The American Red Cross – Major Gifts Officer

posted 8/5/13

The American Red Cross depends heavily on the support of our generous donor population. We participate in many donor-focused fundraising activities including identifying, cultivating, soliciting and stewarding of top corporate and foundation partners, as well as with individual donors across the country. The funds we receive provide unrestricted support to our Chapters, helping us fulfill our mission to provide relief to victims of disaster and help people prevent, prepare and respond to emergencies in our communities.

We are currently seeking a Major Gifts Officer to work in our Cedar Rapids, IA chapter.

The Major Gifts Officer will identify, engage, cultivate, solicit, and steward current and prospective donors, in expanding their financial support of the work of the American Red Cross.  He/she will be responsible for meeting an annual revenue target of $250K by working with an assigned portfolio of donors and prospects to advance the mission of the organization and assist donors in creating meaning in their lives through giving to the American Red Cross. Provides support (e.g. Tracking pledges receivable, processing gifts, scheduling appointments, drafting correspondence, conducting basic research, preparing solicitation materials, and implementing donor recognition activities) to Community Chapter Executive and Chapter Support Officer. Assists in the planning, implementation, and fundraising for special events held in the Eastern Iowa area of the Iowa Region.

Education:  Bachelor’s degree required; advanced degree is highly desirable.

Experience:  2-3 years of major gifts leadership experience.  Significant expertise with the area’s funding community highly desirable.  Progressive experience in successful development programs and knowledge of “best practices” in development.

This position requires travel within the region.  This position covers Cedar Rapids, Waterloo and Mason City.

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The American Red Cross is a nonprofit organization that offers employees growth and development, team spirit, competitive salaries and a comprehensive benefits package.

We are proud to be an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer M/F/D/V.