Senior Major Gifts Officer (UCS)

Union of Concerned Scientists
Cambridge, MA

Senior Major Gifts Officer to support development efforts at one of the country’s leading science-based public policy organizations (Cambridge, MA)


The Union of Concerned Scientists seeks a Senior Major Gifts Officer to secure funding and partnerships to protect the role of science in American democracy.

UCS is made up of nearly 250 staff who combat efforts by special interests to sow doubts about science in public policymaking and who conduct rigorous independent research that generates meaningful solutions to the world’s most pressing problems. UCS’s public policy successes are numerous, including the adoption of more stringent fuel economy standards for cars and trucks, renewable portfolio standards for energy production, and whistleblower protections for government researchers.

Today UCS’s highest priorities include combating climate change; developing sustainable ways to feed, power, and transport people; reducing the threat of nuclear war; and ensuring that its solutions to all these problems simultaneously advance racial and economic equity.

Protecting science in the face of high-profile attacks requires funding and partnerships. As a leader in the field, UCS is continuing to grow and enhance a forward-thinking development program that ensures resources are matched to the highest priorities. It seeks a Senior Major Gifts Officer to support this important effort.

Reporting to the Director of Major Gifts, the MGO will have primary responsibility for advancing the major gifts program in an assigned region by managing a pipeline of individual donors with 5- and 6- figure giving potential, coordinating and managing all cultivation, solicitation and stewardship activities for a portfolio of 100 to 150 major gift donors and prospects, and conducting an active schedule of donor visits both individually and with leaders and board members.

The ideal candidate will have at least five years of experience in major/leadership giving, with personal experience cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding major donors; will be a strategic thinker and strong manager of complex projects; and will be able to work independently and in a team environment. The candidate will combine this experience with a strong commitment to the role of science in public affairs and a passion for the specific issues on which UCS works.

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