Major Gifts Officer

Retina Foundation of the Southwest
January 30, 2020
Dallas, TX
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Overview: The mission of the Retina Foundation of the Southwest is to prevent vision loss and restore sight through innovative research and treatment. Established in 1975, The Retina Foundation is a nonprofit, internationally-renowned eye research institute focused on developing treatments for pediatric eye disorders, inherited eye diseases, and age-related macular degeneration. Each year, more than 2,300 children and adults, referred by their eye care provider, are seen completely free of charge for specialized vision evaluations, genetic testing and counseling, and participation in clinical trials. Financial support for our research and programs is obtained from foundation grants, government grants, contributions from individuals, and special events. To learn more about the Retina Foundation, please visit

The Retina Foundation is looking for a Major Gifts Officer to join our team. The candidate would be responsible for the identification, cultivation, and solicitation of new major and planned gifts. An ability to empathize with donors and clearly communicate the Retina Foundation mission is key.

The ideal candidate will be a passionate, driven, outgoing relationship builder that has an entrepreneurial and proactive attitude towards prospecting, and growing a major gifts portfolio.

Essential Duties:
• Build relationships with donors and prospects that have high potential lifetime value to deeply engage them with the Retina Foundation mission.
• Build relationships with key stakeholders throughout the organization including program staff, senior leadership, volunteers and committee members to stay current on research and programs.
• Record, with timeliness and precision, information about prospects and donors using Raiser’s Edge; also report activity and monitor resources and expenditures associated with portfolio.
• Collaborate with all fundraising staff and program staff as needed to achieve development goals and objectives.
• Demonstrate professional conduct at all times.
• Perform other related duties, as requested.
Qualifications and Experience (this is a senior-level position):
• Bachelor’s degree with at least 8+ years of major gifts experience, required.
• Strong team player with exceptional communication skills and the ability to adapt to the job.
• Demonstrated knowledge and experience in successful fundraising techniques, particularly with major gift development.
• Excellent public speaking and written communication skills.
• Be flexible and have the ability to work well in a team environment as well as independently.
• Proficient in Microsoft Office programs and Raiser’s Edge.

Compensation: Competitive compensation commensurate with experience. Employee health insurance and retirement plan with employer match.

Please submit a cover letter and resume to Amy Lobner at

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