Seattle Goodwill
  • Administration - Philanthropy
  • Seattle, WA, USA
  • Full Time

About the Position

The Philanthropy Officer is responsible for executing major gifts strategies in support of Seattle Goodwill. As part of the Philanthropy team, this roles plays a key role in Seattle Goodwill's efforts to secure annual departmental revenue goals. They will have a strategic vision and demonstrate creativity in implementing a plan achieving the development and growth of the organization's major gift efforts. Please include a copy of your cover letter when submitting.

Essential Functions and Responsibilities: Other duties, responsibilities, and activities may change or be assigned at any time with or without notice.


  • Develop ongoing relationships with major donors for the benefit of Seattle Goodwill.
  • Oversee an initial portfolio of approximately 100 to 150 major and prospective donors, who have the potential to make $5,000+ annual gifts and/or multi-year pledges; personally solicit assigned donor portfolio, including preparation of personalized materials.
  • Qualify current and prospective donors on an ongoing basis; Support planned giving initiatives.
  • Manage the major giving program including portfolio assignment, cultivation, stewardship and solicitation strategies, major donor events planning and major donor communications and collateral.
  • Enhance the positive image of Goodwill in the community by developing and maintaining relationships with community leaders and organizations.
  • Collaborate with Goodwill staff to determine funding opportunities and develop in-depth funding proposals.


  • Manage and update portfolio through documentation, reporting and database management.
  • Maintain the highest level of confidentiality related to donor/prospect information.
  • Support leadership team, and other key staff in all aspects of solicitation; participate in high level meetings and planning sessions.
  • Achieve annual revenue goals and assist in meeting departmental goals.
  • Provide excellent customer service to internal and external customers.
  • Demonstrates safe workplace practices through awareness and conservation in support of a safety culture; reports any potential hazards or accidents.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Position Requirements (Qualifications for the job under the Americans with Disabilities Act)

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. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor's degree in related field or equivalent experience.
  • Minimum 4 years in philanthropy, at least 1 of which have been in major gifts and frontline fundraising.
  • Familiarity with all aspects of fundraising principles and practices; knowledge of annual giving/direct mail, event strategies and planned giving particularly important. Familiarity with Constituent Relationship Management tools and other database management for donors. Believes in and adheres to the Association of Fundraising Professionals' (AFP) Code of Ethical Principals and Standards.
  • Flexibility and ability to work as a team player with a wide range of constituents and colleagues.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including ability to communicate effectively and professionally with executive staff and board members and to build productive relationships with high net worth donors and major gifts prospects.
  • Commitment to goal attainment, high degree of initiative, and ability to motivate and engage high level volunteers and donors.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with high degree of autonomy and accountability and to be a team player.
  • Ability to develop and follow through on creative and effective solicitation strategies and to generate enthusiasm for them among team members.
  • Strong interest in workforce development and/or familiarity with Seattle philanthropic circles preferred.

Certificates, Licenses, or Registrations:

  • Must have valid WA driver's license and proof of insurance.

Computer/Technology Skills:

  • Intermediate proficiency with Microsoft Office (Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Outlook, Teams).
  • Familiarity with SharePoint and donor management or CRM (Customer Relationship Management) systems.
  • Ability to learn new technology and software as related to the job.

Physical Abilities:

While performing the duties of this job, the employee will be required sit for long periods of time, communicate with other employees by talking and hearing, required to lift and carry items weighing up to 15 pounds and to operate computer systems. Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus. Able to communicate with others effectively both verbally and written, including those who have limited English skills. Maintain reliable attendance.

Essential Mental/Sensory Abilities:

  • Problem solving
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Presentation skills
  • Analyzing and interpreting data
  • Prioritization
  • Attention to detail
  • Time management and multi-tasking
  • Organizational skills

Work Environment: Office environment, moderate noise level. Must have reliable transportation as this position requires travel to offsite meetings and events. Able to work a flexible schedule that may include occasional nights and weekends. Must have reliable transportation.

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