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Philanthropy Officer

Deadline to apply: Jul 15, 2020, 5PM

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The Philanthropy Officer will serve as an important team member of the fundraising team, focusing on giving at the five and six-figure level. Reporting to the Vice President of Development, s/he will be responsible for advancing the major gifts program. . As part of our fast-paced fundraising team, the Officer will actively manage a portfolio of major gift donors while contributing to our culture of philanthropy and raising funds in all areas (annual giving, bequests and estate giving, event sponsorship.)


  • 1. Manage a portfolio of major gifts prospects with giving capacity of $25,000 or more. Responsibilities include qualification of identified prospects to build portfolio, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of donors.
  • 2. In conjunction with the Vice President of Development, establish prospect management goals for donor contact including visits, calls, and email. Travel regularly to develop and strengthen relationships.
  • 3. Cultivate, solicit, and close major gifts.
  • 4. Maintain active management strategies for all prospects and ensure thorough and accurate recording of reports on all visits and other prospect activities.
  • 5. Build meaningful and productive relationships with individuals to link their passion for JANM to critical museum projects and programs through philanthropic support.
  • 6. Champion fundraising across JANM and share experience and ideas to meet overall department goals and grow the fundraising pipeline.
  • 7. Staff members must be able to work with visitors of all ages to support the various events sponsored by the National Museum. Each staff member will be expected to work on a minimum of three museum-wide events per year: a) National Museum’s Gala Dinner & Silent Auction - (off-site) typically held in the Spring (April-May) b) National Museum’s Family Festival Day- Oshogatsu Festival (January) c) National Museum’s Family Festival Day- Natsumatsuri Festival (August)

This list is not exhaustive and may be supplemented as necessary. Incumbent will perform related duties as assigned.


Qualification Requirements: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Education: Bachelors degree required, advanced degree preferred; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Experience/Knowledge: At least 5 years of Fundraising experience working with gifts of $10,000 and more. Experience working in a museum, nonprofit or cultural organization preferred. Willingness to learn and apply new skills. Ability to multi-task and prioritize. Ability to work well under pressure to meet deadlines. Excellent organizational skills and be detail oriented. Strong proofreading skills. Professional phone manner is essential. Ability to work in a fast paced team-environment, be a self-starter. Demonstrate commitment and flexibility at all times in order to ensure high quality service. Ability to adjust and provide appropriate action when unanticipated need arises. Knowledge of Japanese American/Asian American history and culture a preferred. Requires occasional evening and weekend hours supporting development department and special event functions.

Communication: Excellent communication and negotiation skills. Must be able to provide courteous and effective service to co-workers, volunteers and the general public. Ability to read and comprehend documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals. Ability to write routine reports and correspondence. Ability to effectively present information in one-on-one and small group format.

Computer: Computer literate, and have experience with MS Office, Altru or similar database, Gmail and Google Suite preferred, accuracy is essential.

Math: Ability to calculate figures and amounts such as discounts, interest, proportions, percentages, area, circumference, and volume. Ability to apply concepts of basic algebra and geometry.

Reasoning: Act on own initiative. Must be able to comply with institutional policies and procedures. Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral, or diagram form. Perform successfully when juggling and re-prioritizing multiple assignments in a fast-paced, changing work environment. Reliable follow-through on assigned projects in a complete, well conceived and timely manner.

Physical: The physical demands described here 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 functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls. The employee frequently is required to talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to stand, walk, sit, reach with hands and arms, climb or balance, and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 20 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, and the ability to adjust focus.

Environment: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those the employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.


Reports to: Vice President of Development
Positions supervised: None

The Japanese American National Museum reserves the discretion to change this job description at any time.The Japanese American National Museum is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to their race, religion, ancestry, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, genetic information, disability, marital status, domestic partner status, or medical condition.



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