Director of Major and Principal Gifts

The Franklin Institute, the most visited museum in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, seeks a senior level professional as its Director of Major and Principal Gifts.  Reporting to the Vice President of External Affairs, the Director of Major and Principal Gifts is responsible for The Franklin Institute’s major gifts program, which is charged with managing relationships and securing support from donors who are capable of making gifts of $25,000 or more for annual operations, restricted projects and the campaign. This position works closely and independently with institutional leadership and supervises professional employees in meeting and exceeding established goals for the major gifts area. As a senior member of the External Affairs team, The Director of Major and Principal Gifts will develop gift opportunities and fundraising strategies to secure leadership and transformational philanthropic commitments ($100,000+), including planned gifts and endowment support. The successful candidate will carry a portfolio of approximately 100 highly rated donors and prospects, while leading a team with prospect portfolios totaling 500 and more.

This position requires a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college/university and seven years related experience in development, with a specific focus on major gifts or an equivalent combination of education and experience.  Experience supervising a professional staff is essential. Must demonstrate a proven track record of securing large major gifts and increasing contributions. Direct experience in developing and implementing sophisticated strategies for donor/volunteer involvement and proven ability to close gifts is required.  Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from key leaders, donors, and the general public is required. Excellent listening, writing, and speaking skills are necessary.

  • Working at The Franklin Institute

    Advance your career by working at The Franklin Institute! Applications from candidates at all levels of training, experience, and education are accepted for positions in administrative, curatorial, security, trade, and professional areas. We offer competitive salary and benefits. The Franklin Institute is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

    Cover letters and resumes can be submitted to our Human Resources Department in a variety of ways:

    Email: (Please indicate the position for which you are applying in the subject line.)

    Postal Mail:
    The Franklin Institute
    ATTN: Human Resources Department
    222 North 20th Street
    Philadelphia, PA 19103

    Fax: 215.448.1121

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