Major Gifts Officer
Earthjustice Headquarters - San Francisco, CA

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Earthjustice is the legal backbone for the environment. Founded in 1971, we annually represent nearly 400 non-profit organizations for free in over 250 cases that promote a clean energy future, preserve our natural heritage, and safeguard our health.

Working under the direction of the Director of Major and Leadership Gifts, this position is primarily responsible for developing and managing fundraising activity for individuals capable of contributing gifts of at least $5k annually, with a focus on individuals capable of gifts of $25k+. The Major Gifts Officer is based in our headquarters in San Francisco, and will require extensive field activity and approximately 25% of his/her time traveling to meet with donors.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
Solicit gifts from major donors and prospects, both independently and working collaboratively with other staff and volunteers. Identify new prospects among existing donors and outside of Earthjustice.

Schedule, manage, and regularly attend donor meetings.

Develop strategies for the cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of individual major donors and prospects.

Build, maintain and maximize institutional relationships with major gift donors and prospects, deepening their engagement with Earthjustice.

Develop annual plan for donor portfolio and regional assignments. Monitor annual plan results and modify as necessary.

Develop expert familiarity with programmatic needs; maintain current knowledge of key regional developments as they occur. Maintain working knowledge of national programmatic priorities.

Engage Earthjustice trustees in fundraising efforts, working with President, Vice President of Development, Director of Major and Leadership Gifts, and appropriate program staff.

Serve as major gift representative on assigned program practice group(s).

Requirements:
Bachelor’s degree required, higher degree a plus.

Five years demonstrated successful experience and effectiveness in major gifts fundraising with a focus on prospect identification, relationship building, and solicitation.

Experience in personal solicitation of large gifts.

Command of the environmental advocacy landscape is highly desirable.

Experience working with volunteers, volunteer leadership, and professional program staff.

Strong initiative and self-motivation, and a keen interest in working as part of a collaborative team.

Outstanding interpersonal skills; excellent research skills; superior written and oral communication skills; and relevant computer skills.

Ability to work both entrepreneurially and independently, and to function both as a leader and a partner within a team framework.

Willingness to travel approximately 25% of the time.

The successful candidate will work out of our headquarters in San Francisco, California and travel to various areas within the assigned region. Extensive travel and field activity is required.

We offer a mission and employee-focused work environment and a competitive compensation package including excellent benefits. Diversity is highly valued. For full position description and to learn more about Earthjustice visit www.earthjustice.org .

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