In support of its first significant comprehensive campaign, Omega is expanding its Development Department with a newly created position of Organizational Gifts Officer.
The Organizational Gifts Officer will work to significantly increase support from foundations, corporations, and government agencies that are aligned with Omega’s mission, programs, and activities, by understanding Omega’s fundable priorities and identifying appropriate organizational prospects to cultivate and solicit and will be responsible for stewardship reporting (both required and voluntary) for all organizational support. The Organizational Gifts Officer will play a key role in educating Omega colleagues in understanding the elements of a successful proposal, including what constitutes a fundable idea or program; determining how to evaluate and measure the intended and actual impact of a project; coordinating with multiple funding sources to secure support for complex projects; understanding the role that high quality stewardship plays in building long-term funding relationships.
The Gifts Officer will also be responsible for the cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of gifts and grants from current organizational partners with the goal of maintaining those relationships and increasing support wherever possible.
This position is designed to support Omega’s $30M Comprehensive Campaign (2017 – 2020) and to establish long-term funding relationships that will extend beyond the current campaign. The Organizational Gifts Officer may also be asked to assume responsibilities for managing specific projects and responsibilities as needed.
Core Staff benefits include health, dental, vision, life insurance, 403B plan, holidays, vacation, sick, and personal days. In addition, core staff enjoy use of campus property (lake/beach, sauna, tennis and basketball courts, the hiking trails and the sanctuary), can attend all optional classes that are offered to program participants as well as select over 1,500 specially designed classes that are offered only to the staff community. Core staff receive a complimentary catalog workshop as well as discounts on other catalog workshops, discounts in the Café, Omega Store, and Wellness Center. When campus is open, we are happy to extend complimentary lunch in the dining hall to staff when they are at work.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Omega complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), as amended by the ADA Amendments Act, and all applicable New York State or local laws. Consistent with those requirements, Omega will reasonably accommodate qualified individuals with a disability if such accommodation would allow the individual to satisfactorily perform the essential functions of the job, unless doing so would create an undue hardship.
- Alignment with Omega's mission, goals, and core values
- Ability to understand the interests of potential organizational donors in order to develop successful funding relationships between them and Omega
- Demonstrated expertise in concept development and proposal-writing
- Awareness and understanding of funding trends with foundation, corporate, and government funders
- Interest in and familiarity with holistic education
- Excellent interpersonal skills and a demonstrated record of completing assignments
- Willingness to travel
- Comfortable working with all levels within the organization and its membership
- Track record of meeting and achieving annual fundraising goals
- Highly responsive, timely, accurate and thorough in follow-through
- Ability to work autonomously and meet deadlines
- Awareness of trends and development in the holistic education field
- Demonstrated competence in proposal writing, including strong editing skills and the ability to develop relevant and compelling requests, and competence in project management as it relates to the development and execution of complex proposals
- Proficiency in budget development and budget monitoring
Preferred Education and Experience:
- Five to seven years demonstrated successful experience in corporate, foundation, and government fundraising
- Bachelor’s Degree required; Master’s degree a plus
- Proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel; familiarity with Raiser’s Edge a plus
As a member of the Development Department, the Organizational Gifts Officer will solicit donors for philanthropic support, for the campaign as well as other approved initiatives. The Gifts Officer will report to the Development Director and will support and work collaboratively and strategically with the Chief Executive Officer, the Chief External Affairs Officer, and other Omega leadership.
The Organizational Gifts Officers will:
Manage a portfolio of current organizational prospects, including stewardship of existing grants and determining opportunities for requesting renewed and/or additional support. Current portfolio consists of approximately 20 organizational prospects and include:
- grants from both national and local foundations that range in size from $5K to $3M
- gift-in-kind contributions from aligned corporations
- capital grants from NYS agencies
- sponsorships for events, programs, and overall Omega support
- Identify and cultivate new relationships with prospective corporate, foundation, and government funding sources; design and implement strategies to increase funding beyond current levels, which may include such strategies as leveraging new program development, the implementation of the Omega membership program and Omega’s new interactive website, and the visibility and recognition opportunities that accompany a significant fundraising campaign
The Organizational Gifts Officer will participate in all aspects of the funder relationship cycle, including:
- Understanding the funding landscape for foundations, corporations, and government agencies and identifying appropriate funding opportunities to pursue
- Developing appropriate cultivation strategies for these prospects them, including working with Omega staff and Board and/or Campaign volunteers
- Manage all aspects of the relationship with organizational funders, including the involvement of Omega board, leadership, or other staff as appropriate
- Submitting high quality written proposals in a timely and ambitious fashion
- Assuring that all grant conditions are met, including required stewardship reports
- Understand how to orchestrate and support effective partnerships for collaborative funding opportunities as well as to secure support for a project from multiple agencies or funding organizations
- Develop, recommend, and implement appropriate strategies for cultivating, soliciting and stewarding organizational donors; consult with Development colleagues, Omega Leadership, and Board and other volunteers as appropriate
- Partner with Omega Leadership, the Omega Board, and Omega staff, faculty, and volunteers (as appropriate) to develop effective solicitation and stewardship strategies for individual prospects with foundation and/or corporate affiliations; arrange foundation or corporation visits for the Chief Executive Officer, the Chief External Affairs Officer, the Omega Board and Board Chair, and other Omega leadership and high level volunteers, accompanying them when appropriate
- Prepare written briefings for senior management and visits with donors and prospective donors, as well as follow-up documentation and correspondence
- Work cooperatively with other staff in expanding the pool of volunteers and prospective donors and in coordinating solicitation strategies and campaign activities as appropriate
- Recommend and assist with donor activity involving the Chief Executive Officer, the Chief External Affairs Officer, the Omega Board and Board Chair, and Omega leadership
- Be a highly energetic professional with a demonstrated track record of building organizational donor relationships and closing gifts in the five and six-figure range
- Be a resource for other Omega staff
- Assignments involve work of a confidential or complex nature, requiring considerable discretion, judgment, tact and diplomacy.
- This position functions in Omega’s administrative offices on the Omega campus but requires significant travel, sometimes overnight.
- Physical demands: This is largely a sedentary role; however, some filing is required. This would require the ability to lift files, open filing cabinets, and bend or stand, as necessary. Office workers aren't expected to perform heavy lifting regularly, but they may be expected to lift a box of paper or similar item, which weighs approximately 20 pounds.
- This is a full-time position.
- The typical days and hours of work are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. This schedule may vary when special needs and projects arise.
- Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
After carefully reviewing the requirements above, qualified individuals are invited to apply. A resume and well-crafted cover letter should be attached that serves as an introduction and includes answers to the following questions:
- Why are you applying for this role?
- What can you offer Omega?
- In what way has your professional life reflected Omega's mission statement?
- What are your salary requirements? (Feel free to state a range.)
- How did you find out about this position?
Applications will be accepted until the position is filled but applications received by July 27, 2018, will receive best consideration.
Applicants with disabilities may be entitled to reasonable accommodations to assist in completing this application to the extent required by applicable law. A reasonable accommodation is a change in the way things are normally done that will ensure an equal employment opportunity without imposing undue hardships on Omega, such as providing an application with larger font applicants with impaired vision. Please inform Omega’s People & Culture Department if you need assistance completing any forms or participating in the application process at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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