Major Gifts Officer at Data Society Research Institute


$70,000 - $80,000/year

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Major Gifts Officer


Data & Society is an independent nonprofit research organization, studying the social implications of data-centric technologies and automation. We recognize that the same innovative technologies that may benefit society can also be abused to invade privacy, provide new tools of discrimination, foreclose opportunity and harm individuals and communities. Through original research and inclusive engagement, we work to ensure that empirical evidence and respect for human dignity guide how technology is developed and governed.


About Major Gifts Officer 

The Major Gifts Officer will coordinate and execute an individual giving and stewardship program, identify and cultivate donors, and craft a donor communications strategy. There are opportunities in this role to be creative, and for designing and operationalizing effective solicitation and stewardship strategies in order to grow an individual donor base. 


The ideal candidate will have experience and deep interest in fundraising best practices, donor communications, and databases for managing and analyzing donor and solicitation records. They will also bring strong communication and organizational skills, and a creative mindset, as they take the lead on our new individual giving strategies. 


This role works closely with all members of the Development team and Senior Leadership team. This position will also work directly with board members and other senior staff on long-term fundraising initiatives. Major Gifts Officer will also gain insight into the fundraising strategies and long-term planning of a nonprofit organization to ensure fiscal sustainability.



  • Manage and grow a portfolio of individual donors, prospects, and corporate sponsors, working independently as well as collaboratively with other team members;
  • Identify, evaluate, cultivate, solicit, steward, and retain individual annual donors capable of contributing gifts of at least $1,000 annually and major donors with the capacity to give at $50,000 and above;
  • Work with the Associate Director of Development to conceptualize and launch a major gifts program; 
  • Work with the Grants Writer and Editor to prepare meaningful and effective communications including appeals, proposals, reports, and customized collateral for individual, and prospective, donors;
  • Shape and oversee a calendar of fundraising and stewardship events with the development team;
  • Schedule, manage, and attend regular individual donor meetings along with any relevant Data & Society staff;
  • Manage all information relating to current donors and prospects in Salesforce in a timely manner, and lead projections and reporting on individual giving goals;
  • Work collaboratively across the organization to develop a deep understanding of the mission, programs, and values of Data & Society; and
  • Perform any additional duties, including gift processing and acknowledgement support, as needed and assigned by the Associate Director of Development.


Organization Values and Participation 

  • Actively participate in programs and professional development opportunities that work to ensure we continue our commitment to building an anti-racist and anti-discrimationatory organization;
  • Attend all-organization activities such as staff meetings, retreats, town halls, listening sessions, workshops, and trainings; and
  • Contribute to advancing culture and equity at Data & Society through participation in ad-hoc or ongoing working groups, reading groups, and other activities as other responsibilities allow.



  • Three or more years of experience working in a development team in the non-profit sector;
  • Strong project management and organizational skills, and accountability to agreed-upon deadlines;
  • Strong analytical, quantitative, and problem-solving skills;
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills;
  • Detail-oriented and used to tracking multiple priorities simultaneously; and
  • Experience using Salesforce, or other fundraising databases for development.


Core Competencies

  • Inclusiveness and commitment to organizational transparency and accountability;
  • Building coalitions;
  • Communication across all organizational levels and teams;
  • Cultural humility;
  • Conflict resolution;
  • Managing complexity; and
  • Effective diplomatic skills, good judgment, and discretion.


Reporting Relationships 

The Major Gifts Officer will report to the Associate Director of Development.


Practical Considerations 

  1. Data & Society has committed to safety requirements to protect our staff from the COVID-19 pandemic. We require that prospective employees are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 before joining our organization. Please note that any reasonable accommodation request is not guaranteed to be approved, and we will comply with ADA-related requirements to evaluate the accommodation against business needs.
  2. This is currently a full-time remote position in the development department with an expected start date in March 2023. Data & Society is based in New York City, and will for the foreseeable future operate as a Remote-First organization. While this role will start as completely virtual, it may involve onsite components in the future. 
  3. The salary range for this role is $70k - $80k. This salary offer will include a generous benefits package including health, dental, and vision insurance and access to a range of opt-in products and services including additional insurance and 401k management as well as paid time off, and paid federal holidays.
  4. You must be eligible to work in the United States; we are unable to sponsor visas.


To apply, please submit the following items: 

  1. A cover letter explaining your interest in this role, and why you would be a good fit for this position. 
  2. Your resume/CV is required.


The work and well-being of Data & Society is strengthened by the diversity of our network and our differences in background, culture, experience, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, and much more. We welcome applications from BiPOC, women, the LGBTQIA community, and persons with disabilities. 

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until January 18, 2023. Please feel free to contact us at should you have any questions about the position. Questions about the opportunity or process will not reflect negatively on your application.

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