Major Gifts Officer

National Park Foundation
Posted: April 17, 2017
Location: District of Columbia, United States
Position: Fundraising
Field: Environment
Salary: Commensurate with experience
Application Deadline: Open until filled
Category: Major gifts
Employment Level: Full-time

The Aspen Leadership Group is proud to partner with the National Park Foundation (NPF) in the search for a Major Gifts Officer.

The successful candidate will join a team of dedicated professionals who are working to achieve a publicly announced $350 million goal for the Centennial Campaign for America’s Parks and build the overall fundraising capacity of the National Park Foundation.

The National Park Foundation is seeking a strategic, innovative, and proactive major giving professional to further enhance the fundraising capacity of the Individual and Foundation Giving (IFG) team. The Major Gifts Officer will be a sophisticated, high-energy individual with a passion for the mission of the National Park Foundation. This position will work collaboratively to identify, cultivate, solicit, and steward major gifts of $100,000 and above. The successful candidate will have demonstrated expertise in developing gift strategies, connecting donors to content, building key relationships, and closing gifts. The Major Gifts Officer will personally manage and maintain a portfolio of high-level campaign prospects and will develop strong relationships that help maximize giving potential over time.

Furthermore, the National Park Foundation’s ongoing success with its Centennial Campaign for America’s National Parks has significantly increased the number of new donors, creating an exceptional opportunity to transition annual donors into high-performing major giving donors.

The National Park Foundation, in partnership with the National Park Service, enriches America’s national parks and programs through private support, safeguarding the nation’s heritage, and inspiring generations of national park enthusiasts. Chartered by Congress in 1967, the National Park Foundation is founded on a legacy that began more than a century ago, when private citizens from all walks of life took action to establish and protect our national parks.

As the only national nonprofit partner to the National Park Service, the National Park Foundation directly supports over 400 national parks by pursuing three distinct, yet interdependent, areas of focus: protecting America’s national parks through critical conservation and preservation efforts; connecting all Americans with their incomparable natural landscapes, vibrant culture, rich history, and the transformative community work of the National Park Service; and inspiring lifelong engagement with the next generation of park stewards.

On August 25, 2016, the National Park Service turned 100 years old. The National Park Service and National Park Foundation, which celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2017, have been working closely with partners and stakeholders across the country to ensure that the Centennial is not only a birthday but also an opportunity for people everywhere to embrace the opportunities to explore, learn, and be inspired by the 417 national parks.

A bachelor’s degree is required for this position as are eight years of demonstrated success in personally building philanthropic relationships with high-net worth individuals; working closely and productively with volunteer and senior staff leadership; and identifying, cultivating, soliciting, and closing leadership gifts. A master’s or advanced degree is preferred.

All applications must be accompanied by a cover letter and résumé.

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