Senior Director of Major Gifts in Houston, TX at BakerRipley

Date Posted: 5/7/2020

Job Snapshot

Job Description


  • Drive the mission-critical function of cultivating and securing an agreed-upon number of major gifts. Develops and executes, solicitation, and stewardship strategies for annual, campaign, and planned gifts of $100,000+ from individuals, foundations, and corporations
  • Increase the acquisition of new donors and supporters year over year for the organization, work locally, including identifying new prospects, crafting engagement plans, and cultivating relationships.
  • Qualifies and manages a limited portfolio of high capacity, high-profile donors from all sources. Provides guidance and helps establish the direction of the stewardship program to ensure that donors are recognized and perpetually cultivated in effective and meaningful ways.


  • Lead strategic discussions with senior stakeholders, including CEO, Executive Team, and national board on major gifts 
  • Establish measurable annual goals to increase fundraising results that are both aspirational and achievable.
  • Articulate forward-thinking strategies and compelling stories that inspire and motivate diverse stakeholders and constituencies to achieve ambitious revenue generation goals
  • Build genuine, productive relationships quickly and effectively and use them strategically to further the agency’s fundraising goals
  • Maintain insights and expertise on the philanthropic landscape across the Houston region
  • Provide strategic direction for proposals, engaging senior stakeholders as needed 
  • Serve as donors' and prospects' main point of contact
  • Keeps abreast of current best practices in the development profession, continuously evaluating new and emerging ideas for potential implementation at BakerRipley.
  • Remains informed about developments in the competitive philanthropic marketplace, especially in Houston’s nonprofit sub-sectors.
  • Collaborates on the development of strategies for campaigns and other fundraising initiatives.
  • Participates in and supports the fundraising initiatives for the agency, including special events and donor engagement activities.

Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

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