Major Gifts Officer

Hiring Organization Information

Organization Name: 
United States

Position Information

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

A Northwest leader in protecting animals since 1967, the Progressive Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) shelters homeless animals, rehabilitates injured and orphaned wildlife, and empowers people to demonstrate compassion and respect for animals in their daily lives. The organization is currently in the quiet phase of a $30 million capital campaign that will fund the construction of a 25-acre, purpose-built campus. 

Role Responsibilities: 

Position Description:

The Major Gifts Officer is responsible for cultivating and growing relationships with current and prospective major donors and soliciting gifts The Major Gifts Officer will spend 80% of their time securing gifts of $25,000 or more for the PAWS capital campaign and 20% of their time securing annual major gifts of $1,000 or more. The Major Gifts Officer will work closely with the PAWS leadership team, Board of Directors and other leadership volunteers. The Major Gifts Officer must be able to effectively communicate the vision for PAWS, solicit major gifts and help others solicit major gifts for PAWS.

This is a full-time position located out of Lynnwood, WA.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Implements an enhanced major gifts program (annual fund gifts of $1,000 or more), including a detailed annual plan and comprehensive cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship strategies for current major donors, as well as a process for identifying new prospects.
  • Manages a portfolio of 150 to 200 assigned major gift prospects. Identifies, cultivates, upgrades, solicits and stewards major gift prospects in support of PAWS’ life-saving work. Working closely with the Capital Campaign Director and Director of Development, leads the conceptual design, writing and production of proposals, informational materials, gift agreements and illustrations, and other materials needed to secure major gifts.
  • Meets monthly activity goals, averaging 10 to 14 substantive contacts with assigned prospects each month.Coordinates the participation of PAWS’ leadership team, Board of Directors, leadership volunteers and staff in major gift fundraising activities. Assists the Capital Campaign Director and Director of Development in capacity-building trainings for PAWS Board and leadership team to support our major gifts strategy.
  • Maintains major donor information and tracking systems using Raiser’s Edge donor database and files. Creates summary reports and analyzes trends in the major gifts program.
  • Build relationships, supports and recruits high-level volunteers to engage others and solicit gifts on behalf of PAWS.
  • Introduces PAWS donors to the capital campaign and building plans, securing multi-year pledges in support of the project.
  • When appropriate, cultivates and solicits donors for five- and six-figure comprehensive, multi-year pledges in support of both PAWS’ annual operating and capital campaign fundraising goals.
  • Manages and coordinates major donor cultivation and stewardship events, tours of PAWS and wildlife releases.
  • May perform other related duties as required.

Physical Demands:

The work may require occasional long periods of sitting at a desk while using a computer, calculator or other office equipment. Local, and some regional, travel will be required.


  • Generous benefits available including health/vision/dental/disability/life insurance, 403(b) with Company contribution and match, paid time off, paid holidays, Employee Assistance Program, pet supply discounts.

Note: Under the provisions of the Immigration and Reform Act of 1986, the successful candidate will be required to provide both evidence of identity and eligibility for employment.

All Offers of Employment are Conditional, based on successful completion of reference and background checks.


Candidate Qualifications: 


  • A Bachelor’s degree and at least five years’ of progressively responsible and successful fund development experience, with an emphasis on cultivating and securing major gifts (gifts of $1,000 or more).
  • Excellent verbal and writing skills, an ability to work both independently and as part of a team and to serve as a knowledgeable and enthusiastic ambassador for PAWS.
  • Able to read, write and speak clearly in English so that written and verbal instructions can be followed.
  • Strong organizational, interpersonal and administrative skills. Highly collaborative, proactive and flexible.
  • Excellent computer skills (including Microsoft Office Suite, Internet). Familiarity with donor database software and tracking systems. Proficiency with Raiser’s Edge a plus.
  • Must maintain a high level of confidentiality and have a tactful, mature and sincere attitude.
  • Able to multi-task well, work well under pressure and have a good sense of humor.
  • Ability to work with diverse groups and individuals, clearly define goals, and plan and organize efforts to achieve objectives.
  • Fundraising experience in the animal welfare or environmental fields, and general knowledge of gift planning vehicles and capital campaigns is desirable.
  • Possess a sincere interest and belief in the philosophy of animal welfare.
  • Must have or be able to obtain a valid Washington driver’s license with no major or repeated minor traffic offenses and auto-insurance with required coverage limits.

How to Apply

Application Contact:
Application Instructions: 
Send resume, cover letter stating why you are uniquely qualified, and a PAWS employment application