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Life Adventure Center of the Bluegrass
Job Description/ Posting
Major Gifts Officer

Summary: The Major Gift Officer will be an energetic, gregarious and passionate fundraising professional responsible for identifying, cultivating, soliciting, securing and stewarding major gifts for Life Adventure Center’s innovative and life-changing outdoor programs. Operating within a “small shop” advancement team, the ideal candidate will work closely with and report to the Executive Director. He/she will have experience identifying and building long term relationships with donors and community partners. He/she will possess a proven track record in identifying, cultivating, soliciting and closing four to six figure gifts. He/she will exhibit a passion for the impact outdoor adventure programming can have on at-risk kids, veterans and adults recovering from trauma. This new position represents an opportunity to “make your mark” within a burgeoning development effort. More importantly, it represents an opportunity to profoundly impact our clients’ lives by supporting unique, cutting-edge, evidence-based experiential educational camps & retreats for disadvantaged populations!

Job duties and responsibilities include:

  • Develop short and long -term strategic fund raising and constituent relationship plans for major, individual gifts. Develop and present to the Executive Director appropriate, tactical plans of action, implementation, evaluation, and progress reports with regard to major gift solicitations and donor/gift stewardship.
  • Work with the Executive Director and Director of Administration to identify and plan the cultivation of donors – completing a minimum of two to three face-to-face visits with major gift prospect/donors each week. The major gifts officer will be expected to be approximately 75% engaged outside of the office. 
  • Work with staff and program alumni, when appropriate, to provide direct testimonials and engagement with which to cultivate major donors/prospects’ interest in supporting our mission.
  • Solicit major gifts primarily in pursuit of annual fund needs but leading to later support for capital improvements (in accordance with our land-use master plan), quasi-endowment growth, planned giving, and strategic objectives. 
  • Provide superior customer service, donor/gift stewardship and recognition to ensure positive, long-term relationships with and retention of supporters. 
  • Adhere to the highest standards of professional fundraising ethics regarding, but not limited to: donor solicitations, stewardship, gift management, reporting and confidentiality. 
  • Periodically (at the direction of the Executive Director) and professionally interact with/ report to our board of trustees. 
  • Comply with internal financial controls and perform general accounting duties as directed by the Chief Financial Officer. 
  • Perform clerical duties including extensive and detailed updates to our donor/prospect contact management software (currently Campwise™), central filing systems, copying, scanning, etc.
  • Perform other duties as may be assigned by the Executive Director.

Qualifications and requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience.
  • Minimum three years of professional fundraising experience.
  • Outstanding written and oral communication skills.
  • Excellent public speaking skills.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite and Outlook™ software.
  • CFRE preferred (and compensated higher), but not required.
  • Grant writing/ management experience preferred.
  • Familiarity with Raiser’s Edge™, Campwise™ or similar relationship management software preferred.
  • Outdoor, Experiential Education or Recreation experience preferred.
  • Reliable transportation.

Physical Aspects of the Job:

  • Ability to effectively communicate orally and in writing.
  • Ability to safely and properly operate business equipment.
  • Manual dexterity to utilize computer and other office equipment.
  • Ability to lift 50 pounds and work in indoor or outdoor settings. 
  • Ability to sit or stand for extended periods of time.
  • Ability to tolerate considerable regional travel required (mostly Louisville to Lexington areas).

Supervised by: Executive Director

Hours: Year-round, full time, administrative, exempt w/full benefits.

Initial Salary Range: $55,000 - $60,000 (DOE) with room for rapid, performance-based advancement. Excellent benefits include generous PTO, health insurance, 403(b) with up to 5% employer match contribution, flexible hours, mileage reimbursement for work related travel, limited use of company vehicle for work related travel, paid membership in the Association for Professional Fundraising and an office located on a spectacular 575 acre, natural preserve.

Application Process: Mail or email cover letter and resume by April 7, 2017 to:
Tim Magill, Executive Director
570 Milner Road
Versailles, KY 40383

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