The Animal Foundation – Major Gifts Officer

Position Summary:

The Major Gifts Officer is a key member of the Development Team and is responsible for identifying, creating, cultivating and sustaining relationships with individuals and corporations which lead to major gifts in support of the organization’s mission and operational needs. This is a results-oriented position which requires a demonstrated ability to secure donations and build strong, beneficial relationships.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:  

  • Help donors accomplish their philanthropic goals and ambitions through a relationship with The Animal Foundation.
  • Make direct, face-to-face solicitations, and assist the board and other senior staff with their solicitations (e.g. provide portfolio development support, strategic counsel, and help with donor communications).
  • Secure major gifts above $10,000 as part of the overall departmental fundraising goals.
  • Work with existing team members to help manage systems and software to track and cultivate donors and prospects, including the existing donor database and wealth screening tools.
  • Conduct research on prospects as identified by other team members, senior leaders and board members. Screen prospects for inclusion on portfolios.
  • Manage existing portfolio of donors and prospects. Record all interactions with donors and prospects through the moves management system.
  • Work with Development Team on stewardship and public/private recognition of major donors.
  • Work with Event Manager on appropriate cultivation and recognition events for major donors. Support overall fundraising event program by helping to identify major gift prospects and donors who are attending events or could be prospects for sponsorship opportunities.
  • Help develop and market the Planned Giving Program and Endowment Program and work to ensure that these programs become integrated parts of the overall development effort.
  • Work with the Director of Development, other senior leaders and Board members to align efforts and set goals.
  • Track and report progress using specific metrics and departmental Key Performance Indicators.
  • Contributes to the efficiency and effectiveness of the organization’s service to its guests by offering suggestions and participating as an active member of a work team.
  • Provides responsive, meaningful and compassionate service to all guests as outlined in the organizations Guest Service Charter
  • Applies the principles of The Animal Foundation’s Core Values toward the goal of bettering self, the organization and others
  • Other duties as assigned

Education and Experience Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in nonprofit management, public administration, business administration, marketing or a related field.
  • Five (5) years of experience in nonprofit administration and fund development, with a proven track record of securing major gifts, preferably in Nevada.
  • Equivalent combination of formal education and appropriate related experience may be considered.

License & Certification Requirements: 

  • Valid Class C Nevada Driver’s License.

Required Knowledge and Skills:

Knowledge of:

  • Principles and practices of effective fund development strategy, particularly related to major gift acquisition.
  • Sound time-management practices.
  • Highly organized and able to manage many tasks simultaneously.
  • Proficient using Microsoft Office, donor database (Raiser’s Edge preferred) and wealth screening tools.

Skill in:

  • Critical and strategic thinker and creative problem-solver.
  • High-energy, positive, can-do attitude, flexibility, teamwork and attention to detail; high degree of initiative.
  • Ability to accomplish tasks with minimal supervision.
  • High degree of professionalism with internal and external audiences.
  • Excellent verbal and presentation skills.
  • Proficient research and writing skills.

Working Conditions and Physical Effort:

Physical ability and mobility to work in a typical office environment. Strength to lift and/or move materials weighing up to 10 pounds frequently, 25 pounds occasionally. Vision to read printed materials. Stamina to sit and work with computer for an extended period of time. Hearing and speech to communicate in person or over the telephone. Accommodation may be made for some of these physical demands for otherwise qualified individuals who require and request such accommodation.

Job incumbent is continuously exposed to animals, animal waste, potentially harming cleaning chemicals, high noise and potentially hazardous conditions, including the risk of animal bites and occasional work outdoors for extended periods of time while exposed to cold and extremely hot temperatures.

All team members work in a culture of continuous improvement and are expected to support our mission. Team members must be able to clearly articulate our goals, actively participates in outstanding guest service, and accept responsibility for maintaining our culture of philanthropy.

This job description is intended to describe the general nature and level of work expected of this position. This description is not intended to be construed as an exhaustive listing or description of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of incumbents in the job.

How to Apply:

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