Location and Job Title:
Stroum Jewish Community Center
3801 East Mercer Way
Mercer Island, WA 98040
The Gift Officer shares responsibility for the achievement of overall departmental goals and is an integral member of the Development team; with an emphasis on direct donor contact and relationship building. This individual is responsible for an annual contributed revenue goal through cultivation, direct solicitation, and stewardship, and will individually drive the portfolio for all donors up to $5000. In addition, the Gift Officer will be responsible for supporting prospect development efforts, managing donor data, cultivating and managing our annual corporate sponsors across the organization. This role is responsible for identifying new donors and deepening relationships with existing donors.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
- Identify, qualify, cultivate, solicit, and steward, primarily via one-to-one conversations/efforts, a portfolio of approximately 100-150 donors who give between $1,000 to $5,000 annually through unrestricted, program restricted, and special event gifts.
- Lead the agency's donor cultivation and stewardship activities, with an eye toward linking stewardship and cultivation to existing programs and events.
- Draft donor solicitations, correspondence, and proposals. Understand the pledge and payment schedule of assigned donors including tracking and updating appropriate parties (i.e. finance) as necessary.
- Work with stakeholders across departments to ensure portfolio currency and integrity and consistency in donor record maintenance (e.g. merging duplicate records, updating donor preferences, updating donor addresses etc.).
- Drive the strategies and plan to identify, cultivate, upgrade and/or solicit retained and new donors, with an eye to building a strong pipeline of qualified major donors.
- Work in collaboration with the Advancement team (development team and program managers) to lead the agency's prospect development efforts. Work in collaboration with the Sr. Manager, Data Solutions, for prospect research.
- During active solicitation campaigns, coordinate the work of the advancement team including portfolio assignments, ask strategies and solicitation tracking.
- Serve as front-line point of contact for development efforts, including real-time data requests, gift confirmations and tax receipts, tribute fulfillment, processing payments
- Responsible for accurately recording all gift income, providing donor recognition and acknowledgement, updating donor information with both gift and personal history data, and generating accurate queries and reports as needed.
- Assist with direct response solicitations and communications.
- Participate as necessary in the creation of fundraising collateral.
- Support program colleagues in executing annual development plan, representing the individual and corporate giving solicitation strategies within the plan.
- Perform work on weekends and evenings as needed to meet applicable deadlines.
- Other duties as assigned.
The successful candidate will be an experienced nonprofit fundraising professional with a track record of building and maintaining mutually beneficial relationships with individual donors and corporate sponsors, experience in Planned Giving a plus. This is an exciting opportunity for a leader that is prepared to excel in a fast-paced environment that is adapting with the shifting impacts and opportunities brought about through the COVID-19 pandemic.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.
- Bachelor's degree (B. A.) from a four-year college or university
- 5+ years professional experience, 3+ years of development experience including direct solicitation with demonstrated success in achieving and exceeding organizational goals. Possess an entrepreneurial spirit and a desire to take on a creative leadership role on an evolving team.
- Communicate effectively and passionately, both orally and in writing, about the mission of the Agency.
- Desire to combine teamwork and autonomy, always with a high level of professionalism and attention to detail.
- Computer Skills:
- Demonstrated fluency in Microsoft Excel, Word, Outlook and PowerPoint, as well as a donor database is required.
- Database experience required, Bloomerang experience preferred.
- Outstanding written and verbal skills required, including the ability to write donor correspondence that conforms to prescribed style and format. Ability to respond to common inquiries or complaints from donors, SJCC members, or community members.
- Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals. Ability to compute rate, ratio, and percent, and to draw and interpret bar graphs.
- Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists (productive amidst ambiguity). Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.
Stroum Jewish Community Center Vision
The Stroum Jewish Community Center will inspire connections that build community and ensure Jewish continuity.
Stroum Jewish Community Center Mission
Together we create outstanding programs, partnerships and spaces that welcome everyone to learn, grow and celebrate Jewish life and culture.
Stroum Jewish Community Center Values
K'lal Yisrael - Jewish Peoplehood
Hachnasat Orchim - Welcoming Everyone
Limud - Learning
Simcha - Joy
Derech Eretz - Respect and Common Courtesy
Shmirat haNefesh v'haGuf - Taking Care of Oneself, Body and Soul
Kehillah shel Chaverim - A Community of Friends
The Stroum Jewish Community Center has been serving the greater Seattle Jewish and general community since 1949. With our 92,000 square foot main campus located on Mercer Island, the SJCC offers a wide range of programs and services throughout the greater Seattle area, serving infants to older adults, including a highly acclaimed Early Childhood School with nearly 200 children , summer day camp welcoming over 1100 kids, youth and family programs, recreational leagues, aquatics and much more. The SJCC is a warm and welcoming community center open to everyone, and a place where lifelong friendships are forged.