Major Gift Officer – West Coast

About Trout Unlimited

Trout Unlimited is a national organization with 300,000 members and supporters organized into over 400 chapters and councils nationwide. These dedicated grassroots volunteers are matched by a respected staff of organizers, lawyers, policy experts, and scientists, who work out of more than 45 offices across the country. Our mission is to conserve, protect, and restore North America's cold-water fisheries and their watersheds.

Position Summary

The Major Gift Officer works closely with a multi-disciplinary team across the organization in creating and implementing strategies for the ongoing identification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of a portfolio of major gift prospects. S/He discusses assets proficiently and listens for opportunities for gifts of assets or other non-cash gifts, such as planned gifts or otherwise. S/He provides opportunity for donors to receive recognition and increase future giving opportunities. S/He understands and complies with Trout Unlimited's gift acceptance policies, procedures, and associated development protocols. S/He collaborates and engages with fundraising partners throughout the organization, including board, senior staff and volunteer leadership, to advance relationships with prospects and supporters. The position may have supervisory responsibilities, and is to be located on the West Coast.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Manage a West Coast portfolio of 100-150 major donors in support of Trout Unlimited's conservation and program work, including recruiting new major donors within the territory.
  • Cultivate and steward assigned donors, and identify, qualify and disqualify major donor prospects.
  • Cultivate and steward assigned Coldwater Conservation Fund donors, and maximize their individual engagement, as well as their philanthropic potential.
  • Work with fundraising partners, including staff and volunteer leadership, to execute engagement opportunities with major donors (project visits, fishing trips, events, etc.).
  • Work closely with conservation and program staff to understand the program needs and priorities.
  • Lead project fundraising initiatives and campaigns within the assigned territory, or as otherwise determined.
  • Frequent travel required (30-50%) along the West Coast, including Alaska.
  • May involve supervisory responsibility.

This is not and all-inclusive list of duties and responsibilities.


  • Bachelor's degree.
  • Interest and passion for conservation and angling, strongly preferred.
  • Minimum 5 years of major gift experience closing 6 & 7-figure outright and planned gifts, or an equivalent combination of related experience and education.
  • Experience in managing and tracking multiple prospects and donors.
  • Excellent writing skills required, with experience writing proposals or grants.
  • Knowledge of planned giving vehicles preferred.
  • Experience in building long term authentic relationships with constituents.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, including the ability to positively influence and persuade.
  • Ability to work independently, as well as in a geographically-dispersed team environment.
  • Excellent written, oral and interpersonal skills; must be able to interact and communicate with individuals at all levels of the organization.
  • Innovative thinker, with a track record for problem solving and developing action plans and managing output.
  • Must be able to adapt to a dynamic and growth-oriented culture.
  • Supervisory experience preferred.

How to Apply

Please send a letter of interest and resume to Rod Vogel, VP & Chief Development Officer, at Please use "MGO Position" in the email subject line. No calls please.

Position will remain open until filled.

TU is an Equal Employment Opportunity & Affirmative Action Employer pursuant to Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act & Vietnam Era Veterans Readjustment Assistance Act.

TU hires staff without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, gender, sexual orientation, marital status or disability.

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