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Major Gifts Officer

amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research
New York, United States
$85,000.00 - $95,000.00
Closing date
Feb 23, 2023

amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research, is seeking a dynamic and strategic Major Gifts Officer.

amfAR is dedicated to ending the global AIDS epidemic through innovative research. With the freedom and flexibility to respond quickly to emerging areas of scientific promise, amfAR plays a catalytic role in accelerating the pace of HIV/AIDS research and achieving real breakthroughs. amfAR funded research has increased our understanding of HIV and has helped lay the groundwork for major advances in the study and treatment of HIV/AIDS. Since 1985, amfAR has invested close to $600 million in its programs and has awarded grants to more than 3,500 research teams worldwide.



Identify, cultivate, and solicit major individual gifts ($10,000 and up) from current and prospective donors. Create and implement a comprehensive, multi-year major gifts campaign to support amfAR’s research and programs.



  • Cultivate new and existing major donors and solicit major gifts.
  • Work with the Manager of Prospect Research to identify individual major gift prospects.
  • Work with the Philanthropy and Special Events staff to move existing donors to higher giving levels, create new fundraising initiatives, and develop appropriate solicitation materials.
  • Maintain strong relationships with programs’ staff to anticipate funding needs and develop funding goals and strategies.
  • Create short- and long-term strategies and outreach plans for the major gifts campaign; prepare detailed fundraising progress reports for the Director of Philanthropy.
  • Lead one-on-one solicitations, and coordinate key staff in the cultivation and solicitation of major gifts.
  • Coordinate major gifts activities with amfAR’s overall plans and strategies, in particular, the efforts of the Special Events department, and the Public Information program.
  • Perform other job-related duties as assigned by the Director of Philanthropy or the Chief Development Officer.
  • Plan and execute major donor fundraising and cultivation events.
  • Other duties as assigned.



Bachelor’s degree. Three to Five years fundraising or sales experience. Excellent interpersonal, written, and oral communication skills a must. Must possess superior ability to communicate cure focused scientific work in a compelling and persuasive message with empathy and heart.  Must be outgoing, confident, and comfortable in a variety of social situations.  Proven track record of ability to close required.  Proficiency in Microsoft Office and fundraising software, preferably Salesforce, required. Knowledge of the healthcare field and AIDS-related issues is desired. Opportunity for some travel.


Outstanding benefits package that encompasses: medical, dental, life, STD, LTD, vision coverage, commuter, dependent care and medical FSA savings, 403B with a very generous employer match.  Time off includes: vacation, personal, sick days, and Summer Fridays.

Salary Range: $85,000 to $95,000

Interested applicants should forward their resume, cover letter and salary requirement to

We are an equal opportunity employer.

We are currently on a temporary hybrid work schedule.  Prior COVID vaccination plus one booster is required to work at amfAR.

No agencies please.


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