Director of Major and Principal Gifts

(full-time Exempt)

This position plans and participates in the development and implementation of ongoing fund raising strategies designed to raise contributed income for annual operations and campaign funding for the institution. The position is responsible for securing significant gifts from individuals and foundations directly as well as  supporting the President and CEO, the Board of Directors, and the Development Committee in their fundraising efforts.  This position works closely with colleagues in the Development Department responsible for corporate giving and the administrative functions of fundraising, as well as with the Museum’s senior team and program staff. Reporting Relationship: This position reports to the President and CEO.

Basic Functions and Responsibilities (including but not limited to):

The Director of Major and Principal Gifts is responsible for the following general job functions:

  • Identify, solicit and steward individual and foundation donors on an ongoing basis

  • Contribute to the overall functioning of the development department, including the preparation and management of portions of the annual budget

  • Responsible for successful attainment of fund raising goals for annual operations and campaign funding within assigned portfolio

  • Oversee the comprehensive grant and proposal preparation process, from working closely with program staff throughout the museum to develop  cases for support, to writing and/or coordinating the writing efforts for the proposals and grants, to ensuring proper  reporting  of funded proposals to managing ongoing donor stewardship and relationships

  • Work with the prospect researcher to identify and explore potential funding sources on the local, state and national levels which align with the Museum’s priority mission fulfillment programs.

  • In collaboration with development staff, oversee Museum donor and special events designed to cultivate and steward donors as well as its annual large fundraiser which include attendees from his/her assigned portfolio and other  Museum guests, donors or prospects

  • Take responsibility for other development-related projects as assigned by position’s supervisor

  • Participate in the oversight of administrative work in the department to maximize fundraising effectiveness

  • Oversee the Museum’s Membership Program, supervising and mentoring the Membership Manager and Membership team.


  • 5 years development experience preferred, either as director of development for a small/mid-sized nonprofit organization or in the individual giving division of a large development department

  • Demonstrated experience working with and managing fund raising volunteers necessary, including having worked directly with board members and high net worth individuals.

  • Understanding of membership programs; experience running one preferred

  • Experience supervising staff

  • Understanding of the Fort Worth social and philanthropic communities helpful, but not required

  • Working knowledge of Raiser’s Edge software strongly encouraged

  • Warm, outgoing interpersonal skills with the ability to work effectively with a range of staff, volunteers, prospective donors and the general public required

  • Ability to manage multiple tasks in a fast-paced environment

  • A positive, achievement-oriented attitude and proactive work ethic

  • Ability to work in a collegial, respectful work environment mandatory

  • Proven ability to maintain the highest level of discretion and confidentiality with sensitive donor giving information

  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail, with the willingness and capability to personally manage administrative details as needed

Human Resources Manager
Fort Worth Museum of Science and History
1600 Gendy Street
Fort Worth, Texas 76107
fax: (817) 255-9354

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