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Major Gifts Officer

National Geographic Society
Washington, United States
Competitive Salary
Closing date
Dec 29, 2021

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Position Type
Fundraising, Major Gifts
Animal Protection, Education, Environment, Other Fields, Research
Employment Type
Full Time
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The Aspen Leadership Group is proud to partner with National Geographic Society in the search for a Major Gifts Officer.

Reporting to the Senior Director, Leadership Giving, the Major Gifts Officer will support the growth and health of National Geographic Society’s Advancement program in support of institutional revenue objectives. The Major Gifts Officer will qualify donors, build a donor pipeline, create and implement cultivation strategies for new and existing major gift candidates, solicit annual and major gifts, and thoughtfully steward donors. Working closely with colleagues in all Advancement disciplines, the Major Gifts Officer will develop, execute, evaluate, and refine strategies for assigned priority projects or regions to maximize their development potential.

The Major Gifts Officer will serve as a member of an Advancement Team that cultivates, solicits, and stewards individuals who invest in the Society to drive impact through science, technology, education, exploration, and storytelling. The Leadership Giving team collaborates with Society teams to build transformative and impact-driven strategic partnerships with individuals. The team also produces global events, in partnership with the Global Special Events team, that deepen connections and leverage the Society’s power to convene, and directs robust annual, major, and planned giving programs empowering the Society with a broad base of public support.

For more than 130 years, the National Geographic Society has funded the best and brightest individuals dedicated to scientific discovery and understanding of the world. Its historic commitment to dauntless exploration dates back to its founding in 1888 when 33 prominent scholars and scientists established an organization dedicated to the “increase and diffusion of knowledge.” Today, National Geographic Explorers are continuing to push the boundaries of knowledge, uncovering new insights about the natural and cultural worlds, and strengthening our connection to them and one another.

Well over a century after its founding, National Geographic continues to reach and resonate with millions of people worldwide. It has stayed true to its original mission to pursue and celebrate exploration, scientific excellence, education, and unforgettable storytelling while simultaneously evolving with nimbleness and fortitude in a rapidly changing world. The Society has embraced innovation and intentionally adapted, thoughtfully expanding its business model, global reach, and diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts. In doing so, it has remained a vibrant, relevant, world-class brand at the forefront of exploration and knowledge. 

National Geographic Society's yellow border is a portal to the world, showcasing all of the wonder and beauty that it has to offer. But the story of this amazing planet and the people in it only become complete when everyone’s voice is included. The Society's mission is to “use the power of science, exploration, education, and storytelling to illuminate and protect the wonder of our world.” To fulfill that mission, NGS aims to inspire, support, and elevate diversity and inclusion in every aspect of its daily work, storytelling, content, and product offerings, pushing the boundaries of what’s possible. National Geographic Society promotes an inclusive and supportive environment for its community of employees, explorers, photographers, and storytellers—regardless of their age, race, gender identity, sexual orientation, physical or mental ability, ethnicity, nationality, or professional title.

A bachelor's degree is required for this position as is at least five years of development experience. All applications must be accompanied by a cover letter and résumé. Cover letters should be responsive to the mission of National Geographic Society as well as the responsibilities and qualifications presented in the prospectus.

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