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Major Gifts Officer

Company: Pegasus Therapeutic Riding
Date Posted: May 10, 2016



Major Gifts Officer  - Pegasus Therapeutic Riding:  In partnership with the Board of Directors and Executive Director, the Major Gifts Officer will take point on key development functions at Pegasus including: Major gifts, endowment funding, corporate and foundation giving, and donor stewardship.  


The Major Gifts Officer will increase annual charitable revenue to Pegasus by a predefined percentage of his or her annual salary.  This position reports to the Executive Director and Board of Directors.


About Pegasus Therapeutic Riding:  Based in Brewster, N.Y., Pegasus Therapeutic Riding provides equine-assisted activities to people with special needs, veterans and at-risk individuals, including disadvantaged youth and abuse survivors.  A PATH Intl. Premier Accredited Center, we offer therapeutic horseback riding, unmounted programs and equine-assisted psychotherapy.  We serve more than three hundred participants ages 4 and up each year at our main equestrian center in Brewster and our three regional chapters in Pleasantville, Darien and Greenwich.  


Basic Qualifications:  The successful candidate is a development professional with proven leadership experience and quantifiable success with cultivating and closing individual and major gifts.  The candidate will be a self-motivated, goal-oriented strategic thinker ready to hit the ground running.  The candidate must be able to exercise a high degree of judgment, diplomacy, confidentiality, integrity and ethics.


Specific requirements include:


•    Five or more years of progressively responsible development experience culminating at a senior fundraising level, in a non-profit setting, with a proven track record in building individual, corporate, foundation, major gift and endowment programs

•    Experience working with a volunteer fundraising board

•    Strong interpersonal skills, especially when interacting with philanthropic community and major donors

•    Ability to set priorities, meet deadlines, implement and manage projects, and problem-solve with limited resources

  • Demonstrated ability to lead change and to take and encourage actions that promote the fundraising success of the organization

•    Demonstrated ability to work both independently and collaboratively

  • Ability to work effectively with volunteers and members of staff from any part of the organization
  • Ability to develop and maintain contacts with members of the Pegasus constituency and the community who can assist the organization to reach its fundraising goals

•    Strong business insight and decision-making skills

  • Baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills

•    Knowledge of horses and/or therapeutic riding a plus




The salary and benefits are competitive and commensurate with experience, qualifications, and verifiable salary history.


Please send resume and cover letter to   Attn: Susan Kozera, CPA