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Search for Common Ground

Strategic Development - Major Gifts Officer

HEADQUARTERS - United States – New York, NY or Washington, District of Columbia
Department HEADQUARTERS - United States
Employment Type Full-Time
Minimum Experience Experienced

We are Searchers. 

We are over 600 strong worldwide. We believe in our mission to end violent conflict.  

It’s our purpose- our call to action. 

A Searcher understands our vision of a world where: 
Differences stimulate social progress, rather than precipitate violence

Respect for and cooperation with those we disagree with is considered the norm

A Searcher is a dedicated, enthusiastic and passionate individual, committed to our values.
Shared Humanity. Empathy. Impartiality.  Inclusivity. Courage.  Hope. Humility. Audacity.

With headquarters in Washington, DC and Brussels, Belgium, we implement projects from 55 offices in 34 countries, including in Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and the United States. You will be joining other highly motivated Searchers with a good team spirit and through commitment and dedication, have opportunities to grow.

We are searching for…

Search for Common Ground’s private fundraising and communications department is seeking a results-oriented and relationship-centered individual to serve as Major Gifts Officer. This is a unique opportunity to work with donors at the highest levels and be part of a dynamic Development office during a transformational expansion. The successful individual is creative and systematic in their approach to working with their portfolio and can engage and inspire prospective donors. The Major Gifts team works strategically and collaboratively with Search leadership, Development colleagues, other staff to raise funds for a comprehensive campaign. The Major Gifts Officer is responsible for identifying, cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding major gifts ($100,000+) and Annual Fund leadership gifts ($10,000-$50,000).

Your contribution

The roles and responsibilities include:

  • Develop and execute on an effective strategy for the major gifts portfolio
  • Identify, qualify, cultivate and solicit a portfolio of 150+ prospects and current donors.
  • Develop, implement and drive cultivation and solicitation strategies to secure one-time and multiyear gifts.
  • Move potential donors in an appropriate and timely fashion toward solicitation and closure, personally making face-to-face solicitations.
  • Maintain relationships and engagement opportunities to retain donors over time and upgrade them at appropriate intervals
  • Support solicitation activities of Search’s CEO, Vice President of Development, and Communications, and Senior Director of Partnerships and Engagement.
  • Manage prospect tracking and correspondence in order to monitor progress toward assigned goals, communicating with key collaborators on a regular basis.
  • Meet metrics as assigned, including goals for prospects identified, meetings completed, proposals submitted, annual gifts secured, comprehensive campaign gifts secured, and donors retained.
  • Collaborate with Development, Communications, and programmatic staff to ensure that annual operating support gifts are part of a holistic philanthropic approach with donors.
  • With the direction of Search leadership, develop concepts for, build participation of, and manage high-level donor membership groups

You are…
You meet the following qualifications:

  • A minimum of seven years of progressive Major Gifts and/or Development experience.
  • A proven track record of success in initiating contact with prospective donors as well as participating in individual cultivation and solicitation for fundraising campaigns.
  • The ability to articulate the mission and programs of Search for Common Ground and to identify and connect these to the philanthropic interests of donors.
  • A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution is required.
  • Highly effective in working in a cooperative, collaborative manner to foster positive organizational change.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to manage records, analyze trends, and apply best practices
  • Capacity to self-start requiring minimal supervision to achieve goals
  • Attention to detail
  • Proficiency in Microsoft, Google Apps, and eTapestry
  • French and/or Arabic language proficiency an advantage


Sound good?  To apply, interested candidates should:

Send a cover letter and current resume tour employment website here

We are looking to fill this position with the right candidate. Only applicants invited for an interview will be contacted. No phone calls please. Please see our website www.sfcg.org for full details of our work.

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  • Location
    New York, NY or Washington, District of Columbia
  • Department
    HEADQUARTERS - United States
  • Employment Type
    Full-Time
  • Minimum Experience
    Experienced
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