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  • Full Time
  • St. Louis City
  • Salary: $72,448 - $90,260
  • Organization Type: Art/Culture

Saint Louis Art Museum

Major Gifts Officer

Interested candidates should apply by clicking here.

Summary: The primary purposes for this position are to oversee an institutional system of fundraising for financial contributions given for the purchase of art, solicitation of works of art, and to manage the ongoing activity of the Collectors Circle membership program.  As an ongoing function, the position will also support the overall giving initiatives of the Museum’s development office.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

-Manage the Donor Relations Officer, ensuring effective donor stewardship and prospect research.
-Create and manage a structured, institutional system to secure funding to purchase works of art
-Serve as a liaison between donors and curatorial staff to manage and track unsolicited gifts of works of art
-In collaboration with the Individual Gifts Officer, manage the Museum’s institutional relationship with a select group of assigned donors and prospects through the creation and implementation of an annual strategic cultivation plan for each individual assigned
-Solicit gifts, as appropriate, working closely with the Individual Gifts Officer, Director of Development, and Assistant Director for Development and External Relations
-Prepare written materials, including letters, proposals, solicitation scripts, etc. in support of this fundraising program
-Work closely with the registrar’s office and donors to reconcile expectations and the implementation of credit lines for works of art purchased through contributed funds
-Manage all aspects of the Museum’s Collectors Circle program, which currently includes four subgroups: the Contemporary Art Society, Friends of African American Art, Friends of American Art and Design, and the Friends of Photography
-Develop and implement an annual curriculum of 10-12 programs for the Collectors Circle, working in cooperation with colleagues in the Museum’s Curatorial, Learning and Engagement, and Development departments
-Create a system for and implement structured, ongoing activities to engage members of the Collectors Circle program in making gifts toward the purchase of works of art for the Museum
-Collaboratively manage the Museum’s travel programs
-Take responsibility for other projects as assigned.


Bachelor’s Degree required, with minimum of five years of professional experience, preferably in a nonprofit development environment; experience in a museum or cultural organization preferred. Strong organizational and communications skills, both written and spoken, with a strong attention to detail required. Must have the ability to communicate with, and gain the respect of, the Museum’s donors and trustees. Knowledge of Raiser’s Edge software preferred.

Additional Details

Hiring Range: $72,448-$90,260; commensurate with experience

Work Hours: Full-Time (37.5 hours/week). Benefits eligible on first day of employment.

Interested candidates should apply by clicking here.

Selected candidates will be required to submit to a criminal background check and drug test before hire.

The Saint Louis Art Museum is committed to building a diverse staff and strongly encourages applications from candidates of color.

The Museum is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We are committed to treating all applicants and employees fairly based on their abilities, achievements, and experience, without regard to sex, race, age, disability, religion, national origin, color, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other classification protected by law.