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Major Gift Officer

Pennington Biomedical Research Foundation
Louisiana, United States
$100,000.00 - $125,000.00
Posted Date
Jun 14, 2024

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Position Type
Fundraising, Major Gifts
Academic Centers, Health, Research
Employment Type
Full Time

The Major Gift Officer role will report to the Chief Development Officer (CDO) and work closely with the CDO and CEO to secure high-level gifts from individual funders. This role will provide strategic, well-formulated, and innovative fundraising approaches to secure new individual gifts while stewarding donors throughout the major giving process. This includes researching, sourcing, and soliciting new individual donors nationwide on behalf of PBRF.

Job responsibilities include:

  • Build a portfolio of current individual donors and new prospective donors, aiming for a portfolio size of 125-150+, and secure gifts of $25,000+.
  • Research, identify, and solicit major gift prospects in key markets across the US.
  • Implement a high-quality donor experience through correspondence, donor engagement, professional proposals, mailings, and acknowledgments, with a “high-touch” stewardship approach.
  • Work with the Chief Development Officer to develop donor solicitation strategies and build a sustainable pipeline of donor prospects.
  • Work collaboratively with the Chief Development Officer and Communications Manager to prepare materials related to donor stewardship, reporting, and gift solicitation, including presentation materials, proposals, case statements and slide decks.
  • Develop and maintain an ongoing relationship with funders.
  • Work in close coordination with key stakeholders to engage donors, as appropriate.
  • Develop, cultivate, and nurture strong relationships with PBRC Faculty.
  • Participate in Board-level Development Committee meetings.
  • Utilize Raisers Edge NXT to track and manage donor/prospect portfolios.
  • Perform other duties as requested.



  • Minimum of 5 years of experience in professional fundraising, preferably with a science, health, or research nonprofit.
  • A passion for mission-driven work, a familiarity with current issues and trends in fundraising, and an understanding of philanthropic funding landscapes supporting scientific research.
  • Experience sourcing and tracking potential funding opportunities amongst high-wealth individuals; ability to develop and maintain relationships with relevant contacts.
  • Exceptional verbal and written communication skills, including the ability to speak and write effectively and persuasively.
  • Must be able to draft compelling proposals and solicitation letters.
  • Must be a self-starter and demonstrate confidence to initiate donor visits and calls.
  • Proven track record closing five- and six-figure gifts while creating and maintaining meaningful relationships with donors.
  • Excellent comprehension of current fundraising best practices in terms of protocol, procedures, and data management.
  • Ability to work independently and part of a team.
  • Ability to manage time well when facing competing priorities.
  • High degree of integrity, initiative, and resourcefulness.
  • Familiarity with national and international giving trends.
  • Bachelor’s degree required; Advanced degree preferred; CFRE certification desired.
  • Experience with Raisers Edge NXT is highly preferred.
  • Ability to travel as needed, including a valid driver's license and passport.
  • Positive and optimistic attitude.


Competitive compensation and benefits package, including: health, life, disability, vision, dental, and 403(b) retirement plan.

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