Major & Planned Gifts Officer
Are you a driven individual looking to make an impact on the world through your career? Do you love being part of a hardworking and collaborative team, bringing your unique talents to accomplish incredible results? Do others remark on how personable you are and your knack for making friends and forming relationships whether you’re meeting with a donor or standing in line at the grocery store? If you’re reading this, nodding and saying “That’s me!” we’d love to talk with you!
Cooperative for Education (CoEd) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to breaking the cycle of poverty in Guatemala through education. CoEd accomplishes this mission by helping kids learn to read, graduate, and thrive throughout their lives. By providing sustainable education tools (like books and computers), teacher training, and scholarships, CoEd strives to address the root causes of poverty in Guatemala, rather than merely treating its symptoms.
About the Position
We are looking for a Major & Planned Gifts Officer who is service-focused and a go-getter to join our team in the Cincinnati office. This position is responsible for managing and cultivating relationships with existing major gift donors as well as identifying new prospects. As a part of this all-star team, you could be:
- Managing a pipeline of over 250 mid-level and major donors in collaboration with the Founder/CEO and Director of Philanthropy.
- Connecting generous sponsors with incoming Spark Reading, Textbook, and Computer Program schools and Rise Youth Development Program communities.
- Meeting in-person with supporters in Cincinnati and across the US & Canada to develop and strengthen relationships as well as to steward and report back on past giving.
- Supporting CoEd’s annual gala, Fall Fiesta, in increasing dollars raised through event sponsorships, table sales, and live auction bidders.
- Qualifying and identifying major gift prospects through tours and marketing initiatives.
- Generating new business through research, networking, and identifying “connectors”.
Our IDEAL candidate will possess the following characteristics:
You’re inspired to work hardest when it’s for a good cause.
You believe that all children deserve an education, and you love inviting others to get involved. You lean in to your goals, knowing that your success means more lives changed through education.
You’re an optimistic team player.
You see the opportunities in obstacles, are a life-long learner, and focus on strengths. You bring out the best in others, and let them do the same for you. After all, changing the world is a team sport!
You’re a systems thinker…
You can envision how a whole project will unfold and create flexible processes for future benefit. You see the big picture and use planning and technology as tools to achieve your goals.
…but you also value attention to detail.
You care about the little things, and carry out your work with thought and integrity. Youre even watching for typos, and this sentence made your eye twitch.
Skills/ Experience Required:
- Bachelor’s Degree in related field. Please include your major and GPA from most recent degree in cover letter (even for non-recent graduates).
- At least 2-3 years of experience in securing five- and six-figure gifts and talking to donors about planned giving.
- Proven track record of driving campaigns and achieving goals.
- Excellent written and oral communication skills.
- Detail oriented with strong project management skills.
- Database experience and/or tech savviness.
- eTapestry experience.
- Spanish speaking ability.
This position is based in our Cincinnati, Ohio office and will start in fall 2019.
How to Apply
If this opportunity calls out to you, please apply through our online form below. In order for your application to receive consideration, you should include college GPA, a resume, and a cover letter that includes 1) why this mission excites you, and 2) why you’re a great fit for this role. Applications submitted prior to September 15 will receive priority consideration. No phone calls, please.
Cooperative for Education is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not unlawfully discriminate on-the-basis of any status or condition protected by applicable federal or state laws.
“I’m learning so much from visiting students and their families in the rural areas. They are all trying so hard to overcome the cycle of poverty, but they always open their hearts to us. And it is a privilege to meet CoEd supporters from all over the world who are committed to helping—they walk the talk of “love thy neighbor.” In my own small way, I know that I’m using my gifts and talents to help Guatemala, and it’s powerful to work with others who are doing the same.”
Juan Pablo Maldonado
“Working for CoEd allows me to use my knowledge to improve others’ lives. Since I know that not everyone has had the same opportunity as me to go to school, it’s amazing to be able to serve as a communication bridge between CoEd’s supporters and the Guatemalan students we serve. It makes me feel very motivated and happy.”
“Since founding the organization, I’ve always tried to hire people that were smarter than me. As a result, we’ve developed an all-star team in both the US and Guatemala. One of the best things about working here is that you get to go through life with this solid-gold group of people.”
“What has kept me at CoEd for a decade is what I consider the trifecta:
1) CoEd has a fantastic mission focused on addressing root causes of poverty, rather than merely treating its symptoms.
2) I’m constantly inspired and motivated by the amazing people I get to work with (staff and supporters).
3) CoEd is strengths-based, so every day, I get to put my evolving skills and experience to work in ways that are both challenging and fulfilling.”
“The CoEd community of staff and supporters is one-of-a-kind and as an organization it’s financially savvy, stable, and sustainable. Anyone who desires to work in the non-profit sector would be lucky to land a position at CoEd.”
“It’s good people doing good work.”
Top 10 reasons why you should work for CoEd:
- Paid travel to Guatemala
- 20 days of paid time off
- Health, dental, vision, and life insurance coverage
- Flexible schedule
- Family-friendly work environment
- Ability to apply for an additional week of paid time off to study Spanish (subject to management approval)
- Pleasure of working alongside some of the smartest, most talented, and most fun-loving people you will ever meet (our supporters, beneficiaries, and of course our staff in the US and Guatemala)
- Environment of continuous improvement, with a focus on both mentoring and professional development
- Opportunity to make a life-changing impact on kids in Guatemala