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Major Gifts Manager (Remote/Virtual)
Chill Foundation in Burlington, Vermont
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Date Posted 02/04/2020
Salary 45,000 -  USD Per Year
Employment Type Fulltime
Application Deadline Open until filled

Are you an enthusiastic fundraising professional with a passion for youth development? Do you love soliciting new sponsors and donors? Are you a highly motivated individual who is self-sufficient and detail-oriented? If you answered yes to all the above, then we want to talk to you about becoming Chill’s Major Gifts Manager. 

This full-time, salaried position, reporting directly to the Director of Development, has the flexibility to work remotely and will be an integral part of Chill’s Marketing and Development Team. The Major Gifts Manager will be a dynamic, experienced development professional. 


The Major Gifts Manager works closely with the Vice President of Development & Marketing and Director of Development on securing and cultivating a base of corporate and individual donor prospects in the US and Canada. This position will require some travel and will manage a portfolio of new and existing donors. As our Major Gifts Manager, you will help design, develop, and implement our major gift program in consultation with the Vice President of Development & Marketing and the Director of Development. An ability to empathize with donors and clearly communicate Chill’s mission is critical to this position’s success. 

Development Responsibilities: 

  • Secure at least $120,000 in new major gifts within the first year

  • Actively identify, manage, and track new corporate sponsorship and individual donor prospects

  • Develop a solicitation plan

  • Conduct prospect research

  • Support the Chill’s donor cultivation efforts using DonorSearch

  • Create a portfolio of mid-range and major gift donors and prospects, which includes managing all written and verbal communication, and the development and implementation of tailored solicitations

  • Support Chill’s overall strategy development process

  • Travel when necessary for meetings with donors and sponsors

  • Create and implement moves management plans

  • Assist the board and other staff with their solicitation (e.g. provide portfolio development support, strategic counsel, and help with donor communications)

  • Other duties as assigned

Education/Experience/Professional Skills: 

  • Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent experience), plus a minimum of three years of development experience in a non-profit environment

  • Minimum of two years hands on experience securing major gifts and/or corporate sponsorships

  • Excellent writing, project management, and communication skills required

  • Knowledge of professional fundraising standards and practices

  • Strong organizational skills and the ability to work under strict deadlines

  • Proven ability to multi-task and prioritize to meet goals and objectives

  • Thoughtful team player with capacity to be resourceful and flexible

  • This position does not require prior work experience or knowledge of the board sports industry, but a willingness to embrace the industry is expected

  • Experience working remotely and independently is strongly desired

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