Vermont Folklife Center Middlebury Vermont

Vermont Folklife Center Employment Opportunities

Job Title: Major Giving Officer
Reports To: Director of Development
Position: Half-time (20 hrs/week)

Organizational Background:

Founded in 1984, the Vermont Folklife Center (VFC) is the only organization in the state focused on the documentation, preservation, and presentation of the diverse cultural experiences that make Vermont unique. We are researchers and storytellers concerned with the knowledge of everyday living. We believe the experiential insights of everyday life those things that might otherwise be overlooked in the historical record or are often simply taken for granted - are in fact the most valuable witness to our senses of identity and community. We celebrate these insights and advocate for their inclusion in conversations around the challenges and opportunities of Vermont's future.

OUR MISSION is to deepen our understanding of Vermont and the surrounding region; to assure a repository for our collective cultural memory; and to strengthen communities by building connections among the diverse peoples of Vermont.


Position Description:

The Major Giving Officer is a half-time position responsible for identifying, cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding donors who make gifts to further the mission and programs of the VFC. This position oversees the implementation of major donor activities relating to the organization's comprehensive fundraising plan and helps to design and implement special fundraising campaigns and initiatives, as needed. This position works closely with, and reports to, the Director of Development. This position can work remotely though will need to be on-site at the VFC headquarters in Middlebury, VT, as needed.


Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Meets personally with major and prospective donors to cultivate and solicit their support, and collaborates with the Development Director, Co-Executive Directors, other VFC staff, and Board as needed to cultivate and solicit major donors.
  • Maintains a portfolio of current and prospective major donors to meet unrestricted major donor revenue goals on an annual basis.
  • Conducts professional level research on donor inclinations and capacity, as appropriate and with a commitment to confidentiality and ethics.
  • Works with Co-Executive Directors and Program Staff to identify and fundraise for program/restricted revenue goals on an annual basis.
  • Assists in identifying and developing Board member skills and confidence in their donor stewardship and solicitation responsibilities.
  • Develops and executes cultivation plans for current major donors, lapsed donors, and prospective prospects in portfolio.
  • Maintains up-to-date major donor giving information through a professional fundraising database in collaboration with the Development Assistant.
  • Participates in the planning and execution of events related to the cultivation and/or recognition of major donors.
  • Analyzes giving history and giving levels across all contributors to identify potential for increased giving capacity.
  • Serves as a member of the Development Committee along with the Director of Development and appointed board members.
  • Invests time in ongoing learning about VFC mission and programs in order to be an informed and passionate representative of VFC to the local, state and regional community.
  • Maintains a flexible and open-minded attitude to the evolving nature of non-profit work and takes on other tasks as requested by the Development Director and/or Co-Executive Director.



Education, Experience, Other:

Bachelor's degree and at least two years of relevant experience in major or annual giving. Experience with donor tracking databases is a plus. Must have valid and current drivers license, vehicle, insurance, and/or reliable transportation as significant travel is required in the position.

Essential Skills:

Strong organizational skills. Superb writing and presentation skills and keen ability to relate to donors at all levels required. Familiarity with common office software (e.g. MS Word, Excel) and computer operating systems (Windows, Mac OS). Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively and participate in consensus-based decision making. Willingness and capacity to take initiative and work independently, as needed. Demonstrated productivity and creativity. Must be able to present self in a professional manner.

Physical Demands:

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly to talk, hear, walk, sit for extended periods, travel, and occasionally stand. The ability to drive an automobile during the day and night, and fly in a plane or use other public transportation is critical. The work environment is usually an office and is usually quiet, but fundraising events may take place in a wide range of venues. (The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.)

Please note: This is not an all-encompassing statement of this position's responsibilities. While it attempts to be comprehensive, new responsibilities may be assigned to this position at any time.



This is a half-time position. Professional-level salary based on training and experience.


To Apply:

Submit cover letter and resume to Position open until filled.

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