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Salary Range: $75,000-$85,000

Location: Washington DC / Virtual


Common Cause Education Fund (CCEF) seeks an experienced and creative Senior Philanthropic Advisor. The Senior Philanthropic Advisor (SPA) develops and implements donor-centric strategies to identify, cultivate, solicit, and steward a portfolio of national major donors.

This position will be responsible for prospecting, soliciting and stewarding a portfolio of individual donors, family foundations and donor-advised funds with the capacity to make transformational annual or multi-annual gifts; and solicit and steward individual prospects for legacy gifts.

The SPA monitors and reports on progress on a weekly basis, ensuring that revenue and engagement goals are met.


Individual Donors, Family Foundations, Donor Advised Funds & Planned Giving

  • Identify, qualify, cultivate, solicit and steward a portfolio of 100 prospects and current donors with the capacity to make significant donations and/or planned gifts—collaborating with management team, Board of Directors, state leadership, and other stakeholders as needed.
  • Design and execute individualized cultivation and stewardship plans for portfolio that will exceed donor engagement and revenue goals for the fiscal year.
  • Meetings and conference calls to cultivate, solicit and steward donors at in-person meetings.
  • Working with the Deputy Director for Major Gifts and a team of senior fundraising professionals, establish annual and multi-year revenue strategies and goals, to include evaluation of results and development of new approaches as needed.
  • Maintain donor records in ROI database and provide a monthly analysis of donor performance related to such things as retention, growth, upgrades, etc.
  • Coordinate with Development, Digital and Communications staff, and, where appropriate, the Board of Director’s Development Committee on major donor communications, stewardship and recognition activities including acknowledgements, special events, and mailings of donor updates.
  • Assist with special projects and perform other related duties that contribute to the Development department and Common Cause goals as assigned to include drafting correspondence, strategic plans, proposals, invitations and reports.


  • Must have a proven, successful track record of hands-on experience identifying, cultivating, soliciting/upgrading, closing and stewarding major gifts. Minimum of 5 years of experience required for consideration.
  • Must have the ambition to confidently ask for monetary and in-kind contributions.
  • Must have a profound understanding of moves management strategy and the capability to design and execute donor-centric engagement activities.
  • Must be capable of using CRM databases and other technology tools.
  • Must have exemplary verbal and written communications skills.
  • Must have proven successes in a deadline-driven environment with shifting demands and priorities.
  • Must have the professional and emotional intelligence to work with high-level organization leaders, staff and volunteers.
  • Must have the flexibility to travel frequently, work evenings and weekends.
  • Must be able to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Strong working knowledge of the broad philanthropic landscape, prospect research methodology, best practices and evolving trends in philanthropy highly preferred.
  • Experience managing a multi-state portfolio highly preferred.

TO APPLY:  Please submit resume, cover letter with salary requirements and a donor writing sample to Director of Human Resources at hr@commoncause.org and include SENIOR PHILANTHROPIC ADVISOR – NATIONAL 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 a nonpartisan, grassroots organization dedicated to restoring core values of American Democracy, reinventing an open, honest, and accountable government that works for the public interest, and empowering ordinary people to make their voices heard.

Founded 50 years ago, Common Cause has over 1 million members and supporters, and chapters in 35 states around the country. At the national and state level, Common Cause is actively engaged in defending and advancing the core values of our democracy, which include politics not dominated by money, full access to voting and fair elections, economic opportunity for all, an ethical and accountable government, and an open and democratic media. More information can be found at: www.commoncause.org.

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 or expression, age, disability, veteran status, marital status, or any illegal or prohibited factor.



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