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Major Gifts Officer

Classification:   Full-Time, Salary, Exempt

Salary:                $90,000 to $105,000

Benefits:             Paid Time Off, 401K Matching, Fully Covered Health, Dental and Vision Insurance, FSA

Schedule:           Monday – Friday, 9/10am – 5/6pm, plus evenings and weekends

Reports to:         Director of Advancement

Position Overview: Reporting to the Director of Advancement, the Major Gifts Officer will play an integral role in completing Rothko Chapel’s Opening Spaces Capital Campaign. Working within the highly collaborative environment, the Major Gifts Officer is responsible for strategizing and developing all activities related to the cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of donors primarily with the capacity to make high six-figure and seven-figure gifts. While the Major Gifts Officer’s primary focus is toward Opening Spaces, they will also be asked to assist in fundraising efforts related to Rothko Chapel’s annual operations.

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Job Functions:

Opening Spaces (Capital Campaign):

  • Identify, research, and cultivate new major gift prospects and maintain communication and outreach to current major gift donors.
  • Serve as trusted philanthropic advisor to qualified major gift prospects and demonstrate reliable and donor-centric communications.
  • Evaluate various gift opportunities and giving vehicles; recommend the most suitable for particular donors.
  • Grow portfolio of significant contributors, primarily focusing on individuals capable of making six figure or higher donations.
  • Manage the full life cycle of giving including identification, qualification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of these donors and prospects
  • Make direct, face-to-face solicitations of major donors and prospects, and assist the board, other volunteers and staff with their solicitations.
  • Work closely with senior staff to develop appropriate content for major donor meetings or events.
  • Prepare written proposals, informational materials, gift agreements, and other materials needed to secure major gifts with assistance from other Development and Communication staff members.
  • Provide staff support to the Opening Spaces Capital Campaign Committee and the Rothko Chapel’s Board of Directors for all items related to Opening Spaces fundraising.
  • Serve as an effective and enthusiastic Rothko Chapel spokesperson and representative. Maintain an active, current body of knowledge of Rothko Chapel and its mission, programs, activities, institutional needs, and fundraising priorities.
  • Actively participate in Development team meetings to coordinate prospect review and discuss specific prospect strategies as they relate to prioritized fundraising needs.

Annual Operations/Endowment:

  • Assist the Director of Advancement in special assignments to ensure long-term donor engagement and retention and support the successful completion of annual fundraising goals.


  • Attend all staff meetings and Chapel activities/public programs/events as needed.
  • Adhere to policies and procedures of the organization and represent the Chapel and embody its core values.
  • Perform all other duties as assigned by the Executive Director

Qualifications, Skills & Attributes:

  • Bachelor’s degree required.
  • Minimum of 5-8 years progressive experience in nonprofit major gifts prospect research, solicitation and securing of gifts.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office and experience with donor databases/software
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and oral
  • Must be self-motivated, have initiative and work independently, as well as be part of a team working collaboratively across different personalities and cultural backgrounds.
  • Efficient multi-tasker with established time-management skills
  • Highly organized with meticulous attention to details
  • Role is based in Houston with an ability to travel as needed (minimal travel expected)

To apply, please email letter of interest, resume, and three professional references to HR@RothkoChapel.org.
No phone calls or in person applications please.

The Rothko Chapel is an Equal Opportunity Employer and values and encourages a diverse workforce.

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The Rothko Chapel is always looking for dedicated individuals who possess a strong interest in the areas of art, spirituality, and human rights, and who seek to gain valuable experience working within a non-profit organization. Internship opportunities are made available on a case-by-case basis, and are customized depending on the applicant’s area of interests, skills and past work experience, and duration of commitment, availability, and the organizations’ needs.


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