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(Added 05/08/2020)

Ocean Conservancy
Director of Planned Giving

(Added 05/08/2020)

Position Summary:Integral to senior development leadership, the Director of Planned Giving is responsible for growing Ocean Conservancy’s Planned Giving program – a successful, organizationally-supported, revenue stream which raises $3 million annually. The Planned Giving department encompasses a dynamic planned giving team of four and enjoys close partnerships across Development, Membership, and Finance.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Manages a stellar Planned Giving team who collectively is responsible for thorough estate administration, a robust marketing program, unparalleled donor stewardship, cultivation and solicitation, and the support needed to maintain a high level of efficiency and success.
  • Provides overarching strategic direction to the Planned Giving program and is responsible for its health and growth over the long-term.
  • Works closely with the Vice President of Resource Development and the Senior Director of Development to develop annual plans and supporting budgets for the long-term success of Ocean Conservancy’s mission and vision.
  • Partners with the Director of Individual Philanthropy and the Individual Philanthropy Group to foster a positive and donor-centric experience in all our outreach.
  • Oversees core Planned Giving leadership functions such as:
    • Develop and manage a portfolio of high-level donors and prospects;
    • Cultivate and solicit qualified donors in partnership with other senior staff for transformative giving opportunities;
    • Provide guidance for complicated estate settlements;
    • Audit and explore opportunities to improve on our current stewardship models;
    • Prepare and staff CEO, Senior Staff or Board members for making planned giving donor calls and visits;
    • Actively research and promote testing trends in Planned Gift marketing that could bolster our marketing program;
    • Support the Finance department to ensure impeccable accountability of the planned giving program including upholding our technical, legal and fiduciary integrity.

Required Skills/Qualifications/Experience:

  • At least ten years of experience in estate planning and/or high level development experience required. Experience needed in cultivating donors, explaining planned giving options, and soliciting and closing planned gifts.
  • At least three years of experience managing a diverse, successful multi-person team.
  • Demonstrated ability to successfully plan, organize, direct and control deferred giving activities that have achieved their goals and objectives.
  • Must have excellent communication and be a team player.
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Outlook, Excel and Word.
  • Experience with Raiser’s Edge and planned giving software such as PG Calc, a plus.

Education/Training: B.S./B.A. degree is required.

To Apply:

To be considered for this position, interested candidates must submit a resume and cover letter to and note position title & job number: Director of Planned Giving #20-04 in the subject line.

Ocean Conservancy is an equal opportunity employer and will not discriminate against any employee or applicant on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion, age, sex, handicap, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, or veteran status. Ocean Conservancy is continually seeking to diversify its staff, particularly to broaden opportunities for individuals from demographic groups that are historically underrepresented in the sciences and in environmental advocacy.

Location: Washington, DC
Department: Development (Fundraising)
Reports To: VP, Resource Development
Hours – Full Time

(Added 05/04/2020)

SOME, Inc.
Chief Development Officer

(Added 05/04/2020)

SOME (So Others Might Eat) exists to help homeless and poor individuals and families of Washington, DC. Our more than 30 programs throughout the District provide comprehensive services that lead to mental and physical health, continued sobriety, job training, living-wage employment and affordable housing. We meet immediate needs with food, clothing and healthcare and offer the tools one needs to live with hope, dignity and greater independence.

SOME Inc. is currently seeking a full-time Chief Development Officer for our Development, Marketing and Communications department.

Position OverviewThe Chief Development Officer (CDO) serves on SOME’s Executive Leadership team and is an active participant in strategic decision-making affecting the organization. Working closely with the CEO, this position forges new relationships and sustains and grows current relationships to increase SOME’s financial resources, visibility, and impact. The CDO designs and implements a comprehensive plan and develops key external alliances by cultivating, soliciting and stewarding philanthropic support.

The CDO ensures that the department’s infrastructure supports the annual budget growth of the organization through new, sustained and increased support and collaborates with key team members to secure funding for new initiatives. The CDO’s fundraising-focus is on major gifts and works closely with the CEO and leadership staff to identify, cultivate solicit and steward gifts at high levels of support. The CDO also works closely with a dedicated Corporate Advisory Board, providing opportunities for each member to participate in expanding SOME’s mission.


Required: Bachelor’s Degree in Business/Marketing, Communications, or Social Services; 10+ years of professional experience in a non-profit organization with demonstrated success in meeting and exceeding fundraising goals and managing and establishing relationships with multiple donor sources. Supervisory and leadership experience is a must.

Schedule: Monday-Friday, 8:00 am – 4:30 pm

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Ability to work with non-profit boards and major donor and funding decision makers
  • Ability to lead and mentor a development team
  • In depth knowledge of fundraising and all aspects of development
  • Expertise in strategic planning, evaluation, management and budgeting
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to create financial goals and implement a comprehensive strategic plan to achieve them
  • Ability to positively impact both strategic and tactical fundraising initiatives
  • Demonstrated success expanding donor relationships
  • Demonstrated leadership of a fundraising team
  • Knowledge of implementation of capital campaigns
  • Experience with donor databases and “Moves Management.”
  • Strong organizational and time management skills with exceptional attention to detail
  • Customer focus; donor centric vision
  • Proficient with MS Office, including Word, Excel, Outlook and working knowledge of donor data bases

Expected Contributions:

  • Serve on SOME's Executive Leadership team to participate in making strategic decisions affecting SOME
  • Create financial goals and implement a comprehensive strategic plan to achieve them
  • Prepare annual fundraising budget and monitor fundraising plans and goals to achieve it
  • Provide clear leadership to development program and organization
  • Oversee operation of Corporate Advisory Board to meet mandate and goals
  • Lead by example and operate with the highest level of professionalism
  • Work collaboratively across the organization

Reports to: President

Closing Date: Open Until Filled

To Apply: Go to our career page at and click on the search icon to locate this position. Follow the instructions to complete your on-line application profile to be considered. No phone calls please.

Some Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age, marital status, personal appearance, family responsibilities, genetic information, disability, matriculation, political affiliation, veteran status, or liability for service in the Armed forces of the United States. SOME Inc. is also a Drug-Free Workplace.

(Added 05/04/2020)

Development Assistant

(Added 05/04/2020)

SOME Inc. exists to help the homeless and poor of Washington, DC. With over 30 programs throughout the District of Columbia, we provide a wide spectrum of services to the most vulnerable individuals and families of our city. We strive to provide success paths toward mental and physical health, continued sobriety, job training and employment with a living wage, affordable housing, and ultimately living independently and confidently.

SOME, Inc. is currently seeking a full-time Development Assistant for our Development department. **MUST SUBMIT A COVER LETTER TO BE CONSIDERED**

Position Description: The Development Assistant will support the Development Department with timely stewardship of donors, particularly acknowledging various monetary donations, including major gifts and mid-tier gifts, annual funds contributions, memorial and honorary gifts, and monthly sustainer contributions, as well as stock and automobile transfers.

The Development Assistant will also help to ensure accurate and consistent data input and identify prospects through the preparation of reports on donors' giving histories, department or team performance, and organizational trends, as needed. In addition, the Development Assistant will receive, route, and respond to general inquiries directed to the Development Department by phone and email.


Required: Bachelor's degree and 1+ years of experience in clerical, administration, data management, and customer service; Familiarity with CRM or donor databases.

Schedule: Monday - Friday, 8:00am - 4:30pm (40 hours/week) **Temporary telework schedule in place due to COVID-19** -Must also be flexible with working some evenings, weekends, and holidays.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities Required:

  • Proficient with MS Office, including Word, Excel, Outlook, SharePoint, and adept with mail merges.
  • Strong writing and editing skills, particularly with formal correspondence by letter.
  • Familiarity with CRM or donor database management, experience with EveryAction is a PLUS!
  • Organizational skills with interest in and attention to detail.
  • Excellent customer service skills.
  • Action-oriented.
  • Able to multi-task and be productive despite competing priorities.

Expected Contributions

Fundraising: Update, prepare, coordinate, and archive acknowledgment letters for donors who make gifts of $1000+ transfer off stock of automobiles, and other donations as assigned. Track to ensure that they are sent within 48 hours of gift receipt. Track, fulfill and acknowledge honorary and memorial gifts, offline monthly sustainers, and others requesting annual statements of contributions.

Reports to:Major Gifts Officer

Closing Date:Open Until Filled

To Apply: Go to our career page at and click on the search icon to locate this position. Follow the instructions to complete your on-line application profile to be considered. No phone calls please.

SOME, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age, marital status, personal appearance, family responsibilities, genetic information, disability, matriculation, political affiliation, veteran status, or liability for service in the Armed forces of the United States. SOME Inc. is also a Drug Free Workplace.

(Added 04/08/2020)

Smithsonian Institution
Gift Planning Officer

(Added 04/08/2020)

Come join a team of dedicated staff at an exceptional time in Smithsonian history. With our new Secretary, Lonnie G. Bunch III, who was previously the founding director of the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture, we are positioned to realize our goal of being a truly 21st century museum complex. The Smithsonian Institution is the world's largest museum, education and research complex, comprised of 19 museums and galleries, nine research centers, 21 libraries, the National Zoological Park and more than 200 affiliate museum partners. The Smithsonian is dedicated to its founding mission, “the increase and diffusion of knowledge” and as such we use our resources to encourage curiosity, ignite wonder and spark the joy of learning.

Following the success of the Smithsonian’s first comprehensive capital campaign, the largest ever undertaken by a cultural organization, the Smithsonian has built a model fundraising organization. As we continue to build on our success, the Smithsonian’s Office of Advancement seeks an experienced and creative Gift Planning Officer as a member of its Individual Advancement team. Managing a portfolio of planned giving prospects, the Gift Planning Officer will secure 5-7 figure gifts that contribute toward the Institution’s annual fundraising goals. This front-line fundraising position reports to the Director of Gift Planning.

The Gift Planning Officer will identify, track, cultivate and solicit a portfolio of potential and active planned giving prospects to include the discovery and qualification of new prospects with capacity for planned giving. The incumbent will negotiate the terms of planned giving agreements with donors and their advisors while adhering to the Institution’s policy and subject to approval of the appropriate Institution staff. S/he will support senior leadership with research, briefing documents, and strategy development for the engagement of planned giving prospects. S/he will provide coaching and support to gift officers across the Smithsonian and contribute to building a culture of planned and blended gifts. Extensive travel is required as part of this position.

The successful candidate will possess strong leadership and communications skills, and a track record in building relationships with individual donors. Progressive fundraising experience, experience with diverse constituents, and ability to close major and blended gifts should be demonstrated in your application. This position requires knowledge of and experience with the complexities of gift planning (i.e. financial planning, estate planning, tax laws, wills, trusts, etc.) Candidates must have strong organizational and communication skills, and the initiative and ability to work independently. Experience in complex higher education or a large cultural organization is preferred.

The Office of Advancement oversees and guides the fundraising efforts of the entire Smithsonian and is home to the central development organization for the Institution. In addition to raising significant support for a variety of pan-institutional initiatives, the Office of Advancement provides support to advancement offices across the Institution. The Gift Planning team collaborates with staff throughout the Smithsonian to help accomplishing their goals.

The Smithsonian offers a competitive salary and a comprehensive benefits package. To learn more about us, visit This is not a Federal Position but has similar requirements and benefits. Interested candidates should submit their resumes and cover letter to by April 30, 2020. Please include the position title in your e-mail subject line. Resumes should include a description of your paid and non-paid work experience that is related to this job; starting and ending dates of job (Month and year); and average number of hours worked per week.

The Smithsonian Institution is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. Candidates of all backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

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