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Director of Major Gifts

Company: SOS Children’s Villages
Date Posted: November 30, 2017

About SOS Children’s Villages

SOS Children’s Villages is the largest orphan focused charity in the world. There are currently 2,000 SOS facilities globally, providing homes to approximately 80,000 children, with an additional million children in need supported through community outreach programs, kindergartens, vocational training centers, schools, and hospitals.  The result is an organization with a significant impact in the lives of abandoned and orphaned children worldwide when the need for support is at its greatest. 


The Opportunity

It is within this exciting and challenging context that the organization is seeking a charismatic and creative major gifts fundraiser to work as a member of our Relationship Fundraising Team. The Director, Major Gifts will use their seven or more years of directly related experience with High Net Worth Individuals (HNWIs) to build long-term relationships with new and existing major donors who share our values and vision. The result of your commitment and passion will be a growing portfolio and revenue stream for our work with some of the world’s most vulnerable children.


Key Areas of Responsibility

  • Work with senior management and members of the Relationship Fundraising Team to develop an effective, donor centric major gift strategic plan for both existing supporters and new relationships of qualified prospects.
  • Implement this plan to achieve long-term fundraising goals, based on passionate donor stewardship and cultivation, pipeline development, and ongoing comprehensive database analysis, all within a systematic process (e.g. moves management).
  • Perform other major donor activities that may arise as opportunities present themselves.


Desired Skills and Qualifications

  • University degree or relevant post-secondary education.
  • Seven years of experience with demonstrated track record of success in major gift fundraising securing donations in excess of $50,000.
  • Experience supporting and motivating senior volunteers.
  • Ability to interact with prospective and current HNWIs with skill, tact, and compassion.
  • Proficiency making one-to-one requests of donors.
  • Excellent grant and proposal writing, oral and presentation ability (bilingual/multilingual would be an asset).
  • Experience supporting major donor events.
  • Capacity to work in a small team or independently.
  • Strong time management skills.
  • Confident with a good sense of humour.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office and Raiser’s Edge.
  • A good understanding of international development issues.
  • Flexibility to work evenings and weekends as required.
  • Ability to travel frequently for donor visits and attending major donor related events.
    • Sound understanding of fundraising principles (CFRE designation is an asset).

All enquiries and nominations will be kept in strict confidence. Interested candidates should email a resume and letter of interest no later than Friday, December 29, 2017 to and please include the position title in the subject line.  We thank all applicants for their interest, however only those under consideration for the role will be contacted. Please note that interviews will commence in early January.


The working location is at our office in the vibrant ByWard Market, Ottawa. While this is a wonderful location to work, we will consider applications from well qualified candidates who wish to work from both home and our office and who live within the wider Ottawa area or potentially within the Montreal-Toronto corridor.


A competitive compensation & an excellent benefits package will be offered to the right candidate.