Written by Plant With Purpose on March 18, 2010 in General
Plant With Purpose is looking for a REGIONAL MAJOR GIFTS OFFICER
ORGANIZATIONAL PROFILE: Plant With Purpose USA, a Christian international development agency, is working to combat both deforestation and poverty and share Jesus’ love with the rural poor. Plant With Purpose serves approximately 25,000 people in over 200 communities in Haiti, the Dominican Republic, Mexico, Tanzania, Burundi, Kenya and Thailand.
POSITION SUMMARY: The Regional Major Gifts Officer will work with the Director of Major Gifts and Executive Director to build an effective development strategy in a particular region with a strong emphasis on major gifts.
GENERAL FUNCTION: To initiate and cultivate relationships with potential major donors (individuals, businesses, churches and foundations) who have the capability of making significant financial contributions to the ministry of Plant With Purpose; to establish a growing commitment to Plant With Purpose’s mission in a specific region; to maintain and build strong relationships with existing Plant With Purpose major donors; and to professionally and effectively ask for financial gifts to fund the mission and program of Plant With Purpose.
SPECIFIC JOB DUTIES:
•Work together with the Director of Development to manage a portfolio of prospects for major gift solicitation. It is expected that the Major Gifts Officer will raise $150,000 during their first year, and an additional $100,000 per year up to the $1 million level.
•Work with the Plant With Purpose Management Team and Board of Directors to leverage acquisition and retention strategies.
•Compellingly articulate the mission, vision, and ministry to which God has called Plant With Purpose.
•Using eTapestry, track communication and moves management strategies with potential and real major donors.
•Prepare written proposals, with the help of the Major Donor Team, which effectively and compellingly describe the work God has called Plant With Purpose to do and the “return on investment” that each donor will see.
•Leverage the network of Plant With Purpose major donors by giving them the tools and coaching necessary to be ambassadors for Plant With Purpose and the ministry to which God has called us.
•Keep abreast of the ministry of Plant With Purpose by interfacing with field staff, technical advisors, and visiting projects. Be able to effectively describe any Plant With Purpose project, the cost to accomplish the project, and the expected ministry outcomes to donors.
•Leverage speaking opportunities for the Executive Director, Director of Development and key field and technical staff, in order to build awareness of Plant With Purpose and its ministry and help secure funding for any of its projects.
•Ensure gifts from major donors assigned are properly thanked and followed up on with timely information and updates on the ministry each gift has accomplished.
•Submit activity reports each week to the Director of Development and attend in-house meetings for the purpose of strategy and evaluation.
•Articulate your personal walk with Jesus Christ and relate it to the ministry of Plant With Purpose.
•Demonstrate a passion for and familiarity with each of the areas of Plant With Purpose’s mission, including environmental restoration, economic development and spiritual transformation.
•Possess a love for the poor, regardless of race, ethnicity, religion or culture, and a burden to connect them with God’s love and the compassion of donors in the United States.
•Strong commitment to Plant With Purpose’s vision and values
•BS or BA degree or equivalent
•Commitment to the essential skills of major gift fundraising
•Management experience, preferably in fundraising and public relations
•Excellent communication skills
•Ability to build effective working relationships with donors, board members, and US and foreign colleagues
•Proficiency in MS Office computer applications including Excel, Word and PowerPoint
PHYSICAL DEMANDS: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
•Domestic travel 35%. International travel 5%.
WORK ENVIRONMENT: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. (Work environment will be out of a regional home office, with quarterly visits to Plant With Purpose’s main office in San Diego, CA.)
Please send resume and cover letter to:
Rachel Castillero: firstname.lastname@example.org
Plant With Purpose USA
4903 Morena Blvd., Suite 1215
San Diego, CA 92117
PLANT WITH PURPOSE USA IS AN EEO/AA EMPLOYER BY CHOICE