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Pacific Research Institute

Major Gifts Officer (Southern California)

  • Type: Full-Time
  • Discipline: Development
  • Location: Virtual
  • Application Deadline: July 31, 2020


Pacific Research Institute is hiring a full-time Major Gifts Officer who will be responsible for identifying, cultivating, and soliciting major gifts. The successful candidate will manage a comprehensive portfolio of individual donors and major donor prospects primarily located in California. The Officer will be expected to conduct regular personal meetings with donors and donor prospects and make solicitations, focusing on gifts in the five and six-figure range.

Ideally the Officer will be on the road for meetings and events 50% of the time. The candidate’s location in Southern California will impact what percentage of the travel will require over-night or multi-day travel. The Officer will work closely with the President and CEO, Vice President of Development, development and events staff, other outside contractors, and other PRI personnel to ensure that PRI grows its donor base and meets its annual fundraising goals.

Some of the Officer’s responsibilities will include: 

The Officer will be based in PRI’s Pasadena office. Exceptional candidates working virtually from Southern California will also be considered.


The ideal candidate will possess a bachelor’s degree and 3-5 years of experience working in nonprofit development or a field with similar transferable skills. Most importantly, the ideal candidate should have a work history that demonstrates keen intelligence, success in managing multiple projects simultaneously, a high degree of personal initiative and conscientiousness, excellent organizational skills, and superb interpersonal skills.

Candidates should have familiarity with computer software and database programs (Raiser’s Edge experience is a plus), be an excellent communicator (both written and verbal), a fast learner, and a self-starter who accomplishes tasks and makes consistent progress on projects with minimal supervision. The candidate must take personal ownership of a portfolio of individual donors and will be responsible for cultivating and soliciting. The candidate will be able to work well with others, multitask and prioritize, and remain both pleasant and sane in a fast-paced environment. Other qualifications include the ability to travel and participate in evening and weekend events.

Ultimately, the ideal candidate should be committed to the mission of PRI and be able to represent the Institute, its mission, programs, and research before diverse audiences.


This job can be virtual.

How to apply

To apply, qualified candidates should submit the following application materials:

  • Resume
  • Cover letter detailing: 1) your interest in the position/the mission of the organization, and 2) your salary requirements
  • A list of three references with contact information

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