Sierra Club Major Gifts Officer

Sierra Club

About the organization

The Sierra Club is the most enduring and influential grassroots environmental organization in the United States. We amplify the power of our 3.5+ million members and supporters to defend everyone’s right to a healthy world.


The Sierra Club is hiring an Advancement Director for the Midwest, based in Chicago, to steward philanthropists and foundations in a 12-state region with capacity to give $100,000 or more at one of the most critical times in our history. If you have experience thoughtfully connecting with people around their values--as well as interest in Sierra Club’s role addressing climate change, protecting public lands, water, and wildlife; and getting people outdoors--you would be a welcome and valued addition to our team. Successful candidates will demonstrate a personal commitment to equity, inclusion, and justice and be adept at working collaboratively and managing time effectively to support Sierra Club’s statewide and national campaigns. For all the details and to apply, click here.


Three years of experience in development and major gift fundraising, including a strong background in the cultivation and solicitation of five and six-figure gifts to nonprofit organizations or similar equivalent experience.
Demonstrated effectiveness and ability to meet fundraising goals
Excellent written and oral communication skills.
Ability to partner productively with a variety of staff, volunteers, donors, and prospects.
Ability to prioritize and meet deadlines, to use tact and diplomacy in dealing with confidential and sensitive matters, and ability to work well with diverse groups of people.
Proficiency with fundraising database applications (Salesforce a plus), MS Word, Excel, and PowerPoint to build effective, compelling marketing and communications pieces.
Experience integrating equity and inclusion initiatives into fundraising plans.
Highly motivated and disciplined.
Valid driver’s license, satisfactory driving record, and proof of auto insurance required
20% travel required.

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