Director of Major Gifts and Strategic Initiatives

The Clark Art Institute seeks an energetic and creative Director of Major Gifts and Strategic Initiatives who, as a senior member of the Clark’s Advancement staff, plans and executes a major gift program that maximizes contributed income from a variety of sources to meet annual fundraising goals and support established priorities. The Director of Major Gifts works closely with the Chief Advancement Officer, the Director of Patron Programs and Donor Engagement, and other staff across the Institute. The Director of Major Gifts also works the Director of the Clark and participates in determining fundraising strategies, timelines, and goals for the Director.
The Director manages a portfolio of approximately 150 prospects and donors and serves as a front line contact for philanthropists, collectors, auction houses, gallerists, and others who comprise the major gift donor base for the Clark. S/he develops and implements comprehensive solicitation plans to sustain and increase leadership annual gifts from major gift prospects. The Director also supervises a contract grant writer and oversees corporate, foundation, and government relations.
The ideal candidate has a bachelor’s degree and a minimum of 5 years fundraising experience. S/he has proven success in soliciting and closing leadership annual gifts and major gifts. Must have the ability to be a passionate advocate for the dual mission of the Clark. Corporate and foundation relations experience preferred, including experience writing grants, managing proposal development and submission, and post-award grants management and reporting.  Superior written and verbal communication skills, strong organizational and managerial capabilities, and an ability to prioritize and manage multiple tasks is required. Other requirements include customer service experience and a positive problem-solving attitude; an ability to work independently and as part of teams; demonstrated flexibility, reliability, good judgement, and tact; and a strong commitment and enthusiasm for making museums and the arts sustainable.
To be considered for this position, please submit a cover letter describing your interest and experience along with your resume, salary requirements, and three professional references to: [email protected]. The Clark is an equal opportunity employer.