The Possible Project is a youth entrepreneurship program that teaches students with untapped potential how to start and run their own businesses. In the process, students acquire a host of personal and professional skills that propel them to long-term success in life.
Through a combination of curriculum, support, and STEAM projects, students are empowered with the knowledge and skills necessary for success beyond high school—including resiliency, hope and self-confidence.
The Major Gifts Officer is responsible for the identification, cultivation and solicitation of contributions from major donor prospects. This position will play an important role in growing the scope and scale of The Possible Project's philanthropic efforts. You will expand and execute an engagement strategy for Greater Boston, while building and managing a portfolio of major gift donors and prospects.
Success in this role will require you to draw on experience being a proactive fundraiser, ensuring you are planning and moving relationships forward with foresight and care. You care deeply about the success of the organization, and view discussing assets, listening for opportunities for gifts and discussing planned giving opportunities as the way to bring to life the passion and commitment The Possible Project holds for the young people and communities it serves.
Vice President, Strategic Development & Major Partnerships
- Develop and implement an individual giving strategy that achieves the philanthropic revenue goals and overall fundraising goals
- Manage a portfolio of approximately 250 donors and prospects while soliciting current use gifts >$25,000. Develop strategies and implement plans for qualifying, cultivating, soliciting and stewarding those donors
- Conduct thorough prospect research, qualifying individuals and families for gift(s)
- Assist in strategy of and solicitation for the Capital Campaign ($10M goal)
WRITING, REPORTING & EVENTS
- Develop highly tailored and compelling proposals and reports
- Prepare documentation and manage regular reporting on individual donor strategies and overall fundraising performance to VP Development, ED, and volunteer leadership
- Plan and execute small donor events: stewardship, cultivation, prospecting
- Prepare donor strategy and research projects in support of Campaign goals. Provide in-depth briefing documents in advance of such meetings
COMMUNICATIONS & PRESENTATION
- Persuasively convey The Possible Project vision, mission, and story
- Provide leadership to create a culture of philanthropy throughout the entire organization
There is no perfect resume and we know people gain skills through a variety of professional, personal, educational, and volunteer experiences. We respect this when we review applications and take a broad look at the experience of each applicant. We want to get to know you and the unique strengths you will bring the work. Please include these experiences and unique strengths in your cover letter.
We are most likely to be interested in your candidacy if you can demonstrate the majority of the qualifications and experiences listed below:
- Palpable passion to serve high school students, belief in the potential of what they can achieve
- Bachelor's degree; or 7+ years of experience writing about education, entrepreneurship; or an equivalent combination of education and experience
- Demonstrable success in closing gifts >$25,000 through personal asks and proven experience proactively moving donors through the development cycle
- Hold value, awareness and sensitivity to the needs and concerns of individuals from diverse cultures, backgrounds and orientations
- High energy, sense of humor, maturity, and leadership with the ability to serve as a unifying force and to position fundraising discussions at both the strategic and tactical level
- Knowledge of the Greater Boston philanthropic community preferred
- Capital and/or endowment campaign experience preferred
The Possible Project offers a robust compensation and benefit package including high quality health benefits and an employer contribution to your 401(k) plan.
How to Apply
Please apply with a resume and cover letter at or submit via email to Zach Carroll at [email protected]