The approaching 75th Anniversary of Truman’s Presidency in April 2020 provides the Truman Library Institute with a compelling opportunity to capitalize on recent successes. With a new strategic plan, museum master plan and the results of a campaign feasibility study in hand, the Truman Library Institute is embarking on an ambitious plan to raise $17+ million, renovate the Truman Library’s museum exhibits, expand Truman programming, and strengthen the institution’s financial position.
The new Director of Major Gifts position will play a key role in helping the Truman Library Institute achieve its fundraising goals and 75th Anniversary related strategic plans. The Institute is looking for a seasoned development professional to create and direct a formal major gifts program and help oversee our capital campaign. This is a wonderful opportunity for the right candidate – both from the career and compensation standpoint. The Director of Major Gifts will play a critically important role in raising funds for one of Kansas City and Independence’s most treasured cultural institutions at an extremely exciting time.
The position will report directly to, and work closely with, the TLI’s Executive Director. He/she will also enjoy the enthusiastic support of the Institute’s prominent Board of Directors, Campaign volunteer leadership, and Resource Development Committee. The position will have two primary responsibilities: 1) Serving as the institution’s primary major gifts fundraiser, and 2) Helping to plan and manage the capital campaign. Specific responsibilities are detailed below.
Identifying, cultivating, soliciting and stewarding a robust portfolio of gift prospects and donors identified during the campaign feasibility study and planning process
Assisting in the development and execution of strategies for the cultivation and solicitation of prospective donors by staff and volunteer leadership
Managing the implementation and ongoing operation of the campaign
Engaging major gift prospects in Truman Library events and activities as appropriate.
Developing donor-facing, campaign/fundraising-related materials in coordination with communications director
Preparing customized briefing and solicitation materials for volunteers and staff to use for solicitation meetings
Performing prospect research on current and prospective donors on an as needed basis
Helping to plan, coordinate and attend existing and new fundraising and campaign-related events and dinners
Other responsibilities as assigned by the Executive Director
Required qualifications include:
Fundraising credentials (CFRE, CFRM) preferred
A minimum of five years of experience working in nonprofit fundraising
Demonstrated success in achieving fundraising goals and a successful track record of cultivating, soliciting, and securing major gifts in the $25,000 and above range
Capital campaign experience preferred
Demonstrated ability to lead, take initiative, work collaboratively as a member of a team, and build relationships with both internal and external constituencies
Superior written and verbal communication skills
Strong organizational and managerial capabilities
Ability to prioritize and manage multiple tasks
Must be willing to travel and work nights and weekends on an occasional and as needed basis
Additional Salary Information: Excellent salary and benefits package available including health benefits and 403(b) retirement plan. Negotiable based on experience.
The Truman Library Institute (TLI) is the nonprofit partner of the Harry S. Truman Library and Museum, which is widely recognized as a crown jewel of our community, an appealing historical destination for visitors from across the country, and an important educational resource for the Greater Kansas City and Independence communities. The Truman Library Institute, funded entirely by private philanth...ropy, supports the Truman Library in a variety of strategic and tactical ways. This assistance includes providing the financial, marketing, planning and staff support necessary for the Truman Library’s three community-facing, core program areas: museum visitation, community lectures and events, and educational programs. Thanks to the strength of Truman’s legacy and generosity of many friends, the organization’s fund and friend-raising, program participation and brand has grown significantly over the past several years.