Foundation Gift Officer

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Foundation Gift Officer





The Foundation Gift Officer is responsible for the identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of foundations to establish new partnerships and strengthen existing relationships that will result in philanthropic support for The Cleveland Orchestra. This role provides the expertise to advance the orchestra’s interests by researching and identifying sources of support, proactively seeking opportunities to generate new proposals based on foundation guidelines and interests and maintaining strong relationship ties with program officers and foundation boards.

The Foundation Gift Officer manages a portfolio of foundation contributors including a schedule of grant and report deadlines. This role also serves as the staff lead to the Foundation Taskforce, a subgroup of the Fundraising Committee, involving trustees in prospect identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship.

The successful candidate will meet the following qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree required with a minimum of five years of experience in non-profit fundraising.
  • Experience in the management of institutional portfolio (government & public/private foundations) highly desirable.
  • Proficiency in the Microsoft Office Suite, primarily Word and Excel; knowledge of Tessitura Database a plus.
  • Superior interpersonal skills to successfully interact with a diverse population of constituents.
  • Excellent communications skills, both verbal and written.
  • Ability to successfully compose, submit and secure grant funding.
  • Outstanding organizational skills with a high attention to detail.
  • Demonstrated independent, mature judgment.
  • Ability to consistently maintain a professional image and demeanor.
  • Strong problem-solving skills combined with a collaborative approach.
  • Ability to work independently and as a collaborative team member.
  • Ability to successfully prioritize to manage multiple projects and deadlines.
  • Must be able to travel between locations (Severance Hall and Blossom Music Center) and to travel to local or regional meetings.
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule that includes evenings, weekends, and some holidays.

We offer a competitive salary and excellent benefits in addition to the opportunity to work with a world-renowned orchestra. Interested applicants should submit a cover letter, including salary requirement, and a résumé in PDF to

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