Senior Managing Director - Major Gifts - East

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Sierra Club

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New York City, NY, United States

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30+ days ago

Job Title: Senior Managing Director - Major Gifts - East
Department: Office of Advancement
Location: New York, NY; Washington, D.C.; Atlanta, GA; Miami, FL; or remote home office
Reports To: Deputy Chief Advancement Officer, Major Gifts
Supervises: Advancement Director, East; Associate Advancement Director, East; Advancement Associate, Eastern and Central Regions


Context: At the Sierra Club, we believe in the power of togetherness. Together, we remain committed to the fight for a healthy climate built on a foundation of environmental, racial, economic, and gender justice – a future where all people benefit from a healthy, thriving planet and a direct connection to nature. As the climate crisis and deeply entrenched systemic racism all fuel inequity, we will continue to fight for a bold, transformational agenda that recognizes the interconnectedness between our planet, our humanity, and our democracy. By recognizing that our destinies are tied, we continue to name that all things are fundamentally connected, and the overlap between ecology, race, gender, and representative government will move to either advance our collective humanity or to oppress it.

Sierra Club is comprised of staff across the country and a network of local chapters that support our grassroots engagement. We are also proud to be a unionized employer, with two labor unions representing more than half of our employees.


Scope: This is an opportunity to join the Advancement department of the country’s leading grassroots environmental organization. At a critical time for the planet, Sierra Club is running campaigns to address climate change, protect wilderness and wildlife, and advance healthier communities by rooting for justice and equity for all.

In this position, you will be part of a dynamic major gifts team raising upwards of $60 million dollars for our high-impact campaigns from individual donors, family foundations, and institutional funders within the defined geographic region. The Senior Managing Director, Major Gifts East is responsible for direct fundraising efforts of $100,000 or greater, as well as team management for the East Coast-based Major Gifts staff. This role coordinates with and involves Sierra Club Program staff, regional and chapter leaders, and activists in the major gift fundraising process, as well as other members of the 80-person Advancement department.

Valid driver’s license, satisfactory driving record, and proof of auto insurance required. 30-40% of travel is encouraged when safe and strategic.


Job activities include but are not limited to:

  • Drive the strategies and plan to identify, cultivate, upgrade, and/or solicit retained and new donors, with an eye to building a strong pipeline of qualified major donors. Maintain an emphasis on high-net-worth individuals with the capacity to give $100,000 or greater.
  • Serve as the primary relationship manager for a portfolio of approximately 50 current and prospective supporters. Engage supporters through phone, video conference, in-person meetings, and digital engagement. Connect supporters’ philanthropic priorities with the organization's most critical programs and ambitions.
  • Manage and mentor a team of gift officers and associates.
  • In partnership with the Deputy Chief Advancement Officer, Major Gifts, and other colleagues, create annual fundraising goals and the strategy for achieving them.
  • Ensure that each supporter and prospect has a clear strategy for cultivation and solicitation leading to upgraded giving over time. Track progress toward team and individual goals including interactions with an account, gifts, and pledges in the CRM (Salesforce).
  • Works closely with the research team, local leadership, and staff to identify prospects and develop strategies for the cultivation and solicitation of philanthropic support.
  • Designs and implements donor outreach efforts to diversify the major donor base.
  • Works with other Advancement, Program & Communication staff, as well as Chapter staff and volunteer leadership, to help develop and implement Major Gift programs, events, communications, and materials.
  • Support leadership engagement as needed to advance relationships and secure new and renewed support.
  • Maintain knowledge and expertise in environmental issues, the Sierra Club's priorities, and concerns to identify and develop funding opportunities.

The successful candidate must have the following skills and experience:

  • Demonstrated success in development and major gift fundraising, including a strong background in the cultivation and solicitation of six-figure gifts or greater to nonprofit organizations or similar equivalent experience.
  • Success managing and mentoring major gift officers with demonstrated fundraising growth.
  • Leading on Equity. You model effective equity analysis and practice and operationalize equity, and have embedded justice and equity throughout team/department policies, structures, culture, and programs.
  • Highly skilled at prioritizing and meeting deadlines.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills. Consistently produces and oversees the production of error-free work products individually and through staff. Consistently uses tact and diplomacy in dealing with confidential and sensitive matters.

The strongest candidates will also demonstrate the following experience, skills and competencies:

  • Proficiency with fundraising database applications (Salesforce a plus), Google Workspace, MS Word, Excel, and PowerPoint to build effective, compelling marketing and communications pieces.
  • Knowledge and experience with fundraising for environmental issues.
  • Experience integrating equity and inclusion initiatives into fundraising plans.
  • Proven record of effectively working with volunteers on fundraising and partner engagement.

Compensation and Benefits

The salary range for this position is $160,000 - $170,000.

The Sierra Club offers a competitive salary package commensurate with skills and experience plus excellent benefits that include medical, dental, and vision coverage, and a retirement savings 401(k) plan.

This is a category 3 exempt, non-represented, supervisory position.

Sierra Club is a 501(c)(4) non-profit organization. Sierra Club employees are not eligible to participate in the Federal Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) Program.

Sierra Club values the expertise and talents of foreign nationals. Sierra Club sponsors both nonimmigrant and immigrant visas when certain criteria are met, based on immigration laws and organizational needs. Such sponsorship is at the discretion of the Department Head and Sierra Club Human Resources in consultation with the employee’s manager. The Sierra Club cannot guarantee the approval of a visa petition. The Sierra Club is an equal opportunity employer committed to workforce diversity.


To Apply

This position does not have an undergraduate education requirement. If you choose to include your education history, please remove your schools from your resume. You may leave your degree (e.g., “B.A. Philosophy”), but please remove any undergraduate and graduate school names.

This anonymous process is aimed at opening this opportunity to more candidates, reviewing applicants on performance assessments and mitigating bias in the decision-making process.

Lastly, we are intentionally not asking for a cover letter, so please do not send one in with your application.

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