Director of Major Gifts
Ready to take on some of the most powerful forces in our society? We’re looking for a Director of Major Gifts to join a fierce, smart team challenging global corporations, holding them accountable, and creating a world where all people can thrive.
Why you’ll love coming to work every day
You’ll help change the world by being part of fearless and winning campaigns. You’ll be joining an organization that’s not satisfied with the world as it is—and has a vision for how it should be. When your quest is ending corporate abuse, you can’t be afraid to name names and demand what the world needs. For more than 40 years, we’ve been exposing and challenging the abuses of the likes of Nestlé, Exxon Mobil, Philip Morris International, McDonald’s, and more. We don’t back down, and we run campaigns until we win.
You’ll work with awesome people. Join a team of passionate, kind, determined, optimistic, and solutions-oriented folks. We work hard, celebrate victories large and small, and always have each other’s backs.
You’ll be trusted and relied upon to operate at a high level of responsibility. You’ll thrive here if you’re ready to step into a management role. We pay lots of attention to leadership development, and we provide support and training to help you be the best you can be and continue to grow new skills as we believe everyone has more to learn.
You’ll be part of an organization committed to advancing racial equity and transforming systems of oppression. We are deeply committed to prioritizing the leadership of people who bear the brunt of corporate abuse: Black and Indigenous people and other people of color, women, low-income people, people in the Global South, and LGBTQ+ folks around the world. Our unique culture has been fostered by a long history of women at the helm. We are actively focusing on the leadership of our staff of color, knowing we are stronger when the organization reflects the vision of the world we’re building together.
What you’ll do
Corporate Accountability is at an exciting moment in our four-decade history: We’re running four hard-hitting, world-changing campaigns that are advancing the human right to water, holding the Big Polluters driving the global climate crisis accountable, and stopping Big Tobacco and the fast food industry from devastating people’s health. We’ve grown significantly over the last five years, and we’re not slowing down. To maintain our momentum, we need to build even more people power and raise the resources that fuel our campaign impact. That’s where you come in.
Corporate Accountability is proudly people-powered: Our hard-hitting campaigns are driven by tens of thousands of people around the world. Your job is to manage, lead, and grow the team that helps drive the resourcing of our movement against transnational corporations. Our campaigns are truly people-powered, and in order to remain nimble and politically independent, we invest deeply in relationships with individual donors. The Major gifts program is the lead source of revenue for the organization, bringing in more than $5 million annually. You will be responsible for this budget as well as the long-term strategy and budget work to grow the program.
The best part? You get to build on this existing program and also think creatively about what fundraising looks like for us and our allies at Corporate Accountability, now and in the future. You’ll be leading a team of experienced fundraisers and you’ll work together to figure out how to bring a new wave of lead funders of the corporate accountability movement. You’ll do all of this while prioritizing deep and meaningful relationships between the organization and new and existing lead partners. And you’ll hold donor relationships yourself. To do it, you’ll build in-depth expertise on our issue areas and campaigns, ready to speak to the problems our world faces and the people powering the solutions.
You’ll bring your strategic planning and program development skills to the table to build a strong financial base of support not only right now, but also looking into the future. Corporate campaigns are not won in a day, year, or even decade, as we know from over 40 years of campaigning, so you’ll be bringing your 7+ years of experience and expertise to ensure we have the funding for the long-view vision of a more just world for all.
Who you are
- The rampant abuses of corporations and the outrageous amount of power they have make you mad as hell—and you want to do something about it.
- You have experience advancing racial equity and are ready to do this in your day-to-day work. You understand that campaigning for justice must include working to dismantle white supremacy, institutional racism, legacies of colonialism, and anti-Blackness.
- You are an experienced donor organizer and fundraiser of major gifts—have raised six figure gifts, secured multi-year commitments and bottom-lined seven-figure fundraising budgets. You also have the knowledge and experience to broaden and diversify donor pools.
- You have experience developing, executing, and managing others towards annual and multi-year fundraising budgets and plans.
- You’re excited and ready to build the people power of the progressive movement. You understand that engaging and activating ever more people to fund long-term, effective campaigning is essential. And you’ve got experience in motivating a team towards this vision.
- You have managed and trained a team of 4 or more people, of different experience levels, roles & identities, towards annual and long-range goals. You are a team builder who centers joy, collaboration and positive momentum in your work. You also have experience coordinating cross-unit teams to get what is needed to achieve your goals.
- Willingness to travel for U.S. based meetings with donors, funders or funder gatherings 4-8 times annually, as you deem strategic. Our approach to travel is staff-led, meaning we will continue to center the health and safety of our staff in these decisions.
- You have 7+ years of experience in fundraising, or other relevant fields.
What you’ll be responsible for in the day-to-day
- Lead and bottom-line the strategic development of the organization’s major gifts program working in close and collaborative partnership with a team of leaders, as well as lead the development of multi-year budgets and supporting strategies.
- Manage the major gift program’s annual budget process and cash flow.
- Partner with the major gifts team providing vision to ongoing and essential work of embedding and centering equity, with attention to racial and gender equity, throughout the major gifts program. Bring experience in building a team that centers joy, celebration, and collaboration, and a track-record of advancing equitable outcomes for each team member, uplifting and evolving internal practices, and developing a program that disrupts white supremacy culture and the contradictions inherent in fundraising.
- Manage staff team of 3-5 people, including our associate major gifts directors, in tight coordination toward the organization’s fundraising and campaigns priorities and toward their professional development and impact in this work.
- Develop and play a leadership role in strategies & tactics that build and deepen Corporate Accountability’s pool of donors, experimenting with new acquisition tactics to find new connections and build new relationships for the organization. Raise and bank gifts that will enable us to scale up our transformative campaigns by building relationships with, stewarding, and cultivating our members and philanthropic partners.
- Become an expert in all of Corporate Accountability’s issue areas: Be able to speak to anyone about our campaigns, understand their priorities, and inspire them to give money and take action to advance our mission.
- Actively participate in organization-wide planning, fundraising, racial equity work, recruitment, and campaign activities.
Salary and benefits:
- Salary range: $80,000 – $87,000 commensurate with experience.
- Hours: Corporate Accountability’s full-time staff generally work 32 hours per week, with periods of more intensive work that correspond with the ebb and flow nature of campaigns or projects throughout the year. Our core hours are 10 am – 4 pm on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, with flexibility to determine your remaining hours of the week in coordination with your supervisor and team. Given the nature of fundraising work, rapid response moments, and donor visits, there will be instances where you would need to be available outside of our standard business hours.
- Our comprehensive benefit package includes: health insurance (with 90% of the premium for all tiers covered by the organization) and dental coverage (with 100% of the individual premium covered by the organization and the option to add dependents at an additional cost); FSA for transit, health care, and dependent care; and 401(k) with employer match.
- Generous time off policies including one month of personal vacation time, one week of an office closure for collective rest, holidays, and unlimited wellness days to prioritize health.
- Both internal and external training and leadership development opportunities.
- Energetic, collaborative, and social campaign environment.
Location: Remote based on public health recommendations around COVID-19 centering the safety and health of our staff, with a commitment to travel to our headquarters in Boston at least 3-4 times a year.
We are looking for great candidates from a wide range of backgrounds. If you don’t exactly fit the job description, but you know you have skills and experiences that are transferable to this position, please apply! Tell us about yourself and why you should be our next Director of Major Gifts.
To apply: Visit www.corporateaccountability.org/employment-opportunities. Attach your résumé to the online application and include a cover letter. Please include where you heard about the position. Given the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and our current capacity to process applications, we will be responding on a rolling basis and therefore might take between 2 – 4 weeks to respond to your application.
Corporate Accountability stops transnational corporations from devastating democracy, perpetuating systemic racism, trampling human rights, and destroying our planet. We are building a world rooted in justice where corporations answer to people, not the other way around — a world where every person has access to clean water, healthy food, a safe place to live, and the opportunity to reach their full human potential.
Corporate Accountability is an equal opportunity employer and an inclusive organization. Black and Indigenous people and other people of color, women, nonbinary people, LGBTQ+ and disabled folks are strongly encouraged to apply. Join more than 60 smart and driven staff and interns working in this dynamic organization with a powerful network of members and allies around the world.