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Sea Shepherd Conservation Society is currently hiring for the following positions

Senior Major Gifts Officer

Senior Major Gifts Officer

August 2023

Founded in 1981 to protect threatened marine wildlife, Sea Shepherd Conservation Society now seeks a full-time senior major gift officer to join our team in achieving our major gift fundraising and planned giving program objectives. Reporting to the executive director and development officer, the senior major gift officer will be responsible for identifying and cultivating relationships with prospective major gift donors and planned giving donors. This involves prospect research and developing effective solicitation strategies as well as stewarding donors throughout the major giving process. The senior major gift officer will work with our board members and staff leaders to coordinate and execute long-term fundraising initiatives.


  • High skill level in utilizing CRM databases, Blackbaud RENXT/Raiser’s Edge 7 preferred.
  • Excellent skills in M.S. Office suite.
  • Developed analytical and critical thinking skills with precise attention to detail.
  • Adept at proactively multi-tasking and adapting to changing and competing needs/priorities.

Responsibilities include:

  • Planning and leading our major giving program.
  • Researching major gift donor prospects.
  • Growing relationships with major gift donors.
  • Developing a donor solicitation strategy for major gift prospects.
  • Maintaining detailed records of communications and tasks within RENXT database.
  • Maintain active mid-level donors.
  • Monitoring grant report deadlines and furnishing reports/updates to Foundations.
  • Growing relationships with major gift donors and foundations.
  • Designing and operating a donor stewardship program.
  • Tracking and assessing major gift fundraising metrics.
  • Drafting major gift proposal documents.
  • Using major giving fundraising and marketing tools.
  • Working collaboratively with board members and staff on fundraising.

Our ideal candidate will have an undergraduate degree and at least seven-ten years of major gift/development experience, preferably in the environmental and conservation fields. They will also have a thorough background in fundraising best practices and donor databases for managing donor and solicitation records. Remote work environment with regular travel. Applications will be accepted through Friday, September 29th and early submissions are encouraged. Please send application materials (resume, cover letter, and three references) to

Due to the anticipated volume of applications, only finalists will be notified. No phone calls, please.

Sea Shepherd Conservation Society is a tax-exempt 501-(c)(3) nonprofit
Tax ID #93-0792021 | PO Box 8628 Alexandria VA 22306 – ph 212-220-2302 x1

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