Senior Major Gifts Officer

Across the state, Washington has more science, technology, engineering, math (STEM) and health care jobs than it can fill, yet our higher education system cannot keep up with the demand for skilled employees. The Washington State Opportunity Scholarship (WSOS) is a unique public-private partnership designed to address our talent shortage as well as the opportunity gap in higher education. We connect our state’s leading industries to top students from diverse backgrounds by reducing barriers to education and providing a supportive pathway for academic progression and career development. This powerful public-private partnership is the first of its kind in the country, and is a “win-win-win” for Washington students, Washington industry, and Washington state residents.


Washington State Opportunity Scholarship (WSOS) is seeking a Senior Major Gifts Officer to help us refine, shape and grow the major gifts program for this thriving public-private partnership. Our goal is to build on the success of our generous founding funders to develop a more robust and diversified funding pipeline. 

The Senior Major Gifts Officer will be a highly skilled, experienced, results-oriented professional who can plan fundraising strategy, manage a portfolio and lead a high-performing major gifts team. They will serve as a strategic thought partner to the Senior Development Director and the Executive Director on campaign planning and the cultivation and stewardship of corporate, foundation and individual funders. The successful candidate will bring an understanding of the complexities of philanthropy and will be excited to help build and grow the WSOS major gift strategy and team. 

This position is a rare opportunity for you, a talented fundraising professional, to work on a smaller, close-knit and mission-driven development team while still focusing your energies on planning for and securing large-scale gifts that lead to measurable impact that you would typically only encounter in a much larger organization. As the first person to hold this role, you will have the opportunity to help shape the job and the major gifts program, including helping to hire another MGO to work on your team early in your tenure. You will be a key leader in a successful nonprofit that is innovative, collaborative and equity-focused, and your work will make a real difference in the lives of the thousands of under-resourced and underrepresented students WSOS serves. Come join us!


$95,000 - $110,000


Click here for more information or to apply. To apply, please send a cover letter and a resume with your name in the title of the document. The cover letter should describe how your skills and experience are a fit with the position goals as outlined in this announcement. Please email your pdf to  [email protected]

Priority consideration will be given to candidates who apply by June 27, 2022. The position will remain open until filled. Initial screening and interviewing will begin as soon as applications are received. 

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  • Deanna Norcross
    published this page in Job Board 2022-06-09 17:30:14 -0400