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Senior Major Gifts Officer


OPB seeks an experienced major gifts professional to optimize support from OPB’s most generous donors and top prospects and to secure vital funding for OPB’s original content production and special projects, capital campaign and renewable major gifts.  The Senior Major Gifts Officer is a full-time, exempt, regular status position with benefits.

Position Details

Primary Duties/Responsibilities:

The Senior Major Gifts Officer manages a portfolio of OPB’s most generous donors and top prospects and is responsible for cultivation, solicitation and purposeful stewardship of relationships for optimal support of OPB’s mission.  

Working Conditions:

This position spends the majority of time in the office or off-site during OPB’s business hours (8-5, Monday through Friday) with extensive use of a computer and telephone. Evening or weekend work is required to carry out events and meetings. Occasional travel is required mainly within the region (Oregon and southwest Washington) to participate in and facilitate donor meetings, events and professional development training. Occasional out-of-state travel may occur for conferences and meetings. Some activities may require moving up to 40 lbs.

Required Qualifications:

  • At least five years successful fundraising experience with evidence of increasing responsibility.
  • Proven ability to prospect, cultivate and steward major donors.
  • A track record of success presenting and closing major gift asks.
  • Ability to speak with donors comprehensively about opportunities and methods of giving. Track record of success in closing five-to-six figure gifts.
  • Ability to determine and understand the needs and interests of donors to develop productive relationships with OPB.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Highly-organized, motivated, proactive and goal driven. Attention to accuracy and completeness of work.
  • Able to engage in conversation with high-level donors and prospects on a variety of subjects relating to OPB’s work such as news, culture, history, etc.
  • Demonstrated leadership and the ability to successfully manage projects.
  • Technologically savvy, with fluent use of business software systems including Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint), and fundraising CRMs.
  • Ability to exercise sound judgment, discretion and compliance with OPB and AFP ethics policies and standards.
  • Genuine interest in and enthusiasm for OPB’s public service mission and the ability to effectively articulate our case for support.  

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Conversant in planned giving techniques and best practices.
  • Experience with social media platforms for fundraising and writing for website content.
  • Fluent use of project management software.
  • Bachelor’s Degree.

To apply:

  • Please send an email or letter of interest requesting the instructions on how to apply for this position (Senior Major Gifts Officer) to or OPB Human Resources, 7140 SW Macadam Ave., Portland, OR 97219. 
  • Instructions on how to apply will be sent within 24 hours of receiving the letter of interest Monday through Friday. If a letter of interest is sent over the weekend or a holiday, application instructions will be sent by the end of the next business day.
  • Screening of submitted application materials begins March 9, 2017.

Application Deadline

This position is open until filled.

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