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Senior Major Gifts Officer

New York, United States
$100,000.00 - $125,000.00
Closing date
Nov 25, 2022

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Position Type
Fundraising, Major Gifts
Animal Protection
Employment Type
Full Time
Bideawee is looking for a dynamic Senior Major Gifts Officer to grow major individual giving through individual gifts of $5K or more and bequests and charitable gift annuities through the planned giving program entitled the Kibbe Society, named after Bideawee’s founder, Flora Kibbe. The Senior Major Gifts Officer is a primarily remote front-line fundraiser on the Bideawee Marketing and Development team. This is a team in growth mode, as Bideawee enters the silent phase of a $20M capital campaign and continues to expand its funding base. The Senior Major Gifts Officer will report to the Vice President of Marketing and Development and will work in partnership with the CEO, Capital Campaign and Planned Giving Leadership, and Board of Directors to craft fundraising and stewardship strategies and build and maintain relationships with donors and prospects who are capable of making annual single gifts of $5,000 or more, bequests, and large multi-year pledges for the capital campaign.   The Senior Major Gifts Officer will be an accomplished fundraising leader who will draw on their knowledge of fundraising best practices to advance the culture of philanthropy, help achieve ambitious revenue goals, and drive Bideawee’s Campaign momentum. By engaging diverse prospective donors, the Senior Major Gifts Officer will provide personalized giving experiences and solicit support to realize Bideawee’s mission.     Other primary responsibilities include:
  • Lead, attend and organize personal cultivation and briefing meetings with prospects
  • Conduct direct face-to-face solicitations
  • Assist leadership, and Board with their solicitations (e.g. provide portfolio development support, strategic counsel, and help with donor communications), with a focus on closing gifts of $25,000+.
  • Create, execute, and manage quarterly and annual engagement and solicitation plans for each qualified donor in the pipeline.
  • Maintain a high level of donor confidentiality
  • Establish strong relationships and lines of communication with programming staff, working together to create accurate and informative messaging, increased donor awareness of key initiatives and engaging donor cultivation events.


Job requirements:
  • Minimum 5 years of development experience, preferably in a frontline fundraising capacity, and optimally with capital campaign experience.
  • Proven track record of securing gifts of $5,000 and above.
  • Experience managing budgets and meeting revenue goals.
  • Experience working with board members and coordinating volunteer-led fundraising activities.
  • Active knowledge of NY philanthropic and cultural communities.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office and CRM systems (Raiser’s Edge, Salesforce, etc.).
  • Self-starter with the ability to get up to speed quickly and work independently in a hybrid work environment.
  • Highly motivated, organized, flexible, and proactive.
  • Strong time and project management skills.
  • Excellent communication skills—both oral and written.
  • Ability to work and collaborate with colleagues within and across departments.
  • Investment in Bideawee’s mission and a genuine love for animals.
  Additional Information This is a full-time role that includes benefits. Bideawee offers competitive compensation with excellent medical, dental, and vision insurance, vacation, personal and sick time as well as generous parental leave. This is a primarily remote position with the occasional need for on-site work at Bideawee’s three locations.   Commitment to Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Bideawee is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion. We continuously strive to place our employees at the center of our thinking and elevate inclusive practices to develop and support a more engaged and productive workforce.   Equal Opportunity Bideawee is an equal opportunity employer committed to achieving the goal of equal employment opportunity for all. Applicants and employees are considered and evaluated for positions without regard to mental or physical disability, race, creed, color, religion, gender, national origin, citizenship status, age, genetic information, military or veteran status, sexual orientation, marital status, employment status or any protected federal, state, or local status unrelated to the performance of the work involved.   From our founding 119 years ago as one of our country’s first no-kill animal welfare organizations, Bideawee has been a leader in rescuing dogs and cats and successfully integrating them into loving homes. We do this by providing the highest quality shelter experience, medical care, socialization and adoption services within a disciplined and sustainable financial structure. We are a compassionate team of dedicated staff, board members and volunteers, and our work demonstrates our ongoing commitment to the well-being of animals and their people in our community.

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