The Director of Major Gifts will develop programs and strategies to identify, cultivate, track, and solicit prospective major donors to Bishop Museum for significant gifts to fund a broad range of institutional priorities, including its Hawaiian and Pacific collections, educational programs of culture and science, biological research throughout the Pacific, and forward momentum as a dynamic and growing museum resource for the 21st century.
The successful candidate will demonstrate proven success in major gifts fundraising, superior organizational and communication skills, and the initiative and ability to work collaboratively with board, management, and staff. S/he must be a critical thinker, conversant with current technologies, comfortable with public presentations, and able to serve as a spokesperson and champion for the Museum’s mission and priorities.


• Bachelor’s Degree required. Master’s Degree desirable.
• At least 7 years of progressively responsible experience in the development activities of a non-profit organization with a proven track record in major gifts.
• Capital campaign and planned giving experience desirable.
• Strong writing skills required, including the ability to write standard development communication pieces (including direct solicitation pieces, acknowledgments, proposals, letters of inquiry, cover letters and general correspondence), and general interest articles.
• Knowledge of database, spreadsheet, and word processing software required. Knowledge of Raiser’s Edge software desirable.
• Organized and detail-oriented, with ability to meet tight deadlines and to work on multiple projects simultaneously.
• Energetic and enthusiastic team player. Also able to work independently.
• Flexibility to work some weekday evenings and weekends as needed.
• Valid driver’s license and car required.


• Demonstrated success in major gifts fundraising within a nonprofit organization
• Creative ability, strong written and verbal communication skills, and critical thinking
• Excellent interpersonal skills; positive attitude; ability to interact and develop rapport with people with varied backgrounds/interests
• Computer-literate with proficiency in MS Office and donor/membership database software systems
• Ability to manage multiple prospects and projects simultaneously
• Ability to maintain composure under time constraints; ability to maintain a professional demeanor when dealing with others

Salary: $70,000 – $85,000
Hours: Full-time; Weekday evenings and weekends as needed.
Deadline to Apply: Application will remain open until position is filled.
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