Major Gifts Officer

Reports to: Director of Development

Classification: Full-time/Exempt

Term: Ongoing

Compensation: DOE + comprehensive benefit program

Recruitment Date: Until filled

Position Summary

The Major Gifts Officer is responsible for fundraising through annual giving and major gifts. This individual will manage the Ocotillo Club and major gift program with a focus on securing gifts while growing and cultivating The Center’s pipeline of major donors.  This individual is a representative of The Center, frequently meeting with current and potential donors, and will work closely with the Director of Development to create, manage, implement, and regularly evaluate the major donor and annual giving budget goals. The Major Gifts Officer will collaborate with the events, membership and partnership programs and others across the organization to achieve The Center’s fundraising goals.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Represent The Center to donors and potential donors at all levels of giving and solicit gifts to support The Center’s programs.
  • In conjunction with the Director of Development, develop annual budgets for major gifts.
  • Lead solicitation strategy for key prospects and internal planning efforts while building a team of major gift solicitors, including staff and board.
  • Track and be responsible for reconciliation for all major donor gifts (in conjunction with the Director of Operations).
  • Support the Executive Director and members of the board with major donor related planning and activities.
  • Coordinate and facilitate meetings involving board members and other volunteers with donors and potential donors.
  • In conjunction with the Executive Director and Director of Development, develop and implement strategic planning for the acquisition of new (and renewal of) donors through events.
  • Manage an effective program for recognition, engagement, and stewardship of major donors.
  • Manage and enhance the prospect tracking system for individual donors to The Center, including new donor identification, as well as the renewal and upgrading of existing donors.
  • Consistently monitor progress to goals and communicate these to the Director of Development.
  • Develop, in conjunction with the Director of Development, annual budgets and plans for major gifts and annual giving.
  • Keep current on Center initiatives by engaging appropriate program staff.
  • Serve as the voice for the annual fund and work closely with the Director of Development and the development and communications team to brand the annual fund in a way that captures attention and motivates financial participation.

Required Experience, Knowledge, and Skills:

  • Multi-year experience working in a fast-paced fundraising environment with at least two years in a position of management.
  • Prior experience successfully managing a donor portfolio and exceeding fundraising goals.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to interact with a wide range of personalities including staff, board members, volunteers, and members of the public.
  • Experience with major gift funding priorities with a specific understanding of major gift marketing opportunities and budget planning for major gifts.
  • Strong network within the LGBTQ funding community desired.
  • Experience in effective, successful proposal writing.
  • Ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously and to set and stick to priorities.
  • Computer proficiency including Microsoft 365 and fundraising database management programs, such as Raiser’s Edge/eTapestry.
  • Knowledge and understanding of the issues, needs and interests of LGBTQ youth, adults, families, and community, including knowledge of the spectrum of gender and nonbinary identity and issues.
  • A strong commitment to the mission and work of The LGBTQ Community Center of the Desert.
  • Fluency in a language in addition to English desired.

How To Apply

The Center has implemented a mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy as a condition of employment for all employees who work on the Center’s premises, subject to applicable federal, state, and local laws.

To apply, please submit a cover letter outlining your interest and applicable skills along with a CV/resume to

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