Oklahoma Contemporary seeks a highly skilled, experienced and results-oriented fundraising professional for the role of Development Officer. The Development Officer is responsible for building and expanding Oklahoma Contemporary’s major gift fundraising program. The Development Officer will personally manage a portfolio of major gift donors and prospects. This position will work closely with the Chief Development Officer, Executive Director and other staff to strategize on the cultivation and solicitation of prospective donors. This position will focus on discovery, qualification, cultivation and solicitation of prospects with a giving capacity of $10,000 and higher.
Major Gifts: The Development Officer will work to cultivate relationships with prospective individual major gift donors that result in gifts to the annual fund, event/exhibition sponsorships or upper-tier membership programs (Contemporary Society/Corporate Council). They will actively work to convert past capital campaign donors to ongoing supporters of the organization. This position will include prospect research, engaging and preparing community volunteers or senior staff to make solicitations and managing an individual portfolio of donors and prospective donors.
Planned Giving: Working with the Chief Development Officer, the Senior Development Officer will build a robust planned-giving strategy for the organization, working with Communications staff to create messaging, targeting prospects and building an annual planned-giving campaign.
Grants: The Development Officer will maintain a small portfolio of prospective grant funders (foundations and corporations) in addition to a primary portfolio made up of individuals and families. In collaboration with other team members, they will prepare and submit grant proposals, reports and other documentation.
Essential Job Functions
- Oversee portfolio of approximately 150 donors and prospects at all stages of the donor cycle, meeting monthly donor contact and solicitation goals.
- Participate in each step of the donor pipeline, including: identification; qualification through research; cultivation; briefing; request for support; and prompt follow up, stewardship and recognition.
- Perform or oversee research on top major-gift prospects to qualify capacity and inclination to support Oklahoma Contemporary.
- Utilizing the Tessitura donor database, document the status of donor relationships through each step of the Moves Management process.
- Assist with the strategy, preparation and execution of all major special events, including annual fundraising events and ongoing stewardship events, exhibition openings and other events.
- Organize portfolios for senior staff and volunteer leadership and support their efforts to engage donors and prospective donors.
- Along with Chief Development Officer, transition capital campaign individual donors into ongoing major gift supporters of Oklahoma Contemporary.
- Grow the Contemporary Society to meet revenue goals.
- In collaboration with Development staff, Chief Development Officer and Executive Director, refine and grow the planned-giving program for the organization.
- Handle confidential donor/constituency information with sensitivity and integrity.
- Provide assistance outside normal business hours to support the mission of the office.
- Serve as a key ambassador for Oklahoma Contemporary both on and off-site, including public speaking and presentations and representing the organization in the community.
- Other duties as assigned by the Chief Development Officer.
Essential Job Requirements
- Bachelor’s degree preferred; three or more years of work experience may substitute.
- Three or more years’ demonstrated experience in a high-functioning development office at a museum, arts education organization, school, university or related institution. Experience with working in a nonprofit organization preferred.
- Major gift experience with daily productive interactions with board members, donors and prospects.
- Excellent interpersonal skills and proven ability to build relationships.
- Power user experience with a relational donor database, preferably Tessitura.
- Ability to learn new topics and technologies quickly.
- Excellent project management skills.
- Strong management skills, creativity and attention to detail.
- Strong communication skills, including writing, editing and public speaking.
- Knowledge of current IRA charitable contribution regulations.
- Proficiency in the Microsoft Office suite of programs, with a strong knowledge of Excel, Word and PowerPoint.
- Ability to interact effectively with all types of people, including Oklahoma Contemporary staff, volunteers, corporate and foundation executives and other influential members of the community.
- Proven ability to present information concisely and effectively both verbally and in writing.
- A self-starter who organizes and prioritizes the work of major gift fundraising.
- Ability to work independently while contributing to a team and shared goals.
Limitations and Disclaimer
The above job description is meant to describe the general nature and level of work being performed. It is not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required for the position.
Other Requirements and Working Conditions
- Use of a car required; legally registered and insured for daily use.
- Use of a computer, telephone and printer/copier daily.
- Team environment with frequent group meeting participation.
- Physical requirements: combination of sitting, standing, walking and driving on a frequent basis. Lifting modest weights (up to 30 pounds) may be required occasionally.
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About Oklahoma Contemporary
Oklahoma Contemporary is an inclusive center for the arts where people of all ages and backgrounds can experience art, encounter new ideas and ignite their creative potential. Through visual art exhibitions, performances, public programs, community-building initiatives, outdoor installations and special events, Oklahoma Contemporary creates opportunities for everyone to come together in celebration of contemporary culture and artistic expression. With year-round classes and seasonal youth camps across multiple disciplines, the arts center’s education programs encourage youth and adults to express their ideas across a variety of media and learn new skills. Oklahoma Contemporary believes that art is for everyone and places accessibility and education at the center of all programming. Admission to exhibitions is always free. Oklahoma Contemporary is a regional 501(c)3 nonprofit organization founded in 1989 by businessman and philanthropist Christian Keesee and Kirkpatrick Foundation Director Marilyn Myers.
Oklahoma Contemporary strives to demonstrate leadership by modeling excellence and best practices for inclusion, diversity, equity and accessibility. We believe in the power of human creativity and value the opportunities for connection and learning that exist when cultures and communities come together in collaboration and understanding.
We commit to championing policies and practices that value diversity, foster cultural equity and create an accessible and inclusive environment. Oklahoma Contemporary does not discriminate based on race/ethnicity, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, socioeconomic status, geography, citizenship status or religion. We recognize our strengths lie in the broad range of people who contribute their time and talents to our mission and are dedicated to creating a safe, inclusive place for them to explore creativity.