South Florida Museum’s philosophy is to create strong, long-term relationships with its supporters. The Major Gifts Officer is a staff member of the Office of Development in the Community Engagement Division reporting to the Chief Community Engagement Officer and working closely with the CEO. The Major Gifts Officer cultivates, solicits, and stewards existing donors while developing new donors and funding opportunities. The MGO manages a prospect portfolio of 150-200 prospects. The MGO maintains frequent contact with development and program staff and has frequent contact with all external constituencies including Board members, Resource Development Committee members, campaign committee members, prospects and donors.
Minimum of 10 year’s experience in fundraising and 3 year’s experience in major gifts, planned giving, or senior level development work with preference for background in higher education or healthcare philanthropy.
Excellent oral, written communication and presentation skills.
Excellent analytical skills and a demonstrated understanding of prospect and volunteer management.
Computer experience including prospect research, MS Word, Excel, and Power Point, Windows and relational database experience (Raiser’s Edge or Altru preferred).
Valid Florida driver’s license and automobile insurance.
Ability to travel extensively in assigned geographic territory (Florida) and to other off-site locations as requested.
Highly organized: able to effectively manage multiple tasks simultaneously.
Ability to independently organize and schedule appointments to assure that targets for the number of personal visits and/or personal contacts are met each week.
Works with minimal supervision, uses independent judgment and shares information pro-actively.
Additional Salary Information: Negotiable based on experience
Internal Number: MGO
About South Florida Museum
The South Florida Museum is an anchor attraction in Manatee County Florida and has been a vital part of the region’s educational, tourism, cultural and business landscapes for more than 70 years. The only natural history museum on Florida's Gulf coast, the Museum is home to the state-of-the-art digital Bishop Planetarium and Parker Manatee Rehabilitation Aquarium in addition to diverse natural history and material culture exhibitions. Education programs serve more than 10,000 students annually from PreK through college. The Museum is a Smithsonian Affiliate and partners with many academic, community and arts organizations. In addition to opening an innovative new wing dedicated to early learning in July, the Museum is launching a new brand this year.