Ghost Ranch Education and Retreat Center, Abiquiu, New Mexico
The Major Gifts Officer is responsible for securing gifts of $10,000 and up for Ghost Ranch. S/he will do so by managing and developing relationships with qualified existing and prospective donors, assuring they are retained and regularly upgraded in their giving and involvement. The benefit of this position will be the satisfaction of helping donors fulfill their passions and interests through their giving to Ghost Ranch.
Significantly contribute to the organization's revenue goals by recruiting and securing $10,000 and up gifts.
Conduct major gift prospecting through wealth screening scores, member/database analytics, traditional research and community outreach.
Create a plan for every existing major donor and donor prospect that will serve as a foundational communication and marketing plan for each.
Will faithfully and on a timely basis execute individual, customized outreach (calls, meetings, written and electronic communications) with donors to ensure they are retained and upgraded.
Work with executive director, program staff, development team and board members to secure appropriate information, including budgets, to write individualized cultivation, solicitations, cases for support, proposals and stewardship reports.
Provide monthly reports that accurately reflect activity and performance.
Adhere to the highest ethical standards; demonstrate empathetic disposition, and perseverance; reflect optimistic and positive attitude, and convey sensitivity to needs of the donors while serving as a professional members of the Ghost Ranch team.
Perform other major donor activities as may be required.
Ability to interact professionally with existing major doors and prospects.
Ability to set reasonable financial goals for each donor by creating customized ask plans taking into account individual donors’ interest, motivations, giving patterns and ask preferences.
Ability to secure and synthesize project and organization information to create well-written and effective solicitations, proposals and asks.
Ability to secure information that can be sent back to donors to report on how their money was used, as well as perform continuous stewardship.
Ability to create timely reports that reflect caseload and MGO performance.
Ability to manage people, processes, deadlines and budgets while adhering to the policies and procedures of Ghost Ranch and maintaining a positive and constructive attitude while solving problems.
Ability to protect the mission, goals and values of Ghost Ranch.
MINIMUM five to seven years successful experience in major and/or planned gift fundraising, preferably in areas related to Ghost Ranch mission and programs.
Ability to understand the needs and interests of major donors in order to develop relationships between them and the Ranch
Successful experience in making cold calls as well as developing cultivation and solicitation strategies to high net-worth donors.
Must have excellent interpersonal skills and a demonstrated record of completing assignments.
Must be willing to travel.
The Major Gift Officer will be a contracted position not required to live or work on the Ranch and will report to the Ghost Ranch Executive Director.
Please send cover letter summarizing qualifications and alignment with the Ghost Ranch mission, a proposal, along with a list of demonstrated successes as a major gift officer, to Kim Kelly, Human Resources Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Proposals will be accepted until the position is filled. No phone calls please.
About Ghost Ranch:
Educational opportunities (250+ annual workshops and daily educational tours) are developed in the areas of spirituality and theology, environmental and land conservation issues, social justice, the arts, the sciences and outdoor adventure.
There are two museums on site and ongoing research on archeological sites and dinosaur fossil quarries; the dinosaur quarry is the top fossil site in the world for the Triassic period.
Workshops are developed for both adult education and youth education, as well as service corps for work on the Ranch and within the northern New Mexico community.
Group meetings (500+ annually), retreats, family reunions and weddings are held at the Ranch, as well as individual and family overnight stays, and many day visitors.
Charles Lindberg, Robert Wood Johnson, many actors past and present from the myriad films made at the Ranch, Robert Oppenheimer and other Los Alamos scientists, paleontologist Ed Colbert and scientist Neil deGrasse Tyson, photographer Ansel Adams and other artists, most notably Georgia O’Keeffe who lived and painted on the Ranch, have been a part of the Ghost Ranch family.
Community outreach, with more than 60 local partnerships, includes STEM and museum education for New Mexico youth, community swim program and day camp, assistance to local schools, churches, health clinics and emergency services, and retreats for adults with cancer and for returning veterans.
Ghost Ranch is an education and retreat center located on 21,000 acres in northern New Mexico. The Ranch currently has a $5.5 million annual operating budget and a $30 million campaign for capacity building and staffing, infrastructure needs, the rebuild of the aqueduct from 2015 flood damage, new guest lodging, a solar farm and other capital improvements.
Visit ghostranch.org for more information.
Telecommuting is allowed.
Additional Salary Information: This is a contract position. The individual needs to put salary information into his/her proposal.
About Ghost Ranch Education and Retreat Center
Ghost Ranch is a non-profit education and retreat center of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), located in a northern New Mexico landscape many deem sacred. We welcome and respect people of all faiths and ethnicity. Our Mission is to enrich lives. Our Vision is that all might experience God through discovery and transformation. We value Caring, Hospitality, Spiritual, Yearning, Curiosity, Family
Located in Northern New Mexico. Elevation is 6500 feet.. Well known as Georgia O'Keeffe country. Movies that have been filmed at our location include City Slickers, 3:10 to Yuma, Hostiles.
WHAT PEOPLE SAY ABOUT GHOST RANCH EDUCATION AND RETREAT CENTER
"It is one of the greatest "offices" in the world!" said by a retired Ghost Ranch employee. The Ghost Ranch landscape is phenomenal, unique to Ghost Ranch and northern New Mexico. Once a private dude ranch, Ghost Ranch is now owned by the Presbyterian Church U.S.A. and operated as an education and retreat center that is many things to many people. Our guests come to the Ranch for the day, overnight as a hotel, for the weekend or week as a participant in one of our many workshops and retreats. Others come as part of a group that has contra...cted with Ghost Ranch to host their events, like a hotel would be used for a conference, family reunion or wedding.
Staff work to provide world class hospitality by providing attention to detail whether on the front line chatting with guests or working behind the scenes to provide a memorable guest experience.