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Major Gifts Officer

DEPARTMENT: Development

SUPERVISOR: Director of Advancement

EMPLOYMENT STATUS: Full-time/Non-exempt


The Major Gifts Officer is responsible for developing and implementing strategies for securing financial support from a portfolio of current donors and donor prospects. Responsibilities include identifying, qualifying, cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding individual major donors. Works independently and as a member of the development team.


Specific duties include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Conduct prospect research to identify new donors and donors with the potential to increase giving levels.
  • Cultivate, solicit and steward major gifts from a portfolio of at least 150 actively managed prospects.
  • Conduct and report on a minimum of 100 face-to-face meetings per year.
  • Work with development staff to establish and monitor long-term strategic goals related to fund development.
  • In partnership with development staff, create and sustain donor stewardship goals for all actively managed prospects.
  • Work closely with gift processing staff to ensure proper acknowledgements of gifts (excludes general membership gifts) are processed and mailed within 48 hours of receipt.
  • Work alongside appropriate staff on annual giving donor wall Artletter donor listings, annual report donor listings, and other stewardship activities for donor recognition purposes.
  • Contribute to general communications, including the writing, editing and producing of content for solicitation letters and proposals, stewardship letters and communication, the Museum publication, ArtLetter and other fundraising and stewardship collateral.
  • Document and track all donor activity/proposals in development information system – Raiser’s Edge, Blackbaud.
  • Maintain working knowledge of Museum exhibitions and programs and be able to articulate case for support to donors.
  • Attend appropriate and important community, civic and social events/activities.


  • Bachelor’s degree and/or equivalent work experience required.
  • Minimum three (3) years of development experience focused on major gift solicitation.
  • Proven track record of personally soliciting for and closing major gifts.
  • Outstanding interpersonal skills and the ability to work in a team environment.
  • Ability to work with a variety of constituencies, including high net worth donors, volunteers, trustees and fundraising staff.
  • Superior written and verbal communication skills.
  • Must demonstrate the ability to successfully plan and achieve short-term and long-term fundraising goals.
  • Ability to work independently and be self-motivated, utilizing a high level of initiative, judgment, and critical thinking skills.
  • Ability to manage confidential information.
  • Demonstrated experience with Raiser’s Edge donor management software, Excel and Word
  • Demonstrated ability to be responsive to deadlines managing and completing multiple projects simultaneously in fast-paced, demanding environment.
  • Knowledge of fundraising policies and procedures.
  • Requires flexible schedule, including some weekend and evening work.
  • Must be able to travel throughout Sacramento region.

TO APPLY: Please send cover letter and resume to

Events Intern (unpaid)

Events Intern

The Events Intern is an excellent opportunity to gain knowledge and experience working in the field of Events within a Museum and non-profit environment. This internship is ideal for someone interested in event planning, fundraising events, and museum operations.

This position will interface weekly with a variety of staff within the Events Department as well as some interdepartmental staff and volunteers.


  • Prior Experience with events.
  • Ability to problem solve, identify problems and find solutions, engaging other staff when appropriate.
  • Ability to maintain a positive attitude.
  • Ability to work on a wide variety of projects simultaneously.
  • Excellent organizational skills with attentiveness to detail.
  • Flexible scheduling to include some weekends and evenings.
  • Understanding of working with committees and volunteers.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Word processing, spreadsheet and database system experience.


The intern will assist the Events Department, working closely with the Events Manager to assist with events and general needs of departments, including the following:

  • Event Planning for the following events: Education Events, Major Fundraisers (Crocker Ball & Art Auction), Donor Dinners, and Exhibition Openings, Weddings and Corporate Events
  • Calendar Management, Event Scheduling, and other Administrative Tasks
  • Storage & Event Equipment Management
  • Rentals & Vendors Relationships
  • Event Planning & Decor
  • External Clients and Volunteer Management
  • Collateral Creation
  • Assist in planning of fundraising events, exhibition openings, and special event dinners for major donors, as well as weddings and corporate meetings and events.
  • Assist with all planning and event logistics including: event signage, creation of floor plans, and staffing and volunteer plans
  • Serve as a staff captain during major fundraising events such as Art Auction, Crocker Ball, and Big Names Small Art
  • Assist with management and assignment of volunteer tasks related to major fundraising events, prior to the event
  • Serve as point of contact for bridal first looks
  • Facility tours of the museum for potential clients
  • Administrative tasks including payment reminders, filing, and thank you cards
  • Process date hold requests

Internship Period

  • January 201 8 - April 2018
  • Minimum of 10 - 15 hours per week


  • Gain an understanding of general museum operations and the general operations
  • Gain interpersonal skills through interaction with museum visitors, volunteers, and staff
  • Gain experience and knowledge of event planning
  • Gain experience supervising volunteers and working with a variety of museum staff
  • Gain event planning and coordination experience for major fundraising events, internal museum events, and with external clients


To apply, submit your resume and cover letter to Stephanie Longoria, Public Engagement and Volunteer Coordinator


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