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Leadership Giving Officer

United Way of Massachusetts Bay
Job Title: Leadership Giving Officer
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Job Search Ends:
September 8th, 2022


Position Description

About Us:

We are the Uniters. We bring people together to solve problems. We identify the most pressing issues in our community and we bring together the people we think can solve them. United Way funds agencies that, working together, can address the nuances of complex problems like homelessness or the academic achievement gap. We create programs and initiatives to fill unmet needs. We deploy volunteers and socially responsible companies as the engines of change and the feet on the street, delivering hope to people in need. We raise funding through generous donors who understand that social change can't happen without it.


POSITION TITLE: Leadership Gifts Officer

DIVISION: Development

REPORTS TO: Assistant Vice President, Individual Giving & Leadership Gifts

STATUS: Exempt, Full-time



The Individual Giving and Leadership Gifts Officer is responsible for achieving clearly defined revenue goals by cultivating relationships with Leadership donors and prospects ($1,000+) and effective management of a portfolio of 250-300 donors. Cultivation efforts will lead to improved donor retention, acquisition, and growth across various channels. They will cultivate and solicit leadership contributors and prospects through workplace campaigns, community-based efforts, effective communications, as well as other fundraising events and engagement opportunities. This position is also responsible for establishing, enhancing and leveraging key internal relationships in order to achieve optimal results.



The position is responsible for achieving annual revenue goals in total dollars and donor retention, growth and acquisition. The ideal candidate for this position will achieve these goals with success in the following areas:


IWhat: Meet revenue and established goals

  • How: Cultivate relationships with and solicit a portfolio of approximately 250-300 leadership donors and prospects ($1,000+). Execute a moves management plan for a portfolio of donors and prospects. The plan will include cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship goals achieved through strategic engagement, in person visits, personal phone calls and handwritten notes for donors in their portfolio. Engage in research/utilize existing information to effectively leverage relationships.

IIWhat: Support implementation of the established moves management plan

  • How: Support Individual Giving Leadership team in implementing a recruitment and retention plan for individual donors to further cultivate relationships for annual support. Help determine potential gift amounts and/or collaborative activities in order to increase annual support. Help to prepare routine analysis and monitor revenue and expense goals.


IIIWhat: Communicate effectively with colleagues about donors and prospects

  • How: Enter all meeting notes into UWMB's Andar database system within 5 business days of each visit. Alert Development staff as relevant to any time sensitive knowledge gained as a result of visits that could be leveraged for the good of United Way and the community. Build and enhance relationships with internal colleagues in order to gain knowledge, trust and achieve optimal results.

IVWhat: Develop and implement strategies to maximize donor and prospect contact and ultimately revenue

  • How: Utilize a consultative approach with donors and prospects. Ensure that individual goals are aligned with the organizational goals and overall development goals. Partner with Corporate Relations teams to develop creative solutions to overcome challenges. Co-lead discussions on the topic of strategies for leadership donor engagement.



  • Bachelor's Degree and minimum 3-5 years of fundraising or transferable experience in either the private or non-profit sector.
  • Experience and understanding of consultative sales and engagement approach preferred.
  • Proven experience and ability to build relationships with donors resulting in major gifts.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills; the ability to inform, inspire and connect prospects and donors to United Way's work in the community
  • Strong customer service skills and commitment to donor confidentiality
  • Strong organizational skills with demonstrated ability to manage and prioritize multiple tasks.
  • Demonstrated ability to build strong internal partnerships and work within cross-functional teams; team player.
  • High-energy individual with a positive outlook.
  • Ability to be flexible and adapt quickly to changing environment.
  • Creative and Strategic problem solver.
  • Highly motivated self-starter; able and willing to take initiative and action
  • Commitment to accountability.
  • Proficiency in a Microsoft Office environment required. Experience with data management systems strongly preferred.
  • Volunteer Management preferred
  • Commitment to excellence and to the mission of United Way.
  • Commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion


United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley is committed to hiring individuals who reflect the diversity of our communities.

For more information, or to apply now, you must go to the website below. Please DO NOT email your resume to us as we only accept applications through our website.


133 Federal Street, Suite 802 | Boston, MA 02110
Phone: 617.426.2606
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