NRDC Action Fund Major Gifts Officer and Green Leaders for Change (GLC) Manager

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Natural Resources Defense Council

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Washington, DC, United States

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8 days ago

NRDC is a non-profit environmental advocacy organization. We use law, science, and the support of 3.1 million members and online activists to protect the planet's wildlife and wild places and to ensure the rights of all people to clean air, clean water, and healthy communities. NRDC was founded in 1970 and our people helped write some of America's bedrock environmental laws, including the Clean Water Act and many of the implementing regulations. Today, our team of more than 700 lawyers, scientists, economists, policy advocates, communications experts, and others work across the United States and the globe from our offices in Bozeman, Montana; Chicago; New York; San Francisco; Santa Monica; Washington, D.C.; and Beijing.

Position Summary

NRDC and the NRDC Action Fund are seeking an experienced Major Gifts Officer to join our National Major Gifts Team. The position will report to the NRDC Action Fund Director of Development and evenly split its time between two primary responsibilities: managing NRDC’s donor advocacy group Green Leaders for Change (GLC) and major gift fundraising for the Action Fund.

Founded in 2008, the GLC is a community of donors and activists who help advance NRDC’s advocacy work through education, lobbying opportunities and grasstop outreach to lawmakers. In close collaboration with NRDC Center for Policy Advocacy, this position is responsible for the project management of communications and policy briefings, and coordinating the GLC’s conferences, webinars and lobby meetings in Washington, DC. The position also educates and activates NRDC’s donors on opportunities to help the organization secure legislative victories.

As an Action Fund MGO, this position will work side-by-side with a diverse range of development and program staff, including advocates, scientists and litigators, to raise funds in support of the Action Fund’s mission. This MGO will specifically be responsible for managing a high-potential prospecting portfolio that consists of existing donors and potential supporters who are capable of giving major gifts.
NRDC’s GLC Donor Advocacy program:
  • Develop strategies to maximize the GLC program as a donor stewardship and cultivation tool that aligns with the NRDC major gifts pipeline process and utilizes the influence of NRDC donors to secure policy wins.
  • Oversee a newsletter and events calendar that incorporates regular donor updates and virtual and in-person events, including lobby days on Capitol Hill and legislative webinars.
  • Serve as a liaison between the Center for Policy Advocacy and the Development Team.
  • Serve as a resource for donors and colleagues with requests for information on our legislative priorities.
  • Oversee the donor experience for the grasstop program, which educates and leverages the influence of key donors as advocates that can help secure legislative victories.
  • Other duties as assigned.

NRDC Action Fund Major Gift Officer:
  • Set strategy and personally cultivate and solicit high-level gifts from current and prospective donors via email, events, and face to face meetings.
  • Implement a robust communication system leveraging all available Action Fund resources to communicate regularly with your full portfolio including a donor “newsletter.”
  • Assist with the creation of the Action Fund donor collateral and proposals.
  • Develop strategies in consultation with the Major Gifts, Membership and Digital teams and drive relationship cultivation to secure major gifts.
  • Approach work with creativity and persistence, including but not limited to pursuing specific donor networks and interest groups where you might reach a diverse range of prospective donors.
  • Collaborate with and support NRDC Action Fund’s executive leadership with respect to cultivation, solicitation and stewardship efforts, use their time and talents appropriately, and ensure their effectiveness as spokespersons and fundraisers. This work includes authoring donor briefings and correspondence, event scripts, talking points and the like.
  • Other duties as assigned.
NRDC Action Fund Major Gifts Officer and Green Leaders for Change (GLC) Manager must have:
  • A minimum of 5 years of fundraising experience with a focus on c4 major gifts; other related experience in sales or similar, is welcomed.
  • A track record of successfully and strategically identifying, cultivating and stewarding c4 major gift donors.
  • Strong writing skills with ability to communicate quickly, consistently and in a compelling manner with existing and prospective donors.
  • Inclination for being highly organized, self-driven and persistent in his/her approach to donor prospecting.
  • Ability to interface effectively in person and in writing with high-level NRDC and NRDC Action Fund donors and senior staff members.
  • Demonstrated ability to handle multiple, complex fundraising activities simultaneously in a fast-paced environment.
  • Passion for the mission and goals of NRDC and NRDC Action Fund.
  • Experience with advocacy or environmental groups preferred.
  • Experience managing donor councils, external advisory groups or boards of directors required.
  • Experience with donor databases (SalesForce a plus).
  • Ability to travel to donor meetings and events.
  • Bachelor of arts required.
  • Commitment to DEI and NRDC’s values and mission.

NRDC is committed to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion, both in our work and in our workplace. We believe that celebrating and actively welcoming diverse voices and perspectives is essential to solving the planet's most pressing environmental problems, and we encourage applications from candidates whose identities have been historically under-represented in the environmental movement.

We are an equal opportunity employer and do not discriminate in hiring or employment on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, marital status, sexual orientation, national origin, citizenship, age, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law. Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, we will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.

We offer competitive salaries, excellent benefits, and a supportive working environment. Salary is based on a nonprofit scale and is commensurate with skills and experience. For this position, the salary is $130,000 to $150,000. Internal equity considerations will be reviewed before making a final offer.

Since March 2020, NRDC’s offices have been closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. You will be associated with one of our offices, but until circumstances allow us to re-open, we will continue to support NRDCers with remote working arrangements.

As a science-based organization, NRDC aims to do our part to help contain the COVID-19 public health crisis. For the sake of health, safety, and equity, we ask that people be vaccinated unless they have an approved medical or religious accommodation or other exemption in accordance with state and local law. We consider a person to be vaccinated two weeks after receiving one full course of a CDC-approved vaccine. In accordance with state or local law, new hires will be asked to attest to vaccination, those wishing to do so may request medical or religious accommodations or other exemptions via NRDC Employee Relations. NRDC treats all vaccine-related data confidentially, in keeping with local, state, and federal laws.

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