water4 Careers

Development/Major Gift Officer

Blue Wave

Position Summary:

The Development Officer (DO) (focused on Major Gifts) will identify & qualify new donors in addition to managing an existing portfolio. The DO will create individual goals for each person in his or her portfolio based on the donor’s history of giving and the organization’s knowledge of that donor’s potential. They will create a plan that will serve as a foundational communication and marketing roadmap for each person in the portfolio. The DO will faithfully and on a timely basis execute these plans so individuals in the portfolio are retained and upgraded. They will work with the SDD and fellow Development Officer as well as with the Programs department as needed to secure appropriate project information to create proposals for major gift donors. The Development Officer will report regularly to the SDD and the Development & Marketing department on portfolio activity and performance. The DO will perform other major donor activities as may be required.

Time Allocation of Responsibilities:

Identifying, qualifying, cultivating, soliciting and stewarding major gift donors including long-term relationships with new and existing donors in the major gift portfolio in order to develop an aggressive and sustainable pipeline of funders for Water4’s mission.75%
Working with the Senior Director of Development and Development Officer on overall individual giving strategy, annual budgets, and execution of the strategy to achieve revenue goals.15%
Working with the Development Services Coordinator to maintain financial partner records through donor management software including donor correspondence in response to gifts.5%
Working collaboratively with and in support of board, staff, volunteers, other development associates while participating in all aspects of the gift cycle.5%

Qualifications and Education Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree and 5-7 years fundraising experience preferred.
  • Commitment to donor-centered fundraising principles. 
  • Must be a highly energetic, self-starting professional with a track record of building donor relationships and closing gifts.
  • Ability to understand and articulate the needs and interests of both donors and Water4 program staff in order to develop sustainable long-term relationships.
  • Attention to detail.
  • Must play well with others and be highly collaborative across departments.
  • Enthusiastic about making the world better for the 2.1 billion people who currently lack access to safe water.
  • Finds motivation and joy doing meaningful work in a fast-paced environment.
  • Successful experience developing donor relationships and cultivation and solicitation strategies.
  • Willing to travel up to 50% dependent on donor location.

General Competencies

The following competencies are expected of all Water4 employees

Job knowledgeDemonstrates knowledge of purposes, objectives, practices and procedures required to perform the job.
ProductivityProduces a volume of work consistent with the normal requirements of the job.
Quality of workWork is accurate, thorough and timely according to agreed standards and expectations agreed.
CommunicationExpresses information verbally and in writing in a clear and coherent manner.
ReliabilityCan be depended upon to perform assigned tasks in a timely manner and degree of supervision required.
InitiativeExhibits drive to complete tasks and takes charge in the absence of detailed instructions.
DelegationDelegating and following up regularly to ensure that delegated duties and responsibilities are carried out.
TeamworkEstablishes and maintains positive working relationships with co-workers and works to share responsibilities towards common targets.
LeadershipMotivates and builds morale, eliciting cooperation from subordinates and achieving results through a team effort.
Constructive FeedbackAccepts improvement-oriented ideas and offers the same to colleagues or those under their supervision.

Position Reports To:
Sr. Director of Development

Oklahoma City/Flexible

To Apply for this Job:
Please send cover letter, resume’, references and salary requirements to at HR@water4.org

Application Deadline:
May 25th, 2021

Organization Summary:
Water4, a 501 (c) (3) tax exempt entity incorporated under the laws of the State of Oklahoma, USA, is an international nonprofit using faith, innovation and empowerment to reimagine a world free from the water crisis. Water4 equips missional entrepreneurs in developing nations to create lasting economic, physical and spiritual change through market-based safe water solutions. This approach puts the solutions to local problems in the hands of local people and ensures that safe water access is sustained by local resources. Since 2008, Water4 has impacted the lives of over one million people in more than 30 countries through the power of safe and living water.

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