Development Officer - Major Gifts

Magis Americas
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Early Career / Mid Career
  • Apply by
  • Posted
    Sep 28

Position description

The mission of Magis Americas is to foster, support, and accompany Jesuit partners in the Global South, especially in Latin America and the Caribbean, as they strive toward the construction of just, dignified, and equitable societies. Magis Americas promotes sustainable and impactful responses to the injustices faced by those living at the margins. Magis Americas’ efforts are focused on three key areas: education, migration, and ecology. These areas represent a holistic approach for the vision of a world in which all people have their rights upheld, their dignity protected, and their capacity to act as protagonists in their individual and communal development recognized.

Job Description

Magis Americas is seeking an experienced professional to join its team as Development Officer - Major Gifts, reporting to the Executive Director. The Development Officer - Major Gifts will work to raise private funds to support the work of the organization. This includes, but is not limited to, qualifying donors, building a donor pipeline, creating and implementing cultivation strategies for new and existing major gift candidates, soliciting annual and major gifts, and thoughtfully stewarding donors. At least 80% of the portfolio managed by this position will be in support of our local partner, Universidad Centroamericana-Managua in Nicaragua.

General Responsibilities 

  • Manage cultivation and stewardship efforts for all major gift candidates and donors.

  • Research, design and implement new donor cultivation and recognition strategies.

  • Manage all aspects of donor relationships including receiving and handling donor inquiries, organizing visits, direct mail and online solicitations and other mailings to major gift donors, etc.

  • Develop and maintain a thorough and accurate understanding of Magis Americas programs and funding priorities in order to effectively connect donors and prospects to Magis Americas priorities and content.

  • Provide and/or review written materials, including briefings, solicitations, and acknowledgements in a quality consistent with Magis Americas standards.

  • Utilize and update the Salesforce database by recording activities, contacts, and strategies on an on-going basis. 

  • Coordinate gift processing, including management of gift acceptance, sending acknowledgement letters and appropriate online communications.

  • Manage special fundraising events and support outreach events as needed. 

  • Support other development initiatives taken on by Magis Americas as needed.


  • Bachelor’s Degree in relevant field.

  • Minimum of three years of Development experience. Prior experience with individual giving, annual giving and/or online giving preferred.

  • Significant experience with organizations in Central America and knowledge of the region, particularly Nicaragua. 

  • Excellent interpersonal, verbal, written, analytical and organizational skills. 

  • The ability to develop and cultivate positive relationships with colleagues, donors and prospective donors.

  • Excellent attention to detail.

  • Ability to manage time effectively and manage multiple priorities. 

  • Demonstrated ability to work proactively and independently, as well as in a team-environment

  • Excellent computer skills, including Microsoft Office, Google Drive and CRM software. Experience with Salesforce a plus.

  • Bilingual (English/Spanish) a plus.

  • Development experience with Latinx diaspora communities a plus.

  • Familiarity with the Society of Jesus a plus.

Application instructions

Hours/Work Location - This is a full-time position (40 hours) based at our office in Washington, D.C. with an estimated 25-30% of domestic travel. Qualified remote candidates outside of Washington, D.C. will also be considered. 

To Apply - Please submit a resume and cover letter with “Development Officer - Major Gifts” in the subject line to Nate Radomski at [email protected] by October 29, 2021. No phone calls, please.

Magis Americas is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Magis Americas does not discriminate against any person because of race, color, creed, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age, sexual orientation or any other characteristic protected by the law. We welcome applicants from a diverse spectrum of qualified candidates.