The Executive Director of Individual Giving plays a key role in the School of the Art Institute of Chicago’s (SAIC) Office of Advancement and is responsible for developing and leading a major gifts, planned giving, and leadership and annual giving programs. This person will build and manage a portfolio-based team of individual giving officers. Train and mentor new frontline staff. Work closely with Advancement Operations team to assess and prioritize the individual prospect pool and assign portfolios. Oversee the design and execution of strategies and monitor activity and results. Align fundraising activity with priorities of School leadership.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Manage a high-level portfolio and model excellent qualification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship.
Build a portfolio-based focus for frontline staff.
Develop revenue goals and performance measures for the Individual Giving program.
In collaboration with the VP for Advancement, ensure all major donors have appropriate and strategic moves management and stewardship plans in place to maximize gift potential.
Hire, train, and mentor frontline individual staff in managing and advancing portfolios, participating transparently in creation and execution of strategies, and tracking/reporting activity.
Work with Advancement Operations to prioritize prospect assignments and to identify best prospects for priorities of the School leadership.
Ensure that frontline staff have access to necessary information and briefings on key fundraising priorities, including exhibitions. Work with VP to track progress to program/priority goals.
Serve as a critical member of the Advancement Leadership Team; defining and supporting strategies to ensure the Advancement team meets their overall goals.
Bachelor’s degree; Master’s preferred.
7+ years of non-profit fundraising experience including management and solicitation of major donors
3+ years’ experience managing frontline staff
Knowledge of major gifts best practices and commitment to appropriate compliance.
Experience working successfully with institutional leaders, including senior management, faculty and staff.
Strong communication, project management, organization, and problem-solving skills
Ability to motivate and influence others including peers, direct reports, and staff members in other parts of the organization
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About Art Institute of Chicago
The Art Institute of Chicago is a world-renowned art museum housing one of the largest permanent collections in the United States. It is encyclopedic in nature with strong holdings across all media, all traditions and all ages. The Art Institute is particularly recognized for its extraordinary Impressionist, Modern, Contemporary and American collections, among other aspects of its holdings. In addition to housing its permanent collection, it typically stages 35-40 special exhibitions a year. In 2014, it was named by Trip Advisor travelers as the number one museum in the world, a remarkable recognition that speaks not only to the quality of the collection but to the entirety of the visitor experience.
The Art Institute welcomes between 1,400,000 and 1,800,000 visitors a year and has a membership of 100,000. The museum has an annual operating budget of approximately $110 million.
Founded in 1879, the Art Institute grew with the success of Chicago and quickly attained world class stature given the strength of its collection. The Art Institute has expanded several times in its history, most recently and notably with the opening in 2009 of the 264,000 square foot Modern Wing ...designed by internationally acclaimed architect Renzo Piano. The addition has been critically important to the museum as it not only provided much needed gallery space, but also allowed the Art Institute to reorganize its galleries to present the collection in a more logical and accessible fashion. The new addition also includes one of the largest education facilities at any museum and this center has allowed the Art Institute to expand its already impressive array of offerings.