The PRC Major Gifts Officer works in partnership with the PRC Membership and Grants Officer to achieve the majority of PRC’s revenue goals. The Major Gifts Officer is responsible for planning, organizing, and directing the Preservation Resource Center’s major gifts program, including the annual fund, planned giving, sponsorship opportunities for events and programs, and capital campaigns. The Major Gifts Officer will also plan several member and donor appreciation events throughout the year. The Major Gifts Officer works closely with the Executive Director and the Board of Directors in all fundraising endeavors. This position reports directly to the Executive Director.
The PRC is an established and respected 47-year-old organization that has evolved significantly in the past few years, and our upward trajectory continues. We are looking for a highly motivated Major Gifts Officer who is ready to do the work to forge relationships with new major donors and sponsors who will be attracted to supporting the new direction and work of this organization. At the same time, a successful Major Gifts Officer must put in the time to nurture decades-old relationships with major donors who have supported PRC through it all. PRC’s Major Gifts Officer will also have an eye for opportunity, and help the organization identify new revenue sources. The PRC’s Major Gifts Officer needs to be experienced with the fundraising landscape and its players in this truly unique city, and importantly, be passionate about the city of New Orleans and our built and cultural heritage. Passion for who we are and what we do as an organization will make “selling” PRC to donors and sponsors organic and more effective, and it will give the Major Gifts Officer energy to fundraise to make our programs possible. The ideal candidate will be highly organized, warm, and above all things, collaborative in nature. Our team at PRC is one that thrives by working together to achieve goals, and celebrates each others’ talents and accomplishments. The Development department in particular relies on this model, since the Major Gifts Officer will work in tandem with the Membership and Grants Officer to achieve fundraising goals.
- Meet prospective donors and supporters on a continual basis to establish effective communications with them and secure contributions to the organization.
- Grow a major gifts program including identification, cultivation and solicitation of new major donors while nurturing existing major donors.
- Direct the annual fund program, including mailings and annual fundraising drives.
- Direct capital campaigns and other major fundraising drives.
- Oversee and coordinate donor appreciation special events.
- Build the planned giving program with a focus on deferred gifts such as bequest expectancies.
- Conduct donor prospect research.
- Evaluate PRC’s CRM platform, fundraising software, and other technological tools and suggest areas of improvement or reallocation of resources when needed.
- Work with Communications Director to collaborate on public relations and marketing opportunities.
- Collaborate with Membership and Grants Officer and the Executive Director to financially achieve budget goals.
- Work with other department heads to strategize ways to turn their content and events into funding opportunities when possible.
- Spearhead creation of publications to support fundraising activities as needed.
- Maintain gift recognition programs.
- Demonstrate professional conduct at all times.
- Perform other related duties as requested.
- Collaborate with Communications Department to ensure donor recognition and promotion of development department priorities in Preservation in Print, website and social media channels.
- Manage/track budgets and goals in shareable, easy to understand format, in collaboration with the Membership and Grants Officer, the accountant and Executive Director.
- Work with the Membership and Grants Officer, Executive Director and accountant to understand organization and department budgets to recognize financial gaps and set goals for Development Department to fundraise to make organization fiscally sustainable.
- Must embrace the mission of the Preservation Resource Center.
- Strong interpersonal and writing skills.
- Professional fundraising experience in New Orleans, or related alternate experience, preferred.
- Be a “self-starter” and goal driven to initiate donor visits and fundraising calls.
- Have the desire to get out of the office and build external relationships.
- Be organized and exhibit “follow through” on tasks and goals.
- Possess the skills to work with and motivate staff, board members and other volunteers.
- Display a positive attitude, show concern for people and community, demonstrate presence, self-confidence, common sense and good listening ability.
- Have a commitment to collaboration and being a “team player.”
- A bachelor’s degree required.
- 5 years experience in professional fundraising preferred.
- Proficiency in Raiser’s Edge and other database management software.
The PRC preserves New Orleans’ historic architecture, neighborhoods and cultural identity through collaboration, empowerment and service to our community. We are an organization that strives to be anti-racist and serve the community by elevating the voices and history of all.
Salary is commensurate with experience. This is a full-time position with paid benefits. More information provided on request.
Please send resume and cover letter to Executive Director Danielle Del Sol at email@example.com by
Friday, April 16, 2021.