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YMCA of Greater Seattle Director of Philanthropy, Major Gifts and Capital in Seattle, Washington


Our Mission

Building a community where all people, especially the young, are encouraged to develop their fullest potential in spirit, mind, and body.

Our Commitment to Equity

The Y actively promotes a culture free from bias and injustice. We are dedicated to removing institutional and systemic barriers that result in oppression and racism. We will be accountable to marginalized communities for creating equitable and sustainable environments where social justice is woven into every facet of our programs, and bycaring for our communities in a culturally versatile and respectful manner.

Job Summary

As a member of the Financial Development Team, the Director of Philanthropy, Major Gifts and Capital, will be responsible for creating the philanthropic strategy and objectives for major gifts and campaigns. Responsibilities will include working with a portfolio of individuals to acquire, cultivate, solicit, and steward capital and major gifts of $10,000 or higher. Responsible for working with volunteers on a comprehensive and aggressive campaign plan structure that will maximize capital and major giving opportunities. This Director will lead the strategy to future develop a culture of philanthropy to advance major and capital giving programs.

Position Type/Expected Hours of Work

This is a full-time position, working Monday through Friday with occasional nights and weekends as needed.

Flexible Work, also called remote work or telecommuting, is a flexible work location arrangement that permits YGS employees to work at home, at a non-office location, at a satellite office, a YGS facility or any of the above. In most cases, flexible work arrangements outline the workplace conditions of YGS employees who are approved to periodically work from their homes or another convenient location in the YGS area.

Minimum Compensation: $63,150.00/Annually

The YMCA of Greater Seattle is comm itted to providing a positive atmosphere that prioritizes safety and inclusivity for all employees. The YMCA of Greater Seattle has implemented safety standards and protocols related to preventative health measures based on CDC and local health department guidelines.

YGS will comply with all WA State mandates regarding COVID vaccinations.

All YGS staff in Child Care roles will be required to be fully vaccinated for COVID by October 18, 2021. All YGS staff will be required to be fully vaccinated for COVID by November 1, 2021 regardless of work location. Religious and Medical Exemptions will be considered at time of hire.



  • Manage relationships with well over100 new and current prospective donors capable of making gifts of $10,000 or more annually. Will be expected to identify, qualify, cultivate, solicit, and steward these very important friends of the YMCA for annual fundraising and capital gifts.

  • Support the Financial Development Team in meeting its annual fundraising targets ($20M+) and capital fundraising objectives.

  • Works collaboratively strategically with the President & CEO, Chief Philanthropy Officer, Branch Executives, Board Members, other fundraising professionals, volunteers, and other Y leaders to cultivate and solicit donors for association-wide priorities.

  • Serve as fundraising lead for assigned programming area(s) (e.g., child care, camp, equity & justice, healthy living, social services, etc.) and/or associated capital projects.

  • Renew and rebuild relationships with prior donors who have been dormant in recent years, as assigned.

  • Establish new donor relationships and expand pipeline, generate new leads, and qualify major gift prospects from research, prospect tracking tools, fundraising colleagues, and prior experience. Work with the Financial Development Team to identify and cultivate major prospects for capital, program planned/legacy gifts, and endowment support.

  • Develop appropriate cultivation strategies, including working with volunteers

  • Move potential donors in an appropriate and timely fashion towards greater understanding of the mission and impact of the assigned areas and solicitation.

  • Make solicitations as appropriate.

  • Provide leadership, coaching and training for select campaign committees, branch boards, and volunteers, including identifying and recruiting volunteers. Schedule and support campaign leadership meetings and ensure quality engagement and participation.

  • Other duties as assigned.

Leadership Characteristics

Seattle is known for its vibrant and diverse community across the private, public, and not-for-profit sectors. Working effectively across constituency groups including large and small businesses, not–for-profit organizations, civic leaders, and the YGS staff, this individual will:

  • Be a hands-on, team-oriented leader with highly developed interpersonal skills, proficient as an influencer and negotiator.

  • Champion social responsibility, diversity, inclusion, justice and equity; model cultural competence and support diversity, effectively work with people of different backgrounds, abilities, opinions, and perceptions.

  • Build and maintain ongoing partnerships with key stakeholders.

  • Delegate and facilitate increased collaboration across the organization.

  • Demonstrate strong and passionate leadership with the ability to effectively execute and adeptly work through political barriers, build consensus, and enact social change.

  • Communicate vision for both the short- and long-term direction of the organization’s Branches, Districts, Centers of Excellence (CoEs) and Departments.

  • Effectively manage people and develop their skills and abilities.

  • Take the initiative and hold themselves and others accountable to meet or exceed quantitative and qualitative goals relating to people (employees and members), philanthropy, finance, and volunteerism.

  • Maintain accountability by ensuring compliance with all regulations and laws, as well as the code of ethics for fundraising professionals.

  • Nurture and develop a robust portfolio of prospects and donors along with key engagement tactics.


This job operates in a professional office environment. This role routinely uses standard office equipment.


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle or feel; and reach with hands and arms. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus. This position requires the ability to occasionally lift office products and supplies, up to 20 pounds.


Travel is primarily local during the business day, although some out-of-the-area and overnight travel may be expected.


This position has primary impact on the success of the capital development and planned-giving programs of the association. Volunteers will feel well supported and recognized, and donors will be recognized and cultivated resulting in increased giving and retention in support of the YMCA and its mission.



  • Bachelor's degree in business administration, financial development, communication, public relations, human services or equivalent.

  • Strong and engaging verbal and written communication skills

  • Five or more years of demonstrated success in raising funds from institutional and individual donors and through grant writing.

  • Strong relationship building, communication and organizational skills.

  • Direct experience in relationship building internal and external to an organization with volunteers, senior level community leaders and staff.

  • Demonstrated ability to foster a culture of philanthropy within an organization.

  • Demonstrated skills and abilities to challenge traditional thinking and generate possible new approaches in a manner that is constructive and value-adding

  • Must be a highly energetic professional with a track record of closing gifts in the six and seven-figure range.

  • Ability to listen and ask leading questions which encourage prospects and donors to talk about themselves and their activities.

  • Must be highly organized, able to work independently, and have an ability to work under pressure, to coordinate multiple requests and meet competing deadlines.

  • Possess strong organizational and interpersonal skills.

  • Familiarity with donor databases and development best practices.

  • Willingness to maintain a flexible work schedule consistent with the demands and needs of an executive team, volunteers, community leaders, and related special events.


  • Experience and demonstrated success in fundraising for childcare, youth development, and equity and justice are preferred.

  • Advanced fundraising training and certification i.e., CFRE

  • Background in capital campaign fundraising and planned-giving.

  • Background in working with and engaging volunteer boards.

  • Prefer knowledge of and previous experience with diverse populations (language, culture, race, physical ability, sexual orientation, etc.).

  • Ability to speak any language in addition to English.

Other combinations of applicable education, training, and experience which provide the knowledge, abilities, and skills necessary to perform effectively in the position may be considered.

This job description may be changed at any time, at YMCA of Greater Seattle’s discretion.

The YMCA of Greater Seattle is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity, inclusion, and equity. We are a drug & alcohol-free workplace; all job offers are contingent on results of a background check.


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  • Responsibility

  • Honesty

  • Caring

  • Passion for Excellence

Job Locations US-WA-Seattle

Posted Date 4 weeks ago (9/23/2021 4:16 PM)

ID 2021-12470

Type Regular Full-Time

# of Openings 1

Location Association Office

Category Financial Development

Address 909 4th Avenue

Minimum compensation USD $63,150.00/Yr.