Major Gifts Officer, Minneapolis


| Minneapolis, MN | May 17, 2018 |

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) works in 190 countries and territories to put children first. UNICEF USA supports UNICEF’s work through fundraising, advocacy and education in the U.S. For more information, visit

Reporting to the Midwest Regional Managing Director, the Major Gifts Officer helps to fulfill the mission and goals of UNICEF USA. The team develops and executes strategies to cultivate, solicit and steward $10,000+ gifts from a portfolio of high net worth donors and prospects. The Major Gifts Officer will have this charge within the Midwest Region, particularly in Minnesota. This position will be based in Minneapolis and working with the Midwest team in Chicago.

This is a three-year grant-funded position.

Key Responsibilities/Outcomes (include but are not limited to):

• Manage a portfolio of high net worth donors and prospects in our market to generate significant support for UNICEF USA.

• Create individual goals for each donor in the caseload based on the donor’s history of giving.

• Create a plan for each donor that will serve as a foundational communication and marketing plan for each person in the caseload.

• Will faithfully and on a timely basis execute that plan so that individuals on the caseload are retained and upgraded.

• Secure one-on-one in-person donor meetings and solicitations to establish or strengthen donor relationships for long term support.

• Solicit and secure gifts at the major gift level, including multi-year gifts.

• Shape and edit donor correspondence such as letters, emails, funding proposals, and reports.

• Work with members of the Midwest Board of Directors to develop and execute annual Board Work Plans.

• Plan and coordinate local engagements that educate Minneapolis Major Gift supporters and prospects around UNICEF’s work.

• Maintain accurate records of donor outreach and solicitation plans through regular upkeep of donor database.

• Work collaboratively with the internal business units of UNICEF USA designed to assist the major gift program, e.g. special events, program services, communications, etc.

• Become knowledgeable on UNICEF’s vast programmatic needs for the purpose of effective donor stewardship, using available resources and opportunities.

• Occasional travel to Chicago and New York.

• Special projects and other responsibilities as needed.


• Bachelor’s degree and a minimum of 7 years’ relevant work experience, with at least 3 years of frontline major gifts fundraising experience, or proven track record of securing five and six-figure gifts

• Must be a self-motivated professional with a proven success record in fundraising

• Excellent interpersonal and communication skills are essential, both written and verbal

• Must possess a strong work ethic, have confidence, take initiative and be an enthusiastic team player

• Must share a strong commitment to international humanitarian relief and passionately embrace the mission of UNICEF USA

• Proficient in Microsoft Word and Excel, and have experience using a fundraising database

• Ability and willingness to travel in the interest of donor cultivation and stewardship, as needed

• Working knowledge of Minneapolis philanthropic community is preferred

• Successful candidate will work remotely or from home and will be expected to provide the following:
– Must have own, reliable PC or Mac
– Must have reliable internet connection
– Must have reliable smart phone and service provider
– Must have access to a vehicle
– Experience working remotely preferred

•Must demonstrate UNICE USA Core Values: Trust, Respect, Accountability, Innovation, Teamwork, and Service

To Apply- All Applicants Must Apply Online at:

Must possess current and valid U.S. Work Authorization and be eligible to work for any U.S. employer without sponsorship.

Due to the high volume of applications received, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Salary is commensurate with experience. In addition, UNICEF USA offers a comprehensive benefits package.

UNICEF USA is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply.

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