Hot Job: Gifts Officer for the Metropolitan Opera

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The position: Major gifts officer for the Metropolitan Opera

Location: New York City

Job duties: The major gifts officer is responsible for cultivating relationships with a portfolio of major donor prospects, focusing on donors who can give at least $25,000 annually. Assists key volunteers and Board members with solicitations. Will help coordinate select donor cultivation events — such as rehearsal luncheons and pre-performance dinners — and special fundraising programs, including the patron tour to Japan. Writes solicitation and acknowledgement letters and other correspondence.

The company: The Metropolitan Opera House is a famous New York City cultural attraction, originally built by a group of prominent Manhattan families to house the Academy of Music. The original Met was located on Broadway, between 39th and 40th streets; It moved to its current location in Lincoln Center in 1966.

Requirements: This position requires a bachelor's degree and three to five years of experience in fundraising with an emphasis on individual solicitation. Applicants must be able to write clearly with an expert grasp of language, grammar and punctuation. Experience writing original development documents, excellent interpersonal and communication skills and good computer program/database skills are musts. This job requires the ability to exercise excellent judgment when working with high-level donors, volunteers and board members. Applicants should be able to work with all personality types, multi-task and work evenings and weekends. Familiarity with the performing arts, particularly music, is a big plus.

Extra perks: If you like opera, and culture in general, this is the place to be. You’ll hob knob with New York City’s elite and other interesting personalities.

Interesting info: The Met offers backstage tours during performance season on weekday afternoons and Sunday mornings.

Other opportunities: The Met is also seeking a patron associate and an assistant director of institutional relations. In addition, if offers internships in several departments, including development and marketing.

Apply online here.

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