Pasadena, CA

Major Gifts Officer, Carnegie Institution for Science

The Organization

Andrew Carnegie founded this institution in 1902 as a home for world-transforming scientific discoveries. Today, Carnegie Science’s mission—to advance investigation, research, and discovery, and apply that knowledge to the improvement of humankind—is more urgent than ever. An independent research institution, we provide our scientists with the flexibility to follow their discoveries, seize opportunities, and define new fields of investigation. Our researchers continue to ask and answer compelling questions where we have the expertise, the leadership to mobilize the international research community, and the vision to transform our understanding.

Position Overview

The Major Gifts Officer will partner with Development leadership and peers to help build a fundraising program to grow the culture of philanthropy across the Institution in support of Carnegie’s scientific community. This newly created position will have a West Coast regional focus, with its primary office in Pasadena, CA. The Major Gifts Officer will strive to develop the pipeline of major and principal gifts by engaging with Carnegie’s donors, prospects, and other stakeholders to strengthen existing relationships, as well as, expand the institution’s portfolio of donors. Discovery work is a significant component of the position, offering an opportunity to establish and deepen relationships that benefit the institution.

The qualified candidate must be able to perform the essential functions of the position with or without reasonable accommodation.

  • Contribute to the development of the major gifts pipeline by leveraging relationships with donors, supporters, scientists, staff, and others.
  • Execute thoughtful moves management and interactions that deepen relationships, increase giving, and achieve a higher level of giving among donors.
  • Move prospects through the donor continuum by identifying, cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding donors to successfully close gifts.
  • Participate in efforts to deepen individual donor engagement in Carnegie Science, including opportunities for donors to participate in prospect identification.
  • Identify, pursue, and develop relationships that lay the groundwork for 5-, 6-, and 7-figure solicitations.
  • Increase donors at the leadership annual fund level of 5-6 figures through membership in “philanthropy circles”.
  • Build relationships with donors and prospects via personal visits, Zoom meetings, phone calls, ongoing written contact, and events.
  • Collaborate with other development partners to understand the philanthropic interests and priorities of constituents and help them realize their philanthropic potential as supporters of Carnegie Science.
  • Participate in activities that help meet the goals and objectives of the development team, including attendance at institution-wide meetings, departmental community lectures, scientific presentations given by department scientists, as well as at other engagements.
  • Build awareness of Carnegie Science to foster donors in the philanthropic community
  • Work with leadership and colleagues to craft appropriate and consistent messaging regarding Carnegie Science’s fundraising.
  • Write proposals and other cultivation and stewardship materials.

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