Major Gifts Officer

  • Location

    Philadelphia, PA

  • Category

The Museum seeks a Major Gifts Officer to enhance the organization’s development capacity, expand its individual donor program, and raise its regional visibility as it pursues a $1.7M operating fundraising goal and prepares to embark on an anticipated $10M capital campaign. The Major Gifts Officer will work alongside a Grant Writer and a Membership & Donor Coordinator, report to the Chief Development Officer (CDO), and work closely with the CDO and CEO to execute the major donor strategy. The ideal candidate will have demonstrable experience in donor cultivation and stewardship and compellingly representing a nonprofit organization to its stakeholders. An interest in learning about and then becoming a champion for the Museum’s mission are musts. This is a growth opportunity for a development professional who is energized by: strengthening and cultivating donor relationships to persuasively make the case for advancing a mission they believe in; systematizing development during a time of organizational transformation; and honing their skills in a small, collaborative team that touches every aspect of fundraising strategy.


Salary will be in the range of $70,000-$80,000 annually. Benefits are in line with nonprofit industry standards.

Background of ideal candidate

A dynamic, outgoing, self-starting, highly motivated professional with demonstrable experience in fundraising, external relations, and working as part of a collaborative team.

Professional Characteristics

  1. Embracing the mission.
  2. At least 3 years’ direct experience in donor cultivation and acquisition.
  3. Demonstrated ability in fund development from current and prospective major donors and corporations, including being the face of an organization in stewarding relationships.
  4. Experience in—and enthusiasm for—stewarding and cultivating a diverse major donor portfolio of individuals and corporations.
  5. Fluency in using fundraising applications and prospect research tools.
  6. Some experience in events and public relations.
  7. Ability to effectively represent the Museum and build relationships with multiple external stakeholders.
  8. Excellent written, oral and interpersonal communication skills.

Key Responsibilities

  1. Resource Development
    1. Execute the organization’s fundraising strategy.
    2. Manage, then grow, initial portfolio of ~40 major donors.
    3. Steward and expand relationships with corporate funders and sponsors.
    4. Manage annual calendar of fundraising activities.
    5. Oversee annual appeal and glass auction/gala.
  2. Management
    1. Report regularly to the CDO regarding department administration, donor relations strategies;
    2. Report regularly to the CEO regarding benchmarks, donor relations strategies, and fundraising performance.
  3. External Relations
    1. Engage key stakeholders and prospects at external events to raise the Museum’s visibility and attract more prospective donors to the Museum.
  4. Board and Committee Relations
    1. Support the CEO and CDO in benchmarking and reporting on fundraising performance to the Board of Directors and Finance Committee. This may include occasional participation in Board and committee meetings.

About Us

The National Liberty Museum, located in Philadelphia’s historic district, brings liberty to life through stories of both famous and “everyday” people whose character and courage have sought to expand liberty for all. The Museum is at a point of extraordinary opportunity in its evolution as a cultural institution and provider of character & civics education. It is in the initial stages of: redesigning its space and exhibits; expanding public programming to attract new audiences; re-branding and enhancing marketing efforts to increase attendance; and planning to launch a capital campaign.


NLM has a strong base of major donors who have long supported the Museum and established its healthy financial position. At the same time, the intersection of the critical questions being discussed in society today and the Museum’s mission, coupled with the renewal efforts underway, make this a propitious time to further expand the base of major donors who will help assure the Museum’s next generation of financial support. Thus, NLM is seeking a self-starting development professional with individual giving experience to fill the newly created role of Major Gifts Officer. This person will work as part of a sophisticated development team to build the next wave of supporters of the Museum.


The National Liberty Museum advances its mission through an array of educational and experiential programming, described below, in both the Museum and community settings that serve 40,000 people annually. What makes the Museum special is that, as one visitor recently noted, “It’s one of the few museums where you can see yourself. Other museums show people of the past, but [NLM] shows heroism in all walks and stages of life.


  • Exhibitions: Permanent and temporary exhibitions explore the concept of liberty and our shared responsibility for promoting and preserving it. This is done through a variety of themes, ranging from telling stories of known and unknown heroes; the relationship between glass art and human expression; identity and freedom in the context of LGBTQ+ Pride; etc.
  • Educational Programming: Whether through tours of the Museum, professional development workshops, or the student outreach program, the Museum’s educational programs empower participants of all ages to identify and close gaps in liberty through their active citizenship and caring for others.
  • Hero Awards & Public Programs: The Museum hosts a wide range of public programs throughout the year, from expert speaker events to activities for families, addressing relevant and timely liberty topics in fun, thought-provoking and engaging ways that appeal to all audiences.
  • Diversity & Inclusion: The Museum offers a customizable proprietary curriculum of best practices and research in DEI issues. Team building activities and trainings help organizations and their professionals strengthen their community and advance diversity and inclusion in the workplace.

More information about the National Liberty Museum can be gleaned at

Apply for this job

Resume, two relevant writing samples, and a one-page cover letter that conveys (1) why you are well suited for this position and (2) how it fits into your career should be emailed by 5pm Monday, June 10, 2019, to Address cover letters to the National Liberty Museum Search Committee. No paper copies, please. Confirmation of receipt of applications will be sent by return email. First-round interviews of preferred candidates will be arranged in June 2019. Finalists will be invited for a second interview and asked to complete an applicant-assessment instrument. No phone calls, please.

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