The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution seeks an ambitious and mission-driven fundraising professional for the newly created position of Development Director, Major Gifts for the New York City/Metro area.
The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) is dedicated to advancing knowledge of the ocean and its connection with the Earth system through a sustained commitment to excellence in science, engineering, and education, and to the application of this knowledge to problems facing society. WHOI’s team of scientists and engineers are committed to understanding all facets of the ocean as well as its complex connections with Earth’s atmosphere, land, ice, seafloor, and life—including humanity. This is essential not only to advance knowledge about our planet, but also to ensure society’s long-term welfare and to help guide human stewardship of the environment.
To guide the Institution into the next decade and beyond, WHOI leadership crafted an ambitious plan, Vision 2030, that focuses on three strategic actions: Investing in Inclusive Excellence, Leading Innovation, and Engaging the World. It is shepherded by a set of core values that frame how WHOI views itself and looks at the world, and how the scientific community, policymakers, funders, industry, and the public will be engaged in its work. These core values include:
In addition, WHOI has embraced diversity, equity, and inclusion principles that will develop a more welcoming and supportive environment in which the voices of all people are fully represented and fully heard. Earth and ocean sciences are among the least diverse of the natural and physical sciences, so WHOI leadership will lead a community-wide effort to recruit and retain new generations of scientists and engineers from diverse backgrounds and to better reflect the larger society it serves. WHOI is proud of this commitment and believes it is essential to its future, its science, and its larger engagement with society.
For more information about Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, please visit: https://www.whoi.edu/
WHOI has a strong history of fundraising from a broad base of supporters, and the cultivation of philanthropic giving from individuals, corporations, and foundations has been instrumental to advancing the mission of understanding of the ocean. Private philanthropy in particular has been an integral part of WHOI’s success since it was founded in 1930, and today gifts from major donors continue to support innovative ideas, technologies, and scientific discoveries.
With a collaborative 22-person development team, WHOI has been named a four-star charity by Charity Navigator for 11 consecutive years, a distinction achieved by only two percent of U.S. charities. Support for WHOI from donors reached $90M in 2022, and results are projected to exceed $65M in 2023.
WHOI is in the early phase of a comprehensive campaign and the new Director will play a significant role in the success of the campaign through the careful stewardship of WHOI’s current supporters and ambitious identification and solicitation of donors in the New York City/Metro region.
WHOI seeks a Development Director for Major Gifts (Major Gifts Officer) to manage and further cultivate a strong group of existing donors in the greater New York City region to support the ambitious and strategic fundraising growth of the organization. In particular, this position will be responsible for working with the team to drive WHOI’s campaign and be responsible for identifying, cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding major gift donors and prospects. The successful candidate for this position will need to be based in the New York City region.
Key to success in this role will be identifying and building relationships with new prospects, as well as strengthening relationships with existing donors to maximize philanthropic support. In addition to soliciting major gifts, this position will develop ways in which donors can support the future of WHOI through transformational campaign gifts.
This position will report to the Chief Development Officer and will work closely with other Development colleagues and key stakeholders to expand and grow the fundraising efforts of WHOI.
Major Gift Portfolio Management
Prospect Cultivation and Donor Stewardship
WHOI is offering a salary of $130,000 – $150,000, plus benefits, commensurate with experience for this position.
WHOI is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer/Disabled/Veterans/M/F. They encourage Veterans and those with disabilities to apply. Applications are reviewed confidentially. Applicants that require accommodations in the job application process are encouraged to contact WHOI at (508) 289-2253 or email email@example.com for assistance.
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