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Director, Philanthropy - The Art Institute of Chicago

  • 06/06/2023 3:43 PM
    Message # 13211599
    Christine Teed (Administrator)

    Position summary 

    This role secures gifts in service of the Museum’s mission by creating and executing high-level, tailored cultivation and stewardship plans. At its core is soliciting and stewarding major gifts and bequests from a highly engaged portfolio of generous donors in support of Museum priorities. The position includes management responsibilities overseeing the Associate Director, Philanthropy and Coordinator, Philanthropy roles. 

    Key Responsibilities

    ·        Advances leadership-level relationships and gift conversations with museum Trustees, major donors and international prospects. 
    ·        Actively manages a mature portfolio of major and principal gift donors by cultivating, soliciting and stewarding donors and prospects.
    ·        Maintains up-to-date strategies and information for managed donors that continually advance gift conversations.
    ·        Leads the museum’s philanthropy team as the resident expert in
    planned giving. Leads estate and legacy conversations with prospective and current planned giving donors. Develops stewardship strategies for donors and their descendants. 
    ·        Provides technical expertise in estate planning to donors regarding the tax and charitable aspects of planned giving. 
    ·        Leads the Buckingham Society, the museum’s planned giving program.
    ·        Provides bespoke stewardship to current members of the Buckingham Society, including written correspondence.
    ·        Partners with curatorial department leadership on departmental donors to develop persuasive and comprehensive proposals seeking support for institutional priorities. 
    ·        Partners with museum leadership, including the President and Director, to advance prospect strategies. 
    ·        Plans bespoke experiences for donors.

    Physical Requirements

    Must be be able to remain in a stationary standing position an estimated 25% of the time or sitting position 75% of the time. The person in this position needs to occasionally move about inside the office to access file cabinets, office machinery, etc. and move files, books and equipment up to 10 pounds for various office and event needs.


    ·        Bachelor's degree required or equivalent amount of experience will be considered.
    ·        Minimum five-seven years of progressively responsible experience in a non-profit philanthropy environment or analogous work environment, including experience managing a donor portfolio and securing $50K+ gifts.
    ·        Experience in a planned giving or estate planning preferred.
    ·        Strong communication skills, particularly an ability to communicate museum priorities clearly.
    ·        Outstanding organizational, project management skills and meticulous attention to detail.
    ·        Experience with Raiser’s Edge, Crescendo Interactive or similar donor database tools.

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