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Major Gift Officer (Year-Round)

Interlochen Center for the Arts
Michigan, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted Date
Jan 24, 2022

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Faculty Positions, Business & Management, Business Administration
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We're artists and educators. Strategists and problem solvers. Providers and caretakers. Optimizers and growth seekers.

We empower artists and art enthusiasts of all ages to live meaningful, creative lives—and we've been doing so for almost a century.

As an Interlochen employee, every position has an impact. You’ll invest in the lives of thousands of emerging artists. You’ll help craft amazing moments that our students will always remember. And you’ll be changed in the process.

We are looking for a Major Gift Officer to join our Philanthropy team. In this campus-based role, you will have the following organizational impact: 

    Engage in all phases of prospect management to result in the successful solicitation of donors and prospects for 5-7 figure annual, major, or planned gifts, which may include leadership gifts to Interlochen Public Radio.  Develop and cultivate relationships with donors and prospects through in-person visits, virtual meetings, phone calls, events, written and electronic correspondence. Manage a portfolio of 130-150 donors, prospects, and suspects. Start with a base portfolio and build it with prospects in targeted geographic locations including northern MI, MD, VA, Washington, DC and FL. Pair donor/prospect interests with institutional priorities. Develop, monitor, revise, and implement strategies for donors/prospects. Major gift work may include partnering with Interlochen and Philanthropy leadership and volunteer leaders. 

What you will bring:

  • Bachelor's degree required
  • 2-5 years of major gift fundraising experience or direct fundraising experience that provides a base for major gift fundraising 
  • Ability to develop and deliver a compelling story for donor proposals and presentations. 
  • Ability to utilize a CRM to enter, interpret, and track donor data.
  • Familiarity with annual, special/major, and planned giving fundraising practices
  • Ability and willingness to travel nationally

Additional experience that would be helpful in this role:

    Arts experience or knowledge Google Workplace experience

What you will get:

    Being a part of a mission and community that develops young artists. Interlochen Alumni are distinguished and include 2021 Emmy Award Nominees - Maya Erskine, Sydney James Harcourt, Ashley Park and Our Lady J. Being part of a creative, committed Philanthropy team with experienced, innovative leadership and where collaboration counts and individual input is sought and appreciated Competitive salary with bonus incentive included in the compensation package Vacation, Sick and Holiday Paid Time Off Medical, Dental, Vision, Voluntary Life, Critical Illness and Flexible Spending Accounts (Medical and Childcare) Retirement Plans - 401(a) employer contribution & 403(b) employee contributions Employee Assistance Program  Employer Paid Life Insurance, Short-Term and Long-Term Disability Discounted Tuition for Academy, Camp and College of Creative Arts Discounted Concert Tickets (Last year’s lineup included Chicago, Harry Connick Jr. & his Band: Time to Play!, Foreigner: The Greatest Hits Tour, Jake Owen, Old Crow Medicine Show with Special Guest Molly Tuttle and Buddy Guy with Robert Randolph & The Family Band)

Location: Main campus is located in Interlochen, MI between Duck and Green Lake. 13 miles away from Traverse City, MI which was name #10 Most Arts Vibrant Middle Size Community by SMU DataArts and 2021 U.S. News Healthiest Communities. Location is flexible for remote work. 

Travel: Due to COVID-19, we have restricted business travel; however, this role may include up to 25-30% travel.

We hone skills and mold minds. We forge lasting friendships. We provide unity through the universal language of the arts. It’s time to discover Interlochen. Apply today at

About Us:

A global destination for artists and arts enthusiasts, Interlochen Center for the Arts nurtures creativity through six dynamic platforms: Interlochen Arts Camp, the renowned summer arts program; Interlochen Arts Academy, the nation’s premier fine arts boarding high school; Interlochen Presents, a producer of more than 600 annual performances by internationally celebrated guest artists, Interlochen students, and faculty; Interlochen Public Radio, two listener-supported, 24-hour public radio stations (classical music and news); Interlochen College of Creative Arts, a convener for lifelong learning in the arts; and Interlochen Online the emerging leader in virtual arts education. 

Since 1928, Interlochen’s mission to inspire people worldwide through excellence in the arts and education has produced generations of purposeful creative lives. For more information, visit Follow Interlochen on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and YouTube at @interlochenarts.

Equal Opportunity Employer:

Interlochen Center for the Arts is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer. All qualified candidates will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, sex, national or ethnic origin, nationality, age, religion, citizenship, disability, medical condition, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender presentation, legal or preferred name, marital status, pregnancy, veteran status or any other basis protected by law. This list is not exhaustive and we strive to do more than the law requires.

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