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Major Gifts Officer


The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum is looking for an innovative, committed and passionate individual to join our team and inspire citizens and leaders worldwide to support the Museum’s mission to confront hatred, prevent genocide, and promote human dignity. Responsible for fundraising; working with the staff planning, developing, directing, and implementing an extensive program to identify, cultivate and solicit individuals, corporations, and foundations; conduct outreach activities and programs; and serve as one of the representatives on behalf of the Museum in the Western region; The Development Office currently seeks a Major Gift Officer for the Western Region. 

The Major Gift Officer will serve as one of the Museum’s senior liaisons to the greater Los Angeles philanthropic community and to current and potential donors throughout the Western United States. The Major Gift Officer acts entrepreneurially and with a high level of sophistication and discretion to successfully fulfill their responsibilities. The individual must have a demonstrated track record of fundraising success. 

Located in the Western Regional Office (Los Angeles, CA - Century Park) of the US Holocaust Memorial Museum, the Major Gift Officer is responsible for direct fundraising, event planning and outreach in greater Los Angeles, and may be assigned to cultivate existing donors and create new relationships in other locations throughout the Western region including California, Washington, Oregon, Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, Utah, Alaska and Hawaii.

This is a full-time donated position (non-Federal) paid with the Museum’s private funds. Salary is commensurate with experience.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Assist the national Development staff and all other regional staff members in promoting the goals of the Museum’s comprehensive Campaign; working hand-in-hand with Western Regional Director.
  • Builds relationships and works diligently and strategically to execute the region’s strategic development plan to meet and if possible, exceed fundraising goals. 
  • With the guidance and assistance of the Western Regional Director and appropriate national staff, as well as the Deputy Chief Development Officer, develops and implements fundraising events and activities, including, but not limited to: (a) face-to-face solicitations and other personal solicitations; (b) parlor meetings; (c) major events; and (d) meetings and initiatives targeted at specific markets.
  • Working with the Western regional director and other colleagues, expands and deepens the commitment of the Museum’s Leadership Circle ($25,000 and greater annual fund donors).
  • Seeks opportunities to identify, establish, cultivate and secure support from new demographic, regional and/or affinity groups including Next Generation Groups to diversify and deepen the Museum’s base of support.
  • Represents the Museum to the community, non-profits, contributors, or other groups of potential donors throughout the region. 
  • Serves as a primary liaison with prospects and seeks to cultivate interest in financial support for the Museum.
  • Plans and schedules activities and events to attract and appeal to diverse individuals, groups, and organizations. 
  • Coordinates and works with Western Regional Director, Deputy Chief Development Officer and national Development staff or other sources to create or enhance programs suitable for the specific groups. Arranges for donors and prospective donors to visit the Museum and meet with appropriate Museum staff.
  • Searches out grant opportunities in coordination with the Corporate, Foundation, and Restricted Giving unit.

Minimum Qualifications

  • At least five years of successful experience soliciting five, six and seven-figure gifts for annual funds.
  • Proven successful experience in individual fund raising required and in acquiring corporate and foundation funding desired. 
  • Significant major gift experience in a sophisticated, complex environment preferred. 
  • Commitment to the mission and a strong desire to associate with USHMM and champion its mission required. 
  • Proven track record developing and implementing strategic fundraising programs for non-profits; evidence of repeatedly reaching ambitious fundraising goals; and management of sophisticated prospect portfolios.
  • Experience managing special events and follow-through.
  • Demonstrated skill and success in strategic planning for development, including annual giving, corporation/foundation giving, planned giving, major gifts, capital campaigns, telemarketing, and direct mail.

How to Apply

Interested applicants should send their resume and cover letter to Please include both your resume and cover letter in a single PDF or Word document titled “First Name Last Name”. Salary history may be required during the interview process.

For more information about the US Holocaust Memorial Museum, please visit The US Holocaust Memorial Museum is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer. This position is open to all qualified individuals. If you are not a US citizen, you must possess sufficient legal documentation and permission to work in the United States (and provide if requested).


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