Development Manager - Major Gifts

Development Manager - Major Gifts

Hiring Organization Information

Organization Name: 
Ballard Food Bank
United States

Position Information

Employment Type: 
Full time
Experience Level: 
Salary Range: 
Job Category: 
Development | Fundraising
Organizational Overview: 

Ballard Food Bank’s mission is to bring food and hope to our neighbors because there can be enough for everyone. To achieve our mission, we provide access to nutritious foods through our grocery model food bank and Community Resource Hub, which encompasses financial resources, referral, and mail services that support self-sufficiency. We also advocate for food equity and justice. Our new home, which opened in October 2021, serves as a Hub for Hope as it brings together food, services, and community partners in a one-stop shop. The Ballard Food Bank actively strives to be an anti-racist organization and promotes the values of diversity, equity, and inclusion in its work.

Role Responsibilities: 

Position Summary: Ballard Food Bank has a generous community of supporters. The Development Manager – Major Gifts will be responsible for building relationships with individuals and inviting them to make investments in Ballard Food Bank’s mission and programs. This is a new and exciting position on the development team/communications team, working collaboratively with colleagues across the organization to help grow the organization’s philanthropic giving. This position will report to the Director of Development and Communications. This is a hybrid position with some flexibility in scheduling.


• Growth of major gifts fundraising program, including oversight of individualized moves management strategies.

• Manage a relationship portfolio of approximately 150 major donors and prospects with capacity to give a minimum of $1,000 annually, and/or ability to provide planned gifts.

• Work collaboratively with staff leadership and board members to direct the strategic identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of donor prospects, and implement effective fundraising strategies for giving.

• Set weekly and monthly donor contact goals (calls and visits) and achieve annual goals for substantive donor contacts to identify, cultivate, solicit, and steward donors.

• Maintain and record accurate and detailed records of donor communications and prospect management including documentation of major gifts interactions within Little Green Light.

• Other duties as assigned.

Candidate Qualifications: 


• 3-5 years of successful development experience (including minimum two years of major gifts experience) with track record of closing gifts and meeting goals.

• Commitment to racial equity and social justice.

• Bachelor’s degree or equivalent and development/fundraising certification preferred.

• Strong verbal and written communication skills, ability to communicate ideas with enthusiasm to donors, and an ability to effectively match interests of donor needs.

• Experience working with Board members to cultivate and steward donors and secure significant gifts.

• Demonstrated skills initiating and managing projects, working independently, and meeting deadlines.

• Exemplify ethical standards of professional, community-centric fundraising, including maintaining confidentiality.

• Adept at working with MS Office Suite and experience with fundraising CRM.

• Excellent interpersonal skills with collegial approach.

• Flexibility as needed to work evenings and/or weekends for special events.

• Highly reliable, with initiative and flexibility

• Enthusiasm for BFB’s vision and mission.

Physical demands and work environment: Ballard Food Bank strongly encourages vaccination against COVID-19 to keep our community safe. While performing the duties of this job you will: • Be required to be onsite at Ballard Food Bank several days per week but may work remotely for part of the work week. • Engage in regular communication with internal and external individuals and groups—written and verbally, sometimes in person and sometimes virtually. • Routinely sit/stand at a laptop/computer; keyboarding. • May involve working some evening and weekend hours for some events and meetings. The physical demands and work environment described are representative of those for an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions

How to Apply

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Application Deadline: 
open/posted until filled
Application Instructions: 
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