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Major Gifts Officer 


The Major Gift Officer will develop and manage a portfolio of 75- 150 prospects with capacity to make gifts at $50,000 and higher.  The gift officer will have wide latitude to develop strategies and tactics to secure significant support for initiatives across the institution including unrestricted support, capital projects, endowment and deferred gifts.  This person will work closely with other gift officers and senior staff to identify, cultivate and ultimately solicit major gift prospects.

Essential Functions:

  • Develop and manage a portfolio of 75-150 high level donors
  • Create and implement strategies and tactics to:
    • Identify Prospects
    • Cultivate Donors
    • Solicit gifts of $50,000 and higher
    • Provide thoughtful and personal stewardship
  • Collaborate with Senior Staff and Program Staff
    • To provide meaningful engagement
    • Cater to the interest of the donor
    • Enable donors to meet with subject matter experts
  • Act as an ambassador for Mystic Seaport Museum
Position Requirements
  • Must have received or be willing to receive the COVID-19 vaccination and booster by date of hire to be considered. Proof of vaccination will be required.
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience
  • Five or more years of advancement experience with progressive responsibilities
  • Proven experience as a solicitor of major gifts
  • Excellent oral, written, and interpersonal skills
  • A strict attention to detail
  • Superior time/ project management skills
  • Solid computer skills capable of adapting to current and emerging software programs
    • Proficiency with Microsoft software suite and fundraising- CRM software
    • Experience with Tessitura strongly desired
  • Ability to exercise good judgement
  • A demonstrated creativity and organizational ability
  • Good understanding of protocol and etiquette with the ability to employ tact in difficult situations
  • Talent for working closely with diverse teams of people in order to accomplish complex tasks and initiatives on schedule and on budget
  • Ability to adapt to constantly evolving priorities with a positive, confident spirit
  • Other job-related education/experience may be substituted for part of these requirements
Full-Time/Part-Time Full-Time  
EOE Statement Mystic Seaport Museum, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer. The Civil Rights Act of 1964 and state and federal laws prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, or national origin. In addition, state and federal laws prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, Veteran's status, age (40 years and over), physical or mental disability, religious affiliation or other protected status. It is our policy to comply fully with these laws and information requested on this application will not be used for any purpose prohibited by law.  
About the Organization Mystic Seaport Museum is the nation's leading maritime museum. Founded in 1929 to gather and preserve the rapidly disappearing artifacts of America's seafaring past, the Museum has grown to become a national center for research and education with the mission to 'inspire an enduring connection to the American maritime experience.'

The Museum's grounds cover 19 acres on the Mystic River in Mystic, CT and include a recreated New England coastal village, a working shipyard, formal exhibit halls, and state-of-the-art artifact storage facilities. The Museum is home to more than 500 historic watercraft, including four National Historic Landmark vessels, most notably the 1841 whaleship Charles W. Morgan, America's oldest commercial ship still in existence.  

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