Major Gifts Officer

Facing History & Ourselves – New York


Major Gifts Officer


Facing History & Ourselves – New York


New York, NY


Founded as a grassroots organization in 1976, Facing History and Ourselves is a global education non-profit organization that challenges teachers and their students to stand up to bigotry and hate. Facing History transforms required lessons in history into inspired lessons in humanity. Facing History is creating the next generation of leaders who will build a world based on knowledge and compassion, the foundation for more democratic, equitable, and just societies. Today, Facing History is an international organization with 175 staff, an annual budget of nearly $40M and offices across the US, in Canada, and London that together serve a network of over 400,000 implementing educators reaching millions of students each year. The NY Office was founded over 25 years ago and serves over 15,000 educators across the greater New York City metropolitan area. To learn more about the organization and its values, please visit the Facing History and Ourselves website.


The New York region of Facing History and Ourselves is seeking a motivated and collaborative Major Gifts Officer (MGO) who will play a critical role in continuing to build and develop Facing History’s base of supporters in the NY region. Joining a worldwide development team of over 30 people in nine regions, the MGO reports to the Director of Development of the New York office. They will partner with Facing History’s organizational leadership and learn from colleagues across the network as they share effective fundraising strategies and best practices. Facing History’s success depends on clear communication, teamwork, and organization.

The MGO will partner with the local development leadership and volunteers to meet and exceed the ambitious fundraising goals for New York, currently set at approximately $6 million annually.

Key responsibilities include:

  • Qualify, cultivate, solicit, and steward a portfolio of current and prospective individual donors with the potential to give at the $10k+level.
  • Partner closely with the central prospect research and stewardship teams to identify new donors with major gift potential.
  • Engage targeted constituencies through programs and activities that deepen donor connection and revenue growth, including a major annual gala (Spring 2023) as well as other fundraising, cultivation, and stewardship events and strategies.
  • Work with the Executive Director and the Director of Development to support volunteer outreach, fundraising, and cultivation.
  • Manage board sub-committees as assigned.
  • Work closely with the Manager of Stewardship, Events, and Communications (Manager) to develop and implement a meaningful stewardship and events calendar including occasional evening and weekend activities.
  • Craft effective written communications including acknowledgements, proposals, and other collateral in partnership with the Manager and others. 
  • Participate as part of a local and national/international team to carry out the organization’s fundraising strategy in the New York region.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


The successful candidate will be a passionate advocate for social justice and education, and a dynamic, organized, and ambitious fundraiser. The MGO will be excited about building relationships and bringing their experience and unique perspective to make the Facing History team stronger. Specifically, the MGO will bring:

  • A minimum of five (5) years of fundraising experience, including donor cultivation, stewardship, and solicitation. Minimum of three (3) years of demonstrated frontline solicitation work and past success securing major gifts for a worthy cause.
  • Strong knowledge of moves management and demonstrated ability to successfully develop and implement short, medium, and long-term donor engagement strategies.
  • Confident and engaging relationship-building skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, strong verbal and written communication skills, discretion, and experience building relationships with donors, volunteer leaders, and board members.
  • Excitement around building a pipeline of donors and prospects. 
  • Familiarity with the New York philanthropic and educational landscape.
  • Creativity and flexibility – a self-starter who thrives in a team environment, bringing both strong collaboration skills and independent initiative.
  • Organization and effective project management skills with the ability to manage multiple priorities and assignments in a fast-paced nonprofit setting.
  • Genuine commitment to the mission of Facing History and Ourselves and ability to articulate the importance and urgency of the organization’s work to a variety of audiences. 
  • Lived experiences, cultural competence, and work experience within marginalized communities is highly valued.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office and Google office suite; experience with Salesforce or other fundraising databases required.

Facing History understands that restrictive job requirements may exclude historically marginalized groups from applying to jobs for which they are qualified. We take an equitable and holistic screening approach. If you feel you have demonstrated experience and expertise relevant to perform this role, please don’t hesitate to apply!

COMPENSATION:  The Major Gifts Officer role is a full-time position with a competitive salary of $100K-$120K commensurate with experience.

HOW TO APPLY: Submit a resume and cover letter in confidence here.

BENEFITS:  In addition to meaningful and rewarding work, Facing History provides an excellent and competitive compensation and benefits package including medical with a health reimbursement account, dental, vision, life & AD&D, long-term & short-term disability insurance, 403(B) retirement plan with a discretionary organizational contribution, generous paid time off, an employee assistance program, travel assistance plan, pre-tax commuter spending accounts, flexible spending accounts, voluntary Colonial Life group plans, robust wellness programs through Welnys TV, aHealthyMe & weekly virtual yoga and meditation, WellCents 403(B) advisement, and a friendly work environment.

Facing History values a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture: We encourage applications from all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, veteran status and record of arrest or conviction, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law. We are an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.

Facing History’s Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: At Facing History, we honor and value the uniqueness of each and every human being. Our strength as an organization that provides and distributes educational content and pedagogy to teachers across the globe is directly tied to our diversity of staff, leadership, educators, students, scholars, and volunteers. Our commitment is to treat individuals with dignity and to build and maintain a community of full participation, inclusive of the voices, needs, and contributions of all. As an organization, we are deeply aware of the legacies of injustices that persist in society and in the workplace, and we value and promote diversity, equity, and inclusion in their association with excellence. 

Hybrid Work Model: Beginning in July 2022, Facing History and Ourselves transitioned to a hybrid work model allowing staff flexibility in both schedules and work locations. This model was developed thoughtfully and with cross-organizational input and we continue our work to intentionally foster a culture that combines the best of our pre-pandemic community with the benefits of working remotely. This particular position is attached to the New York office and requires a minimum number of in-person and in-office work as needed, but will otherwise work from home, though you may access an office workspace whenever needed. Some travel required. 

Covid Protocol at Facing History: At Facing History and Ourselves, we require all employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 including any boosters required to be “up-to-date” per current CDC guidelines. All new employees must provide proof of vaccination on their first day of employment. Requests for medical or religious exemptions should be directed to our Sr. Director, Human Resources.