Planned Giving and Major Gift Officer

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Planned Giving and Major Gift Officer




The Cleveland Orchestra is currently seeking a Planned Giving and Major Gift Officer, who will be responsible for executing the fundraising strategy to increase major gifts for operating, endowment, and deferred giving efforts at The Cleveland Orchestra, with direct management of the planned giving program. As a key member of the Major Gifts Team, responsibilities include identifying, cultivating, and soliciting major gifts (operating and endowment); developing and expanding the planned giving program; and serving as a resource for donors and the entire department on general tax and legal aspects of charitable giving. The Planned Giving and Major Gift Officer manages a portfolio of approximately 75 donor prospects, develops strategy to increase awareness of planned giving opportunities, and manages a secondary stewardship portfolio of all donors with documented planned gifts.

The successful candidate will meet the following qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in a related field and/or JD
  • 5 years of experience in major gift fundraising for non-profits or direct sales/face to face solicitation experience required
  • Previous planned gift solicitation experience
  • Proficiency with the Microsoft Office Suite with a working knowledge of fundraising databases (Tessitura database knowledge highly desirable)
  • Superior interpersonal and communications skills to successfully interact with a diverse group of people both internally and externally
  • Strong organizational skills with a high attention to detail
  • Demonstrated independent, mature judgment with the 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
  • Knowledge of orchestral music highly desirable
  • Must be able to travel between locations (Severance Hall and Blossom Music Center) as well as to local and regional meetings and events
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule that includes evenings, weekends, and some holidays.

We offer a competitive salary and excellent benefit package, including a 403(b) plan with employer match, along with the opportunity to work with a world-renowned Orchestra.

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer