The Senior Development Officer oversees the strategic organization of the final stages of the current Capital Campaign while building and expanding Oklahoma Contemporary’s major gifts program. The Senior Development Officer will personally manage a portfolio of capital campaign and major-gift donors, and s/he will also organize and strategize on donor portfolios for senior staff and community volunteers. S/he will report directly to the Director of Development.
Capital Campaign: In partnership with the Development Director, s/he will successfully finish the last $2.5 million of the current $30 million capital campaign. S/he organizes regular peer prospect review sessions for Board and staff to discuss strategy for cultivation and solicitation of individuals and institutions for capital, operating and endowment gifts as well as for upper-level annual gifts. S/he supports the Campaign Cabinet volunteers by: 1) recording strategies decided at committee or prospect review meetings in the donor database; 2) distributing assignments immediately to volunteers and staff; 3) making appointments for face-to-face with prospects, 4) preparing volunteers and staff for solicitation meetings by distributing a strategy memo with capacity, comp giving and inclination research, and materials reflecting the interests of the prospect that align with the case for support. In addition to the duties above, the Senior Development Officer will be called upon to prepare to host small-group cultivation events, speak to community organizations about Oklahoma Contemporary’s mission and programs and personally meet and solicit prospects. The Officer will attend development functions as needed.
Major Gifts: As the capital campaign winds down, the Senior Development Officer will continue stewarding major donors and work to transition capital campaign donors into major individual contributors to Oklahoma Contemporary’s general operating funds. S/he will transition the functions s/he carried out on the campaign with major donors generally, including prospect research, engaging and preparing community volunteers and senior staff to make solicitations, and handling his or her own portfolio. S/he will manage a portfolio of major gift prospects rated at $50,000 and higher. S/he will also launch and grow the Contemporary Society, the upper-level giving membership program, in coordination with the Associate Director of Development. S/he will solicit individuals for the Society and ensure that members receive their benefits. S/he will also plan and execute Society events and trips.
Planned Giving: Along with the Development Director, s/he will build a more robust planned-giving strategy for the organization, working alongside communications staff to build messaging pieces, targeting prospects and building an annual planned-giving campaign.
Essential Job Functions
- Oversee portfolio of 150-200 donors and prospects.
- 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.
- In collaboration with the Development Director, organize top prospects and current campaign donors into assigned portfolios and create the agenda for capital campaign meetings.
- For campaign and upper-level giving prospects, input cultivation and solicitation strategies and outcomes in the database records.
- Assist with the strategy, preparation and execution of all major special events
- Organize portfolios for the Executive Director, Artistic Director, Development Director, Senior Development Officer and others; similarly, organize each volunteer solicitor’s portfolio of current donors and prospects.
- Attend campaign committee meetings and special prospect review sessions.
- With the Directors of Development and Communications, and involving the Artistic Director, generate direct mail and other content to keep current donors and prospects informed of the status of the capital campaign.
- Along with Development Director, transition capital campaign individual donors into major individual donors to annual campaign gifts.
- Launch and grow the Contemporary Society, along with Associate Director of Development, and meet revenue goals and deliver benefits associated with this upper level membership program.
- Refine and grow the planned-giving program for the organization, along with Development Director.
- Handle confidential donor/constituency information with sensitivity and integrity.
- Provide assistance outside the normal business schedule to support the mission of the office.
- Other duties as assigned by the Development Director, the Executive Director and the Campaign Cabinet members.
Essential Job Requirements
- Bachelor’s degree preferred; five or more years of work experience may substitute
- Five 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 nonnrofit organization preferred.
- Capital campaign and major-gifts experience is a priority with daily productive interaction with Board members, donors, and prospects.
- Excellent interpersonal skills and proven ability to build relationships.
- Power user experience with a relational donor database, especially Tessitura.
- Ability to learn new topics and technologies quickly, strong management skills, creativity and attention to detail.
- Excellent project management skills.
- 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 the capital campaign.
- Ability to work independently with modest degree of supervision.
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/monitor, telephone and copier daily
- Availability to work evenings and weekends when required and agreed upon
- Team environment with frequent group meeting participation
- Physical requirements: Lifting/Carrying - heavy work may include routine lifting of a maximum weight of 50 lbs. Combination of sitting, standing, walking and driving on a frequent basis
Oklahoma Contemporary is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace and is an affirmative action employer. We are committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, gender identity or veteran status.
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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.
About Oklahoma City
In the middle of its third decade of economic and cultural expansion, Oklahoma City is a surprisingly lively and diverse American city. Recent growth has spurred exciting developments in the city’s recreation and nightlife, with the construction of new parks, a streetcar system, bike trails, shops, restaurants, breweries and bars. The construction of Oklahoma Contemporary’s new building in the urban core, originally scheduled to open in March 2020 prior to the outbreak of COVID-19, represents a significant commitment on the part of the city and its inhabitants to a new era in contemporary culture.