The Role: The Center is seeking an
experienced professional to serve as a member of our frontline
fundraising team and help build our base of support in Texas and
throughout the Central U.S. and to serve as the primary fundraiser
dedicated to developing donor relationships in these areas. The
Major Gift Officer will be responsible for developing and
maintaining a robust pipeline and implementing strategies to
identify, qualify, cultivate, engage, solicit and steward a
portfolio of 150+ major donors and prospects. She/he will work
closely with the Major Gifts team to help manage and strengthen
donor relations, evaluate various gift opportunities, and
coordinate and facilitate communications to ensure a cohesive donor
cultivation and stewardship effort.
This position will be based in Texas with travel
required. Covid-19 vaccination is required for all US-based
employees of the Center.
- Develop and manage a portfolio of 150+ donors and prospects in
Texas and throughout the Central U.S. capable of making gifts of
$10,000 or more, with a goal of securing a significant number of
new gifts and gift upgrades through a creative and proactive
approach to personal cultivation and solicitation.
- Collaborate with the Major Gifts team on developing strategies
to expand the major donor pipeline and upgrade mid-level
($5,000-$9,999) donors, achieving aggressive targets for an
increase in number of donors and overall donor engagement.
- Implement high-quality operational practices and systems to
effectively manage her/his donor portfolio.
- Collaborate with the Development team, Communications team, and
regional board member(s) on the successful planning and execution
of regional fundraising and stewardship events. Serve as
fundraising lead and recruit and manage volunteer leadership for
- Contribute to the development of strategy, briefing, and
debriefing materials for face-to-face donor meetings and other
- Build relationships with the Center’s legal program staff,
communications staff, and others to acquire the information needed
to solicit gifts and build donor relationships effectively.
- Work as part of the development team to develop and execute
strategies to achieve annual departmental goals as well as the
goals of the Center’s five-year strategic plan and fundraising
- Bachelor's degree required and portfolio management experience
of 5-7 years.
- Commitment to the Center’s mission, purpose, and values.
- A successful track record of personally identifying,
cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding major donors and volunteers
in a very fast-paced, mission-driven environment.
- Demonstrated ability to work independently, build strong
relationships, and develop and manage a robust pipeline for a major
- Sophisticated fundraiser with a deep knowledge of major gifts
and philanthropic trends in individual giving, with knowledge of
Texas philanthropic community a plus.
- A team player with interpersonal savvy who understands how to
collaborate effectively with internal stakeholders and work across
- Ability to effectively communicate the mission, goals, and
needs of an organization in a compelling way and to tailor
communications to different audiences and donor needs.
- Excellent verbal & written communication skills and
demonstrated ability to articulate complex ideas clearly,
accurately, and concisely.
- Strong organizational and project management skills and proven
ability to thrive in a fast-paced, professionally rigorous setting,
managing multiple assignments and quickly evolving priorities.
- Experience in reproductive rights a plus or familiarity with
other issues relating to women’s equality, human rights, civil
rights, or racial and social justice issues is highly
- Principled, ethical, professional, and committed to exceptional
work quality and standards.
- English language fluency required.