Sep 08, 2021

Donor Relations Director (Remote) - The Salvation Army

  • Remote (Seattle, WA, USA)
Full time Fund Raising

Job Description

KEES has been exclusively retained by The Salvation Army (Northwest Division/Seattle) in its search for a new Donor Relations Director  to cover Eastern Washington State.

 The Donor Relations Director (aka Major Gifts Officer) plays an integral role in supporting the mission of the Army through ongoing and proactive relationship management, strategic communications plans, gifts cultivation and solicitation activity.  The DRD will identify, qualify, be assigned, cultivate, solicit and steward major gift donors and prospects, acting as the primary contact between the Army and the assigned caseload, with an emphasis on securing gifts of $5,000 and higher.  

An equally important goal of the role is to retain and strengthen existing giving. In the portfolio, (Eastern Washington in addition to portions of Idaho and Montana) there is mix of donors, ranging from low-level sustaining to potential six and seven-figure donors. The DRD will have frequent travel within the portfolio’s geography.

This position reports to Sara Beksinski, Director of Development, who is based in Seattle, and there will be regular interaction with quarterly in-person meetings. A car will be provided for use for local travel, occasional air travel will also be required.

Some of the specific requirements include:

  • A minimum of 3 years of experience in a non-profit fundraising role with a proven track record of major gifts success.
  • Able to work independently in a fast-paced environment without extensive administrative support. Must be highly organized, goal oriented, and able to effectively manage multiple projects and competing priorities with professionalism and grace.
  • Effective interpersonal, conversational, and presentation skills, demonstrating emotional intelligence, situational awareness, excellent writing abilities, and strong case development and pitching skills.
  • A career track record that shows stability with an organization and capacity to develop and nurture relationships culminating in overall success.
  • Willingness and ability to travel regularly. Valid Driver’s License required with a clean driving record.
  • Bachelor’s degree or comparable experience.

A full listing of requirements can be found in the Opportunity Guide document.

To assure confidential tracking of all applicants, applications will only be accepted via the application link on this page (in the KEES Applicant System). This position offers strong benefits. All inquiries will be held in strict confidence. 

The Salvation Army is an Equal Opportunity Employer and committed to providing a respectful environment for all applicants and employees that is free from unlawful discrimination or harassment based on age, race, color, religion, sex, national origin, marital status, disability, citizenship, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, or any other characteristic protected by law. Such equal opportunity for employment will apply to recruitment and hiring, training, promotion, salaries and other compensation, transfers and layoffs or termination.


About KEES

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About The Salvation Army

The Northwest Division of The Salvation Army is part of the Western USA Territory, one of the Army’s four U.S. geographic service areas. Divisional Headquarters (DHQ) for the Northwest Division is located in Seattle and is comprised of the state of Washington, Northern Idaho, and western Montana. The main office (called Divisional Headquarters-DHQ) is located in the Queen Anne neighborhood of Seattle, easily accessible to downtown and most modes of public transportation. The Division is further divided into geographic areas where services and ministry are provided. These locations often called Community Centers/Corps are led by a local leader. Additional programs are conducted in outlying areas (more remote areas) by dedicated volunteers.

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