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Major Gifts Associate

Woodruff Arts Center
Atlanta, Georgia
Closing date
Jul 1, 2023

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Focus Areas
Arts / Culture / Humanities
Job Function
Administrative / Clerical
Position Type
Full Time
Degree Level
Experience Level

Job Details

Woodruff Arts Center employees play an integral role in creating and supporting great art and education initiatives at the nation’s third largest arts center. Comprised of three Art Partners—Alliance Theatre, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and High Museum of Art—there’s a role for everyone at The Woodruff.

Reports to:

Senior Director of Development


United States of America (Exempt)

Employment Status:

Regular/Full time

The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s high performing, fast paced development team seeks an organized, customer service oriented individual to fill the role of Major Gifts Associate. This position will provide a high level of support to the Senior Director of Development and major gifts team.

MAJOR DUTIES:                                                                                                            

  • Provides direct support to the Senior Director of Development and major gifts team to manage individual, corporate and foundation donor solicitation and stewardship processes including tracking of moves management and prospect master lists
  • Prepare notes, research, and briefing documents as needed. Follow up to ensure donor meetings and calls are being scheduled. Schedule fundraising and stewardship calls as necessary.
  • Provide administrative leadership and coordination of all materials and activities of the ASO’s 80-member Advisory Council
  • Work collaboratively in support of special events including the ASO Gala, Advisory Council events, and other special donor engagements
  • Address day to day donor needs and questions. Work with development staff in providing exceptional service to donors
  • Other duties as assigned


Bachelor’s degree with a minimum of two years of related experience.


  • Experience working with donors and donations highly preferred
  • Outstanding interpersonal skills; ability to cultivate positive relationships and communicate effectively
  • Detail oriented and highly organized
  • Project management and planning skills with ability to multi-task
  • Troubleshooting/problem solving skills
  • Able to work effectively in a collaborative, team environment; is willing to assist others
  • Ability to craft formal communications for both mail and email purposes;
  • Excellent writing and editing skills;
  • Highly developed organizational skills with the ability to manage multiple projects and overlapping deadlines;
  • Skilled at communicating with both internal and external partners with clarity and an eye always to exceptional customer service;
  • Ability to manage sensitive information with care and diplomacy;
  • Demonstrated, above-average proficiency in computer software programs, with emphasis on the Microsoft Office products, PowerPoint, and database systems.  Familiarity with Tessitura and MailChimp a plus.
  • Interested in the major gifts development process and has an appreciation for philanthropy
  • Ability to work evenings and weekends upon request


  • The physical requirements of this position are related to a standard office environment. 
  • Must be able to utilize a phone, computer and screen, and other office equipment. 
  • While performing the duties of the job, the employee is required to hear, talk and primarily sit; occasionally stand, walk, reach, stoop, or kneel.
  • Must be able to occasionally lift up to 25 pounds.

The duties listed in the job description above are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. These listed duties are not intended to describe in detail all the tasks that may be assigned but rather to provide a general sense of the responsibilities and expectations. Omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the position

COVID Vaccination Information

Effective as of October 1, 2021, The Woodruff Arts Center requires that all employees be vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of employment, subject to accommodation.  If you are hired, we will require you to prove that you have received the COVID-19 vaccine or have a valid documented religious or medical reason not to be vaccinated.  This paragraph informs you of the company's expectations before you begin work at The Woodruff Arts Center and you should not reveal information about your COVID-19 vaccination status prior to receiving an offer of employment.  


Art is powerful.

At the Woodruff Arts Center, we believe art can transform lives and impact a community in a powerful way. Building upon more than 50 years of experience, we showcase art that reflect the stories, history, and heartbeat of our community. We not only pass the power of art on to the next generation through access and education, but we connect thousands of people – each one of them empowered to make this city stronger. This is the core of what we do as the Center of the arts in Atlanta.

Our history. The Woodruff Arts Center opened in 1968. Originally named the Memorial Arts Center, the Center was established as a tribute to the 122 Atlanta arts patrons who died at Orly Airfield in France while journeying home from an arts tour in 1962. At the time, the plane’s passengers represented nearly all of Atlanta’s cultural leadership. Out of this tragedy, the concept of establishing a unified arts center emerged to realize the aspirations of those we lost: for Atlanta to be a premier destination for arts and culture.

Where we are today. The Woodruff Arts Center is home to three renowned artistic institutions: The Alliance TheatreAtlanta Symphony Orchestra, and High Museum of Art. The Arts Center enriches the lives of more than 800,000 patrons annually, including more than 170,000 students and teachers, making the Woodruff Arts Center the largest arts educator in the state of Georgia.

With visual and performing arts as well as robust educational programming presented on a single campus, the Woodruff Arts Center brings together patrons of all ages, interest levels, and backgrounds.

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1280 Peachtree Street NE
United States

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