Jan 02, 2019

Major Gifts Officer, Los Angeles, non-profit jobs

  • Youth Policy Institute
  • Hollywood, Los Angeles, CA, USA
Development Youth services

Job Description


Reporting to the Chief Development Officer (CDO), and in partnership with the Executive Vice President and Chief Grants Officer, the Major Gifts Officer has primary responsibility for private fundraising efforts and for building a culture of philanthropy within a $50M+ organization that has been heavily focused on public funding sources. This is an unprecedented opportunity to execute a start-up private philanthropic effort within an established and nationally renowned organization.

The Major Gifts Officer will work closely with the CDO on strategy development and implementation in relation to private fund development, particularly focused on major gifts, but also including corporate and foundation support, special events, social media initiatives and marketing/communications. 

S/he will work with the CDO, Executive Vice President, CEO, Chief Grants Officer, Board of Directors and staff to determine and execute the most effective ways of increasing unrestricted giving among our support base. In collaboration with the CDO, the Major Gifts Officer will help to identify, engage and cultivate effective relationships internally and externally, and help to identify and cultivate new and existing top-level donors for YPI.


  • Develop and implement fundraising activities that lead to an increase in major gifts for the organization.
  • Identify major gifts prospects through existing relationships, research, and representing YPI at events and functions.
  • Cultivate new prospects effectively, including relevant background research on past giving and interests that intersect with YPI’s work.
  • Solicit major gifts using judgement on appropriate timing and type of ask.
  • Steward relationships with major gift donors so they receive updates on the impact of their gift, are invited to varying engagement opportunities, feel appreciated, and become annual donors to YPI.
  • Represent YPI at events locally and nationally to build awareness of work (travel and evening/weekend time required) and develop new relationships.
  • Manage existing and create new relationships with foundation and corporate giving officers; seek additional dollars to support agency-wide efforts.
  • Work closely with Research & Evaluation team to highlight key impact stories for fundraising purposes.


YPI’s Major Gifts Officer will be a proven fundraiser with broad experience, an entrepreneurial spirit and genuine passion for community-based work. S/he will be a strategist, team builder, results-oriented, highly skilled communicator, and collaborator across the YPI’s diverse constituencies (including staff, board members, volunteers, donors, client families, LAUSD, charter school and community partners).


The Major Gifts Officer will have at least 5 years of relevant senior level fundraising experience in a community-based organization as well as a successful track record of securing significant gifts. The ideal candidate will be a self-starter, an adept relationship manager, comfortable engaging both Board members and staff in diverse development initiatives. S/he will have firsthand experience in building and maintaining fundraising programs that identify appropriate prospects, “package” giving opportunities and meaningfully engage donors, partners and volunteers in the work of YPI. Experience that demonstrates the ability to conceptualize, prioritize, goal set, plan (on an annual and multi-year basis), implement, measure, and adapt as needed is essential, as is demonstrated fundraising success. Proven track record with online fundraising is highly desirable.


The Major Gifts Officer will ideally have experience in anti-poverty work and be aware of and sensitive to the many challenges that low-income families face on a daily basis. S/he will be a compelling, credible leader able to effectively articulate the “head and heart” appeal of YPI as well as the economic argument for our programs and outcomes. The ideal candidate will have an inclusive leadership style that endorses and encourages both independent thinking and collaboration. S/he will have the ability to move fundraising initiatives forward by inspiring and motivating people with creativity, energy and a sense of humor.


Candidates with knowledge of the Los Angeles entertainment, financial and philanthropic communities will be given strong consideration. An undergraduate degree is required; an advanced degree is preferred. Proficiency in Spanish is highly desirable.


Salary and benefits will commensurate with qualifications and experience. 

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