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Major Gifts Manager - Patrons

Closing date
3 Jun 2022

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Full Time
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The Design Museum's Development department has an opportunity for a skilled and enthusiastic Major Gifts Manager - Patrons to join its busy and successful team.

The role is a key one within the Development team and is responsible for both growing and maintaining relationships with high level supporters. They will work directly with the Director of Development, Head of Philanthropy and senior volunteers and Trustees.

This is an interesting and exciting time for the Design Museum. The museum moved to considerable acclaim to a new venue in Kensington, in 2018 was named European Museum of the Year, has staged over one hundred exhibitions, and welcomed over seven million visitors.

The ideal candidate will ideally have experience of working within the museum or cultural sector and a proven track record of securing four and five figure gifts. They will be a dynamic and highly organised individual who wishes to play a hands-on role in engaging supporters. They will be highly motivated with the ability to work independently and a willingness to develop their own fundraising skills.

They will possess strong interpersonal skills that will allow them to communicate effectively and diplomatically with a wide range of people at all levels and establish effective relationships with a pool of over one hundred prospects and donors alongside colleagues at all levels from across the Design Museum.

Person specification

  • Successful track record of working in a fundraising team achieving significant income targets
  • Demonstrable evidence of a strategic, proactive, and creative approach to fundraising and development of fundraising opportunities
  • Experience of national major gifts fundraising and soliciting four, five or six figure sums
  • Experience of and confidence in soliciting face to face donations
  • Proven experience of building long-term effective relationships with high level individual stakeholders or senior volunteers
  • Experience of working with a Patrons and/or membership scheme
  • Experience of managing and developing people effectively and to their full potential

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, and building effective and productive relationships with people at all levels
  • Highly motivated, organised individual with a demonstrable record of working in an efficient, accurate and timely manner
  • Excellent interpersonal and negotiation skills with the ability to develop mutually beneficial relationships
  • Ability to work collaboratively and effectively with a team
  • Numerate, with ability to prepare detailed financial analysis and reports
  • IT literate, including intermediate knowledge of all Microsoft packages

  • Knowledge of gift aid, VAT and GDPR
  • Knowledge of CRM systems

Terms and conditions

Salary: up to £32,000 per annum, dependent on experience

Holidays: 25 days + Christmas eve (museum closed)

Hours: 37.5 hours per week/5 days per week

Location: the museum is trialling a part-remote working arrangement, where staff work 60% of their role at the museum and 40% remote

Closing date: Sunday 5 June, midnight

Interviews: Tuesday 14 June and Thursday 16 June
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