Employment at ArtCenter


Major Gifts Officer

Working under the general direction of the Director of Development the Major Gifts Officer is responsible for developing and implementing programs and strategies to effectively cultivate and solicit individual donors with the potential to become major donors of unrestricted, restricted and/or planned gifts. Working with existing fundraising staff and colleagues throughout the institution, the incumbent will be responsible for the identification, cultivation and personal solicitation and stewardship of approximately 125–150 donors and prospects, with a heavy emphasis on closing gifts of $15,000 and higher in support of ArtCenter’s broad spectrum of annual, programmatic, capital and scholarship opportunities.

Reports to: Director of Development

FLSA status: Exempt

Job posted 5/27/2020. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Qualified applicants should send cover letter with resume and employment application to HR@artcenter.edu and reference “Major Gifts Officer” in the subject line.

Applicants responding to posted job openings are asked to include a completed employment application.

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  • Bachelor’s degree in a related field such as Business, Public Relations, or Marketing from an accredited college or university
  • Minimum of 5 years of Development experience with demonstrated accomplishment in the acquisition of gifts from individuals
  • Demonstrated ability to strategize, formulate, solicit and close gifts of six figures and above, along with a talent for motivating donors
  • Ability to understand the needs and interests of major donors in order to develop relationships between them and the College
  • Proven success in goal achievement for operating, capital, and endowment fund development
  • Must have effective research skills, and experience in the use of electronic prospect screening information
  • Excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication, and public speaking skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work independently and collaboratively as part of a diverse and collegial advancement team with faculty, staff, students and donors
  • Experience and/or interest in contemporary art, media and design
  • Ability to problem solve, organize and complete multiple tasks simultaneously with close attention to detail and prioritization to meet deadlines; ability to work effectively both independently and within groups
  • Ability to handle confidential information with tact and discretion and recognizes the confidential nature of ArtCenter business
  • Excellent user of Microsoft Office Suite and donor databases
  • Demonstrated experience in and a commitment to diversity, and the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships within ArtCenter’s diverse communities
  • Ability and willingness to travel local and out of state, work evenings and weekends as necessary, and to staff events
  • Valid California Driver License and proof of current insurance

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in a related field such as Business, Public Relations, or Marketing from an accredited college or university
  • Experience in higher education or complex non-profit environments
  • Experience with the Raiser’s Edge

Essential Functions

Major Gifts – 75%

  • Develop, propose and execute strategies to contact, qualify, and cultivate individuals with potential to become individual major donors
  • Participate in targeted screening and cultivation events and other strategic methods appropriate to create donor engagement
  • Identify, cultivate and develop potential prospects within existing ArtCenter groups such as alumni and parents, Public Programs constituents, community members, volunteers; and individuals identified through electronic wealth screening and personal networks
  • Lead the re-conception, planning, launch and sustained management of a new Planned Giving program for the College with particular attention to alumni who have graduated 25+ years out
    Build and maintain a portfolio of prospective major donors, stewarding their ArtCenter engagement and soliciting for increased support as appropriate
  • Write complex proposals for solicitation of individual, corporate, and/or foundation prospects
  • Creatively leverage existing ArtCenter programs, travel schedules, and personal networks to create and engage an expanded pool of prospects
  • Maintain working relationships and insured compliance and cooperation with all other internal departments
  • Maintain and working relationships with volunteers, faculty, administration, alumni, and staff
Reporting & Compliance – 20%
  • Collaborate with the Campaign Initiatives and staff to effectively use the Raiser’s Edge database to track and manage the emerging prospect pool, develop reports, and monitor progress and results
  • Responsible for following all protocols for prospect and donor management, contact reports, and any other prospect and donor reporting and monitoring

Other Duties – 5%

  • Other duties as assigned

Mandatory Duty to Report

All employees who know or have reason to know of allegations or acts that violate ArtCenter’s Title IX Policy prohibiting discrimination, harassment, retaliation, sexual harassment, sexual misconduct, sexual violence, dating violence, and stalking shall promptly inform the DHR Administrator and Title IX Coordinator, or designee or the Assistant Dean of Students or designee. Faculty with a mandatory duty to report are required to disclose all information including the names of the parties, even where the person has requested their name remain confidential.


Pursuant to the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act (CANRA), all employees who know of or have reason to suspect child abuse or neglect involving alleged victims under age 18 shall promptly inform local law enforcement or the county welfare department.

Physical Demands and Working Environment

The conditions herein are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job functions.


Environment: Work is performed primarily in a standard office setting with frequent interruptions and distractions; extended periods of time viewing computer monitor; interactions with other individuals. Due to the nature of the work environment, there is regular exposure to fumes, chemicals, dust and noise.


Physical: The position is generally sedentary. Employees sit most of the time, but may walk or stand for brief periods of time. Primary functions require sufficient physical ability and mobility to work in an office setting; to stand or sit for prolonged periods of time; to occasionally stoop, bend, kneel, crouch, reach, and twist; to lift, carry, push, and/or pull light to moderate amounts of weight (up to 10 pounds); to operate modern office equipment requiring repetitive hand movement and fine coordination including use of a computer keyboard; and to verbally communicate to exchange information. Regular and consistent attendance are required for most positions. A Domestic travel by car and airline and overnight travel is required. Able to work nights and weekends to attend events.


Vision: Must be able to have the visual capacity to perform activities such as preparing and reading reports, viewing a computer terminal and other normal office work with or without correction.

Hearing: Must be able to communicate effectively in the course of normal office communication or exchange ideas with or without correction.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by the employee assigned to this job; they do not purport to describe all functions. Employees may be assigned other duties, and the essential functions may be changed from time to time as necessary.

ArtCenter College of Design is committed to excellence through the establishment of a diverse faculty and staff that best represents our student body and its surrounding communities. The College considers qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, gender, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, marital status, veteran status, or disability. Applicants who wish to request an accommodation for a disability may contact the Human Resources Department at (626) 396-2270.