The International Rescue Committee (IRC) responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people to survive and rebuild their lives. Founded in 1933 at the request of Albert Einstein, the IRC offers lifesaving care and life-changing assistance to refugees forced to flee from war or disaster. At work today in over 40 countries and 29 U.S. cities, we restore safety, dignity and hope to millions who are uprooted and struggling to endure.
The role of Leadership Gifts Officer is to assist the International Rescue Committee fulfill its mission by supporting the IRC revenue priorities. With a geographical focus on the Western United States, the Officer will be an entrepreneurial professional who enjoys front-line relationship building and devising prospecting strategies for his/her portfolio, including crafting and executing strategies to cultivate, solicit, and steward donors and prospects with the capacity to give 5- and 6- figure leadership gifts and select members of the IRC’s Board of Directors and Overseers who are themselves engaged in fundraising. The Leadership Gifts will collaborate with fellow officers within the same geographical area and across the nation with a goal to renew and upgrade gifts of $10,000 or more.
Reporting to the Senior Officer, Leadership Gifts, the Officer serves a critical role in helping to develop and implement strategy and analyze results. S/he will be expected to understand the needs and performance of donors and prospects, communicate and collaborate superbly with colleagues, business partners and supporters, think strategically, make recommendations, offer creative solutions and manage systems to continually grow and improve the IRC’s donor relationships and prospecting with high wealth individuals and families.
- Draft solicitations, cultivation correspondence, proposals and other written materials to engage current donors and prospects. Design ways to deepen donor commitment and enhanced gift giving. Develop and maintain a calendar of communications.
- Offer to personally visit or arrange in-person appointments for IRC leadership, both senior staff and volunteers, with all appropriate donors and prospects annually.
- Prepare strategy, briefing and debriefing materials for face-to-face meetings with donors conducted by senior staff or volunteer leadership.
- Track progress utilizing software applications.
- Liaise with program staff in both U.S. Programs and International Programs (USP and IPD) to gather materials which are translated into proposals or donor reports.
- Request administrative support or attend to administrative needs personally on correspondence, expense reports and other administrative matters.
- Provide support to Senior Officer on mailings, events and other projects as needed.
Impact of Work: Responsible for a portfolio of approximately $2 million. Fundraising efforts support the operation of the entire organization.
Minimum: Bachelor’s degree or equivalent
Preferred: Master’s degree
Minimum: 3 to 5 years progressively responsible experience in not-for-profit fundraising.
Preferred: Experience and comfort with planned giving.
Demonstrated Skills and Competencies :
Minimum: Excellent oral and written communications skills. Creative thinking to develop engagement strategies with maximum impact. Organizational Skills. Tact and diplomacy. Ability to work independently.
Licenses or Certifications: Driver’s license.
Working Environment: Standard Office Environment. Travel required.