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Major Gifts Officer

Status: Open

  • Employment

Organisation: Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ)

Deadline: Ongoing

Location: New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco

CPJ is looking for a Major Gifts Officer who will play pivotal a role in helping shape the future of the organization at a time when press freedom is under unprecedented attack.

Grants Officer Position Overview:

Reporting to the Deputy Director of Development, Individual Giving, the Major Gifts Officer serves as a key member of CPJ’s development department to engage and animate the interest of major donors.

The position oversees a portfolio of donors to qualify, cultivate, solicit, and steward major gifts both through relationship-building via CPJ events and one-on-one meetings. The Major Gifts Officer will partner closely with the Deputy Director to build out and enhance CPJ’s planned giving efforts, as well as collaborate with the overall Development team on other front-facing work.

Essential Job Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Develop and propose strategies for identifying and soliciting major gifts, utilizing wealth screening, donor research, and other tools.
  • Manage a portfolio of donors and prospects as assigned by and in collaboration with the Deputy Director of Development, Individual Giving.
  • Deepen relationships with major donors while managing event logistics for CPJ’s leadership council and other high-level donor events.
  • Partner with the Deputy and team to fine-tune and expand CPJ’s planned giving program.
  • Work in close collaboration with the Deputy to oversee the success of the individual giving plan and major donor outreach, including the writing of appeals, direct mail, or other digital copy, and securing and engaging donors in one-on-one meetings.
  • Work in collaboration with other team members, especially surrounding efforts to ensure a moves management pipeline to move prospective donors to higher levels of giving.
  • Other duties as requested are based on department and/or organizational needs.

Education/Qualifications and Work Experience:


  • A Bachelor’s degree, or equivalent experience.
  • Three to five years of fundraising experience.
  • At least three years of experience working with individual and major donors is preferred.
  • Experience managing high-level events logistics and interacting with high-net-worth individuals preferred.
  • International exposure and/or foreign language are a plus.
  • Proficient with Google Suite.
  • Strong comfort with CRM systems; knowledge of Raiser’s Edge specifically is a plus.

Additional Qualifications, Characteristics, and Competencies Include:


  • Entrepreneurial approach: the ability to be flexible and multitask in a dynamic environment.
  • Personal qualities of integrity and credibility are required.
  • Exceptional writing ability. Able to synthesize information from throughout the organization into clear, compelling, and concise written materials.
  • Superb attention to detail, balanced against consistent production of timely, error-free work.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills. Comfortable serving as support to senior staff as they manage fundraising prospects and donors. Skilled in establishing trusted partnerships throughout the organization and using expert judgment when dealing with internal and external constituents.
  • Ability to multitask, work effectively, and produce high-quality work in a fast-paced, high-volume, deadline-driven environment. Ability to take initiative, prioritize duties, and work independently, as well as collaboratively, with a spirit of flexibility and a positive outlook.
  • Demonstrable passion for press freedom, free speech, and human rights.

Physical Requirements:

The physical demands of this position are reflective of work in a typical office setting. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.

The CPJ offices in Midtown Manhattan are currently working on a hybrid schedule of two days in-office (Wednesday and one other day of the employee’s choosing), with the option of working three days remotely.

Candidates residing outside of the local area may be considered for fully remote work.

Minimal travel will be required for this position, however, there will be opportunities for domestic and international travel to CPJ regions, if interested.

This position is part of a collective bargaining unit represented by the Writers Guild of America, East.

CPJ is an equal opportunity employer and values diversity. The organisation does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.

To apply please click here.

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