Charitable Advisors LLC
  • 04-Oct-2021 to 03-Dec-2021
  • - Girl Scouts of Central Indiana
  • Indianapolis, IN, USA
  • Starting Salary $55,000.00
  • Full Time


The Major Gift Officer works to support the goals and objectives of Girl Scouts of Central Indiana, with major emphasis on the cultivation and solicitation of external individual donors considered to be Major donors. The Major Gift Officer offers opportunities for working with, and alongside, other Departments to share council goals. 

Position Essential Duties and Responsibilities


  • Manage Blackbaud, council Fund Development data base – making sure that donor files within assigned portfolio are up to date and complete.
  • Work and collaborate with Annual Giving Manager and VP Fund Development in identifying potential Major Gift prospects.
  • Manage Planned Giving elements, including web site recognition, events and communications.
  • Work with Chief Development Officer to create applicable documents and shared communication with donors.


  • Regularly create and capitalize on opportunities to increase council-wide Major Giving.
    • Manage and cultivate portfolio of individual givers.
    • Oversee stewardship of Major Giving donors.
    • Spearhead council-wide Planned Giving efforts, including, but not limited to:
      • Creation of events – including education and celebratory.
      • Working in tandem with Departments to create opportunities to recruit and grow major donors.
      • Working with all applicable council-wide staff to create functional and effective marketing materials and techniques.
      • Build and cultivate strategic council-wide relationships that will help reach overall Fund Development financial goals. 
      • Develop a depth of knowledge regarding the design of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience and can easily articulate to any stakeholder the virtues of the organization.
      • Manage our two major giving groups:  The Juliette Gordon Low Society and the Leadership Circle.
      • Other duties as assigned to support the goals and objectives of GSCI.


All employees of the Girl Scouts of Central Indiana are responsible not only to the position but also to the duties and responsibilities that all employees share. 

Council Essential Duties and Responsibilities 

  • Understands that council priorities are growing membership and cultivating new donors. 
  • Develop an annual goal that supports the membership growth priority
  • Implement an action plan that supports the membership growth priority
  • Develop and annual goal that supports the cultivation of new donors
  • Implement an action plan that supports the cultivation of new donor 

Core Competencies

  • Oral and Written Communication abilities (i.e. In person, verbal, written, and/or phone); expresses ideas and facts in a clear and understandable manner appropriate for the individual or group; listens to and comprehends what others are saying; prepares organized and structured presentations; has demonstrated ability to work with a wide range of sensitive and confidential issues and communicate effectively with a diverse group of girls, volunteers, and staff. 
  • Project Management – demonstrated ability to coordinate multiple projects while managing conflicting priorities and deadlines and  formulate short- and long-term project goals, objectives, schedules, and priorities in line with council goals; anticipates issues, obstacles, or opportunities that may impact plans or actions; has ability to coordinate multiple projects while managing conflicting priorities and deadlines; establishes courses of action for accomplishing goals while attending to and incorporating information obtained during day-to-day administrative tasks.
  • Team-Building - knows team-building techniques and processes; collaborates with others to create optimal solutions; fosters a commitment to a team approach to work; promotes partnerships between work units; collaboratively defines boundaries and outcomes of work responsibilities; shares information with others; recognizes and rewards team accomplishments; shares decision-making responsibility with team members.  
  • Technical computer skills in Microsoft Office including Word, Excel, Outlook, customer relationship management systems, and social networking.
  • Time Management - Manages time effectively; completes assignments in a timely manner; sets and balances priorities; simultaneously manages multiple tasks/projects.
  • Fostering Diversity - Understands and embraces the differences that individuals bring to Girl Scouting; encourages and fosters the unique contributions and varied talents of diverse groups and individuals; values, develops, nurtures, uses, and celebrates group and individual diversity; removes barriers to participation (holds meetings in accessible locations, uses translators, etc.); strives to ensure a friendly and harmonious environment for girls, adult volunteers, and staff; treats others in an unbiased manner; challenges the biased behavior of others; adheres to organizational diversity goals.
  • Adaptability - Adjusts, modifies own behavior, and remains flexible in response to changing situations and environments, new or rapidly changing information, unexpected obstacles, or people expressing varying perspectives, needs, and demands; maintains high performance, emotional composure, objectivity, and balanced perspective under pressure, shifting priorities, opposition, or situational ambiguity. 
  • Organizational Knowledge - Understands Girl Scout purpose and organizational structure, including functions, operations, and interrelationships; keeps up-to-date on key GSUSA and council-specific policies, priorities, processes, and practices (for example, Safety-Wise); understands how his/her job relates to and supports GSUSA goals, including increasing and developing membership and volunteer support; is aware of the organizational culture and knows how work is accomplished; knows the roles and responsibilities of staff and volunteers; is familiar with membership policies, standards, and resources.
  • Networking - Maintains and fosters contacts inside and/or outside the council and GSUSA to gather information, receive support, and solve problems; actively maintains a presence in Girl Scout activities, professional and community organizations, and in the workplace; builds new relationships and collaborations with the Board, Committees, and/or community members (for example, vendors and business partners) to help address Girl Scouting goals, promote visibility, and cultivate funding sources.

JOB QUALIFICATIONS'Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

  • Bachelor's degree in related field
  • 3 - 5 years of major gift experience, or related experience indicating significant   responsibilities tied to financial goals
  • Proven ability to plan and manage giving campaigns while reaching measurable goals and objectives
  • Proven understanding and execution of moves management techniques that lead to measurable goals and objectives
  • Proven ability to build strategic, multi-level internal and external relationships
  • Familiarity, and experience working with various social media platforms
  • Experience creating marketing materials and direct mail pieces
  • Strong oral and written communication skills, with emphasis on persuasive language
  • Efficiency working with Raiser's Edge software and/or willingness to learn
  • Proficiency working with Microsoft Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
  • Proven ability to work well independently, and alongside various teams
  • Must have reliable transportation.
  • Must hold membership in the Girl Scout organization and subscribe to the tenets of the Girl Scout Promise and Law.
  • Must complete and pass a criminal background check.

Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) 

Girl Scouts of Central Indiana is an equal employment employer.  We will recruit, hire, train and promote persons in all job titles without regard to age, color, disability, gender, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, race, religion, sexual orientation or veteran status.


Physical requirements to do the job

  • Ability to perform tasks that require walking, standing, bending, stooping, reaching and moderate lifting (typically up to 30 pounds).
  • Ability to sit at a workstation for up to 2 hours at a time.
  • Ability to sit and view a computer screen up to 2 hours at a time.
  • Ability to tolerate occasional exposure to seasonal weather conditions.

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