Work for Democracy

Major Gifts Officer

Faith in Public Life

Faith in Public Life

Washington, DC, USA
Posted on Thursday, June 27, 2024

Position Title: Major Gifts Officer

Exempt or Non-Exempt: Exempt

Reports To: Senior Director of Development

Location: Remote with occasional travel

Salary: $90k-$100k


Faith in Public Life (FPL) and Faith in Public Life Action (FPLAF), our sister organization, advance the moral imperative for a just, inclusive, and equitable country that allows each of us to live into our full humanity and advocate for policies that protect and advance our sacred human rights. Our coalition of influential faith leaders – who reflect the diversity of the nation – collectively discern, set faith-forward strategy, and take transformative action. By building cultures of belonging, leveraging the collective power of our multi-faith and multi-racial coalition, and advocating for policies that protect the full humanity of each of us, our strategy hub leads us closer to realizing a healthy and equitable democracy.

Position Description: The Major Gifts Officer oversees a donor portfolio, securing impactful gifts exceeding $5,000. In close collaboration with the development team, the MGO leads major donor fundraising initiatives, monitors progress, and innovates to diversify revenue streams. This proactive approach fortifies the organization's funding base, maximizing support for its mission and initiatives.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Collaborate with the Senior Director of Development to establish a comprehensive major gifts program, leveraging various revenue streams including cash contributions, planned giving options, and stock donations.
  • Manage a portfolio of 75-100 qualified donors, focusing on securing transformational gifts of $5,000 and above.
  • Work with the Development Team to set and track progress towards strategic goals and objectives.
  • Coordinate with the Individual Giving Manager to maintain a donor pipeline from individual giving to major gifts.
  • Develop fundraising materials and reports, ensuring alignment with organizational messaging.
  • Conduct 20 meaningful contacts with donors monthly, creating tailored communication and marketing and outreach plans for each.
  • Lead research on prospective major donors, preparing comprehensive donor briefings.
  • Organize fundraising events to strengthen donor relationships and raise funds.
  • Facilitate regular prospect meetings with the Senior Director of Development to review donors and plan next steps.
  • Maintain detailed records of donor interactions and track solicitation amounts and pledges in Salesforce.
  • Assist in the development of annual fundraising plans and budgets.
  • Design and implement donor recognition programs.
  • Represent the organization at fundraising conferences and networking events.
  • Ensure compliance with state and federal fundraising regulations and ethical standards.
  • Provide excellent customer service to donors, meeting their needs and expectations.
  • Engage in professional development to stay current with industry trends.
  • Perform additional duties as assigned.

Job Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree with a minimum of 5 years of nonprofit fundraising experience, including at least 2 years specifically in major gifts fundraising.
  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills.
  • In-depth understanding of fundraising best practices, standards, and ethics.
  • Strong relational abilities with excellent organizational and interpersonal skills, keen attention to detail, and the capability to prioritize tasks, think independently, and solve problems effectively.
  • Proven ability to engage and respond professionally to a diverse range of stakeholders, particularly major donors.
  • Deep passion for the organization’s mission.
  • Demonstrated success in and appreciation for cross-team collaboration.
  • Proficiency with Salesforce is a plus.

Approach to the Job:

Relationship-Building: In this role, you will connect with individuals from diverse backgrounds, fostering authentic and mutual relationships with teammates, donors, and funders. You excel at identifying and creating opportunities to deepen these connections across various lines of difference, such as race or other identities. You genuinely welcome diverse viewpoints and are comfortable navigating discomfort when encountering unfamiliar expressions and perspectives.

Adaptability and Problem-Solving: You are adept at seizing unexpected opportunities and addressing challenges as they arise. You delve into the root causes of both simple and complex issues to identify effective solutions. Your approach is characterized by a positive, proactive attitude, allowing you to adapt seamlessly to changing circumstances.

Ownership and Resilience: You are committed to achieving results and take full ownership of your work. By gathering information, seeking input, and driving tasks to completion, you consistently think several steps ahead to develop solutions, anticipate problems, and adjust as necessary. You maintain high standards even in hectic situations and view setbacks as opportunities for growth and learning.

High Volume, High Efficiency: You excel at managing multiple tasks and competing demands without compromising quality. You maintain systems to ensure nothing slips through the cracks, prioritize effectively, and respond to inquiries promptly. You take pride in delivering clear and helpful information.

Attention to Detail: You strive to improve processes and outcomes continuously. As the steward of our fundraising strategy, you identify and correct errors that others might overlook. When mistakes occur, you address them swiftly and implement measures to prevent recurrence.

Compensation and Benefits

We offer a generous and comprehensive benefits package including full medical, dental, and vision premium coverage, life insurance, and an FSA/DCA savings plan. Faith in Public Life provides a 401k benefit that offers a dollar-for-dollar match of up to 3% of an employee's contribution. In addition to that, Faith in Public Life offers stipends for, work-related mobile phone and internet use, and professional development. We provide 4 weeks of paid vacation days, 10 paid sick days,13 paid federal holidays, and additional paid leave, including the week between Christmas Eve and New Year’s Day and wellness Fridays once a month.

Equal Opportunity Statement:

Faith in Public Life provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.