10 hours

Director of Major Gifts

United Way for Greater Austin
Austin, TX 78702
United Way for Greater Austin (UWATX)

Director of Major Gifts

  Resource Development

Regular, Full-time, Exempt


Who we are:

United Way for Greater Austin brings together people, ideas and resources to fight poverty in our community. We serve as a convener of powerful collaborative efforts that require our partners to identify inter-dependencies, align strengths, work together and track progress toward shared goals geared to close the socio-economic gap in Austin. Since 1924, we have been dedicated to providing families and individuals in need with the tools and support needed to thrive.


Who we want:

The Director Major Gifts is a critical leadership position responsible for all aspects of the major gifts program at United Way for Greater Austin. This role will be responsible for the four fundamental phases of major donor relationship development: prospect identification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship. The Director of Major Gifts will be responsible for overseeing three giving societies: Young Leaders Society, Women United and the Alexis de Tocqueville Society, as well as managing a team of highly skilled major gift officers. This position will also lead, support and leverage volunteer led advisory councils to extend organizational reach within the community.


What you'll bring:

  • Bachelors degree from an accredited college or university;

  • Minimum of six years relevant program and leadership experience; 

  • Highly developed interpersonal sensibilities with exceptional relationship development skills;

  • Ability to manage, support and leverage volunteers;

  • Experience managing a team of highly skilled major gift officers;

  • Experience identifying, evaluating and validating high net worth prospects;

  • A proven track record in securing major gifts of six figures or more from individuals and institutions;

  • Technologically savvy with experience using various donor software;

  • Ability to think strategically about the long-term trajectory of our work, as well as how to break down long plays into tactical, actionable steps;

  • Intellectually curious with an appetite for thinking about new ways to get after common challenges;

  • Inspired by continuous tinkering that leads to continuous improvement;

  • Results driven, with the ability to keep team members focused on high ROI activities;

  • Team orientation that defines success by that of the group instead of the individual;

  • Confident and self-aware, modeling the behavior they wish to see in others. Maintains a positive, solutions-focused approach despite external situation;  

  • Exceptional customer service and communication skills;

  • Strong management skills with a comfort in having critical conversations if necessary;

  • Comfort with public speaking in front of large groups and with media;

  • Knowledge and comfort level working within the corporate landscape and alongside executive level corporate leadership.

  • Strong problem solving skills; ability to operate professionally under a variety of working conditions;

  • Ability to manage multiple projects in a fast-paced work environment;

  • Strong team building skills; ability to work well with staff in all departments; comfortable working with diverse groups.

Notice: The job description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties to be performed by the employee occupying this position. Management has the right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities at any time. UWATX is an at-will employer.


This position is located in Austin, Texas and reports directly to the Chief Development Officer.



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