Habitat for Humanity Niagara

Major Gifts Officer
Posted Date: 
Friday, December 22, 2017
Closing Date: 
Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Habitat for Humanity Niagara is embarking on a new and ambitious five-year strategic direction and is looking for an experienced, energetic and dynamic Major Gifts Officer to join our team. Reporting to the Chief Development Officer, the Major Gifts Officer will lead major gifts fundraising efforts and be responsible for advancing the work of Habitat Niagara by fostering strong relationships with friends and donors, and generating philanthropic support from individuals, corporations and foundations.

This is an incredible opportunity for a motivated fundraising professional to help define relationships with Habitat Niagara’s most committed supporters, introduce Habitat Niagara to new prospects and work with a talented and creative Resource Development Team to help donors fulfill their passions and interests through their giving to Habitat Niagara.

Organization Summary

Habitat Niagara builds decent and affordable houses and provides no-down-payment, interest-free mortgages to qualifying families who would otherwise not be able to purchase their own homes. Habitat is not a giveaway program – we provide "a hand up not a hand out". Established locally in 1993, Habitat Niagara has served 62 families and completed the construction of its 57th home in Niagara this year with plans to complete five more homes in 2018. Habitat for Humanity Niagara also operates a retail outlet – the ReStore – selling donated new and used building materials, hardware, appliances, and home supplies. Revenue from the ReStore supports our overhead costs ensuring that every donated dollar goes directly to building new homes for families.

Ideal Candidate Profile

Job Purpose:

The Major Gifts Officer is an innovative, self-motivated development professional with a proven track record of identifying, cultivating, soliciting and stewarding gifts of transformational and leadership gifts of a minimum of $25,000 and more. This person is responsible for inspiring philanthropic support from individuals, organizations and industry partners. The successful candidate will have significant and proven major gift fundraising experience, including successfully managing a personal pipeline of large and diverse donor accounts. You will possess a passion for philanthropy, a strong understanding of donor relationship management, professionalism, excellent relationship building and interpersonal skills

As the ideal candidate, you are an experienced major gifts fundraiser with the ability to develop new relationships and advance existing relationships on behalf of Habitat Niagara. A self-starter, you bring a successful record of accomplishment, showing that you achieve goals and close gifts through tenacious execution and dedicated donor stewardship. Your superb communication skills enable you to listen and engage effectively, articulate complex issues clearly and simply, and make a compelling case for support with sophisticated philanthropists and business leaders. You have a high level of maturity, tact and diplomacy, excellent judgment and discretion, and are able to work autonomously and as part of a team. You will work closely with the Chief Executive Officer, Chief Development Officer and Resource Development Committee leadership volunteers.

Duties and Responsibilities include:

 Manage a portfolio of Major Gift prospects using a focused, strategic and accountable approach of moves management.
 Develop and implement comprehensive plans for identifying, assessing, qualifying, cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding gifts from individuals, corporations, and foundations to meet objectives.
 Involve and interest assigned prospects in the life, mission, and priorities of Habitat Niagara.
 Design and implement effective solicitation strategies, including solicitation and stewardship plans, briefing materials, cases for support, proposals, presentations, and gift agreements.
 Lead prospect identification to ensure we have the right level of prospects to feed the major gifts pipeline and guide the prioritization of prospects to approach.
 Proactively support and develop effective and innovative approaches to major gift solicitation strategies with assigned committees and key volunteers in positioning Habitat Niagara with a wide variety of donor prospects.
 Liaise with Relationship Coordinator to ensure that donors are provided with appropriate recognition and stewardship. Specifically, ensure that appropriate celebrations, letters, tax receipts, invitations, and other correspondence are sent and or presented in a timely manner.
 Engage with the Senior Leadership Team and Board of Directors as necessary to help engage the community in the philanthropic goals and to assist with the stewardship of donors as necessary.
 Collaborate with the fundraising team to ensure proper clearance and strategy for approach.
 Record activity in donor database to report on progress toward achieving gift objectives, maintaining up-to-date and accurate donor and prospect profiles and records of contact.
 Provide regular activity reports to the Chief Development Officer and other team members as appropriate.

Qualifications & Skills:

 A seasoned major gifts solicitor with a proven track record of closing leadership gifts and moves management, with a minimum of 5 years prior major gifts and/or capital campaign experience.
 Successful completion of post-secondary education, i.e. University degree or College diploma and / or equivalent experience. CFRE is an asset.
 Demonstrated success in planning, implementing and completing a major gifts plan, and working with high-level volunteers.
 Ability to connect and communicate effectively with a diverse range of donors and prospects.
 Strong interpersonal skills and a desire to actively contribute to a positive, collaborative work environment.
 A history of positions which require strategic critical thinking and demonstrate an imaginative approach to opportunities, issues and challenges.
 Excellent ability to communicate with warmth, professionalism, clarity and tact via written and verbal mediums.
 Experience in creating and presenting compelling proposals to donors.
 Ability to attain financial and program goals within prescribed timelines.
 Experience working with volunteers and volunteer committees/boards in a wide range of capacities.
 Ability to work independently using an above average level of initiative, while also working as part of a fundraising team.
 Proficient in Microsoft Office with good working knowledge of donor database systems is an asset.
 Able to handle confidential information and attend to a great amount of detail.
 Prepared to respond to a fast-paced changing environment requiring flexibility and adaptability with respect to working hours.

How to Apply:

If you are passionate about social change and committed to making a difference in your community, we would love to hear from you!

Please note that we will be reviewing and evaluating applications on an ongoing basis and therefore encourage early submissions.

Qualified and interested applicants are invited to forward their cover letter and resume as to Karen Dolyniuk, Chief Development Officer by email to karen@habitatniagara.ca with the subject line Major Gifts Officer.

Applications must be received before 4:00PM ET on January 17, 2018.

Habitat Niagara is committed to providing accommodations throughout the recruitment, selection and/or assessment process to applicants with disabilities. If you require disability - related accommodations, please notify us and we will work with you to meet your needs. We encourage applications from all qualified individuals; however, only those under consideration will be contacted.