Leadership Gifts Officer

Reporting to the Director of Development and working closely with other staff members, the Leadership Gifts Officer serves as a senior development staff member and will be responsible for cultivating and soliciting individual prospects for six- and seven-figure gifts, and for meeting fundraising goals and activity metrics, as well as campaign objectives, when relevant.

Essential Functions

  • Contribute to the Museum’s Development program by managing a portfolio of approximately 150 leadership gift prospects in various stages of engagement and with interests across the Museum
  • Develop and execute strategies for the cultivation and solicitation of six- and seven-figure gift prospects playing a key role in the achievement of annual Leadership Gifts goal
  • Fulfill annual activity metrics for number of leadership gift solicitations and visits, as determined in consultation with Director of Development
  • Utilize planned giving vehicles to maximize gift potential
  • Identify and qualify prospective donors in collaboration with research staff
  • Provide support to Board volunteers, the Director, Chief Development Officer, curators and other staff in advancing cultivation and solicitation strategies
  • Maintain active communications with staff throughout the Museum with regard to prospective and current donors; serve as liaison between Development and specific curatorial and other departments, as assigned
  • Coordinate and attend events, often in the evenings, in support of Development goals
  • Develop and supervise programs and projects, coordinating volunteer and staff participation to solicit pledges from members of MFA constituencies


  • Bachelor’s degree required plus five to seven years in the development field with demonstrated experience; campaign experience a plus
  • Proven capabilities in personal solicitation of six- and seven-figure gifts
  • Excellent written and interpersonal communication skills
  • Proven track record of working successfully within a complex, fast-paced environment
  • Demonstrated ability to handle multiple tasks fluidly
  • Proven ability to make decisions, work independently and as a team player
  • Ability to handle delicate and confidential material

For consideration, please submit your cover letter and résumé to: resumes@mfa.org. You may also submit your materials via postal mail to: Human Resources Department, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 465 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02115.

Staff Position
Full Time

35 hours per week
Mon–Fri, 9 am–5 pm