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Major Gifts Officer, CNC

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Major Gifts Officer, CNC
Cincinnati Nature Center
Milford, Ohio
Major Gifts Officer 1
Job Summary

Cincinnati Nature Center is growing! We are looking for the an experienced professional to join our development team who will be responsible for creating, maintaining and growing relationships with a solid base of individual donors. The Nature Center has been designated as a Top Workplace for 5 years running.  Successful candidates will enjoy working collaboratively in an evolving organization while maintaining a flexible and fun, entreprenuereal working environment.

Cincinnati Nature Center, founded in 1965, is a nationally recognized leader in environmental education and conservation with: 18,00 member households, over 300,000 visitors per year, 120+ regular staff, 500+ dedicated volunteers, and two properties in Clermont County east of Cincinnati totaling 1,775 acres.  For more information go to:

Job Description



Reporting to the Development Director and as a member of the Development team, the full-time Major Gifts Officer is responsible for maintaining and growing a solid base of individual donors. This position is primarily responsible for identifying, cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding major gifts through F2F visits and events. Will manage a portfolio and retain, and increase, donor support moving them up the ladder of support.

Essential Functions & Responsibilities

MAJOR GIFTS (90% of time) Identify, qualify, cultivate, solicit, close and steward major gifts through direct personal contact and visits

  • Execute moves management approach to your portfolio and develop custom strategies for each donor to generate new and higher levels of giving, recording detailed relationship activities in CRM system (Altru)
  • Manage a portfolio of 100+ individuals building and maintaining strong relationships leading to increased giving—re-acquire past donors and acquire new donors
  • Coordinate an effective program for recognition, involvement and stewardship of major and special gifts
  • Meet annual goals for meaningful connections, solicitations, closed gifts, amount raised
  • Work with Board, staff and volunteer committee to achieve fundraising goals
  • Support major donor events

PLANNED GIVING (10% of time) Assist with re-launching our Rowe Legacy Society

  • Help with revising, re-branding, re-launching our planned giving society with new benefits + new recognition
  • Support re-launch event/s

Additional Job Responsibilities
• Occasional attendance at large organizational functions held on evenings or weekends
• Other duties as assigned
These job responsibilities represent only the essential and most significant duties of the position. This job description does
not exclude other work assignments, directives and responsibilities not mentioned herein.

Education and Competencies:

  • High school diploma and commensurate experience or Bachelor’s degree preferred
  • Ability to adapt systems to keep pace with dynamic operations and changing information needs
  • Communication:
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Must maintain confidentiality of sensitive and confidential information


  • Demonstrated thorough knowledge of current development practices
  • Ability to manage and organize work assignments
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail
  • A sense of humor, creativity and an entrepreneurial spirit
  • General interest in nature and the environment
  • Must pass a background check

Computer Skills:

  • Proficient in Word, Power Point, Excel and other related software
  • Experience with MS Office products required and experience with Blackbaud software a plus
  • Work Environment:
  • The work is performed on-site, indoors in an office environment as well as outdoors in a nature reserve
  • Local travel may be required. Some travel to regional conferences may be required. When a Nature Center vehicle is not available, the use of personal vehicle (reimbursed at IRS recommended rate) may be needed for Cincinnati Nature
  • Center business.

Physical Demands:

  • This position requires the following physical activities: pushing, pulling, climbing, bending, stooping, kneeling, twisting,
  • reaching, sitting, standing, walking, lifting, finger dexterity, grasping, repetitive motions, talking, hearing and visual
  • acuity.
  • Sitting for extended periods of time while using a keyboard

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