As a Major Gifts Officer you will be expected to be a leader in fundraising and manage identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship for assigned prospects with high levels of giving ability. You will be responsible for providing expertise for designing, planning and implementing a major gift plan that strengthens DCCCD’s donor base, and proactively builds the donor pipeline. Additionally, you will be expected to manage a growing portfolio of donors and prospects at the major gifts level to achieve fundraising targets, and meet monthly and annual goals for donors through the development cycle, including visits, dollars solicited and dollars raised.
Support the full range of organizational fundraising activities, but will assume particular responsibility for developing and managing the organization’s major donor program, soliciting large gifts on behalf of the organization and managing relationships with donors and donor prospects.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
Responsible for supporting the initiatives of DCCCD through five pivotal major gift/fund raising roles: 1) serves as moves manager for certain prospects, and manages a portfolio of approximately 75-100 prospects. B) Works closely with the Resource Development Officers and College Presidents during the cultivation and solicitation of major gifts. C) Responsible for updating the prospect status in Raiser’s Edge. D) Collaborates on initiating and growing philanthropy for a capital campaign, DCCCD strategic priorities, scholarship funds, and key fundraising initiatives. E) Matches DCCCD funding priorities and projects with donor interests, building industry and community partnerships. Provides advanced research and preparation for college leadership, volunteers, Director of Resource Development & Major Gifts and other college staff, providing topics, creating donor proposals, writing donor correspondence, and organizing collateral materials as required. Identifies philanthropic interests, shares giving opportunities, facilitates and devises strategies for one on one meeting with donors, and collaborates with the foundation team to advance donor relationships, drive new or renewed giving, coordinate gift arrangements and documentation and oversees stewardship of assigned donors. Experience in qualifying, cultivating and closing gifts of $15,000 or more. Acts as a liaison between College Presidents, donors, and others in response to inquiries and requests for major gift fundraising. Extensive experience in leading the development of ongoing strategic planning with the ability to establish priorities, oversees progress towards goals, track details, understand data analysis; and integrate the work of prospect research achieving overall strategic goals. Proven ability to manage multiple initiatives simultaneously with a high level of independence and initiative and significant inter and cross department collaboration and support. Excellent verbal and interpersonal communication skills. Ability to communicate clearly and succinctly with consideration to various audiences. Strong and knowledgeable customer service skills. Performs other job duties as assigned.
Minimum Knowledge and Experience
Bachelor’s degree plus two (2) years of work related experience. Current and valid driver’s license required to travel to various off-site locations. Advanced general computer knowledge of Windows and network-based environments, exceptional skills and experience with Blackbaud products, Raiser’s Edge and Prospect Research platform. Official transcripts required. ***Will be subject to criminal background and/or fingerprint check.***