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Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service
Baltimore, Maryland

Category: Other
Field of Interest: Other

Job Description:

Protecting, Embracing and Empowering | Service and justice | Advocating for migrants and refugees

If you are passionate about transforming communities for migrants and refugees through development and fundraising efforts with a mission-driven organization, then we have the opportunity for you!

Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS), is seeking a Major Gifts Officer who will promote LIRS’s mission and core values to key individual supporters and advocates across the US.  Reporting to the Director of Development, the Major Gifts Officer is responsible for direct solicitation of gifts and for managing a portfolio of major gift prospects, as well as, creating and enhancing relationships with current and prospective donors with a focus on expanding their financial support.  S/he will create and implement a strategy to deepen relationships with major donors and prospects that fit the organization’s program priorities.


  • Manage a portfolio of 125-175 major donors and prospects with a focus on engagement and deepening of relationships that ensures major gifts support funding for organizational programs and goals.
  • Solicit major gifts from current and prospective donors with a long-term goal of upgrading to between $5,000 and $10,000 plus levels.
  • Identify and evaluate new major donor prospects within LIRS’s growing donor file.
  • Maintain donor loyalty and enthusiasm through stewardship and activities designed to express recognition and appreciation. In addition, create, plan, and execute special events jointly hosted by current donors, volunteers and leaders of LIRS.
  • Manage, assign, and coordinate valuable donor relationships with the Director for Development, Vice President for D.O.C., and CEO/President to maximize cultivation efforts.
  • Report, on a timely basis, progress toward achieving weekly, monthly, and annual objectives.
  • Write all proposals for large gifts from donors and ensure that these gifts fit within LIRS’s program priorities by coordinating with Leadership, Program, and Finance teams.



  • Commitment to LIRS’s core mission and values and an ability to model those values in relationships with colleagues and partners; commitment to empowering refugees and migrants.
  • Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, Management, Public Administration or closely related field and minimum of five years experience in fundraising and building long-term fundraising relationships or an equivalent combination of education and experience is required.
  • Demonstrated successful experience in major gift fundraising required.
  • Demonstrated success developing cultivation and solicitation strategies which includes moves management techniques.
  • Ability to connect and inspire donors and potential donors to partner in our mission.
  • Excellent interpersonal communication skills with aptitude to listen and ability to understand the needs and interests of donors in order to develop their relationship with LIRS.
  • Excellent writing, editing, research and presentation skills.
  • Ability to self-direct and take initiative to achieve goals outlined in annual development plan required.
  • Demonstrated experience and proficiency with donor management databases such as Raiser’s Edge and Microsoft Office Suite software, required.
  • Proven ability to assess priorities and manage a variety of complex activities simultaneously with excellent time management.
  • Willingness and ability to travel extensively.


Organizational Summary:


Headquartered in Baltimore’s beautiful Inner Harbor, with offices in Washington, DC, Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS) is a national faith-based organization with a 77-year history, a budget of approximately $70 million per year, and over 100 headquarters staff.


LIRS is widely-recognized for its expertise in implementing federal programs on behalf of refugees and migrants living within the borders of the United States. Working with and through partners across the country, LIRS resettles refugees, reunites children with their families or provides loving homes for them, conducts policy advocacy, and pursues humanitarian alternatives to the immigration detention system.




Application Instructions:


To be considered, please submit a resume and cover letter by close of business Friday April 14, 2017, via  For more information about LIRS, please visit


Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service provides equal employment opportunities to all, without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics.