Major Gifts Officer - 2019-344

5465 W Irving St, Boise

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Position Description

About Idaho Youth Ranch
The Idaho Youth Ranch has been helping good kids on a dangerous path find promising futures for more than 60 years, relying on private donations and revenues from its network of 24 thrift stores to fund youth programs and services throughout the state.
The Idaho Youth Ranch offers emergency shelter, residential care, youth and family therapy, job readiness training, adoption services, and more for kids and their families. We transform angry, scared young people into resilient, confident, capable adults. Generous donors and thrift store sales help keep care affordable so that no child is turned away because of the family’s inability to pay for services.
Behind the scenes at the Idaho Youth Ranch, there’s a remarkable executive staff and board of directors—backed by a team of more than 400 employees statewide—with the passion, vision and expertise to lead the charge of changing Idaho for the better, one kid at a time.
About the Position
IYR is recruiting a Major Gifts Officer (MGO) to join a remarkable 60+ year history of Transforming Trauma into Triumph as we continue to expand outpatient services to help more of Idaho’s most vulnerable youth get the help they need. Reporting to the Chief Development Officer, the MGO will be a results-oriented professional who builds solid relationships and increases major donor giving through personal cultivation, communication, and donor solicitation. The MGO will strategize and prospect for new donors in cooperation with the Development Team to build a caseload, set income goals and track specific contact goals. The MGO will bear responsibility for managing their major donor caseload of donors and prospects throughout a geographic location. This role will require the MGO to maintain the portfolio's annual fund giving while cultivating, soliciting, stewarding, and upgrading prospects and donors to major and special giving levels. They will work with program and finance staff in order to serve the needs of the organizations local fundraising priorities.

Donor Relations
• Manage a caseload of 100-150 major donors, following the prescribed communications plan that is specific for each donor.
• Build, assess, and make updates to caseload with approval from Chief Development Officer.
• Establish and create a strategic communications plan to identify, educate, cultivate, and solicit major and special gifts from the caseload of major donors each fiscal year.
• Establish and work to meet annual income goals for each major donor and their caseload while growing their major gift capacity to higher levels of $10,000, $25,000 and $50,000 or more.
• Meet monthly contact goals, set annually by the Chief Development Officer for meaningful in person visits, written or in-person solicitations and proposals, meaningful calls and emails, personalized letters, days in the field and referrals to planned giving director.
• Work collaboratively with other fund development officers, ensuring collaboration between direct mail, foundation, corporate, and planned giving efforts relative to their caseload of donors.
• Partner with Divisional Corporate & Foundation Relations and Grant Writers to produce major gift proposals based on approved and existing proposals.
• Follow policies and procedures of the Executive Leadership Team for Proposal Review.
Administrative Tasks
• Set monthly appointments in advance and make this information available to the Chief Development Officer.
• Create an effective team atmosphere which encourages cooperation, strategic thinking, regular communication, professional growth, and creativity.
• Input contact reports into the donor management system in an accurate and timely manner.
• Oversee personalized gift acknowledgement and stewardship communication with caseload.

Key Qualifications:
• Bachelor's degree and a minimum of five years of experience as a major gifts officer or equivalent non-profit fundraising role with a proven record of success.
• Highly motivated with proven expertise in building and maintaining positive relationships with many diverse individuals.
• Excellent verbal, written, and corporate-level presentation skills with ability to speak persuasively and articulate the Idaho Youth Ranch mission and purpose.
• A high level of comfort with direct donor interaction, including discussions of personal and family finances and ability to ask for outright charitable gifts
• Team player with excellent ability to collaborate cross-functionally and cooperatively with various departments while maintaining flexibility and a cooperative spirit
• Strategic thinker who is flexible and able to change direction quickly.
• Demonstrated ability to set and achieve goals as well as meet deadlines.
• Must show initiative and be able to design gift solutions that match the organizations' priorities with the donors' priorities.
• Ability to work independently in a complex environment.
• Willingness to travel regularly throughout your designated geographic assigned area.
• A proficiency in Word and Excel, as well as experience with donor tracking and/or database software is preferred.
• Will respect and promote the interest of the Idaho Youth ranch.
Pay: $76,300.00 to $95,707.00 per YEAR

The Idaho Youth Ranch has a competitive Total Compensation Package including: medical plan, dental, vision, retirement plan and other optional benefits. Additionally, all employees receive a 25% off discount on merchandise in the thrift store locations.
The Idaho Youth Ranch is an equal opportunity employer and not discriminate in employment opportunities or practices on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law.

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Type: Full-time
Pay: $76,000.00 to $95,000.00 per YEAR