Senior Major Gifts Officer (Silicon Valley)

Job Title: Senior Major Gifts Officer (Silicon Valley)


Department: Development

Center Background: The Center for Reproductive Rights (the Center) is the premier global legal organization dedicated to advancing women's reproductive health, self-determination, and dignity.  Its mission is straightforward and ambitious: to advance reproductive health and rights as fundamental human rights that all governments around the world are legally obligated to protect, respect, and fulfill.  Headquartered in New York City, the Center has regional offices in Bogota, Geneva, Kathmandu, Nairobi, and Washington, DC and a staff of more than 170 diverse professionals.  Its annual operating budget is approximately $23 million, the result of an extraordinary growth trajectory; the Center is now poised for a new phase of significant expansion through its next Strategic Plan.


The Center’s game-changing litigation and advocacy work, combined with its unparalleled expertise in constitutional, comparative, and international human rights law, have transformed how reproductive rights are understood by courts, governments, and human rights bodies worldwide. It has played a key role in securing landmark legal victories in the U.S., Latin America, Africa, Asia, and Eastern Europe on issues including access to life-saving obstetrics care, contraception, safe abortion services, and comprehensive sexuality information, as well as the prevention of forced sterilization and child marriage.  It has brought groundbreaking cases before national courts, U.N. Committees, and regional human rights bodies, led the development of historic, proactive legislation advancing robust protections for reproductive rights, and has built the legal capacity of women’s rights advocates in more than 55 countries.

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The Role:
The Center is seeking an experienced Senior Major Gifts Officer who will report to the Senior Director of Major Gifts.  This is a new position to compliment an already thriving team of fundraisers in California.  The new Senior Major Gifts Officer will be responsible for all development activities for his/her portfolio with a special focus on Silicon Valley donors; will build a broader base of major donors throughout his/her geographic region, will develop and maintain a robust pipeline of prospects, and will implement strategies to identify, qualify, cultivate, engage, solicit and steward a portfolio of 150+ major donors and prospects. S/he will work closely with the Major Gifts team to help manage and strengthen donor relations, evaluate various gift opportunities, and coordinate and facilitate communications to ensure a cohesive donor cultivation and stewardship effort.

• Drive revenue and portfolio growth for region using a combination of traditional major gift fundraising techniques, already developed tools such as events, and developing new and innovative fundraising approaches, with a particular focus on Silicon Valley. 
• Manage a portfolio of donors and prospects in California, with a special focus on Silicon Valley constituents, capable of making gifts of $10,000 or more, with a goal of securing a significant number of new gifts and gift upgrades through a creative and proactive approach to personal cultivation and solicitation.
• Collaborate with the Major Gifts team on developing strategies to expand the major donor pipeline and upgrade mid-level ($5,000-$9,999) donors, achieving aggressive team targets for an increase in number of donors and overall donor engagement throughout the US. 
• Identify and cultivate Board and Leadership Council Prospects.
• Create briefings, proposal materials, and other communications for major donors and prospects in portfolio and work with donor volunteers and Senior Manager, Special Events on events and special initiatives in the region.
• Use high quality operational practices and systems to effectively manage her/his donor portfolio, and help develop these practices and systems where they are absent.
• Contribute to the development of strategy, briefing, and debriefing materials for face-to-face donor meetings and other donor communications. 
• Build relationships with the Center’s legal program staff, communications staff, and others to acquire the information needed to solicit gifts and build donor relationships effectively. 
• Work as part of the development team to develop and execute strategies to achieve annual departmental goals as well as the goals of the Center’s five-year strategic plan and fundraising campaign. 
• Collaborate with the development team in goal setting and expense management. 



• 7-10 years’ experience working in a strategic, front-line annual and/or major gifts fundraising position.
• A successful track record of personally identifying, cultivating, soliciting and stewarding high net-worth individuals in a very fast-paced, mission-driven environment.
• Demonstrated ability to work independently to create a vibrant major gifts program.
• Ability to effectively communicate the mission, goals, and needs of an organization to donors, increasing donor loyalty and engagement.
• Principled, ethical, professional and committed to exceptional work quality and standards.
• Highly organized, creative, pro-active, detail-oriented, and able to prioritize with superior time management and troubleshooting skills.
• Ability to meet short deadlines and thrive within a very fast-paced, professionally rigorous environment.
• Excellent verbal & written communication skills and demonstrated ability to articulate complex ideas clearly, accurately and concisely.
• Experience with volunteer management.
• A Bachelor's degree is required.
• Ability to travel required.
• Commitment to the Center’s mission, purpose, and values. Experience specifically in reproductive rights preferred.


Critical Position Behaviors:

• Collaborative: Brings a track record of working effectively with various and diverse individuals and groups. A willingness to actively listen and invite different views and opinions across all levels of the institution to build alignment in support of a common goal.
• Independent Worker/Thinker: Must have the ability to work independently and in a team setting.
• Confident: Must possess and exhibit a level of confidence in themselves and his/her work but be able to take direction and criticism professionally.
• Results Oriented: Ability to achieve results and complete assignments in a timely manner.
• Initiative: Effectively responds to pressure or crisis situations and acts professionally. Uses resources well. Follows through on ideas, assignments and open issues. Must possess a “can-do” and “will-do” attitude.
• Flexibility/Adaptability: Ability to adapt to and work effectively within a variety of situations and with various individuals and groups. Understanding and appreciating different and opposing perspectives, adapting one’s approach as the requirements of a situation change. “Out of the box” thinking is a plus.
• Energy Level: High energy level and enthusiasm for the position.

Compensation: The Center offers a competitive salary commensurate with experience and a comprehensive benefits program.

How to Apply: Please click on the link below to apply. A cover letter, resume, and contact information for three references must be included in your application in order to be considered for this role. It is encouraged to include these application materials as attachments.

 Deadline for applications: Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled. Applicants are strongly encouraged to apply as soon as possible.

The Center for Reproductive Rights is an equal opportunity employer, committed to inclusive hiring, and dedicated to diversity in our work and staff. We strongly encourage people from all groups and communities to apply.