Major Gift Officer

As one of the nation's premier humanitarian organizations, the American Red Cross is dedicated to helping people in need throughout the United States and, in association with other Red Cross networks, throughout the world. We depend on the many generous contributions of time, blood, and money from the American public to support our lifesaving services and programs. If you share our passion for helping people, join us in this excellent career opportunity.
We are actively seeking Major Gift Officers in our Birmingham, Alabama location to serve our community and support our mission.
This mission-critical role serves as the key steward for a rich portfolio of current and prospective philanthropists in support of the American Red Cross. You will be expected to meet annual revenue targets by identifying, engaging, cultivating, and ultimately soliciting major gifts from regional donors, thereby advancing the organizational mission and creating meaningful impact in the lives of both donors and beneficiaries of that mission.
o Implement programs and activities in partnership with chapter Board members and other leadership volunteers to identify, educate, cultivate, solicit, and steward donors at the $ level or higher o Meet or exceed minimum annual fundraising targets $500,000 for the current fiscal year including renewable gifts and new incremental revenue, adjusting as necessary in the event of major domestic disasters o Design and disseminate customized solicitation strategies targeting organizational objectives and donor interests in partnership with cross-departmental teams; maintain up-to-date donor records in region/chapter database following donor contact o Develop and execute ongoing strategies for qualifying suspects and elevating them to prospect status via small cultivation events, research, and community networking; 30% of the portfolio is expected to have been sourced by the MGO
o Coordinate identification and solicitation of potential planned giving prospects with the Gift Planning Officer
o Bachelor's degree required; advanced degree highly preferred o Minimum of 5 years' major gifts leade rship experience with an established track record of proactively growing philanthropic revenue from diverse constituencies; corporate and/or B2B sales leadership experience may substitute for fundraising experience o Significant expertise with Birmingham's funding community highly desirable o Knowledge of Microsoft Office and fundraising database systems (e.g., Raiser's Edge or Salesforce.com)
o Exemplary commitment to collaborative leadership with heavy focus on customer service and relating well with multiple constituencies
The American Red Cross is a nonprofit organization that offers employees growth and development; team spirit; a competitive salary; and a comprehensive benefits package. To apply, please visit www.americanredcross.apply2jobs.com .
As an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer, well-qualified women, minorities, veterans and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
Education: Bachelor's degree required; advanced degree is highly desirable.
Minimum 5 years of major gifts leadership experience. Corporate and/or Business-to-Business sales leadership experience may be substituted for fundraising experience. Significant expertise with the area's funding community highly desirable. Progressive experience in successful development programs and knowledge of "best practices" in development.
Skills and Abilities: Ability to relate well and work effectively with multiple constituencies and audiences. Excellent verbal and written skills. Knowledge of office systems: MS-Office preferred and fundraising database systems (e.g., Raiser's Edge, Salesforce.com). A team player committed to developing and working within a collaborative environment and to ensuring the highest customer service orientation.
Travel: Requires frequent travel within the Region. The amount will vary depending upon size and geography of region.

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