Major Gifts Officer

Friends of the Children Portland Chapter | Portland, OR

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Posted Date 10/08/2021

In 1993, Friends of the Children opened its doors with three friends serving 24 children. Today, Friends of the Children–Portland has 50 Friends guiding, supporting and mentoring almost 500 children across the Portland/Vancouver metropolitan area. Our mission is to impact generational change by empowering youth who are facing the greatest obstacles through relationships with professional mentors—12+ years, no matter what.

Position Overview

The Major Gift Officer, working under the guidance of the Chief Development Officer and Associate Director of Development, will assist in the design, development, and implementation our Major Gift program.

The Major Gift Officer will be responsible for managing and cultivating relationships with existing major gift prospects, as well as identifying new prospects. An ability to empathize with donors and clearly communicate our organization’s mission is key. You will be expected to energize team members, persuade prospects and to reach fundraising goals and managing portfolio prospects from Qualification to Stewardship.

Supervisory Responsibilities

  • None

Essential Functions

  • Empower our donors to accomplish their philanthropic goals and ambitions through a relationship with our organization.
  • Make donors feel valued as you are sensitive to their needs.
  • Experience in working within systems and software to track and cultivate donors and prospects, including our donor database and wealth screening tools. Knowledge of Raiser’s Edge Software is preferred.
  • Manage a portfolio of 75 – 120 donors and prospects.
  • Work with the development department to align efforts and set goals.
  • Create and implement moves management plans.
  • Make direct, face-to-face solicitations, and assist volunteer leaders and staff with their solicitation.
  • Track and report progress using specific metrics.

Education and Experience

  • 4+ years of nonprofit fundraising experience.
  • Direct, demonstrated experience securing individual and major gifts and meeting objectives.
  • Bachelor’s Degree preferred.

Physical Requirements

  • Prolonged periods of sitting at a desk and working on a computer.
  • Must be able to lift 15 pounds at times.

Vaccination Requirement

All current employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by October 18, 2021, as mandated by the State of Oregon unless a reasonable accommodation is approved as a result of a medical or religious exemption.

  • You must provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination or exemption prior to start date. New employees must show they've had both doses of the Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccines (or one dose of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine) and are 14 days past the final dose prior to start date.

Salary Range:

  • $55,000-$75,000


  • 100% employer paid medical, dental, vision
  • 100% employer paid long term, short-term disability, and life insurance policy
  • 401k Match, 100 % vested
  • 9 paid holidays, 2 paid floating holidays
  • Generous vacation and sick time policy
  • Tuition assistance
  • Professional Development
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
  • Flexible Spending Account (FSA)

Friends of the Children - Portland is an Equal Opportunity Employer, committed to addressing discriminatory practices, and to working toward racial equity. The equal employment opportunity policy of Friends of the Children – Portland provides fair and equal opportunities for all employees and job applicants regardless of race, color, religious creed, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, gender, pregnancy, sexual orientation, marital status, familial status, disability, or genetic information, in compliance with applicable federal, state, and local law. Friends of the Children - Portland hires and promotes individuals solely on the basis of their qualifications for the job to be filled.

Friends of the Children – Portland is growing rapidly as communities across the country are experiencing the power of how “One” changes a child's story: One Friend. One Child. 12 ½ years. No matter what. #ThePowerOfOne

Listing Type
Clerical/Administrative | Nonprofit
Position Type
Employer Type
Staffing Firm

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