The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation : Major Gifts Officer

The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation is seeking a Major Gift Officer in our Individual Development Department to identify, cultivate, and solicit potential major donors while building successful relationships and increasing annual support for the institution. Reporting to the Senior Director, Individual Development and Campaign, the Major Gift Officer will utilize moves management principles, including prospect identification, and develop effective stewardship and solicitation strategies. The position presents an excellent opportunity for career growth focused on strategic fundraising in the arts. 

Founded in 1937, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation is dedicated to promoting the understanding and appreciation of art, architecture, and other manifestations of visual culture, primarily of the modern and contemporary periods.  The Guggenheim realizes this mission through exceptional exhibitions, education programs, research initiatives, and publications.  The Guggenheim strives to engage and educate an increasingly diverse international audience through its unique network of museums and partnerships.  With nearly three million annual visitors worldwide, the Guggenheim and its network is one of the most visited cultural institutions in the world. 

Key Responsibilities: 

  • Under the leadership of the Senior Director, Individual Development and Campaign, develop and implement rigorous strategies and schedules for identifying prospects, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship for major gifts and campaign fundraising.


  • Collaborate with the Individual Development team, and other museum departments (Director’s Office, Curatorial, Education and Conservation), outside consultants, volunteers (e.g., Committee and Board Members) to actively engage donors and exceed annual fundraising goals.


  • The Major Gifts Officer will maintain a portfolio of donors with an emphasis on gifts of $20,000, or greater, in support of but not limited to exhibitions, education, conservation and general operations.


  • Develop customized briefing documents, solicitation materials, proposals, correspondence, and gift acknowledgements.


  • Create and implement a stewardship plan to ensure best practices for accuracy in processing and tracking gifts, as well as gift acknowledgement, donor records, and reports.


  • Regularly attend museum-wide and art world events several evenings per week, as well as plan select cultivation and stewardship events throughout the year. 


  • Pursue research on prospective and existing donors, provide accurate and timely management of portfolio, and help to staff bi-weekly Prospect Review sessions.


  • Identify new revenue sources, while overseeing income and expense tracking.


  • Supervise the Associate Manager, Individual Development.

Qualifications and Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree with strong interest in art. Master’s Degree in a related field is a plus.


  • 5-7 years of frontline fundraising experience in a complex, multilayered setting.


  • Proven track record of implementing strategic series of interactions that have led to successful solicitations.


  • Experience with volunteer leadership and committees.


  • Ability to interact with a wide variety of individuals within and outside the museum, and professionally represent the institution and its programs across a wide range of circumstances.


  • Excellent written and verbal communication and interpersonal skills. 


  • Competent in the planning and implementation of multiple concurrent projects and events.


  • Ideal candidate is personable, highly organized, detail-oriented, and works collaboratively.


  • Proficiency in computer applications including Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, and Raiser’s Edge.

The Guggenheim offers a competitive salary and excellent medical, dental, life, disability, and retirement plan coverage.  Our staff also enjoys generous vacation, sick leave and personal days, access to a variety of cultural institutions, discounts to museum stores, and a stimulating and collegial work environment. 

The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation is an equal opportunity employer.

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