Coordinator, Major Gifts

Washington D.C.
Apr 06, 2017
May 11, 2017
Full Time

The Coordinator, Major Gifts assists the Manager of Major Gifts and Director of Individual Campaigns in the planning, coordination, and execution of the Kennedy Center Annual Trustees Fund, Major Gifts Campaign, and other annual gifts to the Center’s programs and special events.  This includes research, cultivation, acquisition, stewardship, and ongoing maintenance of both unrestricted and restricted contributions.  The incumbent manages his/her time, resources, and work load to maximize productivity and financial results; exercises discretion; evaluates complex internal and external relationships; and regularly takes initiative to fulfill campaign objectives and goals. This position works in tandem with an Assistant Manager and Assistant. 

Duties and Responsibilities:

100%  Provide support to the Assistant Manager of Manager Gifts, Manager of Major Gifts, Director of Individual Campaigns and Senior Vice President for all tasks surrounding the Major Gifts Campaign and Annual Trustees Fund including:

  • Drafting and editing all types of written materials (solicitations, acknowledgments, notes, research briefings, proposals, tax receipts, etc.) of varying length and complexity;
  • Identifying opportunities for gift increases and, in coordination with the Manager, creating detailed and personalized solicitation strategies;
  • Accurately tracking progress, ensuring completion of action items from initial discovery through acquisition, and reporting Fund progress to Manager, Director, and Senior Vice President;
  • Actively stewarding Major donors and Trustees through direct contact via phone, email, in-person, and written communication and fulfilling donor benefits;
  • Managing Kennedy Center Honors ticket requests and pertinent event details for all Board members;
  • Assisting in the development of materials for Board of Trustees Development Committee meetings throughout the year;
  • Facilitating Board communication between the departments of Development and Institutional Affairs.
  • Fielding and responding to inquiries about donating artwork to the Kennedy Center.


  • Bachelor’s degree required.
  • Minimum of one to two years of development or related experience required.
  • Working knowledge of the performing arts is preferred.

Minimum Skills and/or Knowledge Required

  • Superior and professional organizational, written and verbal communication, and interpersonal skills.
  • Careful attention to detail and awareness of standard accounting procedures.
  • Ability to foresee development needs, generate work for this position and for others supportive of this position, and multitask efficiently.
  • A clear understanding of the Kennedy Center mission, and an understanding of the ways in which a fundraising operation works within a large and complex institution.
  • Ability to deftly manage many relationships and personality types - both internal among staff members, and external among constituents.
  • Ability and confidence to work without close supervision.
  • Experience with Tessitura is ideal.

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts is a world premiere performing arts organization and our nation’s cultural center. Diversity is a critical component of our mission, vision, and values. Our staff exhibits a wide variety of perspectives and experiences which enable us to foster and strengthen an environment of diversity and inclusion.

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