Senior Manager Of Major Gifts

In this new role, the Senior Manager of Major Gifts will collaborate with the Development Team to grow our major giving base, design strategies for meaningful donor engagement that are aligned with our values, and help build out our development infrastructure.

Common Justice develops and advances solutions to violence that transform the lives of those harmed and foster racial equity without relying on incarceration. Locally, the project operates the first alternative to incarceration and victim service program in the United States to focus on violent felonies in the adult courts. Nationally, it leverages the lessons from its direct service to transform the justice system through partnerships, advocacy, and elevating the experience and power of those most impacted. Rigorous and hopeful, Common Justice builds practical strategies to hold people accountable for harm, break cycles of violence, and secure safety, healing, and justice for survivors and their communities.


  • Refining and implementing Common Justice’s major giving and overall donor relations strategy in collaboration with the Senior Manager of Development, Director of Development, and Executive Director
  • Identifying donors with major giving capacity and developing strategies to increase their commitments
  • Conducting research on new prospective donors and existing midlevel donors and maintaining list of prospects in DonorSearch
  • Building meaningful relationships with donors and bringing a community-centric approach to donor engagement
  • Planning and managing donor stewardship events in partnership with Communications
  • Crafting appeals, renewals, and other supporting materials for major donors
  • Collaborating with the Director of Development and Senior Manager of Development to build out Common Justice’s fundraising infrastructure
  • Supporting the Senior Manager of Development and Director of Development in co-facilitating the internal Mobilizing Resources Working Group, which offers fundraising peer learning sessions for non-Development staff and helps design fundraising strategies


  • 3+ years of experience in fundraising, particularly in working with major donors in all aspects of the donor engagement cycle. Experience with community-centric fundraising and resource mobilization approaches is a plus
  • Track record of maintaining and growing major donor portfolios
  • Strong commitment to social justice. Working knowledge about structural inequities and how they impact fundraising is a plus
  • Demonstrated ability to build relationships and trust across diverse life experiences and backgrounds
  • Comfort building a new fundraising program within a small team. Resourcefulness and creativity in building right-sized approaches a plus
  • Experience using donor management systems and maintaining accurate records. The ideal candidate will be a strong thought partner to the Director of Development in building out our CRM for donor management
  • Strong understanding of and respect for boundaries. The ideal candidate will partner with the Director of Development in cultivating a balanced work environment within the team and with donors
  • Strong written and oral communication skills. The ideal candidate will be able to write clear and compelling copy, represent Common Justice in a variety of settings, and articulate our nuanced framework about solutions to violence without relying on incarceration with donors
  • Strong project management skills and attention to detail. A meticulous eye for detail combined with the ability to let things be good enough rather than perfect when needed is a plus
  • Formerly incarcerated people strongly encouraged to apply

To Apply

Salary is commensurate with experience within Common Justice’s pay range of $71,000 - $77,000 for a Senior Manager level position. A competitive benefits package is provided, including medical, dental, life, long-term disability insurance, retirement 401(k), and substantial vacation.

Please submit a resume, writing sample(s), and cover letter indicating where you found this position to [email protected]. Please include “Senior Manager of Major Gifts” in the subject line of your email.

Common Justice is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will be considered for employment without unlawful discrimination based on race, color, creed, national origin, sex, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, military status, prior record of arrest or conviction, citizenship status, or current employment status. Common Justice values diverse experiences, including educational background and justice system involvement. We depend on a diverse staff to carry out our mission.

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  • Deanna Norcross
    published this page in Careers 2022-01-31 19:17:16 -0500