Associate Major Gifts Officer
Salem, OR Development
Job Type

Associate Major Gifts Officer

Regular, Full-time, Exempt Position

Starting Salary Range: $52,020 - $61,193

** This position is Open Until Filled – Applications will be reviewed as they are received. For immediate consideration, apply soon!

Marion Polk Food Share is seeking a full-time Associate Major Gifts Officer to join our team of passionate, caring and dedicated staff who support the Food Share’s mission: to bring people together to end hunger and its root causes. 

The primary focus of the Associate Major Gifts Officer is to develop and maintain relationships with leadership-level donors to deepen their connection with the Food Share and provide them with meaningful information about the impact their support makes in our community. We are looking for a candidate who has strong communication and interpersonal skills, enjoys connecting with a variety of people and is a skilled relationship builder. We also want a candidate who has an attention to detail, is organized and process-oriented. 

Your responsibilities as the Associate Major Gifts Officer will include: 

  • Qualifying, cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding a portfolio of 400-600 Marion Polk Food Share donors who are giving leadership-level gifts. 
  • Creating and managing an annual donor communication strategy that includes phone, email, and mail communication.  
  • Identifying specific areas of interest for donors, and providing them updates that align with those interests. 
  • Independently setting fundraising goals for assigned donors, creating and managing cultivation, solicitation and stewardship strategies, and tracking progress toward annual goals. 
  • Identifying and transitioning donors who are ready for higher-level support and engagement with the Food Share.  
  • Conducting face-to-face visits with select donors for cultivation, solicitations, and stewardship efforts.    
  • Updating the donor database with contact reports and new information about donors.  
  • Effectively communicating the Food Share’s programs and mission to donors.  
  • Attending all Food Share donor events. 
  • Working collaboratively with members of the Development Team to support other development activities and achieve team goals. 
  • Performing other duties as assigned. 

**This position has no supervisory responsibilities but may provide leadership, guidance, and training to volunteers. 

Job Conditions: 

Work may be performed at a workstation while using a telephone and sitting at a computer screen for extended periods and at other venues in the community.  May occasionally lift, move, and carry objects more than 30 pounds.  Work is subject to varying indoor and outdoor temperatures and road and walkway surface in all seasons.  May work or travel out of the local area and work outside normal working hours, such as evenings and weekends on occasion.  Work in excess of 40 hours per week during peak business periods may occasionally be required. 

This position requires some onsite work hours, however remote work options may be available for some of this position’s schedule.  All remote work assignments begin, end, or change only with supervisory approval. 

The Food Share provides essential services to our neighbors in Marion and Polk counties.  As a result, all Food Share employees may be asked to report to work during local public health, weather, or other environmental emergencies


About Marion Polk Food Share 

We are the regional food bank bringing people together to end hunger and its root causes in Marion and Polk Counties. Support from our local community makes it possible for the Food Share to collect and distribute nutritious food for children, adults, and seniors through more than 100 partner programs, including food pantries, meal sites and home-delivered meals and to carry out programs to address the root causes of hunger. 

Our Mission:?“to bring people together to end hunger and its root causes.”


At the Food Share, our commitment is to: 

  • Treat all people as our neighbor. 
  • Encourage creativity and be willing to take risks. 
  • Listen first and seek to understand. 
  • Focus on shared goals. 
  • Celebrate diversity, ensure dignity, and act equitably. 

More on Compensation: 

The Food Share provides all employees with the following benefits: 

  • Competitive pay 
  • 12 paid holidays each year 
  • Earned vacation and sick leave 
  • Employee Assistance Program 
  • 401K retirement contributions 

The employee in this regular, full-time position is also eligible to receive a comprehensive benefits package that includes: 

  • Contributions towards Medical, Vision and Dental Insurance for employee and dependents 
  • Employer paid Disability, Life Insurance, and AD&D Insurance 


All candidates will need:  

  • Demonstrated excellent written, phone and verbal communication skills. 
  • Demonstrated ability to use effective interpersonal skills, listening, diplomacy and tact in order to build strong relationships with donors and all levels of staff. 
  • Proven ability to work effectively with a diverse group of external and internal persons to achieve results. 
  • Demonstrated skills and commitment to quality, timeliness, efficiency, and effectiveness. 
  • Demonstrated strong organization skills with attention to detail. 
  • Excellent customer service and follow-through skills. 
  • Willingness to review and agree to Association of Fundraising Professionals’ Code of Ethical Standards. 
  • An Oregon driver’s license and acceptable driving history for the last three years. 
  • Ability to pass pre-employment drug screen (excluding THC) and full background check. 

The strongest candidates for this position will have: 

  • Five or more years of relevant professional work experience. 
  • Bachelor’s Degree (preferred but not required). 
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite and experience with using computer databases and tools. 
  • Experience identifying and safeguarding confidential information and materials. 
  • Fundraising and/or donor relations experience.  
  • Care and concern about food-insecurity in our community and a desire to make a difference. 
Salary Description
$52,020 - $61,193