San Francisco

Leadership Gifts Manager

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The Leadership Gifts Manager is responsible for coordination and management of the NatureBridge capital campaign, as well as growing overall capacity for high-level gifts to the organization. This position partners with others on a 10 member development team and organizational leadership to deepen the prospective donor pipeline, cultivate top donors, shape donor stewardship efforts and maintain accurate and up-to-date information on donors and prospects. 

The NatureBridge capital campaign will magnify the organization’s impact through investments to double the capacity of the National Environmental Science Center in Yosemite, establish scholarship and endowment funds to provide access to nature for all children, and make significant capital improvements at NatureBridge’s campuses in three other National Park locations. Campaign strategy, policy and leadership have been established. NatureBridge seeks a talented development leader to manage campaign activity in partnership with the Chief Executive Officer, Chief Development Officer and campaign volunteer leadership.

The Leadership Gifts Manager will report to the Chief Development Officer and support the fundraising activity of leadership and board members across the organization. 

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

  • Manage all campaign activity and day-to-day strategy from the principal gifts phase to completion.
  • Prepare and implement appropriate research and strategies for an assigned portfolio of high-level donors; debrief and manage follow up.
  • Build relationships and conduct interactions with donors, prospects and leadership as appropriate.
  • Establish and manage a pipeline for new six- and seven-figure prospects from outside of the organization’s existing donor pool.
  • Engage with and support NatureBridge Chief Executive Officer, Chief Development Officer, board members and campaign leadership in fundraising activity.
  • Work with program staff as needed to acquire knowledge needed to solicit gifts and build donor relationships effectively.
  • Create written communications appropriate to a donor’s interests.
  • Implement donor cultivation and stewardship events when appropriate.
  • Collaborate with team members to ensure the timely and accurate completion of routine work such as call reports, gift acknowledgements, solicitation and cultivation mailings and event invitations.
  • Achieve annual revenue goals and assist in meeting departmental goals.
  • Perform additional development-related activities/efforts at the request of the Chief Development Officer.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Experience, Competencies and Education

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required.

  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field
  • Four to six years of experience in fundraising, preferably in a matrix organization, higher education or healthcare
  • Experience working with sensitive information and ability to maintain strict confidentiality
  • Professional credibility, intellectual depth and maturity
  • Experience working with senior leadership and volunteers
  • Commitment to follow-through and goal attainment
  • Demonstrated ability to work with a high degree of autonomy, initiative and accountability
  • Demonstrated success working as part of a team
  • Superior written and oral communication skills 
  • Experience with a customer relationship management (CRM) software system
  • Excellent organization, time management and prioritization skills
  • Experience in project management and/or event implementation

Additional experience preferred includes: 

  • Personal success cultivating and soliciting donors at the six- and seven-figure levels
  • Experience writing and presenting complex funding proposals
  • Experience in Raiser’s Edge donor database
  • Knowledge of basic finance or accounting principles

Working Conditions and Physical Demands

This position works in both a traditional office setting and involves some travel. There is occasional evening and weekend work. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


Competitive salary, depending on experience. Excellent benefits package including medical insurance, retirement plan, plus generous vacation, holiday and sick leave plans. 

Application Process

NatureBridge is an equal opportunity employer. Recruiting and retaining a diverse workforce is a high priority. Interested individuals should submit a letter of interest and resume. To apply send a resume and cover letter to No calls, faxes or printed materials please. No agencies please. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Position is open until filled. Looking for immediate hire, contingent on successful background check and fingerprinting.

About NatureBridge

Founded in 1971, NatureBridge provides environmental science programs for students in the world’s best classrooms—our national parks. Our mission is to connect young people to the science and wonder of the natural world, igniting self-discovery and inspiring stewardship of the planet. As the largest residential education partner of the National Park Service, NatureBridge serves more than 30,000 students and their teachers each year and offers programs in four national parks: Yosemite National Park, Golden Gate National Recreation Area, Olympic National Park and Prince William Forest Park. In order to further our mission, NatureBridge is committed to supporting diversity, equity and inclusion and to promoting equal opportunity for students and staff in the field of environmental education. For more information, visit:

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