Development Officer (Major Gifts)

Position Title: 
Development Officer (Major Gifts)
Organization Name: 
Kiwanis International

Competitive Nonprofit organization salary - starting range $50,000 to $53,000 based on years of experience and education.

Consideration for full remote work options will be given to candidates outside the state of Indiana.

Kiwanis International is a global community of clubs, members and partners dedicated to improving the lives of children one community at a time.  Kiwanis International offers an exceptional employment package to ensure our employees can take care of themselves and their family. Kiwanis benefits are available at affordable rates which allow all our employees to provide medical, dental, vison and prescription coverage to all family members. We offer a 401K with a Company match to help employees save for their future. Employees accrue (3) weeks' vacation in the first year of employment, (7) paid holidays and a paid winter holiday from December 25-31 and encourage our teams to take time off from work.  We have an on-the-spot recognition program, annual reviews, wellness and employee assistance program, a wide variety of employee activities and much more! We offer flexible work hours, a 7.5-hour workday and remote work options. Come join a team with the mission to helps kids around the world.  

This position joins a team of dedicated fundraising professionals actively developing a new Major Gifts program with the goal of increasing the impact of our donors. Through teamwork and travel to specific areas of the U.S., this position will help donors better understand how their gift to the Kiwanis Children’s Fund extends and amplifies their impact on children around the globe. 

The development officer is a highly professional fundraising position that will work as a part of the Kiwanis Children’s Fund fundraising team and support designated areas and their volunteers in the U.S. and abroad. He or she will work closely with the director of development and other Children’s Fund staff in the development of fundraising strategies and activities, in securing annual and major gifts, achieving stated team fundraising goals, and in strengthening and supporting all active campaigns. 

As a member of the Kiwanis Children’s Fund team, the development officer will:

  • Support the goals, strategies and plans of all active fundraising campaigns, which reflect the vision, mission, and strategic objectives of Kiwanis International and the Kiwanis Children’s Fund.

  • Maintain donor confidentiality.

  • Participate fully in staff meetings and gatherings.


  • Identify, qualify, cultivate, and solicit a portfolio of approximately 100 major and planned gift prospects.

  • Develop individualized fundraising and cultivation plans and philanthropic goals for each prospect, including a minimum of seven individual significant donor interactions monthly.

  • Execute annual stewardship events and activities to enhance long-term donor relationships and increase giving.

  • Monitor and analyze portfolio performance. 

  • Produce contact reports, briefing reports, and talking points for the fundraising team, executive staff leadership, Trustees, and other volunteer leaders, as needed.

  • Serve as a point of contact and expert fundraising advisor to district fundraising volunteers in a designated area in the U.S. and abroad as they work to secure gifts from districts, clubs, and individuals.

  • Provide expert fundraising advice and support when contacted by a volunteer from a designated area. 

  • Share Kiwanis Children’s Fund materials and resources when appropriate to support volunteer fundraising efforts

  • Participate in the creation and execution of the annual fundraising plan and budget for all Kiwanis Children’s Fund fundraising priorities and lead a project team related to at least one specific fundraising priority.

Educational Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree required. Master’s degree or higher in business, communications or philanthropy preferred.

Experiential Requirements:

  • Demonstrated fundraising success.

  • At least 2 years experience working in a fundraising campaign

  • History of success working both independently and as part of a team.

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.

  • Ability to speak effectively in front of groups.

  • Experience in strategic planning and data analysis; high attention to detail

  • Ability to meet deadlines and organize and prioritize work.

  • Excellent project management experience and multitasking skills.

  • Volunteer management experience in a not-for-profit or service organization highly desired.

Required Skills:

  • Writing proficiency

  • Microsoft Office products, with proficiency in Excel and PowerPoint

  • Internet proficiency including social media

  • Raiser’s Edge or Salesforce knowledge preferred

Other Requirements:

  • Kiwanis Family experience a plus

  • Multilingual a plus (reading, writing and speaking skills)

  • Experience working in a non-profit or membership-based organization a plus

Working Conditions (in accordance with CDC guidelines)

  • Some travel required (approximately 25% of time)

  • Flexibility to work some evenings or weekends

  • Available to work remotely and in office when required

Apply at: Kiwanis Children's Fund Development Officer - Major Gifts

Application Deadline: 
Friday, January 7, 2022