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Institutional Giving Officer
Category: Manager

Morton Arboretum
Lisle, Illinois

Posted: Thursday, February 20, 2014

Institutional Giving Officer 

Morton Arboretum

Position Available: Institutional Giving Officer 

Classification: Full-time, Exempt

Department: Development 

General Summary: Responsible for raising operating and restricted program support for The Morton Arboretum from institutional funding sources. Develop program strategy and serve as a primary liaison for external relations with corporate, foundation, and government donors in coordination with the President & CEO, trustees, and senior staff leadership. Serve as a senior member of the development team. Serve as an advocate for a culture of philanthropy that supports the best interests of the organization as well as the donors.


Bachelor’s degree required. 5+ years with non-profit organization(s) required. Experience in writing compelling and exciting funding proposals, facilitating program and budget development, identifying and pursuing appropriate opportunities, and researching funding sources required. Knowledge of state and federal grant making sources preferred. Exceptional written and verbal communication skills required. Must be proficient with Microsoft Office Suite, and have experience using database systems, with prior experience using Raiser’s Edge software strongly preferred. Must possess a valid driver’s license, which is subject to insurability and an annual Motor Vehicle Record (MVR) report.

Success Factors:

Ability to successfully motivate, engage and interact with senior leadership, trustees, high level donors and volunteers. Ability to exercise diplomacy and tact in dealing with both internal and external constituents and their requests. Candidate must be highly organized and detail oriented, with the ability to prioritize independently and successfully meet the demands and deadlines of multiple projects. A commitment to, and ability to effectively convey, the Arboretum’s mission with genuine passion, and the willingness to continually learn about the programs and mission.

Physical Demands and Work Environment: The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform these essential functions.

  • Physical Demands: Requires some physical activity: limited lifting and carrying (up to 10 lbs.), and occasional travel around the Arboretum campus and locally.
  • Work Environment: Fast-paced office environment. Work is performed in a combined indoor (90%) and outdoor (10%) setting.
  • Equipment: General office equipment, Arboretum golf cart.
  • Schedule: Position requires occasional extended work hours, including evenings and weekends.

If interested, please forward letter, salary requirements, and resume or application, to The Morton Arboretum, Human Resources, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle, IL, 60532-1293, or email to:

The Morton Arboretum is an equal opportunity employer committed to achieving a diverse workforce. 


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