Major Gifts Officer

Location San Mateo, CA 94403
Date Posted April 16, 2021
Job ID 7480
Employment Type Direct Hire

Scion Nonprofit Staffing (, a full-service national staffing firm, has been engaged to conduct a search for a Major Gifts Officer for our client with a long-standing reputation of excellence! The employee selected for this role must reside in, or be willing to relocate to, the Bay Area.


The Major Gifts Officer (MGO) will play a key role in developing and managing a portfolio of donors/prospects, each with an estimated capacity to give $25,000 or more. The MGO is responsible for qualifying new prospects and building relationships, and will participate in soliciting annual and campaign gifts from donors/prospects in the portfolio. The MGO will spend a significant amount of time directly interacting with donors; both in and out of the office, helping donors fulfill their passions and interests through their giving to the organization.


  • Create individual goals for each person in the portfolio based on the donor's history of giving and the organization's knowledge of their potential.
  • Design and execute comprehensive plans for each donor/prospect in the portfolio.
  • Secure visits and directly solicit major annual and campaign gifts from donors/prospects in the portfolio, as well as planned gifts.
  • Partner with senior and program staff and/or volunteers on donor engagement opportunities.
  • Develop and execute plans for assigning new prospects to the major gifts portfolio, based on both capacity and interest.
  • Work with the appropriate staff to secure project information and use this information to develop materials directed at individual donors/prospects, such as highly personalized proposals that are in line with donor interests and programmatic priorities, stewardship reports that detail progress made as a result of a particular gift, etc.
  • Develop special cultivation and stewardship opportunities, such as small events for select donors/prospects in the portfolio, and participate in larger donor cultivation events.
  • Assist in the identification of potential leadership volunteers and other partners to engage in major gifts outreach.
  • Track portfolio activity and progress. Create reports as required by management that accurately reflect portfolio activity and performance.
  • Make thank-you calls when assigned to acknowledge donor gifts.


  • 5+ years of Major Gifts Officer experience, or another highly similar role.
  • Bachelor’s degree is desired; Master’s degree is preferred but not required.
  • Expertise in the nonprofit health arena is a plus!
  • Familiarity setting and hitting large-scale gift goals.
  • Intermediate to advanced level proficiency in Salesforce and MS Office (Word, Excel & Outlook).
  • Must be available for some weekend and evening responsibilities as needed for events, etc.

Compensation & Benefits

This exciting opportunity offers the ability to make a significant impact at an established nonprofit committed to improving the mental health of young people. Starting compensation package includes a competitive salary dependent on experience, plus 401(k) with match, flexible work schedules, paid parental leave, dependent care, paid vacation, and holidays and much more! The organization is also proud to be named a Great Place to Work-Certified company! 

How to Apply

For immediate consideration, please submit your application (attaching your resume and cover letter in MS Word) online through

About Our Firm

Scion Staffing is an award-winning staffing firm headquartered in San Francisco, CA. Over the past few years, our firm has had the pleasure of successfully assisting hundreds of local employers. No matter the requisition or size, our track record and recruitment prowess has made us one of the top recruitment firms in California. Additional information about our firm and success can also be found online at, or in the 2010-2020 Business Times list of top staffing firms.

Scion Staffing is an equal opportunity employer and service provider committed to not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, gender, gender identity, national origin, citizenship status, sexual orientation, disability, political affiliation or belief. We are committed to the principals of Equal Opportunity Employment and are dedicated to making employment decisions based on merit and value, for ourselves, our client companies, and for the candidates we represent.

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