity, HIV status, military status and any other category protected by law in all employment decisions, including but not limited to recruitment, hiring, compensation, training and apprenticeship, promotion, upgrading, demotion, downgrading, transfer, lay-off and termination, and all other terms and conditions of employment

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