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Major Gifts Officer, East Coast

 Major Gifts Officer, East Coast

Inspire Super Humans to Support Our Superhuman Task: Transforming the Food System 

The Good Food Institute (GFI) is on the forefront of the movement to use food technology and markets to solve some of the world’s biggest problems, from climate change and global hunger to antibiotic resistance and the exploitation of billions of farm animals annually. As a nonprofit, our work is only possible thanks to the support of a large community of passionate supporters. GFI’s Major Gifts Officer, East Coast will be the primary liaison between GFI and our leading individual and foundation supporters on the eastern half of the country. By inspiring their generosity, your work will directly impact how quickly we can transform the global food system with the latest innovations in plant-based and clean meat, eggs, and dairy.

How You Will Make a Difference

GFI is 100% supported by philanthropy, and currently, most of our funding is comprised of leadership donations. As our Major Gifts Officer, you will be responsible for securing the essential funds that power our work to transform animal agriculture, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, conserve natural resources, and prevent animal suffering on a massive scale by:
  • Leading all aspects of GFI’s Major Gift Program, including cultivation, fundraising, and stewardship events, as part of a small and growing Development Team.
  • Building strong, meaningful, long-term relationships with our leading individual and foundation donors, working closely with the ED and program staff to maintain and expand donors' support.
  • Developing and executing creative strategies to expand our major donor base, ensuring that we have a robust prospect pipeline.
  • Preparing and executing moves management plans for all donors in your portfolio and meeting monthly performance metrics.
  • Crafting and presenting creative funding proposals, identifying new and unique opportunities for fundraising growth, and preparing compelling personalized progress reports.
Who We’re Looking For

We are seeking smart, thoughtful, and creative self-starters who want to push back against climate change, transform industrialized animal agriculture, and develop healthy and humane foods that are accessible to everyone. GFI staff enjoy high levels of autonomy and must be self-motivated, work well both independently and in concert with a larger group, and be comfortable working with a rapidly evolving and growing team.

This Major Gifts Officer must have: 
  • A bachelor's degree.
  • A minimum of five years of previous development experience, including two years in a major gifts officer capacity
  • An upbeat, engaging personality that will attract new supporters to invest in our mission and the ability to consistently motivate current donors to maintain and increase their support. 
  • A natural ability to build rapport with people from all walks of life.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • The capacity to work independently and effectively under the pressure of constant deadlines.
  • Enthusiasm for GFI’s mission.
  • Adherence to a plant-based lifestyle. 
  • The willingness and ability to travel extensively throughout the U.S., with frequent evening and weekend work. 

This is a remote position, with a preference for New York City, Washington D.C., or another major metro area on the East Coast. (If you are on the West Coast, please see our listing for Major Gifts Officer, West Coast.) We seek a candidate who is willing and able to travel extensively throughout the U.S., with frequent evening and weekend work.

Enjoy working from home, full medical coverage, optional dental and vision packages, a 401(k) retirement plan, flexible holiday and vacation plans, room for advancement, respectful managers, and supportive colleagues at The Good Food Institute!

(Please Note: We are only able to consider applicants who are citizens or permanent residents of the United States, or who already possess a United States Worker Visa. All applicants must live in the United States.)

Application Deadline: Friday, March 30

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement: Women, people of color, people with disabilities, and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. In compliance with applicable laws and in furtherance of its commitment to fostering an environment that welcomes and embraces diversity, the Good Food Institute does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, pregnancy, genetic information, marital status, amnesty, or status as a covered veteran. GFI complies with applicable federal, state, and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the organization operates. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training.

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