Major Gifts Officer: National Museum of American Jewish History

Posted June 21st, 2018 at 4:54 pm.

The National Museum of American Jewish History (NMAJH), on historic Independence Mall in Philadelphia, presents educational programs and experiences that preserve, explore, and celebrate the history of Jews in America. Its purpose is to connect Jews more closely to their heritage and to inspire in people of all backgrounds a greater appreciation for the diversity of the American Jewish experience and the freedoms to which Americans aspire.

NMAJH’s vision is to be the preeminent national museum creatively teaching, interpreting, and inspiring dialogue about the American‐Jewish experience in the context of American history. The Museum will be a force fueling the American spirit of courage and imagination, aspiration and hard work, leadership and service, through active engagement with the stories of American‐Jewish life and tradition.

The Major Gifts Officer plays a vital role in meeting the National Museum of American Jewish History’s ambitious contributed income goals, with a focus on major gifts ($10K-$100K+).  Reporting to the Director of Development, this position is responsible for identifying, engaging, cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding a portfolio of 150 donors and prospects. The position is also responsible for developing a priority list of new prospects and individual strategies to secure new gifts.


  • Work in partnership with the Development Director to design and implement strategy for cultivating and stewarding major donors, nationwide, towards multi-year gift commitments and donor retention.
  • Serve as primary relationship manager, cultivating and stewarding a portfolio of 150 individual donors and prospects, moving each in an appropriate and timely fashion toward solicitation.
  • Research and identify new prospects for major gifts and planned giving opportunities.
  • Work collaboratively with the Museum’s senior and programmatic staff (i.e., Curatorial, Education, Public Relations, Marketing, and Finance), as appropriate, to best engage donors.
  • Become familiar with the Museum’s programmatic needs for the purpose of effective donor cultivation and stewardship, using available resources and opportunities.
  • Keep accurate and timely records of all constituent interactions in Raisers Edge database, and provide regular reporting of major gifts progress including detailed contact reports.


  • Enthusiasm and passion for the mission of the Museum and a desire to share it.
  • Bachelor’s degree required and a minimum of five years of related development experience.
  • Major gift fundraising and portfolio management experience, with a proven success record in major gifts cultivation and solicitation skills required.
  • Superior interpersonal and written and oral communication skills.
  • Proficiency in Raiser’s Edge (or similar database) and wealth screening software required.
  • A disciplined, strategic, and motivated professional with a strong work ethic.
  • Flexible for some domestic travel and work evenings and weekends as needed.
Education Level:
Bachelor’s degree required
To Apply

Email cover letter with resume and salary requirements to using the subject line “Major Gifts Officer Search.” Deadline July 6, 2018. No calls, please.

Filed under: Management Level by Margie DuBrow

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