The Major Gift Officer plays a critical role on our growing development team. The incumbent will work closely with the VP, Development and the President to design, develop, and implement a major giving program. This is a new position on our team and therefore requires someone who is able to build a program from scratch. You’ll be responsible for identifying, managing, and cultivating relationships with existing major gift prospects, as well as identifying new prospects.
Key to success in this position is a deep understanding of or willingness to learn about evidence-based journalism and the issues on which we work.
The ideal candidate is a scrappy self-starter with a great sense of humor who can function as both a one-person show and as part of a team.
The Major Gifts Officer will be responsible for:
Helping identify and connect the president and vice president to major donors through personal research and through work with our board of directors and key contacts;
Assisting our donors in accomplishing their philanthropic goals and ambitions through a relationship with Rewire.News and educating donors about the importance of evidence-based journalism;
Securing major gifts at the $2,500 to $100,000+ level with the goal of raising $1,500,000 annually;
Using systems and software to track and cultivate donors and prospects, including our donor database and wealth screening tools;
Managing and growing a pipeline of donors and prospects;
Creating and implementing moves management plans;
Making direct, face-to-face solicitations, and assisting the board and other staff with their solicitation (e.g. provide portfolio development support, strategic counsel, and help with donor communications);
Acknowledging major donors through public and private recognition;
Tracking and reporting progress using specific metrics;
Working with the Rewire.News team to ensure smooth communications on current priorities – collaboration with editors and managers as necessary;
Other duties and projects as assigned as both the development team and Rewire.News grows.
This job might be for you if you:
Have demonstrated experience raising in excess of $1 million per year from individuals;
Have an outgoing personality, high levels of emotional intelligence, and excel at listening and building relationships. You make donors feel valued because you’re sensitive to their needs.
Have three (3) or more years of fundraising experience and the proven ability to secure major gifts and meet objectives.
Are comfortable using a donor database, prospect research and other wealth screening tools to aid in your moves management process.
Have excellent written and verbal communication and can inspire others to action.
Are organized, detail-oriented, and understand the importance of meeting donor expectations.
Have or are earnestly willing to develop deep knowledge of and commitment to evidence-based journalism and the issues on which we report;
Are able to work independently as well as participate on a team;
Have demonstrated experience as a disciplined self-starter who can set and achieve goals and is comfortable working remotely;
Are able to take direction and critique;
Are willing and able, when necessary, to work evenings and weekends and to travel;
Are able to work quickly and effectively in a fast-paced environment, including multitasking (a critical aspect of this position);
Creativity, idea sharing, and a strong sense of humor, delivering great work with ease and grace.
Telecommuting is allowed.
Additional Salary Information: Rewire.News offers competitive compensation and a benefits package that includes a 401(k) plan with employer contributions; health and dental insurance; flexible spending accounts; vacation and sick leave; and employer-paid life insurance, AD&D, STD and LTD. Salary range: high seventies to high nineties, depending on demonstrated past experience, skills, and seniority.
Rewire.News (www.rewire.news) is a nonprofit daily online publication producing evidence-based news, analysis, commentary, and investigative reporting on reproductive and sexual health, rights, and justice. Through our work, we seek to fulfill the core role of journalism in a democratic society: to foster public knowledge and to dispel misinformation on issues more commonly shrouded in misinformation and ideology. Rewire.News is an independent 501(c)(3) and an equal opportunity employer; we encourage applications from qualified individuals of all races, ethnic groups, and genders.