The Major Gifts Officer serves as an integral part of the Fund Development Team, focusing on community engagement, fundraising, alumnae relationships and volunteer partnerships. This position supports the fundraising strategies of the Council as it relates to the assigned areas, serves as the lead staff for United Way agencies in the area and support for fundraising events. Maintenance of the council's volunteer and donor management systems are crucial to the success of this position. The Major Gifts Officer must be results-oriented, able to handle multiple projects and deadlines simultaneously and effectively enhance work by engaging volunteers. The priorities also aim to include diversity, equity, inclusion, belonging, and access to ensure delivery of the best quality Girl Scout leadership experience for girls.
The Major Gifts Officer will consistently exercise discretion and judgment with respect to matters of significance. This job is not routine, clerical, or administrative in nature.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
- Work in partnership with Fund Development Lead (FOL) to generate fundraising opportunities for the council in assigned area.
- Manage individual, corporate and foundation donor cultivation, solicitation and stewardship for funding general operating, program, and capital needs, as assigned by FOL.
- Work in conjunction with the Grant Writer/Outcomes Coordinator to ensure deadlines are met for area grant solicitations, reports, and stewardship opportunities.
- Serve as lead United Way contact for assigned areas, working with Grants Writer/Outcomes Coordinator for completion of applications and reports as assigned.
- In partnership with a volunteer team, plan and produce annual fundraising events, including but not limited to sponsorships, budgets, logistics, volunteers, and public relations of events.
- Maintain donor database (Donor Perfect), ensuring timely gift processing.
- Serve as the lead staff for Community Partner Advisory Committee and Girl Scouts Alumnae Association to engage them in mission related activities.
- Serve as the local representative, in conjunction with the GSTOP communications team, for TV/Radio and other marketing/public relations opportunities.
- Upholds the Donor Bill of Rights and respects the confidentiality of donors, members, alumnae and staff.
- Travel is required between service areas.
- Some nights and weekend work is required.
- Perform other duties as assigned by Fund Development Lead.
- Interpersonal Relations
- Customer Service Responsiveness
- Oral/Written Communication Skills
- Personal Integrity/Professional Conduct
- Decision and Judgement
- Business Acumen
- Fostering Diversity
- Judgement and Decision Making
- Problem Solving
- Conflict Management
- Team Building
- Information Management
- Organization Knowledge
- Achieve Results
- Time Management
Job Qualifications - Knowledge, skills, and abilities
- Bachelor's degree in business, marketing, public relations, or five years of experience in related field or a nonprofit preferred.
- Commitment to the mission and purpose of Girl Scouting.
- Membership in Girl Scout organization.
- Must be willing to work with all persons without regard to race, religion, ethnic origin, socio-economic status, sexual orientation, age, or disability.
- Experience in Donor Perfect is a a plus
- Knowledge of community needs and funding opportunities in the assigned area.
- Verbal fluency, good grammar, and professional appearance.
- Effective computer skills (Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite - Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Access).
- Demonstrated experience in database management; Donor Perfect knowledge preferred.
- Maintains an appropriate level of confidentiality and ability to use discretion in using knowledge of donors and volunteers to uphold the image of Girl Scouts and the ethics and standards of the fundraising profession.
- Proven ability to work with volunteers, community leaders, organizations, and Proven ability to effectively manage multiple priorities, meet deadlines and produce results.
- Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite including Outlook, Word, Excel, and and Powerpoint.
- Have and maintain a valid Texas driver's license and acceptable driving record, acceptable insurance, and reliable transportation.
- Must complete and pass a criminal background check, motor vehicle records check and drug screening.
Physical Demands and Work Environment
- The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
- While performing the duties of this position, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to use hands or fingers, handle, or feel objects, tools or controls. The employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; sit; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl.
- The employee should be able to lift and/or move up to 25 Specific vision abilities required by this position include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, and the ability to adjust focus. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.