The Development Officer complements a team of development
professionals responsible for setting and meeting annual
fundraising goals. This position is responsible for developing and
managing a portfolio of major donors who have the capacity to give
$10,000 or more annually, reports to the Senior Development
Director, and works in collaboration with the development team,
President, board members, and CSPI senior staff.
This position is located in Washington, DC or remotely within
the US. As a public health organization, CSPI makes efforts to
maintain a safe workplace for employees and visitors. We require
all employees to be up to date with their COVID-19 vaccines as soon
as they are eligible, and the vaccine is available to them. Proof
of vaccination is required during the onboarding process.
Essential Duties and
- Develop and manage strong relationships with current and
potential major donors, donor advisors, partner organizations, and
other stakeholders to secure $10,000+ gifts. In collaboration with
the Development team, create and implement a strategic plan for
major gifts fundraising that is aligned with department
- Identify, research, cultivate, solicit, and steward a growing
portfolio of new high-capacity individual donors and prospective
- Plan and execute introductory or cultivation events and
meetings for donors and prospects under the direction of the Senior
Development Director. Research and prepare briefs in advance of
- Engage President, senior staff, and board members in obtaining
major gifts; provide comprehensive support to them in donor
cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship.
- Develop appeal letters and other written communications to be
used for donor cultivation and solicitation. Collaborate with the
Program, Communications, and Marketing departments to ensure
consistency in communications, messaging, and
- Maintain a thorough understanding of CSPI, its mission, and
current programs in order to communicate this information clearly
and directly to donors and prospects.
- Monitor major gifts program performance, including oversight of
income and expenses, and ensure accurate and timely recordkeeping
- Ensure that all donors and donor interactions are tracked
accurately, and that major gifts are acknowledged in a timely and
- Assist with other duties assigned by the Senior Development
- Minimum of five years of nonprofit major gifts fundraising
experience with a track record of successful personal solicitation
of gifts in excess of $10,000.
- Demonstrated skill at identifying potential donors and creating
and implementing fundraising strategies to achieve
- Demonstrated ability to work across teams in a positive,
collaborative, inclusive, and strategic organizational culture at
all levels of the organization, including board directors, senior
management, program, and administrative staff.
- Commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion at the
intersection of public health and social justice and ability to
promote it throughout the work and in the workplace.
- Strong verbal communication skills and demonstrated ability to
write clearly and effectively.
- Strong analytic skills, and ability to apply strategic and
- Strong organizational skills and attention to
- High degree of initiative, and ability to manage multiple
- Strong interpersonal skills, maturity, tactfulness, and good
judgment; and capable of handling confidential information with
- Experience in organizing and staffing donor-cultivation or
- Experience in planning and managing budgets.
- Willingness and ability to travel to meet with donors and
- Proficiency with Microsoft Office applications and donor
management database programs, preferably with
- Bachelor’s degree preferred.
- Commitment to CSPI’s mission and values.
CSPI 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
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
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 $82,000 to $100,000, 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
of service. CSPI also offers 1/2 day Fridays
Please utilize CSPI's Paylocity Applicant Tracking System (ATS)
to apply for the Development Officer position. You are required to
submit a resume and cover letter indicating relevant experience and
interest. Applications will be considered on a rolling
basis and the deadline is September 29, 2023.
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