Major Gifts Manager

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The Nature Conservancy

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Boise, ID, United States

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5 days ago


Boise, Idaho, USA

Alaska or Idaho preferred, other US locations negotiable


The mission of The Nature Conservancy (TNC) is to conserve the lands and waters upon which all life depends. As a science-based organization, we develop innovative, on-the-ground solutions to the world’s toughest environmental challenges so that people and nature can thrive. Our work is guided by our values, which include a commitment to diversity and respect for people, communities, and cultures. From a rewarding mission to career development and flexible schedules, there are many reasons to love life #insideTNC. Want to know more? Check out our TNC Talent playlist on YouTube to hear stories from staff or visit Glassdoor.

One of TNC’s primary goals is to cultivate an inclusive work environment so that employees around the globe have a sense of belonging and feel that their unique contributions are valued. We know we’ll only achieve our mission by hiring and engaging a diverse staff that reflects the communities in which we work. Recognizing that people bring talent and skills that have been developed outside the scope of a job, we take a holistic approach to recruitment that considers life experience in addition to the professional requirements listed in our postings. Please apply – we’d love to hear from you. To quote a popular saying at TNC, “you’ll join for the mission, and you’ll stay for the people.”


The Major Gifts Manager (MGM) is a shared position in support of TNC’s Idaho and Alaska fundraising teams. The MGM will be responsible for overall development team operations and will act as a link between operations functions and major gift fundraising activities of the Idaho and Alaska development teams, providing simplified metrics, progress reporting, interfacing with fundraising staff to ensure effective portfolio management, providing oversight and coordination of team resources such as research, portfolio management, gift processing, stewardship, special events, or trips to a field program.

Responsibilities and Scope:

  • Manage team accountability for strategic goals related to functional area, including analysis of financial and activity metrics.
  • Design, manage and implement multiple projects, directing work of staff, managing budget, setting deadlines and ensuring accountability.
  • Serve as lead for overall prospect pipeline health and activity.
  • Develop and implement new initiatives that will ensure department and organization-wide goals and strategies are achieved.
  • Demonstrate sensitivity in handling confidential information.
  • Supervise one or more administrative or professional staff, responsibility includes training and professional development. Onboarding lead for new team hires.
  • Travel occasionally, work long and flexible hours as needed.


The Major Gifts Manager will work towards meeting the strategic priorities of the Idaho and Alaska fundraising programs by developing and coordinating tactics for approved plans and completing and/or overseeing day-to-day tasks. Working directly with the Directors of Development for the AK and ID chapters, the MGM acts as a link between team operational functions and major gift fundraising activities. Examples of work include deciphering detailed reports on fundraiser activity to provide simplified reporting and metrics, interfacing with fundraising staff to ensure effective portfolio management, and acting as project manager for events and outreach initiatives. The MGM will comply with TNC policies and analyse information to organize, track and assess team progress and results. They will supervise a subset of department operations staff and work to improve workflow and solve problems. They will report to leadership and to the team on portfolio activity with retroactive and forward-looking data, as well as being on point for Worldwide Office reporting and donor portfolio management. The MGM must be an expert in the systems and resources utilized by the team and apply knowledge to managing support and designing communications related to the resources. They will work with the team to develop documentation, modify processes, and participate in the enhancement of systems and tools used by the team.

The MGM works in close cooperation with any or all of the following: Conservancy staff, donors, Trustees, vendors, public agencies, financial institutions and legal and accounting professionals. They will provide advice, recommendations, and training related to the functional area of the team. They will manage diverse tasks, analyse situations, evaluate alternatives, project outcomes, and implement solutions in order to improve effectiveness. They may develop solicitation and department budgets and manage department spending.


  • Bachelor’s degree and 3 years related experience or equivalent combination.
  • Experience managing and implementing multiple projects.
  • Experience supervising staff, interns, and/or volunteers.
  • Experience with current and evolving technology in relevant field.
  • Experience working with cross-functional teams.
  • Experience, coursework, or other training in principles and practices of relevant field.

In addition, the following skills and/or experiences would be an asset for this role but are not required.

  • Multi-lingual skills and multi-cultural or cross-cultural experience appreciated.
  • Demonstrated ability to conceive and write creatively for various audiences.
  • Knowledge of current and evolving trends in the specific field, preferably in a non-profit environment.
  • Proficient in interpreting guidelines and manipulating, analysing, and interpreting data.
  • Strong organization, planning, and problem-solving skills.
  • Successful experience implementing strategic program goals.
  • Understanding of accounting practices.


Since 1951, TNC has been doing work you can believe in. Through grassroots action, we have grown from a small non-profit into one of the most effective and wide-reaching environmental organizations in the world. Thanks to more than 1 million members, over 400 scientists, and the dedicated efforts of our diverse staff and partners, we impact conservation around the world!

TNC offers competitive and comprehensive benefits packages tailored to the individual countries where we work. These may include health care benefits, retirement benefits, parental leave, paid time off, life insurance, and disability coverage as well as an employee assistance program and other life and well-being benefits. Learn more about our benefits on our Culture Tab on

We’re proud to offer a flexible work environment that supports the health and well-being of the people we employ.


This position requires a valid driver's license and compliance with TNC’s Auto Safety Program. Employees may not drive Conservancy-owned/leased vehicles, rental cars, or personal vehicles on behalf of the Conservancy if considered "high risk drivers." To learn more about the Auto Safety Program, visit under the FAQ section.

Employment in this position will be contingent upon completion of a Vehicle Use Agreement, which may include a review of the prospective employee's motor vehicle record.


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An attractive salary and benefits package is part of TNC’s value proposition to our employees. TNC strives to provide competitive pay and bases salaries on the geographic location of the role committing to being equitable across groups and providing hiring salary ranges when possible.

Since we support flexible and remote work for our employees, many positions have a flexible location within countries where we’re registered as a Non-government Organization and established as an employer. This may mean we’re unable to provide a hiring salary range in the posting for some of our positions. However, candidates invited to be part of our interview process will be provided their location specific range upon request.