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Native Americans in Philanthropy is dedicated to increasing and nurturing Indigenous representation in the philanthropic sector. With that in mind, the opportunities on our Job Board fit one of the following criteria:    

  1. The position is within a philanthropic or nonprofit organization 
  2. The position itself is philanthropic in nature and/or focuses on roles essential to or valued by the philanthropic sector i.e. fundraising, grantmaking, gift processing or development, donor relations, nonprofit management and/or administration, social justice, equity, conservation, etc.  

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NOTE: Positions marked as "Featured" are either Native-focused roles or based at organizations focused on Native communities.

AVP, Principal and Major Gifts

Environmental Defense Fund California $200,000+
Fundraising/Development Full Time

Job Details

Overall Function

The Associate Vice President, Principal & Major Gifts provides strategic guidance and leadership for EDF’s individual fundraising program, including oversight and direction on major funder strategies, proposals, and reports, internal and external relationships and communications, and operational processes. This role reports to the Vice President, Principal & Major Gifts. 


Key Responsibilities

  1. Serve as a senior leader on the Principal & Major Gifts team (MG), partnering closely with the VP on all aspects of team management; thought partnership on strategic relationship management for top donors; and interfacing with EDF programs and departments to ensure smooth and timely information flow and working relationships.
  2. Provide leadership to MG team, including but not limited to principal and senior principal gifts officers; mentor staff and help build senior staff leadership skills.
  3. Plan, design, and execute strategies for maintaining and ultimately increasing the revenue generated from donors in a portfolio with a concentration on seven and eight figure gifts.
  4. Evaluate MG team strategies, processes, output, communication, and performance on an ongoing basis, and identify and implement improvements as needed.
  5. Provide overall quality assurance across top solicitations, $1M+ proposals, reports, and strategy documents, ensuring that deliverables are donor focused with compelling program strategy.
  6. Carry out special strategic projects that add value for the department or the organization.
  7. Participate in advancing EDF’s diversity, equity, and inclusion goals, in which people from all backgrounds and experiences feel connected, included, and empowered to address environmental and organizational challenges in alignment with EDF values.



  1. 15+ years of relevant development experience in one or more of the following areas: individual giving, major gifts, or operational/business planning and a Bachelor's degree required. A Master's degree may substitute for up to 2 years of experience.
  2. Experience managing individuals and teams while inspiring strong performance and professional growth.
  3. Strong leadership, interpersonal, analytical, people and project management skills. 
  4. Ability to oversee and execute a complex set of projects with time-sensitive deliverables.
  5. Works well independently and collaboratively as a part of multidisciplinary teams across multiple time zones.
  6. Superb written and verbal communication skills. 
  7. Demonstrated commitment to a high level of confidentiality.
  8. Excellent attention to detail, thoroughness, and accuracy.
  9. Strong computer skills, particularly with Word, Excel and donor database software packages. 
  10. Demonstrated self-awareness, cultural competency and inclusivity, and ability to work with colleagues and stakeholders across diverse cultures and backgrounds.
  11. Knowledge of environmental issues a plus.
  12. Ability and willingness to travel for donor and team meetings as needed and to work across time zones effectively.

We offer a strong total rewards package encompassing competitive salary, robust benefits, and professional development opportunities consistent with a modern global organization. We take into account factors such as candidate experience, skills, training, internal team equity and local norms.

Please note that pay ranges are country specific. As a result, the stated currency is not meant be converted into any other currency.

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