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Responsible for increasing overall giving to Lowell Observatory,the Major Gifts Officer utilizes the development process to create
and maintain positive relationships between major donors and the
Observatory resulting in a wide variety of significant gifts.This
position coordinates with the Major Gift team and all members of
the Development team.The Major Gifts Officer reports to the
Manages relationships with important friends of the Observatory
and is expected to identify, qualify, cultivate, solicit, and
steward gifts from these friends as well as new donor
Responsible for soliciting major gifts for Observatory programs
and projects using the development process.
Initiates contacts with potential major gift donors;
Develops appropriate cultivation strategies for donors;
Moves potential donors in an appropriate and timely fashion
Makes solicitations and closes gifts;
Maintains stewardship contacts with donors;
Demonstrates empathetic disposition, and perseverance;
Reflects optimistic and positive attitude, and conveys
sensitivity to needs of the donors;
Adheres to the highest ethical standards.
Other Duties as assigned.
Works collaboratively with and in support of other development
staff, Observatory staff, Advisory Board members, and other
volunteers to cultivate and solicit donors for identified
Manages a portfolio of primary prospects in assigned
territories.Travels to primary territories as needed to develop
relationships and close gifts.
\u00a0QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPECTATIONS
The ideal candidate will have significant experience working
with a wide variety of people and be skilled at building those
relationships.Candidates should be outgoing, personable,
energetic, and enthusiastic with excellent public speaking and
interpersonal skills.Experience working on a capital
campaign is highly desired.As well as expertise in closing
major and planned gifts.We expect the position to require
significant (50%) travel meeting new donors as well as long term
donors committed to the scientific and education work done here at
the Observatory.The successful candidate is expected
to be highly organized and diligent in record keeping.The ability to work in a team atmosphere and carry out duties in a
positive manner is essential.
\u00a0Bachelor's Degree required; Master's
degree desirable.5 years of experience in the
identification, solicitation, and acquisition of major and planned
gifts required.Skill in Microsoft office products is desired
and the use of donor data bases, Raisers' Edge a plus.
To Apply: Please complete a
short form application (\u00a0https:\/\/lowell.edu\/about\/employment\/\u00a0)
and send it with a resume', letter of interest addressing your
qualifications, and contact information for three professional
references to email@example.com.
Applications received by 5pm May10 will receive full consideration;
position open until filled.
Benefits Overview: In addition to 10 scheduled paid
holidays, Lowell Observatory offers a Flexible Paid Time Off policy
for all full-time, benefit eligible employees which allows you
determine how much time you need to rest and enjoy yourself outside
of work.The cost of premiums for medical, life & Long
term disability insurances for benefit eligible employees is 100%
paid by the company, and includes a contribution to either an H.S.A
or HRA account for first dollar medical expenses.The Chronicle of Philanthropy.Category: , Keywords: Fundraising Manager
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