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Development Officer

Posted: 06/08/2022

Where the Power of Art Engages the Spirit of Community
The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art invites all people to explore the art in its care, and through its vast collections, the depths, and complexities of human experiences.
We strive to create a sense of belonging, where staff and volunteers can do meaningful work connecting people to art. We create an informed, invested group of staff and volunteers through shared values and open, direct, and respectful communication. We embrace IDEAS (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, Access, and Sustainability) in every aspect of our ideals and aspirations, as we believe these values to be paramount to success.
Each staff member and volunteer will embody the institution’s commitments and agrees to exhibit behaviors that align with them. We hold one another to these expectations so that, together, we may know, own, energize and sustain our culture and the institution for generations to come. 
*The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art requires all employees be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. This position requires on-site work at the museum. 
Development Officer
The Development Officer manages a portfolio of major gift and planned giving prospects. The Officer is responsible for identifying, cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding individuals for $25,000+ donations and planned gifts to support the museum’s operations and endowment. The Officer also oversees all functions of the museum’s planned giving society.
  1. Fundraising and Major Gifts: Manages a portfolio of about 100 individuals in various stages of cultivation for $25,000+ donations and planned gifts. Responsible for annual goals for expendable, endowed, and planned gifts and ensuring proper tracking of plans in donor database.
  2. Planned Giving: Oversees all functions of the museum’s planned giving society, including marketing and communications strategies, event planning, recognition, and stewardship opportunities.
  3. Communications: Writes and oversees design of solicitation proposals for individuals in portfolio.
  4. Professional Development: Join and attend professional groups and educational sessions as needed; keep abreast of current trends.
  5. Other: Complete all other duties as assigned or requested for the general support of the organization
  • Bachelor’s Degree in a related field or equal combination of education and experience
  • Emerging fundraiser with 1 – 5 years of major gifts experience or equivalent.
  • Progressive experience in successful development of programs and knowledge of “best practices” in development is desired.
  • Previous experience in development, communications, and marketing or demonstrated employment history in a related position is desired. 
  • Technology proficiency with experience in donor database management system is desired.
Core Competencies
  • Emotional Intelligence: High EQ (emotional intelligence) with experience managing and building positive relationships with cross-functional teams.
  • Inclusion: Including and integrating all people and groups; respecting people from all backgrounds and cultures; understanding, accepting, and valuing differences between people
  • Communication Skills: Ability to interact professionally with all levels of internal staff and with external stakeholders. Strong interpersonal communication skills; diplomatic and collaborative work style. Excellent public speaking skills and ability to work with multiple audiences.
  • Organization Skills: Ability to establish priorities, meet deadlines, and handle numerous assignments concurrently.
  • Collaboration and Teamwork: Highly effective as a team member and collaborator. Excellent relationship management skills with proven ability to quickly earn the trust of key stakeholders, mobilize and motivate others, set direction and approach, and resolve conflict.
  • Integrity: Demonstrating honesty and a consistent and uncompromising adherence to strong moral and ethical principles and values.
  • Service Focus: Highly responsive and resourceful; strong propensity to provide excellent service and support internally and externally with a professional and approachable manner.
  • Technical Acumen: Well versed in technology and/or the ability to identify the technologies that have impact on the growth and sustainability of the museum and to attain the knowledge required to leverage the power of those technologies in the daily job.
Job Family Development/Major Gifts
Salary Grade
Starting Annual Salary
Grade Level 7
$60,100 - $67,590 per year
FLSA Classification Exempt
Working Conditions/Physical Requirements Working conditions are typically that of an office environment. Works primarily at a desk, uses a PC/ Perform with frequent interruptions and/or distractions. 3. Perform effectively under conditions of fluctuating workload.
Hours/Travel Expectations
Monday to Friday Workweek. May work nights, weekends, and holidays.
0-5% of Travel Required
The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate based on race, religion, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, non-disqualifying physical or mental disability, national origin, veteran status or any other basis covered by appropriate law. All employment is decided based on qualifications, merit, an

Job Type: Full Time

Salary Range: $50,000 - 74,999