The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) is
searching for an Individual Gift Officer to manage and elevate our
mid-level ($1,000 - $5,000) and planned giving programs. This
position works in collaboration with the Director of Business
Operations to identify, qualify, and cultivate prospects from the
direct mail segment of the donor file, and with the Development
Director and Senior Development Officer to identify, qualify, and
upgrade high-capacity donors. file.
This position reports to the COO and is located in Washington,
DC or remotely. As part of CSPI’s efforts to maintain a safe
workplace for employees and visitors we require all employees to
receive an FDA-authorized and/or -approved COVID-19 vaccination as
a condition of working for CSPI.
CSPI, America’s food and health watchdog, is one of the nation’s
leading public health advocacy organizations with a 50-year record
of fighting for science in the public interest. We’ve led efforts
to win passage of many state and local policies to improve school
foods, put calories on chain restaurant menus and menu boards, and
remove sugary drinks from children’s menus. National policy
successes include the Nutrition Labeling and Education Act;
Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act; Food Safety Modernization Act; and
Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act.
Essential Duties and
- Manage and grow a portfolio of individual donors, prospects and
benefactors; playing lead role in stewardship, moves-management,
soliciting, and closing mid-level gifts.
- Research capacity and cultivate the interests of mid-level and
planned giving donors.
- Manage CSPI’s planned giving program and collaborate with the
Marketing team to implement promotion campaigns.
- Analyze CSPI’s mid-level donor program and help develop
strategies for acquiring, renewing, retaining, and upgrading
- Manage the mid-level and planned giving program budgets and
performance, including oversight of income and expenses, and ensure
accurate and timely recordkeeping and reporting.
- Manage the production of annual appeals, renewals, and upgrade
materials, as well as all other correspondence and stewardship
specific to the mid-level and planned giving programs.
- Manage the database to maintain accurate and comprehensive data
for mid-level donors and benefactors, including recording
activities and running reports.
- Collaborate with the Communications and Marketing departments
and consult with program staff to ensure consistency with
communications, messaging, and solicitations.
- Ensure that all donors and donor interactions are tracked
accurately in our database.
- Make regular and timely customized phone calls, emails, or
other communications to donors to appropriately acknowledge gifts.
- Organize donor cultivation events in coordination with the
Development department team.
- Manage the mid-level monthly giving program.
- Assist with additional projects as assigned.
- Minimum of five years of experience in non-profit or foundation
fundraising, preferably as a gift officer with a proven track
record of achieving ambitious revenue targets.
- Demonstrated success cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding
donors, preferably at the $1,000 level or above.
- A passion to be part of a vigorous consumer-advocacy
- Knowledge of techniques and best practices in annual giving
including benefit fulfillment, and stewardship communications
(including email, phone, and in-person solicitations).
- Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively on a team and to
build and maintain positive relationships with all levels of the
- Willingness to participate in CSPI’s efforts to advance
diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace.
- Knowledge of IRA tax code related to different giving vehicles
(stocks, IRA QCDs, etc.) and planned giving (estate, CGAs, etc.) a
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills; and
effective presentation skills.
- Strong analytic skills, and ability to apply strategic and
- Strong organizational skills, attention to detail, and ability
to manage multiple projects simultaneously in fast-paced,
- Strong interpersonal skills, maturity, tactfulness, good
judgment, and ability to handle confidential information with
- Willingness and ability to travel when needed.
- Proficiency with Microsoft Office applications and donor
databases, preferably with EveryAction experience.
CSPI Core Values
CSPI is committed to including and valuing diverse voices and
fostering a culture that ensures all staff feel a sense of
belonging and are encouraged to be their best selves. In that
spirit, each of us is committed to putting in constant work to live
up to our organization’s core values:
- We are inclusive. We seek to foster an
environment where all staff feel a sense of belonging and are
affirmed. We are not looking for everyone to think and look the
same. We actively welcome and value staff with different
experiences, backgrounds, attributes, abilities, and
- We are open. We are honest and direct in
how we communicate with each other in order to build trust and
integrity within our organization.
- We are accountable. We acknowledge and
assume responsibility for our actions.
- We are kind. We communicate and treat one
another in a respectful, generous, considerate, and compassionate
- We are collaborative. We work together
for the common good and shared success.
The salary range is $85,000 - $90,000, based on experience. CSPI
offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes: 3 weeks of
annual vacation leave; additional paid holiday leave between
December 24 and January 1; 8 weeks of paid parental leave;
excellent medical and dental insurance with CSPI paying a
significant portion of employee and dependent premiums; and a 3%
employer match contribution to the retirement plan after one year
Please utilize CSPI's Paylocity Applicant Tracking System (ATS)
to apply for the Individual Gift Officer position. You are required
to submit a resume and cover letter indicating relevant experience
and interest. Application deadline is September 30,
CSPI is committed to building a team that represents a
variety of backgrounds, perspective, and skills and encourage
people of diverse ages, sexual orientations, gender identities and
expressions, disabilities, religions, races, ethnicities,
socioeconomic statuses, work, and life experiences to