Major Gifts Officer

Inspired by Jewish values and ideals, MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger is a national advocacy organization working to end hunger among people of all faiths and backgrounds in the United States and Israel.  Founded in 1985, MAZON, which means “sustenance” in Hebrew, was the first national organization to rally the American Jewish community around the issue of hunger, and remains the only national Jewish organization dedicated exclusively to that same cause.

MAZON supports anti-hunger and advocacy programs in local communities across the United States and uses its influence and resources at the state and national levels to help people who currently struggle with hunger or are at risk of hunger. Through direct advocacy, pursuing public policy change, and addressing the stigma that surrounds hunger, we work to change the systems that allow hunger to persist. Working with and listening to its broad network of anti-hunger, social justice, and Jewish community partners, MAZON identifies overlooked issues and vulnerable populations and finds policy solutions that meet unmet needs. We spotlight these issues, elevating them to the level of national conversation and placing them on the national policy agenda.

Position Overview:

MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger seeks a Major Gifts Officer to cultivate and secure significant donations to the organization. This position is an integral part of the development team, which prioritizes working collaboratively to advise the organization on a vision for its development work and identifying strategies to implement that vision.  The Major Gifts Officer identifies effective strategies for the identification, cultivation and solicitation of major gift prospects. This individual will manage a portfolio of major gift prospects, including individual donors, corporations, and institutions; and manage donors with a capacity of $10,000 or more.  This position will report to the Vice President of Community Engagement.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Collaborates and develops fundraising strategies and development goals with the Vice President of Community Engagement and members of the Development team.
  • Works closely with program staff to gain in-depth knowledge on MAZON’s programs and initiatives.
  • Cultivates and solicits donors for major gifts of $10,000 or more.
  • Listens for opportunities for gifts of assets or other non-cash gifts, such as planned gifts.
  • Stewards major donors and provides opportunities for donors to receive recognition and increase future giving opportunities.
  • Understands and complies with all MAZON gift-related policies and procedures and ensures ethical compliance, as defined by the Association of Fundraising Professionals.
  • Set and meet fundraising objectives with the Vice President of Community Engagement, evaluating results and developing corrective strategies as needed.
  • Develop multi-year fundraising strategies and goals.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Knowledge/Skills:

  • Fundraising within the Jewish community and/or anti-hunger related causes and issues.
  • Ability to use existing technology to achieve desired results. Salesforce or other database and prospecting software experience a plus.
  • Successful experience in managing and tracking multiple prospects and donors.
  • Knowledge of current trends in charitable giving, particularly in the areas of capital campaigns, major gifts and planned giving. Working knowledge of charitable gift planning.
  • Successful experience in asking for and closing major gifts of $10,000 or more and building and maintaining long-term relationships with fundraising constituents such as major donors and corporations.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, including ability to positively influence, inspire, motivate, and persuade.
  • Experience researching potential donors.

Complexity/Problem Solving:

  • Ability to design, implement, and direct fundraising initiatives, including individualized cultivation, solicitation, and recognition strategies.
  • Ability to communicate a compelling and inspired vision or sense of core purpose.
  • Ability to make good decisions based on analysis, wisdom, experience and judgment.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality.

Communications/Interpersonal Contacts:

  • Strong communication and presentation skills; ability to persuasively convey the mission of MAZON to diverse groups including donors, corporate executives, board members and others who are important to the organization’s overall prosperity.
  • Ability to work with and communicate with a wide range of people—MAZON’s Board of Directors, the public, influential donors, prospects and others.
  • Ability to develop relationships, and educate and inform prospective and existing donors about appropriate giving vehicles.
  • Ability to build constructive and effective relationships with colleagues and other departments.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree and a minimum of 3-5 years development work experience. Major gifts fundraising experience required.
  • Fundraising within the Jewish community and/or anti-hunger related causes and issues.
  • Experience, coursework, or other training in current trends in charitable giving, particularly in the areas of major gifts and planned giving.
  • Experience in managing and tracking multiple prospects and donors.
  • Experience in asking for and closing major gifts of $10,000 or more.
  • Experience building and maintaining long-term relationships with fundraising constituents such as major donors and corporations.
  • Experience in developing a pipeline of prospects to cultivate for major gifts.
  • Candidates must be willing to travel and be able to work evenings and weekends.

Compensation:

The salary range for this position is $80 – 90K annually.

How to Apply:
Please send a cover letter, resume, and a sample major gift proposal to Carin@sageviewconsulting.com.

MAZON IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER

To ensure we meet our mission, and actualize the Jewish values and ideals on which our mission is based, MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger strives to hire, train and retain the most talented staff possible. A vital part of this commitment includes welcoming, respecting and encouraging diversity among our staff, including fostering an environment in which all staff have the greatest opportunities to thrive.  We encourage all candidates to apply for for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or veteran status.

We thank you for your interest in career opportunities with MAZON. Due to high volume, only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

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