amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research

TITLE:                     Major Gifts Officer

DEPARTMENT:      Philanthropy

LOCATION:            New York



Identify, cultivate, and solicit major individual gifts ($5,000 and up) from current and prospective donors. Create and implement a comprehensive, multi-year major gifts campaign to support amfAR’s research and programs.


  • Cultivate new and existing major donors and solicit major gifts.
  • Work with the Manager of Prospect Research to identify individual major gift prospects.
  • Work with the Philanthropy and Special Events staff to move existing donors to higher giving levels, create new fundraising initiatives, and develop appropriate solicitation materials.
  • Maintain strong relationships with programs' staff to anticipate funding needs and develop funding goals and strategies.
  • Create short- and long-term strategies and outreach plans for the major gifts campaign; prepare detailed fundraising progress reports for the Director of Philanthropy.
  • Lead one-on-one solicitations, and coordinate key staff in the cultivation and solicitation of major gifts.
  • Coordinate major gifts activities with amfAR's overall plans and strategies, in particular, the efforts of the Special Events department, and the Public Information program.
  • Perform other job-related duties as assigned by the Director of Philanthropy or the Vice President and Director of Development.
  • Plan and execute major donor fundraising and cultivation events.
  • Other duties as assigned.


Bachelor’s degree. Three to five years fundraising experience, including three years experience developing or managing a successful major gifts campaign in a similar environment. Excellent interpersonal, written, and oral communication skills a must. Must possess superior ability to communicate cure focused scientific work in a compelling and persuasive message with empathy and heart. Must be outgoing,confident, and copmfortable in a variety of social situations. Proven track record of ability to close required. Proficiency in Microsoft Office and fundraising software, preferably Salesforce, required. Knowledge of the healthcare field and AIDS-related issues is desired. Opportunity for some travel.

Interested applicants should forward their resume, cover letter and salary requirements to

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer.

No agencies please.