Major Gifts Officer

  • Animal Protection of New Mexico, Inc.
  • 301 Gold Avenue Southwest, Albuquerque, NM, USA
  • Jan 23, 2019
Full time Business Development Other Research Strategy-Planning Writer/ Editor

Job Description

Job Title: Major Gift Officer

Employment Start Date: Immediately

Employment Category: Regular, exempt, full-time employment

Compensation & Benefits: Competitive salary, generous paid time off, 100% employer paid health insurance, 70% employer paid dental insurance; employee paid group vision insurance, and up to 1% of salary employer contribution to a 401k retirement plan annually.


Location: Based primarily in APNM’s Santa Fe office, but will also work occasionally from APNM’s Albuquerque office.


Reporting: This position reports to the Chief Development Officer.


Summary of Position:

Responsible for planning, leading, and implementing the major gift and planned giving programs for Animal Protection of New Mexico and Animal Protection Voters. The major gift officer will be responsible for identifying and cultivating relationships with major gift donors and planned giving donors. Key activities include prospect research, developing effective solicitation strategies, stewarding donors through the major giving process and beyond, maintaining donor portfolios, tracking key metrics, and preparing major gift proposals. This individual will also work with board members, other volunteers, and staff leaders to coordinate and implement long-term fundraising initiatives.


Skills and Competency Areas:

  • Excellent assessment and planning skills, including the ability to identify issues, articulate potential solutions, and identify tools that facilitate positive outcomes
  • Ability to implement a plan, overcoming obstacles along the way using creativity and innovation, and commitment to completing tasks
  • Ability to effectively and professionally communicate and work with a diverse constituency (diverse in ethnicity, gender, age, opinions, etc.)
  • Excellent “people skills” including collaboration, persuasiveness, sensitivity to others, empathy, team and rapport building, listening skills, conversational ease, flexibility, and assertiveness
  • Desire to work in and support a team environment and its goals; experienced with team leadership
  • Self-motivated and self-confident
  • Excellent persuasive and professional writing skills
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including presentation skills
  • Can respond with flexibility to reasonable changes in work priorities and circumstances
  • Highly organized with the ability to manage multiple tasks simultaneously while meeting deadlines
  • Macintosh computer-literate, and experienced in using a variety of computer software programs including e-mail, Microsoft Office products, web-based software products, databases, and social media
  • Familiarity with New Mexico strongly preferred


Travel Requirements: Significant travel around New Mexico is expected, with most work likely taking place in the metro areas of Albuquerque, Santa Fe, and Las Cruces. Must have a valid New Mexico driver’s license and be able to use personal vehicle for work-related travel.


Minimum Physical Requirements: Must be able to perform job duties in a normal office/work environment.


Education/Experience Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree, with at least five years major gift/planned giving experience in the nonprofit arena. Ideal candidates will also have completed specific development-related training, and have a thorough background in and experience with fundraising best practices, donor database record management, prospect research tools, and development planning.


Applying: Submit resumé and cover letter to Daniel Abram, Deputy Director.