Major Gifts Officer

Schoke Jewish Family Service | Stamford, CT, United States

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Posted Date 5/23/2023

?Major Gifts Officer 

?Schoke JFS is looking to hire a Major Gifts Officer as part of our strategic initiative to grow our annual fundraising by $1M annually over the next several years. Schoke JFS’ MGO is a full-time exempt position and will develop and manage a pipeline of major gift donors and prospects through the identification of prospects, stewardship, and solicitation of donors.  

As an integral member of a the Development Department, MGO may be called on to assist in the assessment and execution of the agency’s fundraising goals, including annual campaigns, revenue generation around all organizational events, researching/prospecting new fundraising opportunities, and supporting other development activities as required.  

Reporting to Chief Advancement Officer, responsibilities include but are not limited to:? 

  • Manage a portfolio of major donors and prospects within the catchment area, ensuring timely, appropriate, and meaningful donor engagement and solicitation. 
  • Build a pipeline of donors who have potential to give larger gifts.  
  • Represent the agency in the communities we serve and engage with donor prospects directly 
  • Oversee major donor cultivation and stewardship activities/events.  
  • Accurately update and maintain major donor/prospect information and activity in donor database system.   
  • Collaborate with President/CEO, Director of Marketing, Director of Development and Chief Advancement Officer to draft articles, reports, letters and emails to our donor list related to acquisition, cultivation, stewardship and solicitation activities. 
  • Support Schoke JFS leadership and board in soliciting significant gifts, including creating background documentation, compelling asks, and follow-up plans 
  • Contribute to development team by attending meetings, supporting colleagues, collaborating on projects, and sharing information, as time permits, as assigned or as appropriate. 

Demonstrated Experience: 

  • Fundraising. Proven ability to secure gifts of $5,000+. 3+ years’ experience and proven success in major gift fundraising.   
  • Relationship-Building. Skilled in relationship development with donors, prospects, lay leaders, community organizations, volunteers and colleagues. Ability to identify and cultivate new prospects.   
  • Data & Project Management. Knowledge of and experience with a CRM database, (Salsa preferred). Highly organized, detail-oriented, and strategic in project management, prioritizing workload and meeting deadlines. Ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously in a deadline-oriented environment.  
  • Schoke JFS. Understanding of agency programs and services, and appreciation of Jewish social and human services  and willingness to learn about it.        
  • Communication. Ability to articulate and execute a vision for the growth and success of the organization. Effective oral and written communication skills. Ability to utilize different forms of relevant communication 

Required Skills/Qualifications: 

  • Minimum of five years of nonprofit fundraising experience, including frontline fundraising, preferably at Jewish, human services, or similar organizations 
  • Exempt position will require availability on some nights and weekends with advance notice and based on the needs of contacts, prospects, agency, events and/or community  
  • Excellent writing and communication skills 
  • Professional with an entrepreneurial mindset and an ability to work well with diverse clientele  
  • Ability to plan, multi-task, manage workflow and produce under the pressure of deadlines and unexpected opportunities 
  • Demonstrated ability to work simultaneously on discrete projects and long-term goals 
  • Excellent time management skills and the ability to handle many details, focus on task completion and meet deadlines 
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite, and comfortable learning new applications as they pertain to this position  

Salary Range: $90,000-$110,000 


  • 403(b) matching? 
  • Short-term and long-term disability 
  • Health insurance? 
  • Dental insurance available?(employee contribution) 
  • Vision insurance available (employee contribution) 
  • Paid time off? 

Schedule: Monday – Friday, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM, occasional evening and weekend work will occur 

EEO, salary based on experience, benefits provided based on eligibility.  

Salary90,000.00 - 110,000.00 Annual
Full Time
Organization Type
Family Services | Food & Kosher Services | Senior Services | Social Work
Retirement Plans | Leave Early for Shabbat | Medical Insurance | Paid Holidays | Paid Vacation | Parental Leave | Sick Days
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