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Major Gifts Officer, Texas and Central U.S.

Center for Reproductive Rights
Texas, United States
$140,000.00 - $140,000.00
Closing date
Sep 30, 2022

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Position Type
Fundraising, Major Gifts
Employment Type
Full Time
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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.

Primary Responsibilities: 

  • 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 these events.
  • Contribute to the development of strategy, briefing, and debriefing materials for face-to-face donor meetings and other donor communications.
  • 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 campaign. 


  • 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 gifts program.
  • 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 team lines.
  • 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 desirable.
  • Principled, ethical, professional, and committed to exceptional work quality and standards.
  • English language fluency required.
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