Donor Relations Manager, Major and Planned Gifts

The Donor Relations Manager, Major and Planned Gifts, works to manage and foster important donor relationships between the Field Museum and its benefactors, promoting positive attitudes toward giving among current and prospective major and planned gift donors. This position actively develops and implements short- and long-term stewardship plans, maximizing the ability of the Major and Planned Giving teams to build quality donor relationships.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities

  • Creates and implements annual stewardship plan for Major Gifts team, including individualized, long-term plans for specific benefactors
  • Drafts and compiles reports to individuals and family foundations on the use of their major gifts
  • Manages visits and events by donors and prospects to the Museum, including arranging behind-the-scenes tours, museum visits, and planning/hosting small donor events
  • Handles mailings including IA Holiday Card, Birthday Cards, Valentine’s Day Cards, and other mailings, as needed.
  • Coordinates signage and donor recognition within the Museum including administering signage and recognition standards
  • Manages the Museum’s Travel Program for Major Donors (2-3 international trips per year)
  • Handles logistics for the Edward E. Ayer Society (the Museum’s bequest group), including mailings and events
  • Manages other duties as assigned
  • Bachelor’s degree minimum requirement
  • A minimum of four years of experience in development required, preferably in a cultural organization
  • Demonstrated strong written and oral communication skills
  • Project management and project coordination skills required; strong organizational skills and an eye for detail
  • Familiarity with Blackbaud Raiser’s Edge software or a similar software program, including understanding of proposals, actions, and queries
  • Self-starter with the ability to prioritize and proactively manage multiple projects simultaneously; high energy, focus, and a collaborative spirit
  • Ability to manage confidential information with discretion
  • Proven ability to work effectively with a diverse group of external and internal constituents
  • Understanding of and commitment to the mission of the Field Museum