Senior Major Gifts Officer

  • Union of Concerned Scientists
  • Aug 06, 2019
Full time Other-Not Specified

Job Description

Senior Major Gifts Officer
Development Department
Union of Concerned Scientists
Cambridge, MA

The Senior Major Gifts Officer (MGO) has responsibility for advancing the major gifts program through the successful identification, cultivation, solicitation, stewardship, and retention of major gift prospects and donors in an assigned region. Reporting to the Director of Major Gifts, the Senior MGO will have primary responsibility for managing a portfolio of $25k+ donors and prospects in that region; developing and implementing customized strategies for each assigned prospect/donor; monitoring the progress of individual prospect plans; and actively prospecting to build a robust major donor pipeline. The Senior MGO will work closely and strategically with Planned Giving and Stewardship teams, the President, senior UCS staff, board members, and volunteers.


Development Resources, inc. (DRi) is leading this search for the Union of Concerned Scientists. Candidates who meet the minimum qualifications are invited to learn more and apply by visiting or via email at Please, do not submit application through UCS’ website.



Qualifications and Experience

The ideal Senior Major Gifts Officer will have a strong development background with direct experience in cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding major donors. The Senior MGO will be a good strategic thinker; an organized and collaborative colleague; and an excellent communicator. The successful candidate will combine these skills with a commitment to the role of science in public affairs and a passion for the specific issues on which UCS works.



  • Five to 7 years of comparable experience in development, with at least 5 years of experience in major/leadership giving.
  • Bachelor’s degree is required; Master’s degree is preferred (comparable training and/or experience can be substituted when appropriate).

Fundraising Skills and Experience

  • Demonstrated success in major gifts work, including the identification, cultivation and solicitation and stewardship of major gifts; experience with moves management is preferred.
  • Demonstrated success in managing and prioritizing all tasks associated with major gifts work, including writing successful and compelling proposals, using donor tracking systems, etc.
  • Record of personally securing 5-figure gifts from individual donors.
  • Proven ability to develop and implement a major gift prospecting plan to identify and qualify new major doors.
  • Successful experience working with board members or lead volunteers.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills; ability to communicate effectively with a range of donors.
  • General familiarity with planned giving is a plus.
  • Strong computer skills, including facility with Microsoft Office suite and constituent databases; experience with Raiser’s is a plus.

Professional Abilities

  • Superior interpersonal skills; ability to manage relationships with ease and to be an intellectually curious and good listener.
  • Energetic work ethic and organizational skills; ability to manage complex projects and multiple tasks with thorough attention to detail and follow-through.
  • Ability to communicate and collaborate effectively with colleagues.
  • Flexibility to work both independently and in a team environment.
  • Personal commitment to fostering diversity through a welcoming workplace culture and the inclusive engagement of supporters, media, vendors, allies, and others.
  • Possession of current driver’s license and ability to travel nationally, including overnight, at least 30% of the time.


At UCS, comparable training and/or experience can be substituted for degrees when appropriate.


UCS is an equal opportunity employer continually seeking to diversify its staff. In particular, we’re dedicated to broadening opportunities for individuals from demographic groups that are historically underrepresented in the sciences and in environmental advocacy. We’re also committed to building an inclusive workplace culture where talented people of widely diverse backgrounds can thrive. We've adopted this commitment because we believe the inclusion of culturally diverse perspectives will improve our work and produce better societal and environmental outcomes for all, including historically disenfranchised communities. We are actively seeking people who bring diverse backgrounds and perspectives to join us in this work.