The National World War II Museum in New Orleans seeks a skilled
major gift officer to join our team in achieving capital campaign,
programmatic and planned giving program objectives. Reporting
to the Vice President of Institutional Advancement, the Director
will be responsible for building relationships with individual,
corporate, and foundation donors and prospects.
The National World War II Museum is in the final stages of a
$400M capital campaign, which will conclude its multi-phased
expansion project and complete its formal campus. In
additional to the capital campaign, the Director will be
responsible for securing support for the Museum’s exhibitions,
educational programs, and endowment. The Museum’s fundraising
program is national in scale and major gift officers are assigned
regional responsibilities. The successful candidate will join
a team of four gift officers, and will have regional portfolio
responsibility for the East and Midatlantic region.
Major Duties and Responsibilities:
- Identify, cultivate, and solicit leadership and major gift
prospects; recommend and implement cultivation, solicitation,
stewardship and engagement strategies for prospects, work with
executive and Museum leadership and board members as appropriate;
meet with prospects both in-person and virtually, with regular
travel throughout the assigned region.
- Participate in the development of capital, programmatic and
endowment fundraising strategies for increased giving; work with
colleagues across the Institutional Advancement Department to
develop a seamless donor and prospect journey with the Museum.
Focus will be on prospect management, building major gift pipeline,
and developing high-impact engagement strategies for prospect and
- Manage a portfolio of approximately 150 prospects through all
fundraising cycles – identification, qualification, cultivation,
solicitation and stewardship – meeting monthly donor contact and
proposal submission goals and tracking contacts; maintain updates
in the Museum’s CRM, Raiser’s Edge.
- Develop and implement solicitation plans for each prospect;
create compelling proposals for prospects to support.
- Coordinate stewardship activities ensuring regular and
systematic contact with prospects through all means of
- Assist Museum administrators in the recognition of
institutional funding needs, keeping up to date on institutional
priorities, programs, people and events.
- Serve as the principal liaison for major gift prospects with
the Museum, developing and maintaining a collaborative work
environment with Museum departments to create a seamless donor
journey and engagement experience for donors and prospects.
QUALIFICATIONS and ATTRIBUTES:
- Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s degree and CFRE
certification are a plus.
- 5+ years of direct fundraising experience -- with a clear
understanding of annual, major, capital and deferred gifts -- and a
demonstrable track record in securing 6 and 7 figure gifts;
- Experience in the fields of higher education, healthcare, or
large arts/cultural organizations;
- Mastery of the skills, principles, practices, and techniques
associated with implementing and successfully executing major gift
work with a national scope
- Highly developed interpersonal, written and verbal
- Proactive strategic thinker with strong organizational skills
and an ability to work independently and as a team member.
The National WWII Museum offers a competitive wage and benefits
package which includes medical, dental, vision and life insurance,
long-term disability insurance, 401k and paid vacation and sick
The National WWII Museum is an Equal Opportunity Employer and
seeks diversity in its workforce. We are dedicated to a
policy of non-discrimination in employment on any basis including
age, sex, race, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, or
disability. Consistent with the Americans with Disabilities
Act, applicants may request accommodations needed to participate in
the application process.