Major Gift Officer – The Tech Museum – San Jose, CA

The Tech Museum of Innovation

The Tech is looking for an experienced development professional to add to a high performing development team. This individual will be responsible for our fundraising efforts primarily from individual donors.

The ideal candidate will have a can do attitude, great spirit and will be numbers driven. They will be a strong team player and an experienced relationship builder. They will have a passion for education and great respect and understanding for The Tech’s role in inspiring innovators and serving the community.

The Major Gift Officer is a full-time, exempt position reporting to the Special Projects Director. This position is primarily responsible for creating successful individual fundraising strategies and their implementation. The Major Gift Officer will also personally cultivate, solicit, and steward a portfolio of individual donors and prospects.

Essential duties and responsibilities

Develop and execute a comprehensive plan to create and implement strategies for prospecting, cultivating, and stewarding a portfolio of individual donors to ensure the highest engagement and participation rate while increasing annual gift giving levels.
Meet with donors face to face.
Renew current and lapsed donors while securing new donors.
Help to identify and research campaign prospects in conjunction with the VP of Development and President.
Execute the Annual Inspiration and Leadership Circle events.
Quarterly donor solicitation, including calendar year-end and fiscal year-end fundraising.
Develop strategies to engage and convert museum members to individual donors.
Manage the Individual Gift renewal program, including appeals and benefit fulfillment.
Be knowledgeable of The Tech’s mission, exhibits, programs and long-range plans and stay current with the functioning of the entire institution in order to effectively communicate The Tech’s programs and vision.
Engage, motivate and align volunteer leadership with prospects. Track and follow up with progress and provide needed support.
Maintain and oversee the credibility of accurate and accessible database records and donor files for individual donors and prospects.
Manage and organize invitation, RSVP, guest lists, nametags and seating for individual donor events. Support all Development Department events as needed.
Develop and draft donor communications including newsletter and participate in development of the Annual Report.
Work closely with Tech Awards Sponsorship Director to identify and assist in soliciting individual table supporters. Help with table seating, audience development, and day of event giving.
Work closely with Corporate Relations Director to solicit individuals to support The Tech Challenge.

Qualifications and Experience

Three or more years of progressive fundraising experience that included a role in Individual Giving.
Extensive knowledge of personal cultivation and solicitations with demonstrated success in obtaining multiple gifts up to the $100,000 level.
Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, including writing, with the ability to present to potential and current donors and volunteers.
Successful experience in developing plans, managing budgets and achieving goals on schedule.
Strong organizational skills with the ability to track and follow-up with multiple, simultaneous projects.
Experience developing and maintaining donor databases and filing systems.
Strong belief in and the ability to inspire others regarding The Tech’s Mission and programs.
Ability to thrive in a fast paced environment and to adapt quickly to change.
Ability to work occasional evenings and weekends.

How to apply

Please send cover letter, resume and salary history to