Director, Major Giving and Campaigns

Job Locations
US-NY-New York | US-CT
Regular, Full-Time
Job Category
New York
Additional Location : State/Province


The National Audubon Society is a nonprofit conservation organization that protects birds and the places they need, today and tomorrow. We work throughout the Americas using science, advocacy, education, and on-the-ground conservation. Audubon’s state, regional, national, and international programs, nature centers, and chapters have an unparalleled wingspan that reaches millions of people each year to inform, inspire, and unite diverse communities in conservation action. As a sentinel species, we recognize that the fate of birds is inextricably tied to the fate of us all.


Audubon has more than 700 staff working across the United States and seven countries in 17 state and regional offices, 41 nature centers, and 23 wildlife sanctuaries. Together as one Audubon, we aspire to alter the course of climate change and habitat loss, leading to healthier bird populations and reversing current trends in biodiversity loss.


Audubon is committed to a culture of workplace excellence, where our talented and diverse staff are deeply engaged, with a strong sense of belonging. The birds Audubon pledges to protect differ in color, size, behavior, geographical preference, and countless other ways. By honoring and celebrating the equally remarkable diversity of the human species, Audubon will bring new creativity, effectiveness, and leadership to our work throughout the hemisphere.

Position Summary

Essential Functions

• Qualify current and prospective donors to develop an active portfolio of 75 – 100 people capable of making major gift level commitments (defined as giving a minimum of $10,000 annually).
• Create and implement personalized cultivation/briefing/ask strategies for all assigned prospects, based on philanthropic focus to enhance philanthropic giving to Audubon.
• Coordinate and guide program leaders and volunteers to help them effectively carry out their responsibilities related to fundraising.
• Fully brief volunteers, executives, and program staff for all interactions withdonors, including research information, goals of meeting and talking points.
• Regularly review portfolio and planned strategies with VP, Development, conservation professionals, and others to align prospects interests with emerging priorities.
• Develop prospect pipeline and continually strive to identify and engage new donors.
• Develop and maintain a deep knowledge of local, state, and national priority projects and core initiatives.
• Manage regional fundraising team and help advance the skills of other fundraising staff.
• Using the fundraising database (Salesforce), create and record timely reports on all donor interactions.
• Help achieve specific fundraising goals for assigned areas of focus.
• Help in the identification of new local, state, and national board members.
• Adhere to the highest ethical standards, demonstrate empathetic disposition and perseverance, reflect optimistic and positive attitude, and convey sensitivity to the needs of donors.

Qualifications and Experience


EEO Statement

The National Audubon Society is a federal contractor and an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE). All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status. We are committed to a policy of nondiscrimination, inclusion and equal opportunity and actively seek a diverse pool of candidates in this search.

Accessibility Statement

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COVID Policy

All new hires must be fully vaccinated prior to their start of employment unless they are pre-qualified by HR for exemption.


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