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Great benefits and flexible hours and hybrid schedule,
The heart of Boston Ballet is the human experience. Through our living and breathing art, we forge human connections—between artist and attendee, teacher and trainee, friend and newcomer, one's outer and inner self. We believe that our community of employees is better when talented individuals with varied life experiences, identities, races, cultures, and ideas are welcomed, encouraged, and heard.
Boston Ballet is an innovative, internationally acclaimed cultural institution that strives to be the ballet company of the future. To that end, Boston Ballet is ever-evolving and innovating to stay relevant and ahead of the curve—including our business model and strategic fundraising efforts.
This new Major Gifts Officer (MGO) position is a full-time, exempt role that will have an opportunity to have a tremendous impact on a committed and dynamic development team. Focusing on the development of new donor relationships, the MGO will manage a portfolio of approximately 120 prospects capable of making leadership-level ($10k -$25K +) gifts.
The MGO will maximize philanthropic achievement by creating and successfully executing strategies to expand the major gifts pipeline and deepen philanthropic relationships with those in a position to be most generous. In addition to stewarding the institution’s existing donor relationships within their portfolio, this role will have a special focus on sourcing and developing new supporters. The successful candidate will approach the opportunity with an entrepreneurial mindset and will be energized by working collaboratively with a team of exceptional colleagues across the organization.
Please be sure to include a cover letter with your resume when you submit an application in order to be considered for the position.
Secure at least $1,000,000 each year for Boston Ballet’s Annual Fund and special projects through four, five, and six-figure gifts.
Support or conduct face-to-face visits, solicitations, and other high-level interactions with major gift donors and prospects with a goal of 10-12 visits per month. This will frequently be done in partnership with senior members of Boston Ballet’s internal and external leadership groups.
Work collaboratively with the Major Gifts team to manage relationship building, cultivation, and solicitation within an assigned portfolio of individual major gift donors and prospects with the capacity to make annual and multi-year leadership gifts.
Identify new sources of support from individual major gift prospects, assess giving potential, recommend target ask amounts, and develop personalized strategies to secure annual gifts.
In coordination with Development team colleagues, establish and ensure appropriate and meaningful donor recognition and manage the stewardship process for individuals within the assigned portfolio, including preparing gift agreements.
Communicate with donors the impact of their investment, including presenting relevant information to donors within assigned portfolio.
Eagerness to represent the Development office and Boston Ballet with warmth and competence.
Ability to work evenings and weekends staffing Company performances and special events.
Stay informed about industry trends as well as Company-specific news and events to be used to steward and cultivate major gift donors and prospects. This will allow the MGO to develop a passion for advancing Boston Ballet, its programs, and dance as an art form.
Other duties as requested or assigned.
Bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience.
3+ years of development experience, including at least 1 year of direct solicitations with a proven record of closing gifts at the $10,000+ level.
Results-oriented and committed to shared goals with a high degree of initiative to motivate high-level donors and volunteers.
Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
Proficiency and experience using a donor database is preferred.
Ability to handle confidential information ethically and responsibly
Interested Applicants send resume and cover letter to: