Position: Major Gifts Officer, Women’s Philanthropy
Reports to: Chief Development Officer
FLSA Classification: Exempt
Full/Part Time: Full time
Location: Dallas, Texas
Organization Summary: Jewish Federation of Greater Dallas is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization and is the central coordinating fundraising agency for the Dallas Jewish community. It is where philanthropy, volunteerism and shared commitment come together to make a difference in the community and the world. From hometown to homeland, Federation brings lifesaving and life-sustaining care to Jews in need in Dallas and overseas.
Each year, Jewish Federation inspires thousands of community members to contribute, volunteer and participate in programs that generate more than $11 million to leading a powerful impact in the community.
Position Summary: The Jewish Federation of Greater Dallas seeks a dynamic, articulate, and well-organized individual to work within Women's Philanthropy and the general Campaign. The Major Gift Officer's primary role is to cultivate relationships and solicit donations to advance Federation’s mission.
The Major Gifts Officer will provide excellent customer service and serve in the key leadership role in Women's Philanthropy on the development team.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
- Develops and implements fundraising plans and solicitation activities to achieve goals for increasing dollars and donors in specific donor categories and constituent groups.
- Collaborates with professional and lay partners on initiatives to encourage current and prospective donors to make gift increases and new commitments, inspired by a robust donor recognition program.
- Designs the vision and collaborates with the Marketing Department to develop and execute the annual women's event, parlor meetings, Lion of Judah conferences, etc.
- Participates in all Women’s Philanthropy Committee meetings including collaborating with the Chief Development Officer on reports needed to inform and support lay leadership.
- Staffs and manages select lay committees and Working Groups as part of the Women’s Committee.
Federation’s Annual Campaign
- Similar to the above, creates strategies and manages solicitation activities for an assigned portfolio of current and prospective donors in the Greater Dallas area.
Activities include, but are not limited to, solicitation assignments and management, prospect research and engagement, leadership development, event recruitment and legacy conversations.
- Achieves specific goals for legacy conversations with donors in your portfolio, making the case that a bequest, endowment or other form of perpetual gift is accessible to donors at all giving levels.
- Other duties as assigned.
Qualifications and Success Factors:
- Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s degree preferred.
- Three or more years’ experience in fundraising or equivalent combination of relevant education, experience and skills required.
- Superior customer service skills required.
- Experience in volunteer management.
- Strong knowledge of basic office computing, including MS Office (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Teams), Zoom and basic database skills required.
- Strong written and verbal communication skills.
- Strong interpersonal skills and ability to develop excellent relationships with internal and external colleagues and stakeholders.
- Knowledge of the local, Jewish community preferred.
- Knowledge and ability to use fundraising databases, excel, word processing and other basic programs.
- Ability to multitask and meet deadlines.
- Ability to promote the mission of the Federation.
- Ability to work under high pressure and very busy situations, handle many projects simultaneously, meet timelines and budget.
- Ability to work in partnership with other Federation departments and ensure collaboration of all involved.
- Self-starter who can multi-task in a fast-paced environment, work independently as well as with senior leaders, volunteers, and other members of the team.
- Comfortable with donor solicitation.
- Comfortable working in a fast-paced work environment and adapting to rapidly changing priorities and needs.
- Must be able to pass Level 1 background check.
- Must maintain a valid driver’s license.
- Must be able to work off-shift hours including nights and weekends, as needed.
The Jewish Federation of Greater Dallas is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
The duties and responsibilities described are not a comprehensive list and additional tasks may be assigned to the employee from time to time at the Federation’s discretion. Employment is at-will, and this job description is not an employment contract and nothing herein shall be deemed to create in any way whatsoever an employment contract.
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