Major Gifts Officer - SUA

Crista Ministries Seattle , WA 98113

Posted 3 months ago

Full Time position

Benefits: Medical, Dental, Vision, Retirement


The Major Gifts Officer for SUA is responsible for managing the donor relations team efforts for Seattle Urban Academy (SUA). Work closely with foundation giving staff and corporate sponsorship staff. Lead a cultivation process to maximize donor giving over a 12 to 18 month period. Focus primarily on donors giving $1,000+ and high capacity prospects. Manage a portfolio of donors as well as lead the development strategy for SUA. Cultivate new and expanded relationships with donors through a strategic process of moves management in an effort to better understand their interests and to move them into a larger commitment.


(General overview and may not include all details of responsibilities)


  • Develop a 'moves management' strategy for all SUA Donors and manage a portfolio of donors.

  • Travel to engage donors locally. These visits could include announced or unannounced appointments at places of business, homes, and throughout the community.

  • Contact a targeted number of donors in a given week and month. Keep track of all communication and live contacts made through Salesforce.

  • Work with Senior Director of Donor Relations (SDDR) and the Director of Donor Relations (DDR) to implement a strategy and deliver on cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship plan.

  • Develop in dialogue with performance indicators with SDDR and Executive Director of SUA.

  • Coordinate SUA site visits for donors.

  • Work collaboratively with Senior Director of Marketing, proposal writers, management, and support teams in developing the necessary collateral or possible talking points.

  • Generate reports as needed from Salesforce.

  • Develop a church engagement program.

  • Network with the church in the city of Seattle and the surrounding region that have a heart for ministry in the city.

  • Serve pastors and connect them and their church to work of SUA.

  • Manage SUA Donor Relations office.

  • Regular communication with SUA Executive Director about ministry needs and CDR performance.

  • Regular communication with CEO, President/COO, CFO about SUA Donor Relations activities, accomplishment and goals.

  • Ensure that reports for the ministry are developed and communicated.

  • Ensure that the office is well kept, supplied and well run.

  • Develop with CDR Team, gifts and premiums for donors and customers.

  • Work to create a positive team culture celebrations, birthdays, comings, and goings.

  • Participate as a team member of Resource Advancement and Donor Relations in meetings, prayer, devotions, and other opportunities.

  • Keep up to date on new marketing materials and field news that might be appropriate to donor's individual interests and donation commitments.

  • Work with the Events Team to ensure that SUA events are filled with appropriate audiences.

  • Strive to be involved in appropriate meetings and devotions with the team and faculty at SUA.

  • Provides primary planning and direction for Daybreak and Miracle fundraising events.

  • Have a strong working knowledge of all SUA programs and work to identify the giving and funding opportunities to be able to communicate SUA work to our donors and prospective donors.

  • Work collaboratively with supervisor, coworkers, and customers.

  • Perform other related duties as assigned.

Personal conduct that reflects well on CRISTA Ministries and supports our personal conduct policy

Perform all duties consistent with the CRISTA Ministries Mission Statement



  • Profession that Jesus Christ is Lord and Savior.

  • A lifestyle that is consistent with biblical principles.

  • Agreement and support of CRISTA's Doctrinal Statement.

  • Demonstrates the values of a CRISTA leader.


Associate degree from an accredited college or university recognized by the United States Department of Education or equivalent. Relevant work experience may be substituted for education on a year-for-year basis.


Two years of success in fundraising or sales.


Proficient in Microsoft Office.


  • Has a heart and ability to work cross-culturally.

  • Excellent customer services and sales skills.

  • Excellent verbal and written communication.

  • Goal and task-oriented.

  • Able to solve problems and work independently.

  • Valid Driver's License.

  • Able to keep files organized.

  • Excellent presentation skills.

  • Able to work collaboratively with supervisor, coworkers, and donors.



Microsoft products, Salesforce.


Multicultural experience.

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