Seattle, WA

Major and Leadership Giving Development Officer, YWCA Seattle | King | Snohomish

The Organization
Our mission is to advance the quality of life for women of all ages, races and faiths, and their families. In support of this mission, the YWCA provides services to meet critical needs, promote self-sufficiency, reduce violence, eliminate racism and achieve equal opportunities for all people. Together with YWCA USA and YWCAs across the country, we are dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. We believe that, working together, we can create a community where: All women and families have a safe and stable place to live. All adults are economically self-sufficient. All children and youth develop the skills they need for successful lives. All people live with dignity—free from violence, racism and discrimination.

Position Overview
TITLE:                Major and Leadership Giving Development Officer
LOCATION:       YWCA, Fifth & Seneca, Downtown Seattle
REPORTS TO:    Director of Development
DESCRIPTION:  As a member of the Development team, this position builds and maintains relationships with major and leadership current, prospect and lapsed contributors, and provides YWCA volunteers the support needed to engage solicitations on behalf of the YWCA.


  • Manage a portfolio of major ($5,000+) and leadership ($50,000+ lifetime cumulative) individual donors in order to attain specific annual goals.
  • Create/oversee the strategy to identify, research, cultivate, solicit and steward current, lapsed and potential major and leadership level contributors.
  • In collaboration with development officers/portfolio managers, support executive staff, board members and other volunteers in all aspects of donor stewardship and solicitation; provide training/coaching as needed.
  • In collaboration with development officers/portfolio managers, support executive staff, board members and other volunteers in all aspects of donor stewardship and solicitation; provide training/coaching as needed.
  • Personally solicit and steward major donors, or facilitate solicitation and stewardship through face-to-face visits, with board members, community volunteers and/or executive leadership.
  • Ensure timely, meaningful acknowledgement for all major/leadership pledges and gifts.
  • In collaboration with development officers/portfolio managers, identify donors ready to move up donor ladder, including current annual fund donors with capacity to become major donors, and major donors with capacity to become leadership donors.
  • Prepare written materials, including relevant case statements, proposals, information bulletins and correspondences with major/leadership donors to inform them of the impact of their gift(s), and to keep them up-to-date about YWCA happenings and client needs.
  • Participate in the design of major and leadership donor events, house parties, tours and volunteer opportunities to keep current and prospective major and leadership donors informed and engaged.
  • Participate in development-related committees as assigned.
  • Participate in setting giving policies, guidelines, and reporting standards.
  • Perform other duties as assigned or necessary.
  • Work closely with YWCA program staff to help support resource development, assisting in securing necessary revenue as it relates to individual contributions.
  • Continuing search for understanding of racial, gender and class equity.
  • Adhere to all Volunteer Services protocol relative to volunteer usage, recognition and monitoring.
  • Work alongside volunteers, where applicable.
  • Assure that volunteers are treated with respect and dignity regardless of race, ethnic background, gender or socioeconomic background.


  • Candidate will have at least four to five years of progressively responsible fundraising experience, with demonstrated success in donor cultivation and major gifts solicitation.
  • Bachelor’s degree in a related field or fundraising management certificate (or combination of education and experience will be considered).
  • Demonstrated knowledge of Raiser’s Edge or similar donor database required.
  • Excellent relationship-building and interpersonal communication skills required; demonstrated experience working with board members and volunteers.
  • Knowledge of local philanthropic community a plus.
  • Core competencies expected: initiative, collaboration/partnership, oral/written communication, achieving measureable results, decision making and judgment, integrity, respect, flexibility, organizational awareness, fostering diversity, social justice advocacy.

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an individual to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. In performing this position, the employee:

  • Continuously exchanges information through listening and talking with clients, agency staff, volunteers, and individuals in the community
  • Frequently stands, walks, sits, and climbs in performing duties and in traveling to off-site meetings
  • Frequently reaches and grasps in using telephones, computers, and in general operations
  • Frequently lifts and carries up to 5 lbs. of paperwork, files, and materials
  • Frequently to occasionally performs close work while updating files, reading program information, and using computer


  • Full time, 40 hours per week
  • Rate: $35 per hour
  • Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) Classification: Exempt
  • Excellent benefits package including medical insurance, retirement plan, plus generous vacation, holiday and sick leave plans
  • At the time of hire, employees may choose to voluntarily enroll in the Fidelity 403b Plan.  Typically after two years of employment, employees are eligible to participate in the YWCA Retirement Fund.

CLOSING DATE: Position will remain open until June 22, 2015.

YWCA Seattle | King | Snohomish is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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