Bard Graduate Center
Major Gifts Officer
The Bard Graduate Center (BGC), a division of Bard College located on West 86th Street in New York City, is seeking a full-time Major Gifts Officer.
Founded in 1993, the BGC is comprised of an Academic Program, Research Institute and Gallery. We offer MA and PhD programs in the study of the cultural history of the material world and are committed to the encyclopedic study of things, drawing on methodologies and approaches from art and design history, history of technology, philosophy, anthropology, and archaeology and cultural history.
The world renowned Gallery organizes four exhibitions during the academic year. Our exhibitions examine the material evidence of cultures extending from ancient world to the present inclusive of Africa, the Americas, Asia, and Europe. Each exhibition is accompanied by a scholarly book published in collaboration with, or distributed by, Yale University Press.
Reporting to the Director of External Affairs, the Major Gifts Officer will work to develop support from individuals/family foundations and lay groundwork for a future capital campaign employing moves management techniques. An externally focused position, the MGO will identify, cultivate, and solicit high net-worth individuals, manage a portfolio of key donors and prospects to meet a fundraising goal, and partner with senior staff to create and help them manage their portfolios. S/he will lead the development department team in prospect identification, cultivation, and stewardship efforts as well as incorporate planned giving strategies into proposals. The MGO will directly supervise the Manager of Special Events.
Fund Raising and Constituent Development:
Develop and maintain a departmental calling schedule that averages 10-20 prospect contacts per month; manage a personal portfolio of 75 gift prospects and donors capable of making outright gifts of $5,000 and above and multi-year or planned gifts of $50,000 and above; work with senior management to formulate a long-range business plan for increasing fundraising significantly over the next five years including the development of affinity groups to segment fundraising strategies; assume the lead role in prospect research and management process; prepare an annual development plan that delineates financial as well as strategic goals and appropriate metrics; complete an annual program review of results, determines strengths and challenges of the program and modify plans accordingly; integrate estate planning strategies into solicitations to produce the highest gift potential; accompany BGC leadership on solicitation and cultivation meetings.
Program Management and Staff Supervision:
Work with BGC staff and volunteer leadership to craft and implement cultivation, recognition, and fundraising events; create and execute a monthly calendar of stewardship communications and activities for prospects and donors; oversee and/or coordinate preparation of briefing materials for prospect and institutional leadership interaction; work closely with the Director of External Affairs to monitor and advance portfolios of other BGC leaders; write gift proposals, case statements and other relevant documents and/or supervise staff in preparing such.
Donor and Constituent Relations:
Oversee the gift acknowledgment process executed by development staff including the formulation of special recognition opportunities; ensure conformance with all internal and external policies, protocols, and requirements; serve as the division’s liaison to Bard College.
Responsibilities for Budget/Assets:
The MGO is charged with proactively working to expand the base of philanthropic support for the BGC from individuals and family foundations and through special events. S/he takes responsibility for making the most effective use of staff and budget resources and for seeking ways to supplement those resources through in-kind support.
Minimum Education, Skills and Abilities:
Bachelor’s degree and a minimum of three years frontline fundraising through one-on-one cultivation and closing gifts of $5,000 or more utilizing moves management cycle. Solid understanding of New York’s philanthropic community. Strong planning, organizational, and time management skills. Determination to meet financial goals. Comfortable with cold calling. Strong proficiency in donor research process and employing software to track actions. Ability to analyze and clearly report data. Available and willing to participate in events outside the workday schedule.
Graduate degree. Experience partnering with volunteer leadership in a cultural or educational setting helpful. Working knowledge of core planned giving vehicles.
To apply, please submit a cover letter, resume and contact information for three references to email@example.com. No telephone calls please. The Bard Graduate Center is an equal opportunity employer and we welcome applications from those who contribute to our diversity.