We’re looking for our next Major Gifts Officer

Title:   Major Gifts Officer
Status: Regular
FLSA Classification: Exempt 
Hours: .8 full-time equivalent
Salary:  Starts at $52K for .8 FTE; minimum $65K at 1.0 FTE
Reports to: Deputy Director for Philanthropy 
Supervisory Responsibilities: No supervisory responsibilities 


Position Summary: Oregon Environmental Council’s Major Gifts Officer secures both major and annual gifts from individuals who share our values and vision. The Major Gifts Officer maintains a personal portfolio of major and planned giving prospects and donors. In collaboration with the Deputy Director for Philanthropy, the Major Gifts Officer develops strategies and approaches to successfully identify, cultivate, solicit, and secure gifts and steward donors around Oregon. In addition, the Major Gifts Officer works with staff, board, volunteers and friends of OEC to meet the organization’s goals for annual and special fundraising.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

Donor Cultivation & Management (~80%)

  • Manages a portfolio of 80-100 major and planned gift donors and prospects, including cultivating, stewarding and soliciting support
  • Works with OEC staff, board and volunteers to organize dinners, luncheons and other events, which have the potential to lead to major gifts or are direct fundraising events
  • Works closely with OEC’s fundraising and marketing/communications staff to create funding proposals and solicitation materials as needed
  • With Deputy Director for Philanthropy, manages the planned giving program
  • Works with Deputy Director for Philanthropy to develop and implement strategies to renew and increase giving by annual donors

Donor Prospecting & Other Fundraising (~20%)

  • Identifies prospects and works with staff to conduct prospect research and track
  • Actively engages and contributes to additional organizational fundraising campaigns


Required Experience and Education:

  • Minimum three years of successful professional experience in individual donor solicitation, or major and/or planned gift fundraising
  • Experience developing cultivation, stewardship and solicitation strategies
  • Experience using a donor database, Salesforce preferred

Required Skills, Abilities and Qualities:

  • Ability to understand the needs and interests of major gift donors in order to develop relationships between them and the organization
  • Comfort with making cold calls
  • Strong organizational and time management skills; ability to work under pressure; ability to manage multiple projects while keeping a “big picture” strategic view
  • Keen problem-solving skills; ethic of continuous improvement
  • Self-motivation and initiative; ability to work independently; entrepreneurial approach
  • Performance-oriented mindset with a strong work ethic and commitment to achieving goals
  • Detail-oriented with high standards for accuracy
  • Excellent interpersonal skills; an eagerness to work collaboratively in a dynamic team environment; positive, flexible attitude
  • Excellent communications (verbal and written)
  • An understanding of the concepts of institutional and structural racism and bias; a commitment to advancing equity, diversity and inclusion within the organization and as part of the position
  • A passion for OEC’s mission
  • Energized to support Oregon Environmental Council’s Values and Beliefs and workplace culture as described in our Team Charter
  • Ability to maintain strict confidentiality of sensitive organizational information


  • Experience working in a non-profit setting with a mission-driven staff and board
  • Existing relationships with Oregon’s philanthropic community
  • Experience organizing successful fundraising events
  • Knowledge of environmental issues

Other Requirements:

Travel: This position requires frequent travel for 80% of the position, including some overnight or multiple days. OEC encourages travel by sustainable modes, e.g., walking, bicycling, taking transit, carpooling, but some trips may require driving. This position therefore requires a valid driver’s license.

Work Schedule: This role requires the ability to be flexible about one’s schedule and work hours, including occasional evening and weekend hours and occasional overnight travel. This role may occasionally require excess hours in order to achieve deliverables. During Covid-19 OEC staff are working from home and hours can be flexible based on need. 

Physical: This job operates in a professional open-floor office environment with a moderate level of noise associated with personal conversations and office machinery. The employee must be able to see, hear and talk and have the physical ability to move around, lift light objects, and use standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers and filing cabinets.

Benefits and Amenities: OEC offers a collaborative, team-oriented, flexible, family-friendly workplace. Excellent benefits include four weeks of paid vacation annually (three the first year) and generous health insurance for employee and family. You will learn a lot, laugh a lot, and feel great about helping Oregon communities become better, healthier places to live. 

To Apply:

This position will be open until filled, but we will start to review applications on April 9th. Please complete the following 2-step process:

  1. Click on this link and fill in your name, phone, email and information about where you hear about this position.
  2. Click on this link to submit your resume & cover letter copy. Please submit both documents together as one single pdf document. Title the document “<Last name>, <First name> – OEC Major Gifts Officer 2021”

ADA Accommodations: If you identify as a person with a disability and would like to request a reasonable accommodation when applying for this job, please email info@oeconline.org or call 503-222-1963 x100 for assistance.

Equal Employment Opportunity: Oregon Environmental Council provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, gender assignment, gender identity or expression, national origin, (dis)ability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training. 

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