The ICA seeks a motivated and talented Leadership Giving Officer to join the Development team. The ideal candidate will be creative, collaborative, and eager to play an important role in the ICA’s annual fundraising efforts. The primary focus of this position will be initiating, developing, and stewarding donor and prospect relationships; supporting donor engagement events and opportunities; securing major gifts; and partnering with colleagues across the Development team and institution.

Please note:

  • All ICA employees are required to reside in Massachusetts or within a reasonable commuting distance from our Seaport location as of their first day of work. 
  • All ICA employees are required to be fully vaccinated for Covid-19 by October 25, 2021 as we prepare to return to onsite work on Monday, November 1, 2021. All new hires onboarding after October 25 will be required to be fully vaccinated for Covid-19 no later than their first day of work.


  • Develop and advance a portfolio of 150 current and prospective donors by engaging volunteer solicitors and securing annual or multi-year gifts at the $1,000+ level, in support of the ICA’s fundraising goals. This includes working in concert with Development team to raise funds for: annual operations (via the Director’s Circle program); designated major gifts towards capital projects, exhibitions, performance, education and public programs; acquisitions (via the Acquisitions Circle); planned gifts (via the James Sachs Plaut Society); and special event fundraisers (e.g., the Gala, Uncorked Wine Dinner & Auction, and Women’s Luncheon).
  • Maintain an active donor meeting schedule and manage related communications and tracking.
  • Attend weekly prospecting meetings with the Individual Giving team, working collaboratively to identify and pursue strategies for major gift prospect cultivation; and support prospect research for assigned prospects.
  • In partnership with the Individual Giving team and the Senior Events Manager, regularly review the calendar of fiscal-year events and fundraisers; prepare for and staff donor events and fundraisers; and leverage events for prospect and donor cultivation.
  • Partner with the Director of Individual Giving to realize opportunities for engaging current and prospective donors, by leveraging access to current donor event offerings and creating strategic pathways for transitioning general members into major gift, Director’s Circle-level supporters.
  • Contribute to engagement goals for special events, by identifying prospects for Host Committees for annual fundraising events and donor affinity groups, by cultivating prospects towards participation in the Acquisitions Circle; and confirming attendance for the annual James Sachs Plaut Society Legacy Luncheon.
  • Oversee the ICA Travel program and art fair patron program, under the guidance of the Director of Individual Giving. Partner with the Development and Curatorial teams to distribute art fair passes; and select national and international travel locations, dates, and priority itinerary programming. Design and execute ICA Travel and art-fair related communications, trip registration, and attendee tracking. Liase with an external travel agency to execute and staff trips, alongside a member of the Development, Curatorial, and/or Director’s Office staff.
  • Partner with the Corporate Relations Officer to strategize and leverage individual relationships with strong corporate ties and encourage patron attendance for corporate sponsor activations as appropriate.
  • Develop strong working relationships with ICA Staff across departments.
  • Represent the ICA at events and meetings on evenings and weekends, as needed.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience.
  • 2–5 years of development or related experience, preferably in a nonprofit, museum, gallery, or cultural institution setting and/or in a frontline capacity.
  • Demonstrated ability to build relationships, realize annual donations, track external communications, and support database integrity and management.
  • Working knowledge of gifts of property (including gifts of art), life-income gift vehicles, applicable tax laws, and IRS rules or the openness to learn these skills through professional development opportunities.
  • Familiarity with Tessitura, Raiser’s Edge, or an equivalent CRM.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite (Word and Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher).
  • Fluency with and/or interest in contemporary art, performance, and/or arts education.
  •  Strong interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills.
  • Ability to problem solve; detail-oriented, with the ability to manage multiple projects and deadlines.
  • Ability to maintain a high level of donor confidentiality.
  • Availability to staff events during morning, evening, and weekend hours as needed.

This is not necessarily an all-inclusive list of job-related responsibilities, duties, skills, efforts, requirements or working conditions. While the above is intended to be an accurate reflection of the current job, management reserves the right to revise the job or to require that other or different tasks be performed as assigned.

Interested candidates should send a resume and letter of interest to When applying, please include “Leadership Giving Officer” in the subject line.

The ICA is located at 25 Harbor Shore Drive, Boston and is accessible by public transportation (Red and Silver Line).

The ICA is dedicated to building a culturally diverse and pluralistic workforce committed to working in a multicultural environment. Qualified candidates from groups historically underrepresented in the museum professions are strongly encouraged to apply.

The ICA is an Equal Opportunity Employer, committed to being a diverse and inclusive workplace. We are an EOE/AA employer dedicated to fair and inclusive employment practices for all individuals.