Employment Opportunities

Director of Major Gifts, California

American Rivers seeks a Director of Major Gifts to lead and manage a comprehensive individual major gifts program in California. This is an exciting opportunity for an experienced, high energy development professional who is interested in making a difference in the field of conservation and eager to play a key role in increasing the number of major donors and the giving level of existing donors.  This position is based in California and reports to the Senior Director of the Major Gifts Program.

  • Develop and implement the annual solicitation and cultivation plan and budget for existing major donors and prospects in the region to meet annual (and long-term) revenue goals.
  • Working with the Senior Director and Senior Vice President of Advancement actively identify and cultivate new major donor prospects through board members, existing donors and staff.
  • Arrange meetings and manage all aspects of the President’s involvement in major donor fundraising in the region.
  • Develop and execute major donor cultivation and stewardship events in key regional hubs; help create a robust calendar of such events focused on priority program areas.
  • Participate fully in the efforts of the development team, including budgeting, using the database for recordkeeping and prospect research.
  • Prepare fund-raising reports and analyses for the Senior Vice President, Advancement, the President and key board committees.
  • Work closely with the major gifts team on strategy for the overall major donor program as well as for individual national prospects.
  • Bachelor’s degree and at least 8 years of fundraising experience and a demonstrated track record of major donor solicitation.
  • Proven experience directing, motivating, and inspiring volunteers and staff.
  • Prefer a candidate with a personal interest in river recreation and/or science and policy.
  • High energy level, flexible, self-motivated, and self-confident.
  • Experience working independently with minimal supervision.
  • Articulate with strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Strategic thinker; highly organized and able to meet deadlines.
  • Strong time, budget, and organizational management skills, including the capacity to work on several projects simultaneously.
  • Familiarity with the environmental/conservation funding community.
  • Team player with the ability to work collaboratively with colleagues in promoting the goals and objectives of the organization.
  • Ability and willingness to travel frequently.

Salary is commensurate with experience.  Full-time employee benefits include health, dental, vision and life insurance, a retirement plan, and generous leave time.

About American Rivers

About American Rivers

American Rivers protects wild rivers, restores damaged rivers, and conserves clean water for people and nature. Since 1973, American Rivers has protected and restored more than 150,000 miles of rivers through advocacy efforts, on-the-ground projects, and the annual America’s Most Endangered Rivers® campaign. Headquartered in Washington, DC, American Rivers has offices across the country and more than 200,000 members, supporters, and volunteers.

Rivers connect us to each other, nature, and future generations. Find your connections at AmericanRivers.org, Facebook.com/AmericanRivers, and Twitter.com/AmericanRivers.