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Position Title: Major Gifts Officer
Reports To: Director of Development
Since its inception in 1975, The Seattle Children’s Theatre (SCT), has served over 4 million children for 41 seasons of creative professional theatre and arts education classes for the Puget Sound region, and is one of the most prominent theatre organizations for young audiences in the United States and the world.
Seattle Children’s Theatre Mission Statement
To provide children of all ages access to professional theatre, with a focus on new works, and theatre
Under the supervision of the Director of Development, who establishes priorities and outlines
fundraising strategies for the Development Department, you will secure funds for the organization by
fulfilling the interests and passions of donors by providing them with giving opportunities, inspiring
them to give and assuring that as many as possible are retained as continuing donors to the
organization and are upgraded in their giving and involvement.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
- Will qualify a caseload of donors from a larger group of donors to the organization
- Will build individual goals for each donor based on their history of giving and the organization’s knowledge of that donor’s potential.
- Will create a foundational and individualized communication and marketing plan.Will dedicatedly and on a timely basis execute that plan so that individuals are retained and upgraded.
- Will work with program staff and the marketing department to secure appropriate project information, including budgets, and craft offers, proposals and asks that will be used with donors to secure gifts and report back on how their giving is making a difference.
- Will perform other major donor activities as may be required by management, including creating monthly reports that accurately reflect caseload activity and performance.
Accountability – Performance will be measured by:
- Ability to qualify donors from the larger pool of organizational donors that meet the major gift criteria.
- Ability to create reasonable financial goals for each donor which are based on their giving and their potential.
- Ability to create a personal contact and ask plan for each donor on his or her caseload, that takes into account the individual donor’s passions, interests, motivations, giving patterns and ask preferences. Ability to execute this plan in a timely and cost effective manner which results in the retention and upgrading of donors.
- Ability to secure project and organization information and craft and write effective offers, proposals and asks. Ability to secure information that can be sent back to donors to report how their giving made a difference.
- Ability to create timely reports that reflect caseload performance.
- Ability to lead people, process, deadlines and budget while adhering to the policies and procedures for the organization.
- Ability to work well with peers, subordinates and management and maintain a positive and constructive attitude while solving problems. Ability to be a standout colleague and protect the mission, goals and values of the organization.
Desirable Skills and Qualifications:
Will have administrative skill to lead complex projects and a deep dedication to theatre, education and the mission of reaching all the people in our community. Useful skills and experience to include:
- Proficiency with Excel and database programs like Tessitura
- Cultural competency to work with individuals from diverse backgrounds
- Work in a team environment with minimal supervision
- Ability to work independently, be flexible, and manage multiple priorities
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills
- Strong commitment to social change through community empowerment and the arts
- Possess a demonstrable interest in theatre and SCT’s mission
- Computer fluency in MS Office and Tessitura
- At least 3-5 years’ experience in revenue generation in a culturally oriented NPO
- Bachelor’s degree is required.
Physical Requirements & Work Environment:
Enjoy working in a fast-paced, non-profit environment. Experience or interest in theatre and youth arts education is a plus. Clearances/background checks will be conducted.
Salary & Schedule:
- Salary commensurate with experience. Exempt full-time position.
- Generous benefits package which includes fully paid employee medical, dental and vision coverage.
- Will be able to work occasional evenings and weekends.
To apply, send cover letter, resume, a writing sample, and three professional references in PDF format to firstname.lastname@example.org. No phone calls please. Seattle Children’s Theatre values diversity in the workplace.
The information presented indicates the general nature and level of work expected of employees in this classification. It is not designed to contain, or to be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, qualifications, and objectives required of employees assigned to this job. Seattle Children’s Theatre provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin age, disability or genetics. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.
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