Job title:         Major Gifts Officer

Status:             Full-time

Division:         Fund Development

Location:         Saddle Brook, NJ


In preparation for significant growth for the organization, the Major Gift initiative became one of the main strategies of the FD and the organization at large. Major Gifts Officer will be part of the local team and reporting to the regional manager. The main focused of this poison is organization’s goals and objectives as defined by IRUSA’s strategic priorities; the position is responsible for identifying lapsed, new and cultivating donors. Developing relationships with current and prospective individual major donors in order to build donor support of the organization’s mission and to build the group’s impact on the community.  The Major Gifts Officer works to recognize and engage donors through strategy development, coordination with regional manager and the director of FD.  

 Essential Duties and Responsibilities: 

      Manages relationships with a portfolio of 150-200 major donors.

      Develops and implements strategies for the identification of new donors, and for the cultivation and stewardship of current donors through appropriate personalized outreach initiatives.

      Implements fundraising strategies from individuals through major gift campaigns, personal cultivation/solicitation, planned giving vehicles and special events designed for individual donors.

      Creates and oversees major gifts strategic plan, policies and procedures, in coordination with the regional manager.

      Contacts and meets with prospective donors through personal visits, spending approximately 50% of time meeting with lapsed, active and prospective donors and attending events outside the office.

      Ability to make face-to-face solicitations by working closely with executive management, board members & fund development staff to ensure that major donors are acknowledged in a personal and time-sensitive manner.

      Coordinates and assists with planning events (private/public), tours, and seasonal activities on a regional & national level with the Fund Development teams.

      Writes and/or edits proposals, reports, acknowledgements, briefings, and letters to donors and prospects, pledge reminder letters and other documents.

      Maintains and provides accurate records; meetings, interactions & solicitations of all donor-related activities.

      Serves as a well-informed representative and advocate for IRUSA.

      Performs other related duties as necessary.


Qualifications and Competencies: 

      Bachelor’s degree

      CFRE - certified fundraising executive certificate preferred

      Minimum 2 years successful fundraising experience for nonprofit organization(s).

      Must excel in working with high net-worth individuals, families and businesses, and have the ability to compel investment in IRUSA’s mission.

      Demonstrated successful experience and effectiveness in prospect identification, relationship building and donor solicitation.

      Leadership ability with exemplary interpersonal skills: strong ability to communicate (written and orally) persuasively and strategically, and with tact, and diplomacy as necessary.

      Ability to lead face-to-face meetings with utmost professionalism and have the confidence to solicit funding using effective and appropriate language.

      Experience in writing effective proposals, summaries, and reports and updates for fundraising purposes.

      Strong collaborative skills and ability to contribute to team environment.

      Confident and proficient user of MS Office.

      Strong research skills along with proficiency in database and membership management.

      Ability and desire to work remotely, independently and collaboratively to accomplish goals and projects.

      Understanding of key international and national current events/political issues that affect humanitarian, aid, development work and project knowledge.

      Capable of directing and working effectively with donors, volunteers, staff and committees in a wide range of activities while under pressure and/or deadlines.

      Experience in using Salesforce & similar fundraising database applications.

      Ability to thrive in a fast-paced, dynamic team environment.

      Liaison with consultants and external contacts to progress and facilitate corporate giving and like strategies.

      Must be flexible with schedule and travel 50% of the time

      Must be eligible to work in the United States.


At Islamic Relief USA we are committed to safeguarding and protecting all individuals we come into contact with through our work. IRUSA representatives must adhere to its organizational values: Sincerity, Excellence, Compassion, Social Justice, and Custodianship. In accordance with these values, IRUSA operates and enforces policies on Safeguarding, Code of Ethics, and Anti-Harassment and Discrimination.