Major Gifts Officer

Job title: Major Gifts Officer
Organization: Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park
Location: Cincinnati, Ohio

Job Description

Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EEO) and is committed to fostering a culture of diversity and inclusion in all areas of its work, both on and offstage. Qualified individuals who bring diverse perspectives and life experiences to the workplace are especially encouraged to apply.

Position Overview
The Major Gifts Officer is a critical member of the development team, primarily managing major contributions to the Playhouse’s Annual Campaign and Directing the Future Capital Campaign. The Major Gifts Officer works collaboratively with the development team, executive staff and board-level volunteers in the cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of major gifts for annual operations and for the capital campaign. The Major Gifts Officer is a full-time exempt position with benefits. Evening and weekend hours are often required.

Reports to: Director of Development

Position Responsibilities

Fundraising (75%)

  • Manages a portfolio of 150+ donors and prospects for the Playhouse capital and annual campaign with gifts ranging between $10,000-99,999. They will be actively identifying, cultivating, soliciting and stewarding donors and prospects.
  • Develops a written cultivation plan for each donor in Portfolio, setting benchmarks for solicitation date and amount.
  • A focus on converting capital campaign donors to annual fund campaign supporters
  • Meets annual goals for meaningful connections, solicitation proposals developed and secured, and planned gift asks.
  • Works with the senior-level fundraising team on prospect management and assists with strategic planning, with the goal of maintaining and growing the annual campaign while successfully completing the capital campaign.
  • Monitors the major gifts portfolios of executive leadership and Board member volunteers, facilitating and supporting their annual fundraising efforts.
  • Supports the Director of Development on the annual Board Campaign and manages the Board’s ArtsWave Special Gifts Campaign.
  • Manages the Planned Giving program, including creating and implementing an annual plan that includes regular touch points and maximizing website usage and communications vehicles.

Administration (25%)

  • Maintains plans in Tessitura CRM on each prospect, documenting active and passive moves on a regular basis for each prospect.
  • Serves as a staff liaison for the Capital Campaign Cabinet and Annual Campaign Committee.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


  • Minimum of 5 years in development, with direct experience with annual fund campaigns. Capital campaigns a plus.
  • Proven track record in solicitation and securing major gifts.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills. Must be comfortable talking on the phone and with face-to-face interactions.
  • Willingness and ability to learn donor software and utilize the system for moves management, report preparation and other data needs.  Tessitura experience a plus.
  • A desire to work in a fast-paced environment, and the ability to successfully manage multiple priorities on a regular basis.
  • Commitment to DEIA (Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Accessibility) values and ability to interact and build relationships with people of diverse backgrounds, personalities, and characteristics.
  • Bachelor’s degree preferred.

Work Environment and Physical Demands:

  • Position is located in a climate-controlled office and currently includes home-based remote work.
  • Digital dexterity and hand/eye coordination in operation of standard office equipment (computers, phones, photocopiers, and filing cabinets).
  • Position requires a minimum amount of external activity, and on occasion may require local travel.
  • Light lifting, carrying, pushing, pulling of supplies, files, etc.: generally up to 10 lbs. and occasionally up to 25 lbs.
  • Occasional stooping, kneeling, crouching.
  • Ability to speak clearly to and hear/listen to employees/clients via phone or in person.

The physical demands and safe working expectations described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the job, with or without a reasonable accommodation.

While this description is intended to be an accurate reflection of the current position, it is not necessarily exhaustive of all responsibilities, duties, requirements or expectations of this position. Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park reserves the right to revise or amend this description based on business needs or changes to the work environment. Employment is contingent upon successful completion of a background check.

Job Type: Full-time

Pay: From $60,000 per year


  • 410(k)
  • Dental Insurance
  • Flexible spending account
  • Health Insurance
  • Health savings account
  • Life insurance
  • Paid time off
  • Vision insurance

To Apply: Qualified candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, and references to Bethany Doverspike, Director of Development, at and cc Amy Stier at Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and the position will be filled as soon as the successful candidate is identified.