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Akron Civic Employment Opportunities

Akron Civic Theatre, attn: Molly Barnwell, 182 S. Main St., Akron OH  44308 or You can pick up an application between 10am and 4pm M-F at 175 S. Main St. Akron OH  44308.

Akron Civic Theatre

Major Gifts Officer


The Major Gifts Officer develops programs and strategies to identify, cultivate, solicit and steward individual donors to the Akron Civic Theatre.  The focus for the first 12 months of the position will be on the theater’s current capital campaign as well as the launch of a comprehensive planned giving program.  Upon completion of the capital campaign, the position will focus on annual giving, planned giving, and planning for future capital projects.

The Major Gifts Officer joins a campaign team consisting of volunteer campaign leadership, theater executive leadership, and campaign consultants.  To date, the campaign has raised in excess of $7.1 million towards a $8.5 million goal.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

The list of duties and responsibilities is not all inclusive and may be expanded to include other duties and responsibilities as management may deem necessary from time to time.

  • Identify and review major gift prospects through meetings with capital campaign leadership, capital campaign staff, and donors, as well as from information obtained through a database screening.
  • Cultivate prospects through periodic communication, in-person meetings with campaign leadership and executive staff, and invitation to events.
  • Prepare individual solicitation strategy for each major individual prospect and work with the Executive Director and campaign leadership to execute approach.
  • Collaborate with the Executive Director, campaign staff, and campaign leadership to develop and execute a planned giving strategy specifically connected to the current capital campaign and the newly formed Akron Civic Theatre Legacy Fund at Akron Community Foundation.
  • Develop donor appreciation strategies, including maximizing the theater’s social media, e-mail list and website by working in conjunction with Civic staff.
  • Other duties as determined.


To perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following competencies:

  • Successful individual giving experience required.  Planned Giving experience preferred.
  • Demonstrated ability to, when appropriate, ask for the gift.
  • Excellent interpersonal, organizational and computer skills.
  • Experience with Blackbaud’s E-Tapestry software is preferred.
  • Ability to maintain a flexible work schedule, including some nights and weekends.


To perform this job successfully, and individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.  The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and /or ability required.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


  • Bachelor’s degree required.


  • A minimum of 3-5 year experience in a professional position with direct individual giving responsibility is required.

Akron Civic Theatre is an Equal Opportunity Employer M/W/V/D


Akron Civic Theatre is an Equal Opportunity Employer M/W/V/D

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