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Senior Major Gifts Officer, New York Metro Area

Center for Reproductive Rights
New York, United States
$170,000.00 - $170,000.00
Closing date
Mar 12, 2024

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Position Type
Fundraising, Major Gifts
Employment Type
Full Time

Center Background:  The Center for Reproductive Rights (the Center) is a global human rights organization working to ensure that reproductive rights are protected in law as fundamental human rights around the world. With offices in New York City, New York; Nairobi, Kenya; Bogota, Colombia; Geneva, Switzerland; and Washington, D.C., the Center is a non-profit, non-partisan organization changing law and policy throughout Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean, and the United States. Our 230+ diverse professionals are committed to advancing the Center’s human rights mission through game-changing litigation, legal policy, and advocacy work. This has powered the Center’s exceptional growth to an operating budget of over $50 million and won the respect of law firms in countries around the world, with an additional $29 million annually of donated legal services, representing the work of countless lawyers from more than 46 countries. 

The Center’s Strategic Plan sets a high mark for impact: By 2030, half of the world’s population will be living under stronger protections for reproductive rights than they are today. The Center has a track record of success to back up this ambitious goal. Since our founding in 1992, the Center has transformed how reproductive rights are understood and applied by courts, governments, and human rights bodies worldwide on issues including maternal health, abortion, assisted reproduction, and adolescent sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR). We have won groundbreaking cases before national courts, U.N. Committees, and regional human rights bodies. Additionally, the Center has led the development of historic, proactive legislation advancing robust protections for reproductive rights and has built the legal capacity of women’s rights advocates in more than 65 countries and counting.

The Role: Reporting to the Director of Major Gifts, Eastern Region, the Senior Major Gifts Officer, New York Metro Area, is responsible for the identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of major gift prospects and existing donors. The SMGO nurtures these relationships using professional prospect management techniques and works collaboratively and in coordination with colleagues across the Center for Reproductive Rights to provide donors with an outstanding philanthropic experience. The SMGO also serves as the fundraising lead and primary liaison for the volunteer host committee of the annual New York Gala.

This position will be based in the New York office in a hybrid model of 3 days in-office, 2 days working from home. Covid-19 Vaccination is required for all U.S.-based Center employees.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Develop and manage a portfolio of 150+ donors and prospects, including individuals and family foundations.
  • Create individual goals for each donor based on the donor’s giving history and knowledge of the donor’s potential.
  • Create individual “moves management” plans for each donor in the portfolio and consistently execute them in a timely manner so that donors are retained and upgraded.
  • Create briefings, proposal materials, and other donor communications.
  • Engage with the Center’s leadership and Board of Directors to identify and cultivate prospects for new volunteer leadership.
  • Working closely with the Special Events Team, serve as the fundraising lead and primary liaison for the host committee of the annual New York Gala.
  • Build strong relationships with the Center’s Programs, Communications, Finance, Legal Teams and others to acquire the information needed to effectively engage major donors.
  • Create weekly and monthly reports as required by management that will accurately reflect portfolio activity and performance.


  • 10-15 years of experience working in a strategic, front-line annual, and/or major gifts fundraising position.
  • Commitment to the Center’s mission, purpose, and values.
  • A successful track record of personally identifying, cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding high net-worth individuals.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently, build strong relationships, and thrive in a fast-paced, mission-driven environment.
  • Strong communication, writing, and interpersonal skills; in particular, a sophisticated ability to effectively and compellingly communicate the Center’s case for support to different audiences.
  • Strong organizational and project management skills.
  • Experience in reproductive rights a plus or familiarity with other issues relating to women’s equality, human rights, civil rights, or racial and social justice issues is highly desirable as is knowledge of the New York area philanthropic market.
  • Principled, ethical, professional, and committed to exceptional work quality and standards.
  • Experience with volunteer management.
  • Commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion essential.
  • Ability to travel required.
  • A Bachelor's degree is required.

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