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Major Gift Officer

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Major Gift Officer


SOS Children's Villages USA ("SOS-USA") is the United States philanthropic affiliate of a large worldwide Federation, SOS Children's Villages International. A public charity, SOS-USA draws revenue from sponsors of children and villages, sustainers, major donors, foundations, and corporations, across direct mail, digital and direct cultivation.

The Opportunity:

Reporting to the Senior Director of Development and Corporate & Foundation Relations, and working closely with the incoming CEO, the major gift officer will develop and execute strategies to cultivate, solicit and steward five, six, and seven+ figure gifts from a portfolio of ~150 high net worth donors and prospects. This position will play a key role in developing the major gifts pyramid and pipeline of donors that projects revenue over a two to three-year rolling period.

Key Responsibilities:

Duties and responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Articulate a clear mission-oriented value proposition for major donors and impact investors.
  • Develop, steward, and manage a portfolio of ~150 high net worth donors and prospects that are capable of generating significant support for SOS Children's Villages with a preference toward securing multi-year commitments.
  • Organize donor cultivation events with high potential return on investment with senior leadership, SOS alumni, board members and advisory board members.
  • Employ moves management methodologies within the portfolio in order to secure new gifts, gift renewals or upgrades.
  • Manage a dynamic calendar to ensure donor meetings and solicitations that establish or strengthen donor relationships for long term support.
  • Create donor correspondences such as letters, emails, funding proposals, pitch presentations, and stewardship reports.
  • Maintain accurate and up-to-date records of interactions with donors through regular input into the CRM database.
  • Work collaboratively with other departments within the development office that could assist the major gift program, e. g. annual programs, corporate and foundation relations, and marketing.
  • Become an expert in, and make efficient use of, organizational assets for the purpose of effective donor communications and stewardship, using and repurposing available resources and opportunities.
  • Develop a strong report with colleagues internationally throughout the Federation to share best practices.
  • Clearly articulate the organization's core mission, vision, values, and strategic priorities.
  • Commit to aspire for and maintain, report, and respond to the required conduct of the Child Protection Policy of SOS International. (Safeguarding children - SOS Children's Villages International (


  • Bachelor's Degree from an accredited college or university and a minimum of 7 years of relevant work experience.
  • Must be a self-motivated professional with a proven success record in frontline fundraising or related field.
  • Experience working in international non-governmental organizations.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills are essential, both written and verbal.
  • Working knowledge and experience in fundraising database/CRM systems.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion.
  • Must possess a strong work ethic, have confidence, take initiative and be an enthusiastic team player.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office.
  • Ability and willingness to travel domestically (approximately once/month); and
  • Passion for the UN Sustainable Development Goals and the mission of SOS Children's Villages.

Preference will be given to candidates with ready access to a major airport.

SOS Children's Villages is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We value diversity - in backgrounds and in experience. We encourage all qualified applicants, including minorities, women, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities to apply.

Major Gift Officer


SOS Children's Villages USA ("SOS-USA") is the United States philanthropic affiliate of a large worldwide Federation, SOS Children's Villages International. A public charity, SOS-USA draws revenue from…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
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    Full Time Schedule
  • Start Date
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    August 29, 2022
  • Application Deadline
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    August 27, 2022
  • Education
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    4-Year Degree Required
  • Experience Level
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Washington, DC, USA

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