Major Gifts Officer

Department: Development

Available: November 2021

Position Summary

The Major Gifts Officer is responsible for cultivating and soliciting a portfolio of Major Gifts donors and prospects and managing benefits fulfillment and donor care for the Major Gifts team. They will develop relationships, write solicitation letters and other donor correspondence, and participate in departmental administrative functions as needed.  The Major Gifts Officer will be a strategic thinker who will focus on acquisition, including identifying new prospects and coordinating special projects as needed.  The ideal candidate will have an eye for detail, excellent writing skills, and a pro-active attitude in seeking out new fundraising opportunities for the Met.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Manage a personal portfolio of current Major Gifts and Patron donors for solicitation and cultivation purposes: provide excellent patron service and cultivate and solicit strategically with an emphasis on upgrades.
  • Acquire and develop prospects for annual gifts and special projects; partner with other staff members in Major Gifts, Patron and Individual Giving, and Research as needed.
  • Assist with Major Gifts benefit fulfillment and support donor care efforts such as donor events, dress rehearsals, priority ticketing, etc.
  • Manage special solicitation efforts as needed, including creating well-written materials, tracking progress, and producing detailed reports.
  • Utilize database for reporting and analysis.
  • Staff and work with Board volunteers as needed.
  • Manage select grant proposals and reports for personal/family foundations that fold into Major Gifts and liaise with the Institutional Relations team as needed.
  • Staff special events as needed.
  • Assist with Major Gifts administrative functions, such as tracking matching gifts.
  • Other tasks as assigned

Qualification and Skill Requirements:

  • BA degree.
  • 4-5 years’ experience in fundraising with an emphasis on individual solicitation.
  • Ability to write clearly and elegantly with an expert grasp of language, grammar and punctuation.
  • Experience writing original development documents.
  • Excellent interpersonal and oral communication skills.
  • Excellent computer program/database skills.  Familiarity with Tessitura is a plus.
  • Ability to exercise excellent judgment working with high-level donors, volunteers and Board members.
  • Ability to multi-task.
  • Familiarity with the performing arts, particularly opera, is a plus.

Physical Demands:

  • The Metropolitan Opera is a performance venue that requires employees working in the building to be fully vaccinated. Due to the nature of this role, you must be fully vaccinated at the time your employment is scheduled to start.
  • Ability to work well with all personality types.
  • Some evening and weekend hours required.

To Apply:

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Internal candidates should please contact the Human Resources department directly to apply.

The Metropolitan Opera believes that diversity is critical to our success and growth as a leading performing arts institution and we seek to recruit, develop and retain the most talented people from a diverse candidate pool. Our goal is to be a diverse workforce that is representative, at all job levels, of the communities we serve.

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