Senior Major Gifts Officer

Wednesday, Sep 7 2016

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:  The Senior Major Gifts Officer is responsible for significantly contributing to the growth in Common Cause’s Individual Major Donor revenue stream. This will be achieved by identifying, cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding a portfolio of individual donors with the capacity to make annual gift of $10,000 and greater, and soliciting and stewarding individual prospects for planned giving. The Senior Major Gifts Officer monitors and reports on progress, ensuring that major donor revenue goals are met. 


Strategic and Administration

  • Design and implement plan for individual major donors with the goal of increasing engagement and annual support.
  • Establish annual revenue goals and report on program’s performance in conjunction with the Director of Membership & Development Planning.
  • Mentor other members of the Major Donor team.

Individual Donors

  • Manage portfolio of prospects and current donors with the capacity to make donations of $10,000+. The Senior Major Gifts Officer will ideally build our number of donors in the $10,000-$100,000 annual giving level.
  • Design and execute annual plans to cultivate, solicit and steward donors and prospects, being held accountable for donor engagement and revenue goals, and responsibility for maintaining donor records and analysis of donor performance related to such things as retention, growth, upgrades, etc.
  • Coordinate with other development staff and the digital department on donor stewardship and recognition activities including acknowledgements, special events, and mailings of donor updates.
  • Travel occasionally to cultivate and solicit donors at in-person meetings.
  • Assist with special projects and perform other related duties that contribute to the development department and Common Cause goals as assigned.

Planned Giving

  • Identify, cultivate and solicit planned giving donors and prospects, coordinating as needed with state leadership, the president, and other staff.


  • 7+ years of experience and successful track record in cultivating, soliciting, closing and stewarding gifts of $10,000 and greater
  • Experience managing a national donor portfolio
  • Excellent writing and communications skills
  • Success in deadline-driven environment with shifting demands and priorities
  • Demonstrated success in working with board, staff and volunteers at all levels
  • Able to work independently and as part of a team
  • Flexibility to travel and work evenings and weekends
  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Commitment to the Common Cause mission and democracy issues

TO APPLY:  Please submit resume, cover letter and salary requirements to Director of Human Resources at and include MAJOR GIFTS OFFICER – WASHINGTON DC in the subject line; or fax to 202.355.7546.  No phone calls please. Applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. 

Common Cause is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate based on race, creed, color, religion, ethnicity, national origin, party or political affiliation, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, age, disability, veteran status, marital status, or any illegal or prohibited factor.

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