Director of Major Gifts

Director of Major Gifts
National Center for Learning Disabilities
Headquarters: 32 Laight Street, Floor 2, New York, NY 10013
DC Office: 1220 L St. NW, Suite 815, Washington, D.C., 20005

Reports to: Senior Director, Strategic Growth
Team: Development
Status: Full Time

Organization Overview:
The National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD) works to improve the lives of the one in five individuals with learning and attention issues by empowering parents and young adults, transforming schools and creating policy and advocacy impact.  We envision a society in which every individual who struggles to learn possesses the academic, social and emotional skills needed to succeed in school, at work and in life.

Position Overview:
The Director of Major Gifts is responsible for advancing philanthropic support from individuals to build a robust base of major gift ($10,000+) support for NCLD. S/he is an integral member of the development team and works closely with the Senior Director, Strategic Growth and NCLD leadership to develop and execute the organization’s short- and long-term fundraising strategies for high-level individual giving. This position is based in New York City.

Key Responsibilities

  • Manage portfolio of high-net worth major gift donors and prospects.
  • Create fundraising goals for each potential donor in his or her caseload based on the donor’s history of giving and the organization’s knowledge of that donor’s potential.
  • Develop a plan for each donor that will include communications and engagement strategies. Consistently execute on these plans in a timely fashion in order to attract, retain, and upgrade donors.
  • Collaborate with NCLD leadership, board members, and prospect researcher to strategically identify new prospective donors. Create donor profiles as needed.
  • Maintain strong relationships with existing major donors, ensuring frequent touch points.
  • Serve as a support to NCLD’s board of directors, by facilitating their engagement in NCLD events and being responsive to their requests.
  • Spearhead efforts to identify and cultivate new potential board members.
  • Offer strategic guidance to NCLD leadership and board members, such as preparing them for donor meetings.
  • Participate in the creation and execution of small, exclusive cultivation events to deepen relationships with current major donors and engage new prospective donors.
  • Oversee Special Events consultant to ensure successful Annual Benefit and other events, as needed.
  • Work closely with development team members to develop compelling messaging, track progress toward revenue goals, and implement data-driven fundraising strategies.
  • Update workflow and donor communications in the team’s donor database.
  • Ensure accurate information is captured in major donor profiles and their contributions are consistently and thoughtfully recognized.
  • Collaborate with leadership and program teams to determine areas in need of fundraising support; stay informed on NCLD’s programming in order to facilitate meaningful outreach to donors.
  • Perform other duties as required.


  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Minimum five years of experience as major gifts officer.
  • Demonstrated success in strategically identifying, cultivating and soliciting new prospects for major gifts ($10,000+).
  • Experience in supporting and promoting the engagement of nonprofit board members.
  • Ability to understand the needs and interests of the organization, and make meaningful connections between NCLD leadership and prospective donors.
  • Enthusiasm and facility for relationship building and interpersonal interactions.
  • Excellent listening, verbal and written communication skills, including the ability to speak compellingly about our mission.
  • Ability to stay organized and demonstrate persistence, in order to consistently follow through on long-term strategy.
  • Ability to work collaboratively and productively with diverse groups of people to achieve common goals.
  • Familiarity with donor databases.
  • Strong work ethic and high standards for personal and professional excellence.
  • Ability to maintain a high level of confidentiality and discretion.
  • Sense of humor; positive attitude.
  • Passion and commitment to NCLD’s mission.
  • Ability to work flexible hours, work weekends, and travel nationally (10%), as needed.

To Apply 

Please upload a resume and thoughtful cover letter, outlining how your skills and experience meet the qualifications of the position and stating how you heard about this opportunity, both in Word format, addressed to Catrin Davies, Senior Director, Strategic Growth at:

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

The National Center for Learning Disabilities is an equal opportunity employer and considers all applications without regard to race, color, religion, creed, gender, national origin, age, disability, marital or veteran status, sexual orientation, or any other legally protected status.

For additional information on the organization, please visit their website at

For additional information on learning and attention issues, including ADD/ADHD, dyslexia, dyscalculia, dysgraphia, dyspraxia, executive functioning issues, nonverbal learning disabilities, processing issues and more, please visit

About Commongood Careers

National Center for Learning Disabilities has partnered with Commongood Careers to conduct the search for a Director of Major Gifts. Commongood Careers is a mission-driven search firm that supports the hiring needs of high-impact nonprofits. With an approach that leverages robust talent networks, recruitment and search management expertise, and a deep understanding of our clients’ missions and cultures, we help organizations secure the talent they need to create greater social impact. Since our founding in 2005, Commongood Careers has led more than 700 searches at 275 organizations in 33 states, making us one of the most experienced and dedicated nonprofit search firms in the country. Learn more about nonprofit job opportunities at Commongood Careers.




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