Senior Director of Major Gifts

September 2020 | Lincoln, MA
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Mass Audubon seeks a seasoned Senior Director of Major Gifts to build a robust major gift program and lead a team of highly skilled Major Gifts Directors.

About Mass Audubon


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Mass Audubon’s mission is to protect the nature of Massachusetts for people and wildlife. Through its guiding strategies of conservation, education, and advocacy, the organization is making meaningful positive change happen every year.

Mass Audubon envisions a Massachusetts in which nature—whether found in a city park, deep inside the forests of western Massachusetts, within an urban greenway, or along the 1,500 miles of Massachusetts coastline—is valued as essential to quality of life in the Commonwealth, and people live with appreciation and respect for the complex ecological systems that sustain life on Earth, working together to ensure that they are protected. From inspiring hilltop views to breathtaking coastal landscapes, serene woods, and working farms, Mass Audubon believes in protecting the state’s natural treasures for wildlife and for all people.

As Massachusetts’ largest nature conservation nonprofit, Mass Audubon welcomes more than a half million visitors a year to its wildlife sanctuaries and 20 nature centers and protects more than 38,000 acres of land throughout Massachusetts. As a nationally recognized environmental education leader, Mass Audubon offers thousands of camp, school, and adult programs that provide outdoor activities for over 225,000 kids and adults every year. And, with more than 135,000 members and supporters, the organization advocates on Beacon Hill and beyond, and conducts conservation research to preserve the natural heritage of our beautiful state for current and future generations.

With a new dynamic President at the helm, Mass Audubon is embarking on a strategic planning process to set bold and aspirational goals to move conservation forward at a faster pace across the Commonwealth. Fundraising will be leveraged to fuel powerful land protection goals, a deepened commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion, a focus on combating climate change through multi-faceted advocacy efforts and continuing long-standing success in providing exceptional educational opportunities and science-backed decision making. 

About the Position


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Mass Audubon has a solid organizational business model with a diverse revenue stream that includes earned income, private philanthropy, membership, endowment income and government grants. Currently, fundraising and membership accounts for approximately 36% of the organization’s annual operating budget of $25.6 million. 

Mass Audubon is recruiting a seasoned fundraising professional to partner with the VP for Philanthropy and President to build a robust major gift program and substantially increase philanthropic revenue.  Reporting to the Vice President for Philanthropy, The Senior Director of Major Gifts will lead a team of highly skilled major gifts directors and collaborate with governance members and leaders across the state to advance fundraising goals and expertise.

Working at both the strategic and tactical level this development professional will use their skills and experience to influence a higher level of donor giving, manage a robust organizational portfolio of donors and develop metrics and best practices that will guide Mass Audubon’s work. They will be inspired by the work of the professional staff, while they motivate and engage senior leadership and governance members in cultivation and solicitation activities. The Senior Director of Major Gifts will be an ambassador for the organization, deepening engagement with constituency groups and driving broader awareness and philanthropic support for the organization.  

Key Responsibilities



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Management and Mentorship


Key Qualifications


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Mass Audubon is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees and applicants. Mass Audubon prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

Please email your cover letter and resume in confidence to:

Kieran McTague

Senior Vice President and Director, New York, Principal

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