The Field Museum is a not-for-profit organization located on the Museum Campus of Chicago. Since the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition, we have conducted research across all seven continents and accumulated a collection of over 40 million specimens and artifacts.

The Field Museum is searching for a Donor Relations Manager, Principal and Major Gifts to join our team!

The Donor Relations Manager, Principal, and Major Gifts foster important donor relationships between the Field Museum and its benefactors, promoting positive attitudes toward giving among current and prospective donors. This position develops and implements short and long-term stewardship plans, maximizing the ability of the Principal and Major Giving teams to build quality donor relationships.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Creates and implements annual stewardship plan for Major Gifts team, including individualized, long-term plans for specific benefactors
  • Drafts and compiles reports to individuals and family foundations on the use of their contributed funds
  • Manages visits and events by donors and prospects to the Museum, including arranging behind-the-scenes tours and planning/hosting targeted donor events
  • Handles mailings, including Holiday Cards, Holiday Gifts, and other communications, as needed
  • Coordinates signage and donor recognition within the Museum, including administering signage and recognition standards
  • Manages the Museum’s Travel Program for Major Donors (2-3 international trips per year)
  • Handles logistics for the Edward E. Ayer Society (the Museum’s planned giving recognitions group), including mailings and events
  • Manages other duties as assigned


  • Bachelor’s degree required; advanced degree preferred
  • A minimum of four years of experience in development is required, preferably in a cultural or academic organization
  • Demonstrated strong written and oral communication skills
  • Project management and project coordination skills required, with strong organizational skills and an eye for detail
  • Familiarity with Blackbaud Raiser’s Edge software or a similar software program, including an understanding of proposals, actions, and queries
  • Self-starter with the ability to prioritize and proactively manage multiple projects simultaneously; high energy, focus, and a collaborative spirit
  • Ability to manage confidential information with discretion
  • Proven ability to work effectively with a diverse group of external and internal constituents
  • Understanding of and commitment to the mission of the Field Museum

Important Note:
In order to protect the health and safety of our employees, guests and their families, the Field Museum is requiring all employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Requests for exemptions from the vaccine will not be considered as given the nature of this position, we are unable to provide an accommodation for anyone who has not been vaccinated.

The Field Museum is an equal opportunity workplace and employer. We are committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, gender identity, Veteran status, or any other protected class. We strive to create a working environment that is free of all forms of discrimination and one that promotes human dignity and mutual respect among all staff. We believe every member of our organization enriches our diversity by exposing us to a broad range of ways to understand and engage with the world, to identify challenges, and to discover, design, and deliver solutions.

The Field Museum strives to ensure that our career website and recruiting process are accessible to all. If you are unable or limited in your ability to use or access our online application, or if you require reasonable accommodation in completing this application, interviewing, completing any pre-employment testing, or otherwise participating in the employee selection process, please direct your inquiries to [email protected]