Aug 14, 2022

Sr Advisor - Philanthropic (Major Gifts)

  • RCG Talent Solutions
  • Detroit, MI, USA
Full-Time Fundraising/Development Healthcare/Medical

Job Description

At ALSAC you do more than make a living; you make a difference.

We like people who are different…because we’re different, too. As one of the world’s most iconic and respected nonprofits, we know what it’s like to stand out. That’s why we’re looking at you. Your background, perspective, and desire to make an impact set you apart. As we work to help St. Jude cure childhood cancer, we're calling on the game-changers, innovators and visionaries to join our family. Not just for the kids of St. Jude, but also for you. Because at ALSAC, we develop and celebrate our employees. So, bring your whole, authentic self and become part of our shared mission: Finding cures. Saving children.®


Job Description

Responsible for initiating calls to donors from high donor reports and to higher level donors who respond to gift planning marketing initiatives. Handle the stewardship of major current donors and encourage personal visits where appropriate with persons who appear to have capability and interest in making larger gifts to St. Jude. Provides follow-up with prospects and donors to ensure continuity in major current and deferred gift planning process. Develops and maintains ongoing contacts with up to 150 high-potential individuals.



  1. Uses fund-raising knowledge and interpersonal skills to identify, cultivate, and steward new and existing donors at the major gifts level.

  2. Uses a high degree of concentration to schedule and complete personal visits with potential high donors when appropriate in assigned states. Involves working in various environments under various lighting and climate control tolerances. Provides follow-up with prospects and donors to ensure continuity in gift planning process and assures the completion of gifts that are valuable and productive for St. Jude as well as the donor.

  3. Completes and reviews daily activity reports, gift planning monthly reports, travel expense reports, donor visit reports, accounting forms and proposals, and donor and progress reports as required. Requires use of personal computer.

  4. Attends regional and national meetings as required; keeps abreast of updated gift planning materials and applicable tax and estate laws.

  5. Maintains up-to-date knowledge of facts relating to the mission, research and patient care of St. Jude. Requires ability to articulate current initiatives and programs of St. Jude and link them appropriately to supporters of St. Jude.

  6. Maintains effective communication with other Sr. Philanthropic Advisors, Philanthropic Advisors, the National Office, and other regional ALSAC employees.

  7. Exhibits efficient trip planning and time-management skills to maximize prospects visited and adequate coverage of assigned territory. Required to make a minimum number of visits as outlined in the employee's goal section of their performance appraisal.

  8. Follows ALSAC policies and procedures. Adheres to guidelines as set out by the Gift Acceptance Policy manual and submits exceptions to the Gift Acceptance Committee for review.

Hiring Organization



  • Requires special knowledge of gift planning and donor cultivation; ability to effectively interact with elderly people, people of great wealth, and executives; speak and write in clear and understandable manner for internal/external relations; understand extremely complex verbal and written instructions; understand data processing applications.

  • Knowledge ordinarily acquired through a bachelor's degree plus 7 years professional development experience and proven major gift experience.

  • A working knowledge of gift planning vehicles that produce income in near term in keeping up with the St. Jude mission required.

  • Requires travel approximately 50% to 70% of the time, including some evening and weekend work.


Industry/Service Area

Foundation/Grantmaking, Healthcare/Public Health


Mid-Senior level


We’re dedicated to ensuring children and their families have every opportunity to enjoy life’s special moments. We’re also committed to giving our staff excellent benefits so they can do the same.

  • Core Medical Coverage: (low cost low deductible Medical, Dental, and Vison Insurance plans)​

  • 401K Retirement Plan with 7% Employer Contribution

  • Exceptional Paid Time Off

  • Maternity / Paternity Leave

  • Infertility Treatment Program

  • Adoption Assistance

  • Education Assistance

  • Enterprise Learning and Development

  • And more


To ensure the health and safety of the children and families at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital as well as our donors, volunteers and colleagues, as a condition of employment, we require that employees adhere to ALSAC’s Vaccination Requirements, including COVID-19 Vaccination.

Application Instructions

Please apply on our website. 

ALSAC is an equal employment opportunity employer. 

ALSAC does not discriminate against any individual with regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, transgender status, disability, veteran status, genetic information or other protected status.


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