Seeking an addition to our Development team who is passionate and committed to the mission of the nation’s leading advocacy organization for children’s healthcare. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) not only is a leader in the industry, but we are top-notch with our staff as well. Since 2005, we have received the 101 Best & Brightest Companies To Work for in the Chicago Area! This is attributed to our stellar benefits, work/life balance, and employee focused environment.
Reporting to the Chief Development Officer, the Strategic Gifts Officer will plan, coordinate, and implement the major donor program to meet AAP’s major gifts fundraising goal and build the donor base. Some responsibilities include:
Managing a portfolio of at least 100 current and prospective donors in soliciting planned gifts and major gifts of $10,000 and higher to meet campaign, endowment, and annual revenue targets. Solicit donors face-to-face.
Researching, identifying, and initiating contacts with potential major and planned gift donors. Implement strategies to effectively cultivate relationships and secure new and ongoing contributions.
Creating individual goals for each person in the portfolio based on the donor’s history of giving and the organization’s knowledge of that donor’s potential.
Creating a plan for each donor that will serve as a foundational communication and marketing plan for each person on the caseload. Faithfully and on a timely basis execute that plan so individuals are retained and upgraded.
Work with program staff to secure appropriate project information, including budgets, and create offers, proposals and asks that will be used to secure gifts.
Create monthly reports as required by management that accurately reflect portfolio activity and performance.
Qualified candidates will have:
A Bachelor’s degree in business, communications, public relations, marketing or related field required.
5-7 years of successful fundraising experience required, preferably in a medical professional association, higher education or healthcare setting. Experience in researching, identifying, soliciting, and cultivating major gift donor relationships preferred.
Must be a highly energetic professional with a track record of building donor relationships and closing major gifts.
Exceptional attention to detail and the ability to manage multiple priorities with a tight deadline is necessary to successfully manage the campaign.
Excellent writing, analytical, research, interpersonal, negotiation, diplomacy, and verbal/written communication skills essential.
Must have a high level of computer literacy, including proficiency with MS Office and experience using online databases.
Frequent overnight, evening and weekend work, and significant travel (local and national) estimated at 40% of the total time.
Must be able to independently conduct donor/prospect visits, including air travel and maintaining a valid driver’s license and car.
Some evening and weekend work required.
To learn more about the organization, see a full job description, and/or apply for the position, please visit https://www.aap.org/employment.
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and its member pediatricians dedicate their efforts and resources to the health, safety and well-being of infants, children, adolescents and young adults. The AAP has approximately 66,000 members in the United States, Canada and Latin America. Members include pediatricians, pediatric medical subspecialists and pediatric surgical specialists. More than 34,000 members are board-certified and called Fellows of the American Academy of Pediatrics (FAAP).