Job Details
Renton Office - Renton, WA
Full Time
4 Year Degree
$80,000.00 - $100,000.00
Monday - Friday
Resource Development / Fundraising

The Major Gifts Officer supports the Resource Development fundraising department’s goal of increasing revenue and enhancing the overall donor experience and donor buy-in to Habitat’s mission, ultimately allowing us to serve more families.  The Major Gift Officer will join a successful fundraising team and will play a critical role in helping Habitat for Humanity Seattle-King County reach new heights. Under the general direction of the Chief Development Officer, the Major Gift Officer (MGO) is responsible for qualifying, cultivating and soliciting gifts from individual donors. This position will grow our Major Gift program by focusing specifically on engaging with and soliciting individual donors.

The MGO will work to build relationships that result in increased funding and longstanding donor relationships with Habitat for Humanity Seattle-King County. The successful candidate will enjoy meeting face-to-face with donors to share this exciting work and to solicit, close and steward their financial support.

This position will perform a variety of functions that ensure a positive donor experience and supports the affiliate’s fundraising goals.  Development programming includes fundraisers (e.g., annual luncheon, GiveBIG), mailings and appeals, special events, and large build events (e.g., Women Build, Corporate Builds, Interfaith Build). 


  • Manage a portfolio of individual donors with a capacity of $1,000+ gift potential toward a specific annual fundraising goal. Assist in increasing the number of overall major donors to Habitat.
  • Create an individualized cultivation plan for each donor that leads to successfully retaining or upgrading donors and gifts as appropriate using the annual luncheon and build days as incentives.
  • Secure and prepare for donor meetings; conduct donor research, prepare proposals, personalized materials and approaches and arrange meeting logistics.
  • Articulate Habitat for Humanity Seattle-King County’s needs, values, and ambitions through excellent informal and formal communications.
  • Demonstrates a keen sense of curiosity – seeking to understand each donor’s motivation by asking the right questions – and be able to steer conversations accordingly.
  • Partner with Resource Development staff, senior staff and/or volunteers on donor engagement opportunities.
  • Track and maintain donor activity and cultivation plans in Raiser’s Edge database (NXT) and provide accurate and timely reports.
  • Works independently and is self-motivated in initiating contact with donors.
  • Encourage participation in Habitat SKC’s giving clubs including the $1,000+ Builders Society, Cornerstone Society and the Legacy Society for planned giving.
  • Collaborate with development team colleagues to forecast revenue and strategize donor relationships.
  • Assist in other development team activities as assigned including:
  • Annual Luncheon (e.g., Honoree planning & recognition, Table Captain outreach & coordination, Showcase planning & coordination, Sponsor cultivation/renewals & recognition coordination)
  • Mailings & Appeals (e.g., Annual Report, Year-End, membership program, etc.)
  • Large build events (e.g., Women Build, Corporate Build, HYP, Interfaith Build)
  • Other fundraising events and efforts (e.g., RD Committee, Women Build Committee, GiveBIG, donor research, donor visit packets)
  • Other duties as assigned by supervisor.


  • Good working knowledge, appreciation for, and understanding of Habitat SKC programming and mission. Understanding of the Seattle philanthropic community.
  • Experience in soliciting annual, special, multi-year campaign commitments and planned gifts.
  • Use of data analysis and donor analytics to identify donor trends.
  • Project management skills and experience.
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills with an aptitude to prioritize tasks to meet conflicting deadlines.
  • Excellent interpersonal, presentation, collaboration, and communication skills - both written and verbal - which transcend diverse audiences.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively in teams, as well as provide consistent, high-quality service to a wide variety of internal and external constituents.
  • Proficient in Raiser’s Edge software or compatible fundraising software.
  • Operation of a motor vehicle as part of the position’s duties is required, as is a valid driver’s license.
  • Willingness to work, volunteer and build alongside donors at Habitat builds and events. 

Physical Demands and Work Environment: The physical demands and work environment described below represent the activities and surroundings of the positions.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel.  The employee is required to talk and must be able to read.  The employee is occasionally required to reach with hands and arms.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and ability to adjust focus.  Extensive keyboarding is required. 

The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate consisting of usual business office sounds including but not limited to computers, printers, telephones, and light foot traffic.

BENEFITS: Benefits package to include generous vacation/sick leave, medical/dental/vision insurance, short/long term disability, life insurance.


Habitat for Humanity of Seattle-King County is firmly committed to a policy of equal employment opportunity (EEO) and will provide such opportunities to all qualified persons without regard to race, color, sex, sexual identity, national origin, age, religion, disability, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Statement of Commitment on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

At Habitat for Humanity Seattle King County, we build hope for all by tearing down barriers to affordable housing.  Our commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion is unwavering.

We have a deep love of humanity and embrace all our differences including race, religion, background or identity.

We act to remove systemic barriers to sustainable, affordable homeownership through advocacy and equity by providing education on housing issues and inequities for public policy makers and eliminating systemic inequities in our policies and practices. We empower our homeowners through education.

We bring people together, leveraging our differences to achieve our mission in our workplaces, building sites, stores, and in our homes.

We build communities where everyone feels a sense of belonging.  Our support does not stop when a homeowner receives their keys.

We provide hope by eliminating disparities in home ownership.


  • Bachelor’s degree in nonprofit management, business, or related field.
  • Minimum of 3-5 years of front-line experience with major gifts and fundraising event planning.
  • Demonstrated success in personally cultivating, soliciting, closing and stewarding major gifts from individuals. Proven ability to bring creativity and effective strategies to the major gift pipeline.
  • Ability to engage senior staff and board members in donor visits, and to earn and maintain their confidence.
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively to achieve goals.
  • Excellent organizational skills required. Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously, be detailed oriented and work under pressure of multiple and subsequent deadlines.
  • Excellent communication skills, including the ability to write and speak clearly and effectively, to listen actively, and to engage, inspire and persuade.
  • Ability to learn new business software programs, proficient in Microsoft Office Suite and social media.

Language Skills:    Ability to effectively represent the affiliate within the organization and to external partners, volunteers, and businesses. Ability to respond to common inquiries from foundations and individual donors.  Ability to effectively present information to management, foundations and donors.

Math Skills:  Ability to apply concepts of basic algebra and math.

Reasoning Ability:  Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists.  Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.

Computer Skills: Strong computer skills, software, spreadsheets, word processing, presentations, and email. Proficiency with computer usage, especially Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint.