Major Gifts Officer

Website PAWS

Position Title:             Major Gifts Officer

Accountable to:          Director of Development

A Northwest leader in protecting animals since 1967, the Progressive Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) celebrated our 50th year in 2017. PAWS shelters homeless animals, rehabilitates injured and orphaned wildlife and empowers people to demonstrate compassion and respect for animals in their daily lives.

Purpose of Position:

The Major Gifts Officer is responsible for developing and managing PAWS’ major gifts program, working closely with PAWS leadership team, Board of Directors and other leadership volunteers. The Major Gifts Officer must be able to effectively communicate the needs and vision for PAWS, solicit major gifts and help others solicit major gifts for PAWS.

Duties and Responsibilities:

In accordance with organizational policies, duties include but are not limited to:

  • In partnership with the Director of Development and Annual Fund Manager, develops and implements an enhanced major gifts program (gifts of $1000 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 assigned major gift prospects. Identifies, cultivates, upgrades, solicits and stewards major gift prospects in support of PAWS’ life-saving work. Working closely with the 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.
  • Coordinates the participation of PAWS’ leadership team, Board of Directors, leadership volunteers and staff in major gift fundraising activities. Assists the Director of Development and Annual Fund Manager 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, in partnership with the Donor Relations Coordinator. Creates summary reports and analyzes trends in the major gifts program.
  • Actively participates in future capital campaign planning process.
  • Manage and coordinate major donor cultivation and stewardship events, tours of PAWS and wildlife releases.
  • May perform other duties as required.

Controls over work

The Major Gifts Officer works under the general guidance of the Director of Development, but will frequently work directly and collaboratively with other staff as appropriate, and is expected to pursue the established duties without direct supervision.  Written performance evaluations will be given after the first three months and first twelve months of work and annually thereafter.

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.


  • A Bachelor’s degree and at least three years experience of progressively responsible and successful fund development experience, with an emphasis on cultivating and securing major gifts.
  • 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.
  •  Must be 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.
  • Must be 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.
  • Must have or be able to obtain a valid Washington driver’s license with no major or repeated minor traffic offenses.
  • Fundraising experience in the animal welfare or environmental fields, and general knowledge of gift planning vehicles and capital campaigns is desirable.
  • A sincere interest and belief in the philosophy of animal welfare.
  • 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.
  • Note: All Offers of Employment are Conditional, based on successful completion of background check


None specified


4-year degree


To apply:

Please submit your resume and cover letter stating why you are interested in this position and what makes you uniquely qualified. Send to:

Major Gifts Search

P.O. Box 1037

Lynnwood, WA 98046

Or via email to

First consideration will be given to applicants who respond by December 22, 2017.

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