Aspen Leadership Group is proud to partner with Catalina Island
Conservancy in the search for a Senior Major Gifts Officer.
Reporting to the Director of Development, the Senior Major Gifts
Officer will play an integral role in fundraising activities that
further the priority initiatives laid forth in the Catalina Island
Conservancy's strategic plan, Catalina Island Restoration Project,
and the overall mission of the Catalina Island Conservancy. The
Senior Major Gifts Officer will develop and implement strategies
that secure financial support from a portfolio of donor prospects
with the capacity and inclination to make major gifts of $100,000
and more, with increased emphasis and activity on cultivating,
soliciting, and stewarding gifts of $250,000 to $1,000,000. The
Senior Major Gifts Officer will have a dynamic and diverse
portfolio of 100 to 125 individuals capable of contributing to the
development department's FY24 goal of $6M.
Founded in 1972, the Catalina Island Conservancy, one of
California’s oldest and largest private land trusts, opens its
wildlands for the public to enjoy in many ways. Just off the
densely populated Southern California coast, Catalina Island is
home to approximately 4,000 year-round residents and more than 60
endemic species of plants and animals found nowhere else on Earth.
The Catalina Island Conservancy protects 88 percent of Catalina
Island’s approximately 48,000 acres, including the region’s longest
publicly accessible undeveloped coastline. The Conservancy is a
research and conservation leader, protecting and restoring
vulnerable habitats and species in its Mediterranean climate.
Conservancy staff guide Island ecosystem recovery with the goal of
generating a resilient, self-sustaining ecosystem with no
endangered forms of life. The Conservancy offers recreational
experiences and educational programs for not only the 300,000
annual visitors who choose to spend time in the unique and special
Conservancy “Wildlands Ecosystems” but also inspires nearly 1.4
million visitors to other parts of the Island. Recreation,
educational engagement service opportunities, and partnerships
connect the Island’s unique resources to people’s lives, inspiring
environmental stewardship and action. The Catalina Island
Conservancy believes in responsible recreation for the stewardship
of natural resources. The Conservancy provides access to Catalina
Island’s wildlands with nearly 165 miles of recreational roads and
trails, and 62 miles of unspoiled beaches and coves for camping,
biking, hiking, touring, and more.
All applications must be accompanied by a cover letter and résumé.
Cover letters should be responsive to the mission of Catalina
Island Conservancy as well as the responsibilities and
qualifications presented in the prospectus. A bachelor’s degree or
an equivalent combination of education and experience and at least
six years of experience in major gift fundraising, preferably in
conservation, environment, higher education/academia, or the arts
is preferred. A background in annual and planned giving is a plus.
Catalina Island Conservancy will consider candidates with a broad
range of backgrounds. If you are excited about this role and feel
that you can contribute to the Conservancy, but your experience
does not exactly align with every qualification listed above, we
encourage you to apply.
The salary range for this position is $125,000 to $140,000
Catalina Island Conservancy is committed to the inclusion of all
qualified candidates. If you require reasonable accommodation in
completing this application, interviewing, or participating in the
selection process, please contact Marianna DiVietro
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