The Major Gifts Officer is an important player in the overall fundraising plan working directly with major donors and prospective donors. This individual will be responsible for generating major gifts for Sojourner Center, and will work with senior leaders and volunteers in cultivating and soliciting donations. In addition, this individual will assist with soliciting corporate and individual gifts for special events.
Minimum of five years’ successful experience in major gift fundraising, preferably in a major nonprofit institution or university foundation.
Ability to understand the needs and interests of major gift donors ($1,000+ annually) in order to develop and strengthen relationships between individual donors and Sojourner Center programs.
Demonstrated success in making cold calls as well as in developing cultivation and solicitation strategies.
Exceptional verbal and written communication skills and the ability to prepare reports, as well as formal and informal correspondence.
Strong interpersonal and relationship-building abilities, with the personality to work collaboratively with co-workers, high net-worth volunteers and donors.
Demonstrated record of accountability for goals, completion of assignments, and successful performance in securing major gifts, with the ability to participate in high-level gift discussions.
Strong organizational skills and the ability to prioritize activities and focus on details.
Goal oriented with a high level of energy, enthusiasm and dedication to the mission and goals of Sojourner Center.
Collaborative style, combined with the ability and desire to work in a team-based environment.
Ability to prepare complex and detailed proposals and related materials and able to handle multiple projects.
Attention to detail and thoroughness in completing assigned duties. Results oriented with ability to meet deadlines and goals.
Working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite and donor/prospect database systems (Raiser’s Edge preferred).
Documented success in personally implementing sophisticated, multi-year cultivation strategies that use a relationship-building and moves management approach leading to successful gift closure.
Willingness to try new approaches and take appropriate risks.
Sojourner Center is one of the largest providers in the Southwest of programs and services for victims of domestic violence. We serve nearly 10,000 individuals annually and provide emergency shelter, transitional housing, domestic violence education, safety planning, lay legal advocacy, case management, a child development center, 24-hour crisis hotline, referral services, community education and ...an on-site health clinic. Sojourner Center is an equal opportunity employer and endeavors to hire individuals of diverse races, colors, creeds, ethnicities, religions, genders, gender identities or expressions, ages, sexes, sexual orientations, national origins and disabilities, as well as citizen, marital, protected veteran and HIV statuses.