Job openings at CLCV

The California League of Conservation Voters and the CLCV Education Fund are hiring for the following positions:

Director of Philanthropy

Major Gifts Officer


Director of Philanthropy

Reports to: Chief Executive Officer
Employment Type: Full-Time Exempt (40 hours)
Position Location: Los Angeles or Oakland, and occasional travel

The California League of Conservation Voters (CLCV), a 501(c)4 organization, works to protect and enhance the environment and the health of all California communities by electing environmental champions, advancing critical priorities, and holding policymakers accountable. For more information, please visit www.ecovote.org.

CLCV Education Fund, CLCV’s 501(c)3 sister organization, protects California’s natural resources and improves the health of our communities. For more information, please visit www.clcvedfund.org.

The work of CLCV and CLCV Ed Fund to protect and advocate for the environment is rooted in our commitment to racial, social, and environmental justice. Engaging communities of color among other key constituencies for the environment is an organizational priority. Within the organization, we aim to create a workplace culture and policies and practices that demonstrate how we value equity and inclusion.

DESCRIPTION:

We are seeking a Director of Philanthropy for an exciting opportunity on the leadership team of one of the nation’s leading statewide grassroots environmental political action organizations. This important role will lead our efforts to build on a 50-year history of donors supporting California’s environmental leadership, climate change, clean energy, environmental justice and protecting our state’s exceptional natural resources.

This position calls for a fundraising expert with a demonstrated ability to raise $3 million in combined funding for the 501(c)3 and (c)4 organizations. The candidate must be a dynamic individual with exceptional leadership and staff management skills. This person should be comfortable building a stable and growing funding base of individuals, foundations, corporate supporters, and nonprofit partners through major gifts, membership, fundraising events, planned gifts, and grants. The Director of Philanthropy will define annual revenue goals for major donors and membership, work with the CEO and Board in achieving those fundraising goals, manage revenue and cash reporting, increase donor engagement, and steward long-term supporters. 

In addition, the Director of Philanthropy will lead a strong Major Gifts program, developing strategic and targeted giving opportunities to inspire major donors towards increased giving in support of the CLCV mission, and working closely with the Development and Communications teams to acquire new members and build a robust major donor pipeline. The Director of Philanthropy will partner with the CEO, Political Director, Board, and Green Advisory Council to manage, cultivate, steward, and solicit an active portfolio of approximately 200 donors and prospective donors who give, or have the potential to give, $5,000 or more.

The Director of Philanthropy will supervise three fundraising and development operations staff based in Oakland and Los Angeles and will work closely with the CEO and other executive team members.

OPPORTUNITY: 

California leads the world as the largest economy to innovate, invest in, and regulate environmental progress – it is not an overstatement that we bear the brunt of the responsibility to protect the future.  This is a remarkable opportunity for an experienced and dynamic Development leader to have significant impact on the environment and advocacy within the California progressive community.  At CLCV, you will have the opportunity to serve a mission you’re passionate about as you contribute to our long-term vision. 

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Secure 501(c)3 and (c)4 and PAC annual revenue goal of $3M (combined), with projected growth each year; develop realistic budgets; project cash flow; and report on revenue.
  • Supervise threestaff involved in individual giving, development operations, and events, as well as vendors/consultants assisting with grants and membership. Mentor a major gifts officer in building his/her fundraising skills.
  • Work closely with the CEO and Director of Finance to track revenue. Manage all major donor solicitations so that gifts budgeted are received within the period expected.
  • Build and maintain relationships with major donors who give $1,500+. Manage portfolio of high-level donors and prospects. Create stewardship, cultivation, and solicitation strategies; engage key Board and staff, as appropriate, in donor relationships.
  • Coordinate donor meetings by the CEO and Political Director, who will each serve as primary contact for a small portfolio of donors giving $10,000+.
  • Fully engage members of the CLCV and CLCV Ed Fund Boards in fundraising and networking activities. Serve as liaison to the Development Chair and Committee, and provide all Board members with the tools, knowledge and personal interaction to become active partners in achieving development goals.
  • Oversee daily operations of the development team. Inspire best effort, ownership and accountability in peers and direct reports.
  • Supervise the Major Gifts Officer to: engage pipeline major donors giving $500-$5,000/year; plan and implement gala and cultivation and stewardship events each year; create other programs to steward donors and attract new prospects; and track fundraising metrics, including donor contacts, meetings and solicitations. 
  • Supervise the Development Operations staff to ensure prompt, accurate entry of gift and donor activity in Raiser’s Edge and prompt gift acknowledgment, coordinate lists for membership appeals, and create accurate reports that inform and prioritize fundraising activities for donor acquisition, solicitation, and stewardship.
  • Supervise grants management process for timely submission of grants, reports and other documents to assure compliance and good relationships with agencies and foundations. Build a robust pipeline of grants for the 501(c)3 CLCV Ed Fund. Work closely with the Ed Fund staff to gather content for proposals and reports.
  • Work collaboratively with the CEO and Communications team on creating fundraising collateral materials, and other print and online publications designed to support fundraising efforts and activities within the goals of the strategic plan.
  • Collaborate with the Communications Director in designing and implementing digital and online fundraising and membership growth strategies.
  • Regularly evaluate internal systems and procedures for efficiency and effectiveness. Ensure that the department complies with all relevant policies and regulations set forth by the IRS, Board and CEO.
  • Build a culture for philanthropy, internally and externally, that will attract staff, board members and donors to the organization, and inspire excellence in donor relations and fundraising.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS

The ideal candidate will possess the following skills:

  • Minimum five to eight years’ nonprofit fundraising experience with demonstrated mastery of a wide range of donor engagement and solicitation strategies.
  • Demonstrated successes in major gift fundraising, event planning, membership, donor communications, and staff management.
  • Success in identifying, cultivating, soliciting and stewarding donors for 6-figure gifts.
  • Demonstrated success managing and motivating a team towards the completion of fundraising goals and activities as outlined in a strategic plan and/or annual work plans.
  • Superior interpersonal, oral and written communication, and presentation and public speaking skills, with the ability to represent CLCV’s mission and interests to a diverse group of individuals and audiences.
  • High energy, results-oriented leader with personal initiative and a sense of humor. Friendly, outgoing and collaborative approach to foster a strong team-oriented style.
  • Exceptional project management skills, including prioritizing, designing, implementing and tracking multiple campaigns and programs.
  • Excellent problem solving, research, and analytical skills. Agile and able to work in a fast-paced and, sometimes unpredictable, environment.
  • Knowledge of database management systems and moves management principles, including Raiser's Edge or similar software.
  • Personal passion for preserving and protecting our state’s natural resources with a belief in the mission, principles, and values of CLCV’s approach to conservation and political advocacy.
  • Unquestioned integrity, professional demeanor and authenticity in building relationships with, and inspiring best effort from, staff, donors and partners.
  • Willingness to travel, mostly within California, and to work evening events.
  • Bachelor's degree or comparable experience.

DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Familiarity with political advocacy, 501(c)3 and 501(c)4 organizations, and political action committees.
  • Experience managing remote staff. (CLCV Development staff work in Los Angeles and Oakland.)
  • Demonstrated success in working with Boards and committees.
  • Flexibility and creativity to capitalize on donor messaging opportunities in an ever-changing political climate.

TO APPLY:

CLCV/CLCVEF has retained the services of ThinkingAhead Executive Search.  Please send your resume and expression of interest Chris Spagnola, Senior Recruiter, at cspagnola@thinkingahead.com and Jessica Martinez, Senior Recruiter, at jmartinez@thinkingahead.com.

The California League of Conservation Voters and CLCV Education Fund are committed to workplace diversity and inclusion. We are equal opportunity employers and do not discriminate in hiring or employment on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, age, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law. We offer competitive salaries, generous benefits, and a pleasant working environment. Salary is based on a nonprofit scale and commensurate with experience.

 


Major Gifts Officer

Reports to: Director of Philanthopy
Employment Type: Full-Time Exempt (40 hours)
Position Location: Los Angeles or Oakland, and occasional travel

The California League of Conservation Voters (CLCV), a 501(c)4 organization, works to protect and enhance the environment and the health of all California communities by electing environmental champions, advancing critical priorities, and holding policymakers accountable. For more information, please visit www.ecovote.org.

CLCV Education Fund, CLCV’s 501(c)3 sister organization, protects California’s natural resources and improves the health of our communities. For more information, please visit www.clcvedfund.org.

The work of CLCV and CLCV Ed Fund to protect and advocate for the environment is rooted in our commitment to racial, social, and environmental justice. Engaging communities of color among other key constituencies for the environment is an organizational priority. Within the organization, we aim to create a workplace culture and policies and practices that demonstrate how we value equity and inclusion. We are seeking a Major Gifts Officer for an exciting opportunity on the team of one of the nation’s leading statewide grassroots environmental political action organizations. This important role will lead our efforts to build on a 50-year history of donors supporting California’s environmental leadership, climate change, clean energy, environmental justice and protecting our state’s exceptional natural resources.

POSITION DESCRIPTION

CLCV and CLCVEF are searching for a seasoned, collaborative, and strategic Major Gifts Officer to be part of an engaged, performance-driven, and enthusiastic team. Reporting to the Director of Philanthropy, the mid-level position of Major Gifts Officer is responsible for the cultivation and stewardship of donors and prospects to make gifts at a leadership level. Responsible for qualifying, soliciting, cultivating, and stewarding individual and small foundation gifts at the 4- to 6-figure level. Our fundraising efforts encompass our 501(c)(4), 501(c)(3) and PAC activities.

This is a remarkable opportunity for the right individual who is committed to the environment and advocacy within the California progressive community. At CLCV, you will have the opportunity to serve a mission you’re passionate about as you contribute to our long-term vision. The position will be based in Northern or Southern California, with an expectation of occasional travel (25%).

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Manage and develop a portfolio of 150 - 200 current, lapsed and prospective donors, deepening relationships in person, over the phone, and in writing.
  • Meet with donors and prospects across California. It is expected that the Major Gifts Officer will hold at least 100 donor visits annually. Engage donors and prospects at events and other venues as part of the cultivation process.
  • Develop and support research, identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship strategies for CLCV’s CEO and other key staff and board members.
  • Plan and execute regular donor cultivation events (minimum of 6 annually), working closely with staff and board members, as well as additional stewardship and cultivation opportunities, such as tele-townhall meetings.
  • Support the planning and execution of CLCV’s annual gala event.
  • Write persuasive and personalized emails, letters, reports and proposals to donors and prospects, including in depth descriptions of our programs and role in environmental advocacy and politics.
  • Participate in high-level planning to help set fundraising, stewardship, and programmatic goals.
  • Design, implement, and grow a planned giving strategy.
  • Work collaboratively with development, communications, and program staff to develop compelling materials and talking points to maximize fundraising results.
  • Ensure donor portfolio records are current with all necessary and pertinent information, and input contacts and actions into donor database in a timely manner. Work with development staff to ensure that pledges are documented, received, and stewarded appropriately.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications

  • Minimum of 5-8 years of experience in fundraising, emphasis in the major donor arena, with a successful track record of closing gifts.
  • Comfortable working independently and as a member of a larger team.
  • Well organized, detail-oriented and have proven experience in securing major gifts.
  • Must be able to prioritize multiple assignments and be able to handle complex tasks in a fast-paced environment.
  • Exceptional verbal communications skills and strong writing skills.
  • Good public speaking skills and the ability to represent CLCV in a variety of settings.
  • Demonstrated strength in relationship cultivation and management.
  • Flexibility with work schedule; this position does require occasional evening and weekend work, as well as travel.
  • Commitment to equity and inclusion as an organizational practice and culture.
  • Experience in environmental advocacy or solicitation of political contributions for federal candidates and/or party committees.
  • Proficiency in Raiser’s Edge or other donor-based software.
  • Knowledge of Planned Giving solicitation strategies and vehicles.
  • Professional and capable of handling confidential information with the utmost discretion.
  • Politically savvy, with a great sense of humor and an eagerness for continued learning.
  • Optimism and a proven interest in politics, passionate about protecting the environment, racial justice and equity, and meaningful social change.

COMPENSATION & BENEFITS

CLCV offers competitive salaries and a generous benefits package, including medical, dental, vision, and disability coverage; a 401(k) retirement program with employer match; discounted pre-tax Commuter Checks for public transit; flexible spending account (FSA) for health care expenses; paid vacation, personal time, and floating holidays; optional life insurance; and employee assistance and travel assistance programs.

TO APPLY

Send cover letter and resume to CLCVjobs@ecovote.org, with the subject header “Major Gifts Officer” No phone calls, please.

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