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Senior Development Officer, Major Gifts

Seattle, WA
Department:  Development
Job Type: 
Full Time

The Senior Development Officer, Major Gifts position is responsible for managing the fundraising activity of approximately 125-200 major donors and prospects. This position is responsible for the identification, cultivation, solicitation and management of individuals capable of contributing major gifts of $100,000 over three years, with a focus on individuals capable of annual gifts of $25k and over. 



  • Meet fundraising and activity goals for major giving in the assigned regional portfolio.
  • Solicit gifts from major donors and prospects, both independently and working collaboratively with other solicitors.  
  • Prepare meaningful and effective funding proposals, reports, program updates and customized email communications for individual donors and prospects.
  • Schedule, manage and regularly attend donor meetings. 
  • Provide executive-level staffing, including appropriate, concise briefing materials in advance of meetings, for President, attorneys/staff, and trustees. 

Cultivation/ Stewardship

  • Develop long-term strategies for the cultivation and stewardship of individual major donors and prospects. 
  • Build, maintain and maximize institutional relationships with major-gift donors and prospects through active and personalized stewardship; deepening their engagement with Earthjustice.  
  • Create strategic events to attract prospective donors and engage them with Earthjustice.  
  • Identify appropriate individuals for potential involvement in advisory groups or board membership.
  • Identify opportunities for life-income, bequest, and complex-asset gifts, working with planned giving staff to maximize opportunities with donors.
  • Acknowledge all gifts in an appropriate and timely fashion consistent with donor’s solicitation and stewardship plan. 


  • Work with donors, friends, volunteers, and trustees of Earthjustice to identify, cultivate and solicit prospects that will lead to major gifts.
  • Manage all information relating to current major donors and prospects in a central database, in a manner that emphasizes the highest standards of accuracy, timeliness, thoroughness, and confidentiality. 

Work Plan Design, Evaluation, and Budgeting

  • Develop annual plan for donor portfolio and regional assignments.  Monitor annual plan results and modify as necessary.
  • Develop expert familiarity with assigned regions and programmatic needs; maintain current knowledge of key regional developments as they occur.  Maintain working knowledge of national programmatic priorities.  

Volunteer Management & Other

  • Extensive field activity and travel is required.
  • Engage Earthjustice trustees and senior leadership in fundraising efforts, working with President, Vice Presidents of Litigation, Director of Individual and Major Gifts, and appropriate program staff.  



  • Bachelor’s degree required, higher degree a plus.
  • 7 or more years’ demonstrated successful experience in major-gifts fundraising with a focus on prospect identification, relationship building, solicitation, and stewardship.
  • Experience working with trustees, volunteers and programs staff or equivalent.  
  • Superior written and oral communication skills.  
  • Ability to manage a high volume of activity and set priorities.
  • Outstanding interpersonal skills
  • Ability to manage complex issues creatively and effectively.
  • Ability to work collaboratively and successfully as a member of a team.  
  • Strong initiative and self-motivation; ability to make independent decisions. 
  • Proficiency with databases, MS Office Suite; Word, Excel, Outlook required.
  • Knowledge of environmental and conservation issues highly desirable.
  • Sense of humor is required.
  • Valid driver’s license required. 
  • Travel and weekend work required at times. 

We offer a mission and employee-focused work environment and a competitive compensation package including excellent benefits.  Diversity is highly valued.  



Interested candidates should submit a resume along with cover letter to   Please include “Sr. Development Officer, Major Gifts” in the subject line.


Our Values

Earthjustice is driven by a passion for justice, partnership and excellence. Our core values lead us to seek a broad range of perspectives and backgrounds to achieve our mission and to maintain an inclusive environment where all staff are valued and respected.

As an equal opportunity employer, we are committed to employment practices that ensure that employees and applicants for employment are provided with equal opportunities without regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, age, religion, physical or mental disability, medical condition, veteran status, marital status, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information or any other factor that is not related to the position.

About Earthjustice

Founded in 1971, Earthjustice is the premier nonprofit environmental law organization. We take on the biggest, most precedent-setting cases across the country. We wield the power of law and the strength of partnership to protect people’s health; to preserve magnificent places and wildlife; to advance clean energy; and to combat climate change. We partner with thousands of groups, supporters and citizens to engage the critical environmental issues of our time, and bring about positive change. We are here because the earth needs a good lawyer.