The Major Gifts Officer (MGO) or Sr. Major Gifts Officer, based on experience, is an integral member of the Financial Resource Development team at the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia. The MGO is responsible for the identification, cultivation and solicitation of individual major gift prospects for both leadership annual gifts as well as transformational philanthropic commitments. The MGO works closely with the Deputy Chief Development Officer as well as senior professional and volunteer leadership of the Jewish Federation to implement priorities and devise fundraising strategies to benefit programs and projects both through multiyear commitments and planned gifts. The MGO cultivates donors and volunteers for future leadership roles at Jewish Federation and within the larger Philadelphia Jewish community.

Specific Responsibilities

The MGO is primarily responsible for managing a portfolio of individual major gifts donors and prospects to identify and secure additional dollars for the Jewish Federation through Major and Planned Gifts:

Build and manage a portfolio of 100-150 donors and prospects. Establish and meet mutually agreed upon annual goals for dollars raised and visits with donors and prospects.

Manage the process of identifying, qualifying, cultivating, soliciting and stewarding individual donors.

Cultivate donors and volunteers for future leadership roles within Jewish Federation.

Identify opportunities to engage volunteers, senior leadership and the President and CEO in strategic cultivation and solicitation efforts.


Bachelor’s degree required.

Three to five years minimum of progressively responsible development experience with emphasis on major gifts from individuals.

Ability to function with a high degree of independence with donor pool, yet interact collaboratively with colleagues participating in and contributing to total team effort.

Demonstrated ability to solicit and close gifts from individuals.

Exceptional interpersonal and communications (oral and written) skills.

Ability to learn the needs and priorities of the Jewish Federation and translate those into cases for support and written proposals is required to successfully carry out this job.

Proficiency with MS Office Suite with strong working abilities in Microsoft Word and Excel.

Knowledge of Blackbaud’s Raiser’s Edge, CRM or similar fundraising program, preferred.

Evening/weekend work and valid driver's license required.

National and international travel may be required. Must have a valid passport.

Access to a car.

To Apply

If you are interested in being considered for this position please send a resume and a brief letter detailing your qualifications and salary requirements to

Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia offers a competitive compensation and benefits package including medical, vision, Rx, dental, disability and life insurance, generous vacation time and a 403b retirement savings program.