SOS Children's Villages - USA, Inc.
  • Development
  • Washington, DC, USA
  • 90000-95000 per year
  • Salary
  • Full Time

Major Gift Officer (Remote)


SOS Children's Villages USA ("SOS-USA") is the United States philanthropic affiliate of a large worldwide Federation, SOS Children's Villages International. A public charity, SOS-USA draws revenue from sponsors of children and villages, sustainers, major donors, foundations, and corporations, across direct mail, digital and direct cultivation. SOS Children's Villages envisions a world in which every child belongs to a family and grows up with love, respect and security. To create a strong safeguarding environment and to promote the best interests of the children and young people that we care for, we center our behavior and policies around our core values of courage, commitment, trust and accountability.

The Opportunity:

Working closely with the Individual Giving team and the CEO, the major gift officer will develop and execute donor-centered strategies to build durable relationships and to cultivate, solicit and steward five, six, and seven+ figure gifts from a portfolio of ~150 high net worth donors and prospects. This position will play a key role in developing the major gifts pyramid and pipeline of donors that projects revenue over a two to three-year rolling period in order to strengthen our commitment to the 1 million children, youth and families we support each year.

Key Responsibilities:

Duties and responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Uphold the highest integrity to best serve our donors, our mission, and our program participants.
  • Articulate a clear mission-oriented value proposition for major donors and impact investors.
  • Develop, steward, and manage a portfolio of ~150 high net worth donors and prospects that are capable of generating significant support for SOS Children's Villages with a preference toward securing multi-year commitments.
  • Possess a working knowledge of planned giving.
  • Organize donor cultivation events with high potential return on investment with senior leadership, SOS alumni, board members and advisory board members.
  • Employ moves management methodologies within the portfolio in order to secure new gifts, gift renewals or upgrades.
  • Manage a dynamic calendar to ensure donor meetings and solicitations that establish or strengthen donor relationships for long term support.
  • Create donor correspondences such as letters, emails, funding proposals, pitch presentations, and stewardship reports.
  • Maintain accurate and up-to-date records of interactions with donors through regular input into the CRM database.
  • Work collaboratively with other departments within the development office that could assist the major gift program, e. g. annual programs, corporate and foundation relations, and marketing.
  • Become an expert in, and make efficient use of, organizational assets for the purpose of effective donor communications and stewardship, using and repurposing available resources and opportunities.
  • Develop a strong rapport with colleagues internationally throughout the Federation to share best practices.
  • Clearly articulate the organization's core mission, vision, values, and strategic priorities.
  • Commit to aspire for and maintain, report, and respond to the required conduct of the Child Protection Policy of SOS International. (Safeguarding children - SOS Children's Villages International (


  • At least three years of successful Major Gifts work
  • Bachelor's Degree preferred but not required. Equivalent combination of training and experience will be considered in lieu of education.
  • Self-motivated professional
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, both written and verbal.
  • Working knowledge and experience in fundraising database/CRM systems.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion.
  • Possess a strong work ethic, have confidence, take initiative and be an enthusiastic team player.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office.
  • Ability and willingness to travel domestically (approximately once/month); and
  • Passion for the mission of SOS Children's Villages.

Preference will be given to candidates with ready access to a major airport. The Officer may choose to work remotely or set up a hybrid working model with our DC office.

SOS Children's Villages is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We value diversity - in backgrounds and in experience. We encourage all qualified applicants, including minorities, women, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities to apply.

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