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Major Gifts Officer
Washington Trails Association in Seattle , Washington
Date Posted 02/24/2021
Salary 75000 - 85000  USD Per Year
Employment Type Fulltime
Application Deadline Open until filled
Organizational Overview:

Washington is home to extraordinary hiking destinations, including desert dunes, wild beaches, tranquil mountain tops and raging rivers. Washington is also home to a community of people who are passionate about exploring and protecting these places. This constituency—our members and supporters—is key to the future of trails in Washington.

Washington Trails Association (WTA) is the nation’s largest state-based hiking and trails organization. Powered by hikers for more than 50 years, we help our community of 25,000 members, 5,000 volunteers and more than 100,000 online constituents to discover, preserve and protect trails and public lands. WTA’s strength is in our community and our future success depends on fostering an inclusive organization and hiking community, where everyone feels welcome and represented. For more information about WTA’s work, please visit our website.

Role Responsibilities:

Relationship Management

  • Meet fundraising goals through stewarding and soliciting a community of current major individual donors ($5,000 and above) and an evolving pool of prospective donors.
  • Build engagement strategies tailored to individual donors.
  • Support broader community among donors, including but not limited to event planning, proposal drafting and oneon-one solicitation.
  • Conduct research on prospective donors and proactively build new relationships.
  • Encourage existing donors to make larger and/or longerterm investments to meet the organization’s priorities and support their own philanthropic goals.
  • Work with Development Director, CEO and other WTA staff to manage relationships and create strategies for emerging opportunities to strengthen our approach to donors (e.g. portfolio management).
  • Advise the CEO, board and other staff on major donor engagement and solicitation.
  • Track activities in WTA’s Salesforce database

Donor Communications

  • Maintain up-to-date knowledge of WTA programs and organizational priorities.
  • Help donors understand WTA’s mission, programs and impact.
  • Create personalized materials for stewardship and solicitation.
  • Proactively seek out and attend external events or other opportunities with an eye towards networking when in person work resumes.
  • Engage WTA Board of Directors, long-standing champions and emerging allies in donor cultivation.

Strategy and Program Development

  • In consultation with the CEO and Development Director, set stretch annual major gifts fundraising goals and expectations for growth.
  • Inform protocols for tracking and reporting donor performance metrics.
  • Actively participate in departmental and organization-wide planning.
  • Manage the “Legacy Circle” engagement program for donors who leave lasting investments in WTA.
Candidate Qualifications:

First and foremost, you are passionate about our vision and mission and committed to building an equitable organization and outdoor community. The ideal Major Gifts Officer also draws energy from meeting with a diverse community of hikers who love the outdoors, forming deep relationships and helping people find opportunities to make a concrete impact through philanthropy.

The next Major Gifts Officer may come from any of the following backgrounds:

  • You have significant fundraising experience, primarily with individual giving and donor engagement; OR
  • You’ve worked in community relations or organizing, with demonstrated experience engaging with stakeholders, building community and moving individuals towards concrete action; OR
  • You’ve cut your professional teeth in the private sector (e.g. business development, raising capital for startups, etc.) and want to bring those transferable skills to a mission-driven and growth-oriented nonprofit organization; OR
  • Have other transferable skills and experience that demonstrate ability to meet the job requirements.

The successful candidate will have the following attributes

  • Communicates clearly, both verbally and in writing, to inspire others to take action.
  • High ethical standards and ability to maintain confidential donor information.
  • Experience with communities of diverse races, ages, genders, abilities and identities.
  • Maintains attention to detail while balancing multiple competing priorities.
  • Able to collaborate and manage multiple stakeholders at all organizational levels, internally and externally (strategy, coaching on emotional intelligence, following up for accountability, etc.).
  • Able to work a flexible schedule for evening and weekend events and meetings as needed.
  • A strong commitment to WTA’s mission and vision for trails for everyone, forever.
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