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Associate Director of Major Gifts
Japanese American National Museum

Los Angeles, CA

Associate Director of Major Gifts

Full-Time/ Exempt 

Do you believe in social justice and want to enhance cultural diversity by helping donors achieve their philanthropic goals? The Japanese American National Museum is looking for an experienced fundraising professional to join its growing team to advance the mission of the Museum, especially during this challenging political environment. With a new president and chief executive officer, the National Museum is dedicated to educating people about the experiences of Japanese Americans, especially during World War II, and positioned to play a role in preventing the incarceration of another group based on race from happening again.                                                                  


Associate Director of Major Gifts, is a front-line fundraising professional responsible for the management of a portfolio of 100 to 150 prospects with the giving potential of $25,000 or more; with a focus on prospects with the capacity to give between $25,000 to $100,000.  Prospect management includes qualification of new prospects, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of donors. Prospect relationships are developed around donor interests and the National Museum’s priorities. The Associate Director of Major Gifts will develop and strengthen prospect relationships through in person visits and communications. Responsibilities also include development of written annual work plans, visit and solicitation goals in conjunction with the Associate Vice President of Development, and preparation of reports on activities.

The Associate Director of Major Gifts will participate in a broad range of events having a strategic impact on the success of the major gifts program and individual prospect relationships as well as works collaboratively with other staff including executive leadership team.

Master’s degree preferred. At least five to seven years of experience in frontline fundraising, preferably in museum, arts or academic setting. Thorough knowledge all aspects of the fundraising job from managing prospective donors and reporting to superiors to coordinating with fellow fundraisers.  A track record of successfully stewarding, cultivating, and soliciting and securing gifts of $5K and above.  Ability to understand the needs and interests of leadership and major gift donors in order to develop relationships between them and the National Museum. Must be passionate about the work and believes in the mission. Excellent communication and negotiation skills. Must be able to provide courteous and effective service to donors, supporters, co-workers, volunteers and the general public. Must be familiar with Altru database, Gmail and MS Office preferred.

Benefits: M, D, V, FSA, ERISA 403(b), 12 holidays, sick/vacation time, parking, discounts in store and Chado tea room. Visit for full description and application form. EOE.

Based in Los Angeles’ historic Little Tokyo neighborhood, it has a nation-wide focus and international base of support. An affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution and AAM accredited, the Japanese American National Museum ( is recognized as one of the nations’ premier cultural museums.

Submit: Cover Letter, application and resume with salary history & references

Japanese American National Museum

Attn: Human Resources, Re: Associate Director of Major Gifts

100 N. Central Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Email:  Fax (213) 830-5673

No Phone Calls Please


Deadline: 01-15-2018

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