Director of Major Gifts

Union of Concerned Scientists

UCS is committed to building an inclusive and equitable workplace culture where talented people of widely diverse backgrounds can thrive. We believe the inclusion of diverse perspectives improves our work and produces better societal and environmental outcomes for all, including communities suffering the worst impacts of pollution and climate change. All staff participate in this commitment whether internally, in building a welcoming workplace culture and /or externally, in ensuring inclusive engagement with supporters, media, vendors, allies and others.

The Director of Major Gifts is responsible for the management of a team that identifies, cultivates, and solicits major gifts from individual prospects and donors in support of the organization’s annual operating budget. They play a central role in developing and implementing major gift strategies and overseeing the myriad processes that keep the eight-person team running smoothly. The Director of Major Gifts serves as a senior member of the development staff and works directly with the President, senior UCS leadership, board members and volunteers in identifying, cultivating and soliciting major donors and prospects

Under the direction of the Chief Development Officer, the Director of Major Gifts is responsible for advancing the major gifts program, including the successful identification, cultivation and solicitation of major gift donors and prospects.  Major gifts are defined as gifts of $25,000+ or more and are predominantly annualized gifts, with a growing number of donors making special one-time gifts. The major gifts team raises approximately a quarter of the organization’s annual budget.

Key Qualifications include

  • Ten years or more development experience with progressive responsibilities is required.
  • Demonstrated success growing a revenue stream of $25,000+ gifts Knowledge of planned giving is preferred.
  • Demonstrated success in individual donor work, including the identification, cultivation and direct solicitation of major gifts.
  • Demonstrated commitment to the creation of a diverse, equitable and inclusive work culture that encourages differences.
  • Previous staff supervision experience required.
  • An ability to manage multiple tasks, plan, organize and triage effectively in a fast-paced environment; work with little direct supervision; and have excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Candidates should have at least a bachelor’s degree, though at UCS, comparable training and/or experience can be substituted for degrees when appropriate.
  • Familiarity with UCS issues and experience fundraising for advocacy organizations preferred.

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 [email protected].