Major Gifts Officer, Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center

Major Gifts Officer

Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center is an independent, 501(c)3, non-profit organization that operates two spaces: the Bankhead Theater and the Bothwell Arts Center. The mission of LVPAC is to offer a broad range of arts opportunities and experiences to engage our diverse community. LVPAC’s vision: Become the heart of a vibrant cultural arts community.

Position Summary: The Major Gifts Officers will support the overall fundraising efforts of the Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center and plays a critical role in increasing individual donor support by overseeing the solicitation of annual gifts of $5,000 to $50,000, including multi-year pledges, corporate gifts and sponsorship.

Key Responsibilities:

Major Giving

  • Identify, cultivate and solicit major gifts ($5K-$50K) from individuals
  • Maintain a portfolio of 75-100 major gift prospects and meet donor metric goals related to number of visits, solicitations, etc.
  • Support the Director of Development in carrying out the Major Gifts Program
  • Attend major gifts committee meetings
  • Perform prospect research and data mining using Patron Manager and various online resources
  • Track major donors using Patron Manager
  • Prepare donor packets for major donor meetings and maintain collateral materials
  • Provide assistance with cultivation activities
  • Make follow-up calls to lapsed donors

General Development Activities

  • Support the Director of Development as needed, including other duties as assigned
  • As a member of the Development Department, promote a donor-centric culture

Corporate Relations

  • Work with the Director of Development to create and maintain a corporate fundraising strategy
  • Achieve an agreed corporate fundraising target on an annual basis
  • Identify, research and approach companies for support for a range of projects including sponsorship, program and general operating support
  • Prepare corporate sponsorship proposals
  • Manage and maintain a portfolio of current corporate partners, safeguarding relationships, ensuring highest level of customer service and delivery of benefits and work to maximize and increase levels of support
  • Issue reports, as required, to funders
  • Ensure all partner data is up to date and used to best advantage on Tessitura database system
  • Manage donor recognition to ensure all gifts are properly acknowledged and donors are recognized as appropriate

Qualifications & Skills:

  • Bachelor degree plus two to five years of philanthropic development experience with a focus on individual donors
  • Exceptional donor service skills
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Available to work some evenings and possible weekends to attend performances
  • Ability to manage multiple projects in a face-paced environment
  • Commitment to advancing arts and culture in the Tri-Valley area
  • Solid knowledge in Word and Excel including strong Mail Merge and letter writing abilities.
  • Attention to detail and deadlines.
  • Knowledge of database software is a plus; such as WealthEngine and Patron Manager/Salesforce
  • Must be able to sit for long periods of time in front of computer monitor
  • Must be able to lift up to 25 lbs
  • Must be punctual and reliable
  • Learn and follow safety procedures

Salary & Benefits:

  • Full-time position
  • Salary – dependent on experience and qualifications
  • Medical/Dental/Chiropractic/Acupuncture/Life Insurance
  • Paid Vacation, Personal Time Off and Holidays
  • 403b Retirement Plan with company match

Please e-mail all inquiries along with cover letter and resume to Chris Carter at