Associate Major Gifts Officer
Interim Executive Director (Director of Advancement long-term)
We’re really glad you’re thinking about joining the team at MoPOP! We believe pop culture is a universal language capable of building connections across a range of people, no matter our differences in race, religion, gender, age, sexual orientation, ability, education, socio-economic status, ethnicity, country of origin, or any other characteristic that makes us who we are. For more than twenty years, we have been showcasing how music, film, fashion, video games, sports, and more spark those connections and create a lasting cultural impact.
MoPOP provides both a physical space and an emotional and intellectual opportunity for people from any background to explore, find and build community, and recognize their own creative potential. This applies not only to our guests, but also to our staff — be it in designing an educational program to engage the next generation of creators, trying to reach a new audience with a marketing initiative, preserving an artifact in our collection, or providing excellent customer service to a visitor. If this sounds like something you’d be into, we’d love to hear from you!
MoPOP’s Mission and Commitment to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility
Our mission is to make creative expression a life-changing force by offering experiences that inspire and connect our communities. A nonprofit grounded in five core values — open arms, creative exchanges, light bulb moments, pursuing excellence, and excitement — MoPOP is actively committed to ongoing learning in the areas of diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility (DEIA). In partnership with our community, we hope to also develop safe spaces for their application. This includes taking steps to continue increasing our awareness of institutional “-isms,” as well as uncovering and undoing the ways they show up in museum culture. We recognize this is a process that requires intentionality, energy, and resources, and we are developing a DEIA framework that can cultivate a work environment and museum experience that is truly welcoming for all.
We are committed to creating an inclusive and equitable workplace, and we are proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We believe that having staff, interns, and volunteers with diverse backgrounds enables us to better meet our mission and encourage BIPOC, women, and LGBTQIA+ individuals to apply. We acknowledge that our work to build safe spaces and better systems for traditionally marginalized groups is ongoing and will require constant vigilance and expect all MoPOP employees to be part of our DEIA journey.
The Associate Major Gifts Officer (AMGO) is a key member of the Advancement team tasked with prospecting, stewarding, and engaging with individual donors with the capacity to give $10,000+ annually. MoPOP’s AMGO will maintain their own portfolio of donors in addition to supporting the incoming Chief Executive Officer and Senior Leadership team in cultivating their individual portfolios, while supporting the Advancement team in authentic and sustainable relationship building in and between our funding streams. A keen storyteller and connector, the AMGO will leverage our case for support to deepen the philanthropic relationship with MoPOP’s diverse fandoms and fans of Pop Culture.
Essential Job Duties (other duties as assigned)
- Actively participates and engages in all stages of the Moves Management Cycle to develop a diverse and sustainable portfolio of major gift to ensure achievement of major gift fund raising goals and objectives.
- Develops and implements strategies for identifying potential prospects, creating donor pipelines between donor levels, and growing the existing donor base.
- Researches, identifies, builds and maintains a portfolio of prospects, and supports the senior leadership team to cultivate solicit, and steward major gifts.
- Regularly reports major gift activities and results against targets to achieve performance metrics of prospects cultivated, calls made, proposals developed, solicitations, gifts closed, and dollars raised.
- Assists with major gift fundraising for MoPOP’s annual fundraiser.
- Works collaboratively with colleagues to maximize the giving potential of donors to ensure the success of the major giving program and overall team.
- Seeks opportunities to represent MoPOP at community functions, networking in order to nurture new and existing relationships Maintains professional competency through constantly pursuing knowledge and self-improvement remaining apprised of current initiatives.
- Supports our internal culture which inspires and empowers our staff to live our mission to its highest standards.
- Contributes to a consistent customer high level service standard across all departments.
- Works to ensure customer service is ingrained at the core of the team and is reflected outward to our guests and other staff.
- Commits to participating in anti-racism work, learning about the ways institutional racism impacts the workplace, and supporting teammates in operationalizing DEIA strategies in the department.
- 3-5 year of demonstrated experience in fundraising, with proven ability to personally cultivate, solicit, and steward major gifts ($10,000+) from individuals.
- Understanding of Community Centric Fundraising Principles.
- Knowledge of Seattle, the West Coast, national and international philanthropic communities that support the arts, cultural organizations, popular music, or the study of popular culture.
- Keen communication skills with an ability to navigate diverse communication styles and engage diverse audiences.
- Commitment to MoPOP’s mission, interest in popular culture, and dedication to promoting the museum’s fundraising priorities.
- A passion for and interest in pop culture, including a willingness to learn, discover, and explore unfamiliar pop culture content.
- Experience working directly with people from diverse racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic backgrounds.
- Ability to assess different scenarios and challenges critically and holistically, and efficiently problem-solve.
- Ability to work with all levels in an organization to drive clarity on goals, long-term initiatives, and special projects.
This regular full-time position includes Medical/Vision insurance, Dental insurance, Life/AD&D/LTD insurance, Vacation, Sick, Floating Holiday, Company Holidays, EAP, and transportation benefits.
Please email jobs@MoPOP.org if you need a reasonable accommodation during the application or hiring process.