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Conservation Law Foundation (CLF) protects New England’s environment for the benefit of all people. A non-profit, member-supported organization, CLF uses the law, science and the market to solve the region’s most challenging environmental problems from climate change to ocean conservation to transportation. Every day, CLF advocates stand up for New Englanders—in state houses, court houses and board rooms, regulatory hearings and community gatherings—to forge innovative paths to environmental progress and economic prosperity for all in our region. To that end, CLF works with communities of color, and also communities that are economically or otherwise disadvantaged, which often suffer disproportionately the impacts of environmental degradation. CLF is committed to representing New England’s diversity in our staff, volunteers, boards and membership and creating a positive, inclusive workplace culture where all can thrive.

Senior Major Gifts Officer, Boston, MA

The Senior Major Gifts Officer will work closely with the Vice President of Development to develop and implement the strategic and tactical goals of the major gifts effort at CLF. This represents a change in strategy and execution for the advocates who have interfaced with donors in a less-defined manner.  Of major importance is the enthusiasm of the advocates to work with Development and the Major Gifts Officer in this refocused development effort.  This, coupled with the need to give structure to the process of soliciting the existing and future donor base, has the potential to impact the organization in a major way.

Major Duties and Responsibilities

  • Professionalize the major gift efforts at CLF
  • Create, integrate and implement short-, intermediate- and long-term individual major gift donor strategies with the Vice President of Development.
  • Develop strategic, focused funding requests based on short-, intermediate-, and long-term goals of the organization so as to build an evolving portfolio of appropriate donors.
  • Develop institutional knowledge to know who and when to ask for support (advocates, board members, senior management) to increase effectiveness of presentations.
  • Work with (coach, cheer and support) advocates and state board members to develop professional processes in identifying, qualifying and maximizing existing and potential donors.
  • Ensure that all appropriate relationship management systems are in place and functioning including identification, qualification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of prospective and current donors.
  • Plan and implement funding campaigns, events and activities for major gift donors. This includes teaming with senior management, advocates, and board members on appropriate activities and programs.
  • Execute major gift materials, including briefing memos, proposals and any other materials to convey the quality and professionalism of the organization.
  • Maintain a high degree of responsiveness to the needs and requests of all constituencies, external as well as internal.

Personal Attributes and Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree. Advanced degree preferred.
  • 8+ years of nonprofit fundraising experience with significant responsibility in major gifts.
  • Demonstrated ability to perform as a major gifts officer at a high level.
  • A strong interest in the environment. A history of environmental advocacy a definite plus.
  • The ability to assimilate complex issues/programs and have the skill to communicate their content in a succinct, coherent way.
  • Strong writing, oral, and presentation skills.
  • Attention to detail and strong project management skills.
  • A proven ability to meet deadlines and manage multiple projects at the same time.
  • Ability to perform at a high level in a team environment.
  • The willingness and ability to manage projects throughout New England.
  • Experience working in  settings with a diversity of races, ethnicities, and socioeconomic backgrounds, including experience with a wide range of New England communities.
  • A tenacious individual with a well-developed sense of humor is preferred.


Compensation will be competitive and commensurate with the successful candidate’s experience.