Reports to: Vice President of
Staff reporting to this position: None
Position classification: Exempt, full time;
Nonunion - Level 6
Work site: Hybrid (on-site two days per week,
Washington, D.C., office)
Reporting to the Vice President of Development, the Major Gifts
Officer is an important member of the Development department and
will help support the Center for American Progress Action Fund’s
individual giving efforts. The Major Gifts Officer will hold a
portfolio of 100 to 150 prospects, targeting five- and six-figure
prospects. The ideal candidate will have significant experience as
a front-line fundraiser, demonstrated success with 501(c)(4)
fundraising and major gift solicitations, and strong communication
This position is ideal for a dynamic,
results-driven, and well-organized development professional who is
committed to a progressive policy agenda and American Progress’
mission to improve the lives of all Americans through bold,
progressive ideas, as well as strong leadership and concerted
action, with the aim of not only changing the conversation, but
changing the country. In addition, this position will support the
organization’s five crosscutting priorities:
Building an economy for all
Restoring social trust in
Advancing racial equity and
Tackling climate change and
The Development department works with
program staff at both the Center for American Progress, a 501(c)(3)
organization, and the Center for American Progress Action Fund, a
501(c)(4) organization, to fundraise to support American Progress’
priorities and bold progressive agenda.
Secure major gifts at the five- and
Work with other Major Gift Officers
to craft individualized asks for blended gifts.
Manage systems and software to track
and cultivate donors and prospects, including the donor database
and wealth screening tools.
Manage an existing portfolio of 100
to 150 donors and prospects.
Work with the Development department
to align efforts and set goals.
Create and implement moves management
Make direct, face-to-face
solicitations and work with program staff to develop individualized
Support the overall efforts of the
Individual Giving team by providing portfolio development support,
strategic counsel, and help with donor communications.
Acknowledge major donors through
public and private recognition.
Track and report progress using
Perform other duties as
Requirements and qualifications:
Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of
Science, or equivalent experience is required.
At least six years of relevant work
experience, including front-line fundraising, working with
individual donors, and experience with 501(c)(4) fundraising.
Demonstrated success managing a
portfolio of donors at the five- and six-figure levels.
Demonstrated work experience and
donor contacts in mission-aligned areas.
Proven track record in fundraising
Demonstrated entrepreneurial ability
to develop alliances and coordinate shared interests of all
Excellent problem-solving skills
designed to meet the organization’s challenges.
Excellent written and oral
communication skills, with considerable experience in writing and
presenting information to a variety of audiences.
Ability to use data and CRM systems
to set fundraising strategy and priorities, measure outcomes, and
drive superior performance.
Knowledge of various progressive
philanthropic and political sectors, including racial equity,
rights, justice, international affairs, public health, education,
and democracy is desirable.
Excellent organizational skills and
attention to detail.
Strong analytical and prospect
Strong interpersonal, mediation, and
Ability to prioritize and multitask
in a fast-paced environment.
Ability to work both independently
and as a member of a team.
Familiarity with 501(c)(3) and
501(c)(4) regulations is a plus.
Ability to work additional hours as
needed to meet deadlines and manage workflow.
Support for American Progress’
mission and commitment to a broad progressive agenda.
American Progress provides a
competitive compensation and benefits package. Candidates from
diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply. This position
is not represented by a union. The ideally qualified candidate’s
salary starts at $77,000.
We will continue to monitor COVID-19
and the levels of community spread and adjust plans as needed for
in-office work. Any changes to our current hybrid work policy will
be communicated at the time of hire. Updates will be posted on
American Progress’ Jobs page.