Major Gift Officer


The Delaware Art Museum seeks a Major Gift Officer (MGO) to join the Advancement and External Affairs team during this exciting period of growth. The MGO will be a critical partner to the Executive Director and Director of Advancement and External Affairs.

The Delaware Art Museum (DelArt) occupies a unique space in Delaware and the Greater Brandywine Valley. Our collection is both internationally renowned and locally relevant, our location straddles the city and suburbs, and our programs have broad appeal and deep community engagement. These attributes provide opportunities for the Museum to strengthen its mission as an accessible community resource that connects people to art. As we’ve grown our local relevance, we are now positioned to expand our supporter base.

Principal Responsibilities

Major Gifts Management – In coordination with the Director of Advancement and External Affairs, manage a portfolio of approximately 150 major donors and prospects ($1,000-$25,000 range). Develop outreach, cultivation, and solicitation strategies, with a goal of averaging 20 substantive contacts per month and adding 12 supporters a year to our Helen Farr Sloan Legacy Society. Research and build donor profiles helping to identify major gift capacity and collaborate with Museum staff and board members to coordinate fundraising. Focus on major gifts and legacy gifts as defined by the Advancement and External Affairs department and Strategic Plan.

Prospect & Research – Collaborate with fellow Advancement and External Affairs team members, curatorial, and Learning and Engagement teams to develop compelling collateral material which clearly conveys fundraising messages aligned with donor interests. Regularly research, identify, and qualify new major gifts prospects. Work with the Advancement and External Affairs team to build and maintain an active donor pipeline drawing from loyal Delaware Art Museum Members, volunteers, and annual gift donors.

Principal Gift Support – Act as a strategy and administrative support partner to the Executive Director and Director of Advancement and External Affairs with their respective 25-person principal gift portfolios.

Donor Events: Eighty percent of the MGO’s time will focus on the duties outlined above. The remaining 20 percent will support select donor and fundraising events as needed.

Required Qualifications

  • Proven interpersonal skills with the ability to interact with a diverse audience in a friendly and professional manner while demonstrating diplomacy, tact, and poise
  • Excellent communication, presentation, and writing skills
  • Strong collaborative and relationship management skills
  • Excellent organizational skills with the ability to manage concurrent projects
  • Must be a self-starter with the ability to meet and exceed fundraising goals
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office and internal donor software
  • Ability to work some evenings and weekends as necessary with flexible scheduling
  • Knowledge of greater Wilmington a plus
  • Knowledge of art history and/or a background in the arts or cultural organizations a plus
  • Commitment to values and mission of the Delaware Art Museum.


  • Bachelor’s degree preferred
  • 3-5 years’ experience in fundraising
  • Some travel required


  • Salary Range: $60,000-$65,000 annual salary.
  • Benefits package: two weeks’ paid vacation, paid sick leave, health, dental and vision insurance, and 403(b) retirement plan.

The Delaware Art Museum is committed to inclusivity and encourages qualified candidates from all cultures and communities to apply. The Delaware Art Museum is an equal opportunity employer.

We invite you to apply. Please send a cover letter and resume to To learn more about the Delaware Art Museum, please visit our website at Interviewing will begin when qualified applicants have been identified; the job will close when an offer has been accepted.

We are looking for applicants with the same spirit and who embrace the Museum’s Values, Beliefs, and Principles:

  • Art Connects Us. We use art to create community connections, foster empathy, educate and inspire, and make meaning of our world.
  • We authentically listen to each other and our community. We are committed to inclusion and anti-racism.
  • Be Bold. Our museum will boldly evolve, adapt, and be open to changes that help our community grow and thrive.

About the Museum

A unique regional art museum, the Delaware Art Museum is located on an 11-acre site in the Brandywine Valley within easy driving distance of Philadelphia. It features an internationally renowned collection of British Pre-Raphaelite art, spectacular holdings of American painting, sculpture, and work on paper, with particular strengths in the art of John Sloan, the Ashcan School, Howard Pyle and American Illustration art. With enhanced education programs and services such as a unique research library, an interactive gallery for young children, a café and an expanded store, the Museum serves a broad, diverse, and growing community.