Job Opening: Major Gifts Officer

The Deschutes Land Trust has a job opening for a Major Gifts Officer.

December 7, 2017

The Deschutes Land Trust is seeking a Major Gifts Officer to implement strategies to engage and solicit support from major donors, planned giving donors, and targeted foundations and corporations. Candidates should have a Bachelor’s degree or higher in a field applicable to the duties of the position and a minimum of 5 years of fundraising experience with a non-profit organization or educational institution, or a comparable mix of work experience and education.

The Deschutes Land Trust has conserved more than 8,900 acres of wildlife habitat, with thousands of acres of additional projects on the horizon. The Land Trust's mission is to conserve land for wildlife, scenic views and local communities. We have a motivated staff of nine, an active Board, and highly engaged volunteers.

The successful candidate must have a keen interest in the mission of the Land Trust, and have demonstrated experience raising funds from a variety of sources. She/he will also be comfortable soliciting gifts from a diverse set of donors, have experience implementing planned giving strategies, and be versed in grants management and foundation and corporate relations.
He/she must be independent, highly organized, extremely personable, comfortable with individual donor meetings, and possess excellent written communication skills. The candidate must be adept at effectively managing multiple projects, and should have familiarity with donor databases (specifically Salesforce), and fundraising best practices. Please see the detailed job description.

The Deschutes Land Trust offers competitive salary and benefits. The position is located in Bend, Oregon.

Application Process:
This position will remain open until filled. Applications will be accepted via email ONLY. No calls please. Your application should include the following:

  • Cover letter
  • Resume.
  • References (We will contact reference only after you have given us permission).
  • Two writing samples. One should be your best solicitation letter to a major donor. One should be an excerpt from a successful grant you have written.

Please send a single email with a single pdf attachment containing the items listed above to: with the words “Major Gifts Officer” in the subject line.

We will acknowledge receipt of your application via return email and contact you as we proceed further into the recruitment and selection process.  We appreciate your interest in the Deschutes Land Trust.