Major Gifts Officer (Santa Barbara)

1236 Chapala Street near Victoria

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compensation: Salary is dependent on experience and education. Benefits include medical, dental, vision, life insurance, paid holidays, vacation and sick pay (accruals based upon a 40 hours per week basis) and a 403(b) matching program.
employment type: full-time


CALM’s mission is to prevent childhood trauma, heal children and families, and build resilient communities throughout Santa Barbara County. CALM is looking for a talented fundraising professional to join our growing organization. If you are committed to developing relationships with prospective donors and being a change agent for an organization, then send in a cover letter and resume today! We are seeking a Major Gifts Officer to join our Development team. The position is responsible for managing and cultivating relationships with existing major gift donors and prospects, including donor identification, donor cultivation and gift solicitation. This is a full-time, exempt position at our Santa Barbara office.

SUMMARY: Reporting to the Director of Development, the Major Gifts Officer designs, develops and implements CALM’s major gifts and planned giving programs. The position is responsible for managing and cultivating relationships with existing major gift donors and prospects, including donor identification, donor cultivation and gift solicitation. The ideal candidate must be a good listener, strategist, and planner and have demonstrated success in solicitations over $10,000 with high net worth donors. An ability to build meaningful relationships with donors, clearly communicate CALM’s mission, and persevere through the development cycle is key.


• Develop and manage a portfolio of approximately 100-125 prospects and donors.
• Create and maintain a moves management strategy for each donor (individuals, foundations, and corporations) to serve as a foundational communication, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship plan. Execute the plan on a timely basis so each donor is thanked, retained and upgraded.
• Identify and secure major gifts at the $10,000 + level.
• Prepare materials to support fundraising, including informational materials, gift proposals and agreements, endowment agreements, contact reports and other documentation.
• Ensure post-gift stewardship, including donor acknowledgement through public and private recognition strategies.
• Develop a planned giving program, including maintaining working knowledge of planned giving vehicles, identifying and contacting planned giving prospects, and acting as a source of information for interested donors.
• Attend and assist with all fundraising activities and events.
• Manage systems and software to track and cultivate donors and prospects, including CALM’s donor database and wealth screening tools.
• Complete periodic reports that accurately reflect caseload activity and performance.
• Work with staff to attain strong understanding of CALM and its services. Use this information to identify programs and projects that would attract gift support from individuals, corporations and foundations.
• Work closely with the Director of Development to develop new ideas and innovative approaches to major gift fundraising.
• Communicates passionately about the work and mission of CALM to current and potential donors.
• Other duties may be assigned as they pertain to the position.

This position requires a bachelor’s degree from an accredited university, preferably in non-profit or business management, and 3-5 years fundraising experience in a professional position, or any combination of education, training or experience that demonstrates the ability to perform the duties of the position. An advanced degree in non-profit management, business or public policy is preferred and baseline certification in fundraising, preferably the CFRE (Certified Fund Raising Executive) is desired. Must have a passion for CALM’s mission and the ability to convey that to others. Must have a valid California drivers’ license, clean DMV record, and criminal record clearance from the Department of Justice.

• Understanding of and commitment to the Santa Barbara County philanthropic community
• The ability to develop relationships with high net worth individuals in a broad range of professions using strong cultivation and solicitation strategies
• Demonstrated success in solicitations over $10,000 with high net worth donors
• Ability to successfully manage projects
• Experience in prospect research techniques and resources
• Superior written and verbal communication skills
• Detail-oriented and committed to meeting tight deadlines
• Strong administrative, organization, and follow-up skills must be consistently practiced.
• Exceptional interpersonal skills: the ability to effectively work and interact respectfully within a diverse and inclusive environment, including internally amongst staff and externally in the broader community
• Deep personal integrity and strong work ethic
• Experience working with volunteers and a proven track record of collaboration in a team environment
• Proficient in MS Office and experience with constituent relationship management programs.

Communications skills – Speaks and writes clearly and informatively, listens to others, works to resolve conflicts and maintains confidentiality, able to effectively present information and respond to questions from staff, partners, donors, and the community.

Professionalism – Approaches others with tact, reacts well under pressure, treats others with respect and consideration, keeps commitments and accepts responsibility for own actions, works with integrity and upholds CALM values. Ability to exercise a high level of discretion and professionalism in handling sensitive situations.

Initiative – Undertakes self-development activities, is a solution seeker, looks for and takes advantage of opportunities, asks for and offers help when needed.

Customer Service – Manages difficult situations, with supervisory support as needed, responds promptly to others’ needs, solicits feedback, promptly responds to request for service and assistance.

Dependability – Can be relied on to meet schedules and deadlines, must be punctual, responds to management direction in a timely manner, takes responsibility for own actions, keeps commitments, able to create and implement measurable objectives and goals.

Planning and Organizing – Prioritizes and plans work activities, manages competing priorities, uses time efficiently, sets goals and objectives, develops realistic action plans and takes responsibility for implementing them.

Problem Solving – Identifies and resolves problems in a timely manner, gathers and analyzes information skillfully, develops alternative solutions, works well in a group problem solving situations, uses reason even when dealing with emotional topics.

Leadership – Displays passion and optimism, inspires respect and trust, provides vision and inspiration to colleagues, gives appropriate recognition to others, displays willingness to make decisions, exhibits sounds judgment, identifies and resolves problems in a timely manner. Supports staff efforts to succeed.

Financial Management – Creates vision in the fund development budget and works within the approved budget, exercises appropriate cost control, is accountable for use of agency resources, and maximizes use of allocated resources. Demonstrates ability to secure significant contributions of all sizes.

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by 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.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to:

• Stand, walk, sit, reach with hands and arms, balance, stoop, kneel, or crouch.
• Drive from one location to another
• Lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.
• Drive from one location to another.
• The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.
• While performing the duties of the position, the employee is not exposed to weather conditions.

This is a full time position. A full time work schedule will be established in consultation with the Director of Development, some evening and weekend hours may apply. The normal work week is Monday – Friday. Normal office hours will be established between the hours of 8:00am and 6:00pm.

Salary is dependent on experience and education. Benefits include medical, dental, vision, life insurance, paid holidays, vacation and sick pay (accruals based upon a 40 hours per week basis) and a 403(b) matching program.


CALM provides equal opportunity for all qualified applicants and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, ancestry, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, age, veteran status, or any other protected classification.

Interested and qualified applicants should submit a cover letter and resume. Please put the title of the position in the subject line of the email.
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