Major Gifts Officer

This job posting expired and applications are no longer accepted.
ACLU of San Diego & Imperial Counties
June 6, 2021
San Diego, United States of America
Job Type
Contact Name
Jeffrey Wergeles
Contact Email


Specifically, the Major Gifts Officer will:

  • Manage a portfolio of 75-100 current donors and prospects with the potential of giving $10,000+ annually, including their cultivation, stewardship and solicitation.
  • Establish and build strong, authentic long-term partnerships with our major donors.
  • Work to grow donor giving year-over-year through engagement and cultivation.
  • Keep donors engaged and aware of the organization’s work through cultivation touches, regular communication, virtual and in-person meetings and small group events (when Covid-19 permits).
  • Find creative ways to engage donors more deeply in the ACLU’s work and to demonstrate the impact of their giving.
  • Qualify prospective major donors through virtual and in-person meetings, phone screens, and cultivation events.
  • Reviews portfolio quarterly for moves management.


Our “Must Have’s”

  • A strong commitment to the mission and goals of the ACLU.
  • Four+ years of experience in non-profit organizations, fundraising, donor work or relevant political organizing.
  • Experience establishing and building strong, long-term partnerships with donors. A proven record of securing visits with prospective donors, and soliciting, closing, and stewarding four and five-figure gifts. The most competitive candidates also will have proven experience converting new donors/prospects into major donors.
  • An awareness of, and willingness to engage in the difficult and transformative work of challenging systems of oppression, institutional and structural racism, and implicit bias and be excited to address the tensions that exist between philanthropy and our work for racial justice.
  • Outstanding interpersonal, oral, and written communication and presentation skills. Ability to connect with people from different backgrounds, build relationships across differences.

What Now?

Please submit a cover letter explaining your interest in and qualifications for the position as detailed in this announcement, a current resume, names and contact information of three professional references (including at least one supervisor), and a writing sample. If possible, please combine all documents into one PDF file. Electronic applications are preferred.

To submit your application, please go to and submit your application. However, hard-copy applications can be mailed to: ACLU of San Diego & Imperial Counties ATTN: Development Director PO Box 87131 San Diego, CA 92138-7131

The ACLU is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and encourages applications from women, people of color, persons with disabilities, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals, veterans, and people with arrest records and/or convictions.

Related Jobs

Major Gifts Officer   251 Airport Rd. Oceanside, CA
August 26, 2021