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Major Gifts Officer

Upper Valley Haven
Vermont, United States
$60,000.00 - $75,000.00
Closing date
Jun 6, 2024

Job Details

The Upper Valley Haven seeks a Major Gifts Officer to join its high performing Development Team.


Join our team as a Major Gift Officer and help us create a community where people find hope and discover possibility. At the Upper Valley Haven, we are committed to delivering essential human services to the people of the Upper Valley, we are large enough to make a difference while creating a warm, human experience for all we serve.


The Haven is a private nonprofit that provides support and assistance to community members struggling with poverty in Vermont and New Hampshire. We meet people where they are, address immediate needs through food and shelter, and offer longer-term solutions that foster independence and housing stability. Everyone deserves to have their basic needs met and a community is stronger when we offer a hand up to our most vulnerable neighbors.


Our Mission

With the support of the Upper Valley community, the Haven assists those who are experiencing poverty to be free from hunger, to be securely housed, and to pursue a self-directed life. Founded in 1980, the Haven provides food, temporary shelter, supportive housing, children’s after school and summer programs, community outreach, and problem-solving support to those in need.


Our Values

We are a hardworking, vibrant, and agile team that navigates a complex environment of service within a culture of cooperation. We seek connection and resolve to stand together during challenges and acknowledge each other’s value. We validate feelings, honor differences, and celebrate victories. We strive to support the well-being and the personal and professional growth of our team members.


We invest in our team by providing a competitive salary and benefits, cultivating a culture focused on their well-being and personal and professional growth, and offering opportunities to be involved in shaping the organization.


With donor contributions of more than $3.5 million annually, the Haven is a dynamic organization that inspires its employees, volunteers, and the Upper Valley community of VT and NH to accomplish great work for individuals and families in need of our support. Over 3,500 donors make annual gifts to the Haven. More than 400 individuals and over 80 groups volunteer each year.


The Position

Reporting to the Director of Development & Communications, the Major Gifts Officer (MGO) will work collaboratively with the executive team, board members, senior leadership, staff, and volunteers to manage the Haven’s major donor giving program. This individual will function as an ambassador for the organization.


With deep knowledge of best practices of relationship-based fundraising, the MGO identifies, engages, cultivates, solicits, and stewards current and prospective top donors in expanding their financial support of the work of the Haven. Responsible for working with an assigned portfolio of donors and prospects, this individual will design and develop solicitation strategies; identifying gift opportunities that match donors’ interests while personally soliciting gifts and providing stewardship.


We are preparing for an exciting capital campaign in which the candidate will have a lead role.



Our benefits package includes employer-paid contribution up to 100% of healthcare premiums (medical, dental, vision), paid holidays, generous paid time off, life insurance, and a matching 403(b) retirement plan. We invest in the growth and development of our staff with a role-based, funded learning and development plan. We are a dog-friendly workplace.



This is a full-time opportunity with a flexible hybrid work schedule. The salary range is $60,000 to $75,000 depending on education and experience. Part-time applicants will be considered.


The candidate will be a motivated individual who can:


  • Develop and implement a multi-channel approach to major giving, including in-person, mailed, electronic, and crowdfunded solicitations.
  • Devise fundraising strategies, programs, and activities to increase the Haven’s resources and number of donors, while having a keen focus on retaining and stewarding existing donors.
  • Serve as a Haven ambassador, on campus and in the community, nurturing donor, and community relationships.
  • Assist the Director of Development with the qualification of major donor prospects.
  • Assist the Director of Development in the preparation of materials to engage the Haven’s Board of Directors in major giving.


Qualified applicants will have professional and leadership competencies critical to the success of this position are: 


  • Ability to work independently and within a team environment, prioritizing one’s workload.
  • Excellent analytical, interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills.
  • An eye for detail, accuracy, and confidentiality.
  • Good organizational skills and an ability to set priorities, managing multiple projects during peak giving periods.
  • Ability to be flexible and collaborative in a dynamic environment, prioritizing the success of the department.
  • A sense of humor.
  • Mission-driven; you are excited to be working for an exceptional organization that compassionately serves diverse, vulnerable members of the Upper Valley.


The Upper Valley Haven is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. We are committed to creating a diverse workplace environment that is welcoming and safe for all where everyone can be their most authentic self. All applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, ethnicity, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local laws. We are committed to compliance with all fair employment practices regarding citizenship and immigration status


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