Director of Major Gifts

Union of Concerned Scientists
Cambridge, MA

Director of Major Gifts to join a rapidly growing science-based public policy organization


The Union of Concerned Scientists is one of the country’s most respected public policy organizations, combining the power of science and advocacy to achieve policy successes that affect the entire country.

The 250-member UCS team has been instrumental in achieving:

  • Adoption of more stringent fuel economy standards for cars and trucks
  • Renewable portfolio standards for energy production
  • Whistleblower protections for government researchers

Today is an exciting time to join UCS. It has grown rapidly in the past few years, and is building toward a $50M annual operating budget that supports efforts to address some of the world’s most pressing problems by:

  • Slashing our global warming emissions in the energy and transportation sectors to achieve a net-zero carbon future
  • Avoiding another nuclear arms race and restraining the US president’s current sole authority to launch nuclear weapons
  • Creating a food system that is healthy and sustainable
  • Ensuring that the best available science underpins health and safety protections for all and that solutions to all these problems simultaneously advance racial and economic equity

Achieving these goals requires funding and partnerships to support scientific research and innovation. 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 Director of Major Gifts to be a part of this important effort.

The successful candidate will have at least 10 years of progressively responsible development experience with a focus on all facets of individual giving; previous staff supervision experience; familiarity with and personal interest in UCS issues; and a Bachelor’s degree. In addition to a set of required fundraising skills, the ideal candidate will also be a good fit for UCS’s team environment, with a core set of related professional competencies.

Required Fundraising Skills

  • Demonstrated success in individual donor work, including the identification, cultivation, and direct solicitation of major gifts.
  • Successful experience working with organizational leaders such as President, Board member, or other volunteers to engage and solicit individual donors.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage and prioritize all tasks associated with an annualized major gift program, including writing successful and compelling appeals, proposals, and packages; using donor tracking systems such as moves management; and conducting donor research in support of major donor prospecting and cultivation.
  • Track record of growing a revenue stream of $10,000+ gifts.
  • Knowledge of planned giving is preferred, including estate planning issues and experience coordinating with external consultants and/or counsel.

Professional Competencies

  • Ability to manage multiple tasks, plan, organize, and triage effectively in a fast-paced environment with little direct supervision.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, with the ability to articulate the importance and urgency of UCS’s work in a compelling way.
  • Collegial and collaborative approach to work.
  • Demonstrated sense of initiative with a bright curiosity and willingness to learn.
  • Ability to adapt to a flexible work schedule and work well in a team environment.
  • Personal commitment to fostering a diverse and inclusive organizational culture.
  • Spirit of pleasure and fun in advocacy work with a good sense of humor under pressure.

Development Resources, inc. (DRi) is leading this search for the Union of Concerned Scientists. Use to share this position. Applications can be submitted on this page or directly via email to [email protected].