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Major Gifts Officer

Location:St Louis, MO
Salary Range:Based upon experience
Employment Type:Full Time
Description: The Major Gifts Officer will identify, cultivate and solicit major gift donors; develop and strengthen positive relationships with key individuals, foundations, corporations, friends, and volunteers; maintain accurate records and information on activities and donors. This individual will be expected to complete a minimum of 15 donor visits per month. Additionally, the person will oversee outreach and fundraising in three regional communities outside of St. Louis.  (Note: this position also supervises prospect research coordinator.)
  • Manages portfolio of 150-200 major gift prospects
  • Develops on-going strategies, timelines, objectives, and metrics for the assigned portfolio of prospects with a focus on annual objectives and other priority projects.
  • Solicits individual major gift prospects for capital, endowment, and programmatic gifts as assigned.
  • Ensures proper recording of all contacts with prospects and the appropriate gift acknowledgement and stewardship of assigned donors.
  • Develop and implement a gift-planning program.
  • Support the gift planning solicitations of other staff and volunteers
  • Supervise prospect research, including prospect management and major gift initiative reports.
  • Works with program staff in identifying needs for support.
  • Works with development staff to provide special event support
  • Support the CEO's major gift work with top prospects
  • Build a cadre of major gift volunteers

 The ideal candidate will be a proven front-line fundraiser with the demonstrated skill in closing six-figure gifts and the ability to build future fund-raising opportunities. Solid organizational, interpersonal, and communication skills are a must. Some travel involved.  Three-five years of experience in development required.

Education Requirements

  • Bachelor's Degree

Experience/Skill requirements

  • Fundraising experience, 3-5 years
  • Professional experience, 5 to 10 years minimum
  • Experience with Donor Perfect or comparable relational databases
  • Experience with Wealth Engine
  • Strong oral and written communications skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and team orientation
  • Strong working knowledge of PC application software (word, excel, etc), 2 to 3 years

Preferred Requirements

  • Certifications - CFRE preferred
  • Non-Profit Admin spec training

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