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Major Gifts Officer

Company: The Nature Conservancy of South Carolina
Date Posted: January 29, 2018

The Nature Conservancy is the leading conservation organization working to make a positive impact around the world in more than 60 countries, all 50 United States, and your neighborhood. Founded in 1951, the mission of The Nature Conservancy is to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends. One of our core values is our commitment to diversity; therefore, we are committed to a globally diverse and culturally competent workforce.  Visit to learn more.

Want to help save the planet? Through the efforts of The Nature Conservancy 360,000 acres in South Carolina have been preserved for people and nature.  From the mountains to the sea, the South Carolina Chapter is dedicated to conserving the natural resources that make South Carolina unique.    This is an exceptional career opportunity for a highly motivated, capable individual interested in joining the world’s leading conservation organization.

The SC Chapter is seeking an energetic and dedicated professional to serve as its full-time Major Gifts Officer (Associate Director of Philanthropy).  An individual with proven success in relational philanthropy, who works best in a fast-paced environment and enjoys being on the go and out with donors. Our ideal candidate will want to work in a long-term partnership with leadership to develop and implement strategies to build a robust roster of engaged donors.  The Major Gifts Officer works as part of the philanthropy team to coordinate and implement effective multi-year strategies for gift prospects, including corporate, foundation, and individual donors. She/he will play a critical role in prospect identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship for a potential campaign and beyond and manage of portfolio of 75+ donors.  Annual goal of $500,000 or more, along with a goal for bequest notifications.

The ideal candidate will have a background and track record that includes:

Minimum Qualifications

Preferred Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree and at least 5 years related experience
  • Experience building and maintaining long-term relationships with constituents such as major donors and corporations.
  • Experience in asking for and closing gifts of $25,000 or more
  • Experience managing and implementing multiple projects
  • Strong presentation skills


  • Ability to design and implement fundraising strategies, including cultivation, solicitation and recognition strategies
  • Demonstrated experience in using listening, diplomacy, and tact to build strong relationships and motivate donors and volunteers.
  • Ability to determine an individual’s interests, capacity and potential for helping the Conservancy meet its goals by connecting the individual’s interest to the Conservancy’s priorities
  • Communicating clearly by written, spoken and graphical means
  • Knowledge of current trends in charitable giving in the areas of capital campaigns, major gifts and planned giving.


Since its founding in 1951, The Nature Conservancy has protected more than 119 million acres of land and 5,000 miles of rivers worldwide. With the support of more than one million members, the Conservancy addresses the most pressing threats to our natural world.  Through important and strategic partnerships, we are expanding the impact of our work, finding creative ways to fund that bigger vision and build long-term relationships with communities, government agencies and commercial businesses to conserve natural resources at a new scale.

We offer a competitive salary with great benefits.  For a complete position description and to apply, visit Search “South Carolina”. All applications must be submitted in the system prior to 11:59pm EST on March 16, 2018.

The Nature Conservancy is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Our commitment to diversity includes the recognition that our conservation mission is best advanced by the leadership and contributions of men and women of diverse backgrounds, beliefs and culture. Recruiting and mentoring staff to create an inclusive organization that reflects our global character is a priority, and we encourage applicants from all cultures, races, colors, religions, sexes, national or regional origins, ages, disability status, sexual orientation, gender identity, military, protected veteran status or other status protected by law.