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Major and Planned Giving Officer

  • 10 Jan 2020 3:31 PM
    Message # 8537828
    Maeven Sipes (Administrator)

    Position Available:  Major and Planned Giving Officer

    Classification:  Full-time, Exempt

    Department:  Development

    The Morton Arboretum is a world-renowned nonprofit dedicated to protecting and growing trees locally and globally. We are seeking an experienced gift officer to join our team to increase philanthropic support through major and planned gifts. The ideal candidate will help secure support from individual donors to improve the future for trees, advance leading scientific and conservation research, support educational programming for adults and children, and preserve our plant collections across 1,700 acres. You’ll be part of an incredible team working together to make the Arboretum exceptional.   

    Position Summary:  Manage an externally focused portfolio of approximately 150 individual planned giving and major giving donors and prospects to generate new planned gift expectancies and secure restricted and unrestricted major gifts.  Serve as an advocate for a culture of philanthropy that supports the best interests of the organization as well as the donors.

    Qualifications:  Bachelor's degree required.  4+ years of proven achievement in non-profit fundraising program.  Direct experience in strategy development and success in the cultivation and solicitation of planned gifts and major gifts required.  Understanding of planned giving vehicles and experience in planned giving solicitations required.  Proven ability to successfully motivate, engage and interact with senior leadership, trustees, high level donors and volunteers required.  Excellent verbal and written communication skills required.  Prior experience and proven effectiveness in moves management processes required.  Must be proficient with Microsoft Office and experience with Google applications is beneficial.  Preferred experience using constituent relationship management software or similar database program.  Must possess a valid driver’s license, which is subject to insurability and an annual Motor Vehicle Record (MVR) report. 

    Success Factors:  Ability to discern and respond to donor interests to meet both donor and institutional goals.  Ability to work collaboratively and cooperatively with Arboretum senior staff, trustees, colleagues and volunteers.  Ability to manage multiple priorities effectively.  Comfortable working with individuals from all stations of life.  A commitment to, and ability to effectively convey, the Arboretum’s mission with genuine passion, and the willingness to continually learn about the programs and mission.

    Physical Demands and Work Environment: The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform these essential functions.

            Physical Demands: Requires some physical activity: limited lifting and carrying (up to 10 lbs.), and occasional travel around the Arboretum campus and locally.

            Work Environment: Fast-paced office environment.  Work is primarily indoors. 

            Equipment: General office equipment, Arboretum golf cart, and minivan.

            Schedule: Position requires occasional extended work hours, including evenings and weekends.

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    The Morton Arboretum is an equal opportunity employer – disability/veteran.

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