Title: Major Gifts Officer
Supervisor: Managing Director, Development
Location: Oakland, CA
Last Day to Apply: Applications will be reviewed immediately and will be accepted until the position is filled.
Drug Policy Alliance
The Drug Policy Alliance is the leading organization in the U.S. promoting alternatives to the war on drugs. We envision a just society in which the use and regulation of drugs are grounded in science, compassion, health, and human rights; in which people are no longer punished for what they put into their own bodies but only for crimes against others; and in which the fears, prejudices, and punitive prohibitions of today are no more. Our mission is to advance those policies and attitudes that best reduce the harms of both drug misuse and drug prohibition, and to promote the sovereignty of individuals over their minds and bodies.
While we address the wide range of social, political, and economic issues touched by the war on drugs, nearly all of our efforts fall under three substantive issue areas: ending the criminalization of people who use, possess, or sell small amounts of drugs; replacing marijuana prohibition with a sensible system of regulation and taxation; and ensuring access to effective, evidence-based health interventions for people struggling with problems related to drug misuse. We approach this work with an emphasis on undoing racism and supporting the communities most devastated by the war on drugs.
In the last 15 years, DPA has expanded from its New York headquarters to include eight offices, 70-plus staff, an annual operating budget of approximately $15 million, 35,000 dues-paying members, and more than 300,000 online subscribers. We have a solid track record of success at the local, state, and federal levels and consistent visibility in prominent media and policy circles. For more information, visit our website at www.drugpolicy.org.
In collaboration with the Managing Director of Development, the Major Gifts Officer will provide strategic leadership to grow DPA’s West Coast major gifts program and will be responsible for the identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of $20,000+ gifts. The Drug Policy Alliance’s development department is based in New York and has a team of eight, including this position.
Building upon the current individual fundraising program, the Major Gifts Officer will design and implement a comprehensive campaign to grow DPA’s universe of major donors on the West Coast. The Major Gifts Officer is responsible for the following:
We are looking for a talented, experienced fundraising professional with the spirit of an entrepreneur. They must be a great speaker and storyteller, a strong and fast writer, a thoughtful and empathetic listener, and organized, methodical, and relentless. Our ideal candidate has a depth of knowledge in relevant social justice work, such as drug policy, criminal justice, human rights, or civil rights, with a strong understanding of and attention to racial justice.
Skills and experience:
Terms of Employment
This position requires the candidate to live in the Bay Area. Telecommuting will not be allowed. Some travel required.
DPA offers a competitive salary and benefits package, including health, dental, long-term disability and life insurance, a generous 403(b) plan, and 25 days paid time off.
Please send a cover letter, résumé, salary requirements, and a brief writing sample to email@example.com. No phone calls, please. We will only contact candidates who are under consideration.
Please include the following in the subject line: “Last Name, First Name – Major Gifts Officer”.
Email submissions are preferred, but if you have a good reason for doing so, applications can be submitted by mail to:
Human Resources Manager
Re: Major Gifts Officer
Drug Policy Alliance
131 West 33th Street, 15th Floor
New York, NY 10001
The Drug Policy Alliance is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Women, people of color, people with disabilities, and formerly incarcerated people are encouraged to apply. We are particularly interested in hiring those who have been adversely affected by the war on drugs.