Major Gifts Officer

Job Type

Full Time


Details: Competitive Salary



Start Date


Application Deadline



1501 10th Avenue East
United States


Gage seeks an experienced non-profit professional for the position of Major Gift Officer (MGO). Working closely with the Development Director (DD), this position plays a key role in ensuring the success of Gage’s current programs and future expansion. The ideal candidate must be a team player who also works well independently with leadership abilities and an entrepreneurial spirit, who possesses initiative, has unparalleled attention to detail, and excels in being creative, dependable, flexible, and resourceful. The MGO will design, develop and implement Gage Academy of Art’s annual major gift plan (individual contributions of $1,000+). The MGO will be responsible for managing relationships with existing major gift prospects, as well as identifying and cultivating new prospects. An ability to empathize with donors and clearly communicate our organization’s mission is key. The MGO will be expected to energize team members, persuade prospects and meet annual fundraising objectives. This position works closely with program managers and the DD and Executive Director (ED) to align major gifts efforts with the Gage strategic plan and mission.

Position Description

Responsibilities in Prioritized Order:

·        Working closely with the DD, ED, Artistic Director (AD) and Gage Trustees, the MGO will:

·        Assist donors in accomplishing their philanthropic goals through a relationship with Gage Academy of Art

·        Successfully manage an annual major gift plan of $350,000+

·        Coordinate and document annual trustee giving

·        Identify, cultivate, and secure major gifts ($1,000+)

·        Identify current donors (<$1,000) with the capacity to give majors gifts. Work with Development Coordinator (DC) and DD to execute consistent prospect research on donors giving $500+.

·        Manage existing portfolio of donors and prospects (1,000+)

·        Manage systems and software to track and cultivate donors and prospects, including Gage’s donor database and wealth screening tools

·        Work with the development department to align efforts and set goals

·        Create and implement moves management plans

·        Make direct, face-to-face solicitations, and assist the board and other staff with their solicitation (e.g. provide portfolio development support, strategic counsel, and help with donor communications)

·        Acknowledge major donors through public and private recognition

·        Track and report progress using specific metrics

·        Under the guidance of the DD, work with the ED to identify major donors who would be excellent candidates for the Board of Trustees

Annual Auction & Gala and Donor Cultivation Events

·        Work with Director of Development and Executive Director in planning the individual donor strategy for Gage’s annual Gala (every year in April/May)

·        The MGO will work with the DD, gala committee members, and community partners to procure experience auction items for Gage’s annual art auction and gala.

·        Assist in planning, coordinating and regularly attending donor cultivation events including but not limited to, private home tours, Gage Masterpiece Dinner series, exhibition openings, Drawing Jam, Best of Gage, Donor Breakfast, and other special events

Scholarships and Planned Giving

·        Work with DD and Gage Trustees to develop legacy gift and endowment solicitations

·        Identify, cultivate and solicit funding for scholarship awards


Professional Experience

·        5-years, minimum, demonstrated experience in non-profit fundraising

·        The perfect candidate has shown an ability to secure individual major gifts of $10,000+

·        Experience with the philanthropic and cultural landscape of the Pacific Northwest

·        Successful track-record of personally identifying, cultivating and soliciting new acquisitions

·        Record of measurable results in organizing and implementing development events and related activities

·        Comfortable using a donor database, prospect research and other wealth screening tools to aid in the moves management process

·        Excellent verbal and written communication skills

·        Bachelor’s Degree

Personal Qualities

·        You’re a self-starter and are driven by results

·        Strategist adept at planning, prioritizing, multi-tasking and following through

·        Diplomatic

·        Committed and enthusiastic about art and the Seattle artistic community

·        Willing and capable to work hands-on developing and executing fundraising events


Medical, Dental, Vacation, Simple IRA (after 12 months), professional development allowance, and free enrollment in one class quarterly at Gage Academy of Art.

Level of Language Proficiency


Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply

To apply please send resume and cover letter to Preference will be given to candidates who apply before December 1st.