Philanthropy Officer (PO) is responsible for managing a donor portfolio of up to 150 donors and prospects with a focus on those that give or have the potential to give $5,000 or more annually. She/he works closely with the VP of Development, Executive Vice President, President, and Board of Trustees to develop cultivation, stewardship, and solicitation plans for major donors and prospects. The PO reports directly to the VP of Development (VPD). The PO provides guidance to the Individual Giving Manager (IGM) with respect to his/her work with major gifts and may also provide some project oversight of the Executive Assistant (EA).
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Work with the Major Gifts team to develop Comprehensive Major Gift plan annually.
Work with VPD, IGM, and EA on the portfolio management system including prospect allocation, appeals and forecasting.
Manage personal portfolio of 150 prospects and donors with primary focus on those with giving potential of $5,000 or more, including cultivation, stewardship, and retention.
Serve as primary solicitor as appropriate.
Research potential new prospects and follow up with new donors solicited through events.
Track all contacts and activity in fundraising database.
When needed create and execute, with support from Event staff, cultivation events.
Collaborate and coordinate with Development staff on all necessary prospect research, communications, and cultivation event logistics.
Consult on communications to Islanders, including appeals and President’s reports.
Work with Board Members, Committee Members, President, and VPD to develop cultivation, stewardship, and solicitation plans for donors and prospects in her/his portfolio. Ensure all donor plans are implemented in a timely manner.
Support the planned giving program, including cultivation, stewardship, and solicitation; documentation and reporting when appropriate.
Provide input to Nominating Committee on prospective Board members from current donor pool
Partner with VPD and other senior leaders when needed in discussions related to the departmental and organizational strategies.
COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS
Competitive salary, commensurate with experience. Employer sponsored health insurance with the option to select between two comprehensive, valuable plans. Premier dental plan. 401(k) retirement plan with competitive match. Generous paid time off including, vacation, holidays, personal days, parental and sick leave. Flexible scheduling, pursuant to position. Work that engages a diverse and dynamic community of educators and learners, with the shared vision of shaping a better future for Boston students. A quality work life in Boston’s vibrant Seaport district with frequent access to the natural wonders and positive impacts of Thompson Island. This is an exempt position.
- Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent experience
- Minimum of 8 years of proven success in fundraising and specifically with individual donors
Experience with employee management
Strong written and verbal communications skills
Creativity and sense of humor
Strong Raiser’s Edge database or similar CRM system skills
Excellent computer skills including Microsoft Word and Excel
Flexibility - proven ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously
Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail
Ability to handle highly confidential organizational information professionally
This position requires 40 hours of work a week in the Dry Dock offices. Occasional night and weekend work required.
Must be able to travel by ferry and traverse an island for site visits.
About Thompson Island Outward Bound
t Thompson Island Outward Bound, we believe every student can discover the freedom of possibility, as students move from “I can't” and “I'm not” to “I can.”
Through our partnership with Boston’s public schools, each year thousands of students board the Thompson Island Outward Bound ferry to discover who they are and all they can become on an island classroom that spans 204 acres of salt marshes, woods, campsites, labs, dormitories and dozens of challenge structures.
Playing a crucial role in closing the achievement and opportunity gaps facing Boston middle schoolers, our multi-year curriculum features hands-on field science infused with Outward Bound’s unique approach to character development, compassion and service.
Our core education programs are provided at no cost to students, funded by a combination of philanthropy and the island’s events business.
A local and national treasure, Thompson Island Outward Bound Education Center is located in the Boston Harbor Islands National and State Park, just one mile from downtown Boston. Since 1833, the island has functioned as a non-profit expanding education and life opportunities for Boston youth.