Posted on September 20, 2012
Major Gifts Officer
San Francisco Food Bank
San Francisco Food Bank - Major Gifts Officer
The San Francisco and Marin Food Bank's mission is to end hunger in our community. This year, we will distribute 45 million pounds of food to over 225,000 people in need. Our network of 400+ partner agencies includes neighborhood food pantries, afterschool programs, AIDS service providers, domestic violence and homeless shelters, health clinics, job training programs, senior lunch programs, soup kitchens, and street outreach programs. Every day, more than 100,000 meals will be served with food from our warehouse.
This is a mission-oriented, challenging and friendly place to work. Our success relies on the people who work for our organization. If you would like to be a part of building a community where no one suffers from hunger, please consider joining our team of talented and dedicated individuals. For more information about our organization, please visit http://www.sffoodbank.org and http://www.marinfoodbank.org.
PURPOSE OF POSITION: The Major Gifts Officer plays a critical role in developing and managing all fundraising activity for individuals contributing at least $1,000 annually, with a focus on building relationships with individuals capable of making gifts of $5,000 or more to the San Francisco and Marin Food Banks. This role is one of two Major Gifts Officer positions on the Major Gifts team of four people. The team is supervised by the Associate Director, Major Gifts and supported by a Major Gifts Associate. The Major Gifts Officer is based in the Food Bank's San Francisco office, and will travel extensively in Marin county with a special focus on cultivating and expanding the Food Bank's major donor base in that region.
POSITION REQUIREMENTS: Bachelor's degree required, plus 3-5 years of related experience, or the equivalent combination of education and experience. Proven ability to close gifts at the five and six-figure level. Should have a high degree of computer literacy. Working knowledge of The Raiser's Edge is a plus. Familiarity with the Food Bank and the San Francisco Bay Area highly desirable. Must be able to complete projects as a flexible team player in a collaborative work environment.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
- Solicit annual and incremental gifts from a portfolio of approximately 100 major donors and prospects, both independently and working collaboratively with other staff and volunteers. Identify new prospects among existing donors and outside of the Food Bank.
- Develop and implement strategies for the cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of individual major donors and prospects.
- Build, maintain and maximize relationships with major gift donors and prospects, deepening their engagement with the Food Bank.
- Schedule, manage, and regularly attend donor meetings and host private tours of Food Bank facilities individually and in partnership with other Development staff.
- Develop annual plan for donor portfolio and assignments. Monitor annual plan results and modify as necessary.
- Develop expert familiarity with programmatic offerings; maintain current knowledge of key developments in Food Bank programming and advocacy efforts as they occur. Maintain working knowledge of programmatic priorities and funding opportunities for donors.
- Engage Food Bank Board members in fundraising efforts, working with Executive Director, Director of Development, Associate Director of Major Gifts and appropriate Program staff.
- Help plan and staff development events as appropriate.
- Bachelor's degree required, advanced degree a plus.
- Three to five years demonstrated successful experience and effectiveness in major gifts fundraising with a focus on prospect identification, relationship building, and solicitation of large gifts.
- Strong initiative and self-motivation, and interest in working as part of a collaborative team.
- Outstanding interpersonal skills; excellent research skills; superior written and oral communication skills; and relevant computer skills.
- Experience working with volunteers, Board members, and professional Program staff.
- Flexibility regarding schedule and willingness to travel locally approximately two days a week
- Demonstrated ability to coordinate portfolio management with additional team projects.
- Understanding and appreciation for the Food Bank's mission and the ability to project the unique aims and values of the organization to major donors and prospects.
Please submit cover letter and resume to:
Major Gifts Officer
San Francisco Food Bank
900 Pennsylvania Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94107
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org (Please include "Major Gifts Officer" in the subject line of
The San Francisco and Marin Food Banks are an Equal Opportunity Employer.