Major Gifts Officer

OVERVIEW:
Operating in its 25th year, Free Speech TV (FSTV) is a national, nonprofit, independent news network whose mission is to empower an informed and active citizenry to build a more just, equitable world. Powered by their viewers, FSTV amplifies the voices not heard on the corporate networks and lifts up the efforts of everyday people working on the front lines of racial, economic, and environmental justice. Using the power of media, FSTV believes it can help foster a just, kind, and sustainable world built by people who are inspired by diverse voices, surprising conversations, and fearless truth-telling. FSTV seeks a like-minded and capable Major Gifts Officer to help the organization advance social change and operate in service to the broader social justice movement. Reporting to Development Director Kristi Frahm Gallagher, the MGO will have the privilege of partnering with an energized, impassioned, and loyal donor base to realize social impact through philanthropy. The MGO will be responsible for carrying a national major gift portfolio, leveraging FSTV’s robust donor base of 20,000+ active supporters to solicit both restricted and unrestricted dollars. The MGO will support FSTV’s efforts to expand its growth and move management within the major giving spectrum.
LOCATION:
The Major Gifts Officer will have the option to work in a hybrid structure out of FSTV’s Denver, CO headquarters, or remotely from any US location.
SALARY AND BENEFITS:
The salary range for this position is $75,000 to $85,000 based on experience. Benefits include medical, dental, vision, life, short-term/long-term disability insurance, generous paid time off, 401k retirement plan.
THE OPPORTUNITY:
The successful candidate for the Major Gifts Officer will be a mission-driven fundraiser with a deep commitment to building a more inclusive, just, and equitable society. They will bring experience in the science of fundraising and moves management, with a track record in major giving and an authentic donor engagement style. They will also be a natural collaborator with an entrepreneurial approach that is grounded in evidence-based practices, and a strategic thinker with a data-driven mindset. The MGO will join a collaborative and supportive five-person development team with fundraising activity occurring across a wide spectrum including foundation grants, planned gifts, major gifts ($10K+), mid-range gifts ($1K - $9999), and small gifts from direct appeals and quarterly pledge drives that typically engage 1,000 new donors per drive. Given that recent wealth screenings indicate that major gifts represent a significant area of opportunity for FSTV, the MGO will focus their attention on engaging, cultivating, and soliciting major gift-rated prospects at the mid-and major gift levels, with the aim of upgrading gift sizes over time. The work will include partnering closely with the leadership giving officers as well as supporting planned giving efforts. The successful candidate will welcome the opportunity to support the program’s growth as well as the chance to grow alongside it, further building their skillset and seeing an expansion of responsibilities over time. With the 2022 midterm elections ahead of us, and the nation undergoing a long-overdue reckoning with systemic racism, this moment represents one of promise and change for America. In joining Free Speech TV, you will have the opportunity to help build a better society for all and create lasting impact by supporting a platform for voices and points of view traditionally excluded from television, including those of women, people of color, indigenous people, the working poor at home and abroad, LGBTQ+ communities, people with disabilities, and youth.
RESPONSIBILITIES:
Under the direction of the Development Director: • Build and manage a portfolio of 150-200 major gift prospects, actively cultivating, researching, qualifying, and soliciting individual donors with an eye to upgrading gifts over time. • Collaborate with other staff, within the Development team, and across FSTV, to grow the major donor base and foster engagement of donors and prospects. • Operate with complete transparency, document all moves management activities in appropriate locations and in a timely fashion; communicate with leadership regarding critical donor interactions; escalate situations when appropriate. • Leverage the donor database (Salesforce), wealth screening tools (WealthEngine), and any other data systems for the purpose of identifying, tracking, and cultivating donors. • Partnering with the Development Director, craft a targeted engagement strategy, including a communications timeline, for major donor prospects. • Ensure donors are appropriately acknowledged; consistently report on restricted use gift spending. • Perform other duties as assigned by the Development Director.
DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS:
  • Personal commitment to FSTV’s mission and values; an understanding of the progressive movement, current events, and the role that structural racism has played in our society. 
  • Minimum of two years’ major gifts experience. 
  • Experience with donor management software like Salesforce or Raiser’s Edge.
  • Data-driven approach; comfortable utilizing data to inform decision making.
  • Strong analytic skills and ability to apply strategic and creative thinking.
  • Effective interpersonal skills, tactfulness, good judgment, and the ability to handle confidential information with discretion.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills. 
  • Strong work ethic, demonstrating personal initiative, responsibility, and a commitment to results; meet deadlines consistently. 
  • Superb organization skills, commitment to operating with transparency, and a commitment to strict data hygiene practices.
  • Ability to prioritize tasks in a changing environment. 
  • Collegiality and a good sense of humor; employing a welcoming, collaborative approach and a strong team-oriented style.
ABOUT FREE SPEECH TV 
Free Speech TV is one of the last standing national, independent news networks committed to advancing progressive social change. As the alternative to television networks owned by billionaires, governments and corporations, their network amplifies underrepresented voices and those working on the front lines of economic, environment, and racial justice.  Led by Co-Founder and Executive Director Jon Stout, Free Speech TV airs 24/7 with daily news programs like Democracy Now! and The Thom Hartmann Program, weekly current affairs series like Gay USA and Economic Update, award-winning documentaries, and special coverage of events and movements like Netroots Nation, Bioneers, and the Poor People’s Campaign: A  National Call for Moral Revival. FSTV reaches 40 million US homes via DISH, DIRECTV, local cable affiliates, Sling TV, Roku, Apple TV, Alexa, Amazon Fire, social media, and  www.freespeech.org. Free Speech TV’s national audience is loyal, passionate, and engaged,  with viewer support experiencing strong growth over the past five-plus years.  Free Speech TV is owned and operated by Public Communicators, Inc., a 501(c)3 non-profit, tax-exempt organization. FSTV is funded primarily by its viewers with some support from philanthropic foundations. FSTV is commercial-free, but they do accept underwriting sponsorships from socially screened companies and non-profits. Free Speech TV is based in Denver, CO.  Free Speech TV is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to fostering a diverse workplace.  Learn more at www.freespeech.org
APPLICATION INFORMATION 
Please submit your letter of interest and resume to j[email protected] with “Leadership Giving  Officer” in the subject line by December 1, 2021, no phone calls, please.  Please submit your letter of interest and resume to [email protected]  

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