Major Gifts Officer-Grand Rapids campus, Covenant House Michigan

Job Title

Major Gifts Officer-Grand Rapids campus


Covenant House Michigan

About the Position

General Description: Responsible for creating and implementing CHM’s overall strategy for a donor relations plan to help facilitate individual and major giving solicitations and portfolio management for the Grand Rapids campus. Develops all major gift collateral to donors and facilitate ways to capture information to support the individual gift pipeline. Develops and manages in-bound and out-bound donor relationships strategy with Executive Director and Director of Development and Communications to build their portfolios. Monthly analysis of the donor pipeline to facilitate robust portfolio management.

FLSA: Exempt.

Reports to: Director of Development and Communications.

Job Duties

Primary responsibilities:

  1. Uphold Covenant House Michigan standards of conduct, policies and procedures in the spirit of the Covenant House Mission at all times.
  2. Attend and participate in all scheduled or mandatory meetings, training and supervision sessions requested.
  3. Identify, cultivate, solicit and steward individual and major giving donors to meet financial and metric goals set by the Director of Development and Communications.
  4. Ability to develop and grow a donor stewardship program and work collaboratively with the major gift/planned giving team members.
  5. Analyze all records and communications with current and prospective planned gift donors.
  6. Create and implement a donor relations strategy and portfolio management for the Director of Development and Communications and the Executive Director.
  7. Utilize databases to create new donor information and monitor existing donor activity.
  8. Work closely with Development Team to coordinate fund development activities and donor solicitation. 
  9. Perform all other tasks as requested by the Director of Development and Communications.

This description is a summary of the responsibilities, duties, knowledge, skills, experience, abilities and qualifications associated with this position.  It is not an exhaustive list and may be changed at any time at the discretion of the Covenant House Michigan administration.


Educational and work experience requirements:

  1. Bachelor degree in Fundraising, Communications, Marketing, Public Relations or related field preferred.
  2. Minimum 5-8 years’ experience in closing five and six-figure gifts,  donor relations and development of donor communications materials.
  3. PC/Computer literacy with working knowledge of Microsoft Office.
  4. Valid Michigan Driver’s license with acceptable driving record as required by insurance company.
  5. Sufficient health, ability, experience, and education to perform the assigned duties with or without accommodation.
  6. Belief in Covenant House Michigan Mission Statement and desire to fulfill the mission.
  7. Awareness of and sensitivity to cultural and religious differences among agency clients and targeted populations.

Essential skills and abilities:

  1. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with co-workers, supervisors, representatives of other agencies and the public.
  2. Ability to effectively communicate, verbally and in writing, with both internal and external individuals and/or businesses.  Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
  3. Moderate sitting, standing and eyestrain.
  4. Ability to drive agency or personal vehicles to transport items and/or persons.
  5. Ability to work primarily at desk/computer for approximately 8 hours per day.
  6. Ability to lift and/or move objects typically weighing 5-35 pounds.
  7. Ability to handle multiple tasks and projects.
  8. Ability to represent the organization and interface with all levels of staff and donors while maintaining tact, diplomacy, and confidentiality.
  9. Self-motivated and exercises leadership skills when needed.

How to Apply

To apply, candidates can go to the website,

Questions can be directed to:

Ida L. Benson

Director of Development and Communications

Covenant House Michigan

Office: (313) 463-2007

Cell: (586) 612-5626

About the Organization

Covenant House Michigan is an equal opportunity employer.  CHM will not discriminate against any otherwise qualified employee or applicant for employment with respect to hire, tenure, terms, conditions or privileges of employment because of race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, height, weight, marital status, disabilities or other legally protected status.

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