Seattle, WA

Major 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

LOCATION: YWCA, 5th & 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. This position has a social justice component that will allow for critical thinking around how the external systems impact the work that we are doing through the lens of racism and intersections with poverty. Valuing diversity and championing anti-racism policy are core values. As an equal opportunity employer, we highly encourage people of color to apply.


Major Gifts, in collaboration with development officers:

  • Identify donors ready to move up donor ladder, including current annual fund donors with capacity to become major donors and manage a portfolio of major donor prospects (those giving to YWCA but not yet at the $5000 level). Once prospect becomes a major donor, continue relationship building and portfolio management as possible.
  • Create and oversee the strategy to identify, research, cultivate, solicit and steward current, lapsed and potential major level contributors.
  • In collaboration with development officers, 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 donor prospects, 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.
  • Assist with preparing 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.
  • Assist with the YWCA planned giving program, including but not limited to identifying planned giving prospects from our current pool, working with the Planned Giving Council, and preparing planned giving materials.
  • 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.

Other Responsibilities

  • Work closely with YWCA program staff to help support resource development, assisting in securing necessary revenue as it relates to individual contributions.
  • Implement all work by incorporating the YWCA’s Social Justice Initiative by understanding how racism, sexism, classism and other oppressions intersect and are embedded in all institutions and systems.
  • 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 backgrounds


  • 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.
  • Knowledge of the local philanthropic community a plus.
  • Excellent relationship-building and interpersonal communication skills required; demonstrated experience working with board members and volunteers.
  • Experience working with communities of color.
  • Demonstrated understanding of the intersection of racism and poverty.
  • Core competencies expected: initiative, collaboration/partnership, oral/written communication, achieving measureable results, decision making and judgment, integrity, respect, flexibility, organizational awareness, fostering diversity and social justice advocacy


Customer Service: We treat our customers with culturally competent courtesy and respect, and react with urgency and sensitivity to their important concerns.

Social Justice: Collectively and individually, we work to eliminate the effects of racism, sexism, homophobia, ageism and other oppressions and help our clients achieve equitable outcomes, outcomes that prioritize those with multiple barriers, in the areas we serve.

Teamwork: We value individual excellence in the achievement of organizational goals and work effectively as a team for the benefit of the YWCA and our stakeholders. We acknowledge that cultural competence is required when evaluating effective work and teamwork and that the voice of our staff of color, immigrant and refugee staff, LGBTQ staff and other marginalized staff comes through as positive, effective and relational in a variety of ways, and that internalized superiority or inferiority can play a role in how a staff member interacts on teams. We work to understand barriers that staff may be facing and support staff that are facing multiple barriers.

Communication: We communicate openly, honestly and accurately with our internal and external stakeholders. We listen respectfully, solicit feedback and are open to the suggestions and solutions of others. We understand that internalized oppressions play a role in how we communicate, what we communicate and what we gatekeep. We work to be accountable gatekeepers, acknowledge our superiority and inferiority while communicating and create a flat structure where power is not front and center in the communication that we engage in.

Integrity: We are ethical and trustworthy in our business practices and interactions with each other.

Accountability: We are accountable to each other and our communities, and we seek to continuously improve the quality of our services.  We are transparent in sharing information with stakeholders and the public.


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 materialsFrequently to occasionally performs close work while updating files, reading program information, and using computer


  • $28.00 – $35.00/hour DOE
  • Full-time, 40 hours per week
  • Labor Standards Act (FLSA) Classification: Exempt
  • Excellent benefit 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.

The YWCA of Seattle | King | Snohomish is an Equal Opportunity Employer

How To Apply
Please submit your cover letter and resume to

CLOSING DATE: Position will remain open until filled

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