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Major Gifts Officer

  • Organisation:The British Museum
  • Location:London
  • Salary:£29,958 - £33,394 per annum

The British Museum is seeking an ambitious Major Gifts Officer, with experience of donor management, to join the Development department. The main purpose of this role is to co-design and implement cultivation and stewardship strategies for the Museum’s existing pool of private individual philanthropists, ensuring that major donors feel valued and that donor retention rates are high.

The successful candidate will be able to combine excellent interpersonal skills, a creative flare and compelling writing skills with a methodical approach to donor relations and administrative tasks.

First round interviews will be held in the w/c 1 February.

Key Areas of Responsibility:

Working closely with the Head of Major Gifts & Patrons and the Major Gifts Manager, you will:

– Manage your own pipeline, with support from the Major Gifts Manager, to ensure opportunities at the initial level of Major Giving (starting at £10,000) are identified and pursued, working closely with the Research Team to qualify potential prospects.
– Ensure the highest standard of donor care; through effective stewardship, reporting and acknowledgment of gifts at all levels, working with colleagues across the Museum to source and compile project updates.
– Draft, co-design and deliver bespoke funding proposals and stewardship plans for Major Donors which reflect donors’ personal interests and motivations. Applications and reports will be factually correct, well written, presented to the highest standard and produced on time.
– Support the Head of Major Gifts & Patrons and Major Gifts Manager in donor stewardship for large-scale public projects, such as exhibitions, ensuring that crediting is consistent and accurate and that the expectations of the donor are clearly communicated to all relevant Museum stakeholders involved in delivering the project.
– Liaise with colleagues across the Museum, particularly Curatorial, Events and Security teams, to ensure that out-of-hours and behind-the-scenes Major Donor visits take place smoothly.
work with Development colleagues to deliver all regular Major Donor communications: e.g. magazine mailings, donor card mailings, Annual Review mailings, and Christmas Card mailings ensuring accuracy and efficiency.
– Draft key correspondence, including thank you letters from senior colleagues and compelling, informative covering letters for large mailings.
– Contribute to the planning and delivery of the wider Major Gifts strategy, including the events programme, by proactively sharing insight on the motivations and interests of your donor portfolio.
– Work with the Operations Team to ensure Major Gifts records on the Museum’s fundraising database are accurate and up to date.

Person Specification:

Educated to undergraduate degree level or equivalent experience.
Experience working in fundraising or similar client care experience.
Experience of working with multiple private donors or account management, face to face; extremely strong writing skills with an ability to articulate information in a concise, compelling and eloquent manner; and exceptional time management skills, able to balance multiple tasks and work under pressure to meet concurrent deadlines.
Excellent interpersonal skills being able to build sound working relationships with a variety of stakeholders as well as being able to work well in a team or individually.
A proactive individual with the ability to identify priorities and problem solve, utilising sound judgement of when to escalate challenges and seek advice.
Willingness to occasionally work outside of normal office hours.

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