The Anti-Cruelty Society has opened its search for a Gift Officer. The Gift Officer is responsible for the ongoing cultivation and stewardship of the organization’s principal benefactors. As an integral member of the Mission Advancement team, this individual will use a relationship-based approach to build giving potential and expand the current base of support among individuals and corporations. Responsibilities include soliciting for annual gifts, major gifts, planned gifts, corporate sponsorships, and event sponsorships as appropriate. The Gift Officer also works with all other fundraisers, senior staff and volunteer leadership.
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS
Works with the Director of Development, the Vice President of Mission Advancement and President to identify corporate and individual prospects.
Effectively develop, maintain, and steward strong relationships with existing and potential donors including tracking engagement for each prospect.
Actively pursue gifts from individual and corporate constituents.
Identify donors with capacity to increase giving levels and develop and implement plans to elevate gifts.
Continually build donors into champions who advocate and invite new donor prospects.
Establish budget goals in consultation with the Director of Development and develop strategies to attain them.
Assist in the preparation of written materials, including correspondence, solicitation materials, acknowledgements, and regular communications as part of the stewardship program.
Collaborate with the Director of Development on the Rose Fay Thomas Society program including acquiring new members and ensuring that current Rose Fay Thomas members receive regular and personal communication.
Promote a collegial atmosphere within the organization, working cooperatively with all staff to raise the profile of the organization to meet the overall financial and advancement goals.
Participate in the department’s goal setting process, reporting variances in projected revenue in accordance with established procedures and schedules.
Support efforts of the Mission Advancement team as needed including supporting special event logistics and event-based relationships.
Work on special projects or other assignments as required.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES
Qualified candidates should possess excellent written and verbal communication skills for both internal and external constituents as well as excellent organizational, interpersonal and team skills.
Must respect animals and believe in The Anti-Cruelty Society‘s mission and philosophy.
Must be comfortable networking, meeting new people, and initiating conversations.
The ideal candidate for this position should be able to communicate directly and clearly and find fulfillment in securing the commitment and the investment of others.
A successful record of gift solicitation is required, including: collaborating with peers, managers, and administrative/senior staff in setting goals, developing cultivation strategies and constructing solicitation proposals.
Demonstrated proficiency with relational donor databases; experience with Raiser’s Edge preferred.
Proficiency with current versions of Microsoft Office required.
Knowledge of the local philanthropic community is highly desirable.
Energetic, enthusiastic, and open to applying new strategies and original ideas to solving problems
A personable demeanor and sense of humor are welcome assets for the position.
Must possess the ability to maintain client and company confidentiality.
Bachelor’s degree in a related field. Master’s degree preferred.
Minimum of five years of experience with gift solicitation, one year of supervisory experience preferred.
Note: A comparable combination of education, experience or training that would provide the level of knowledge, skills and ability required may qualify an individual.
Please submit a letter of interest, including salary expectations, a writing sample and a resume for consideration. Pay will be commensurate with experience and ability. Please note that applications that do not include all required documentation will not be considered.
Direct all applications to:
The Anti-Cruelty Society ATTN: Meshia Burrell, Vice President of People and Culture 157 West Grand Avenue Chicago IL 60654 Facsimile: (888) 391-0164 E-Mail: email@example.com No phone calls please
The Anti-Cruelty Society is an equal opportunity employer.