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Gift Officer

Position: Gift Officer

Compensation: GiveWell offers a competitive benefits package benchmarked to the San Francisco Bay Area where we are based. Salary is commensurate with experience.

Location: Oakland, CA (preferred)

Timeline: Please submit your application by March 13, 2020.

Visas: GiveWell sponsors work visas, though it may not be able to provide sponsorship in all cases.

About GiveWell

GiveWell's goal is to identify the giving opportunities which can most cost-effectively improve the lives of the global poor.

GiveWell started as a group of finance professionals trying to do as much good as possible with their personal donations. Since 2007, it has been a full-time independent research group. We publish our charity recommendations, research, and the full details of our analysis publicly at www.GiveWell.org.

We think our top charities accomplish a huge amount of good. The charities we recommend work in the area of global health and development and serve some of the poorest people in the world.

Our research has received accolades from Peter Singer (who featured it in his manifesto on giving, The Life You Can Save), Nicholas Kristof (who featured it in Half The Sky), and media including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, CNN and NPR, and many others.

Collectively, GiveWell's donors are some of the largest private donors in international aid. In 2018 (the most recent year for which complete data is available), donors gave a combined $140.9 million in donations to our recommended charities as a direct result of our research. We also directed an additional $15 million in Incubation Grants to support work to strengthen our recommendations in the future.

GiveWell is expanding our team so we can broaden the scope of our research and look for charities that might have even more impact per dollar donated than our current top charities. By joining GiveWell, you will have the opportunity to influence and contribute to our approach and success in directing millions of dollars in funding to highly impactful charities.

Outreach at GiveWell

GiveWell's outreach team engages with current donors and works to acquire new donors to increase the amount of money we direct to our recommended charities. At our recommendation, donors directed $140.9 million to these charities in 2018. We roughly estimate that, in expectation, these funds prevented 30,000 deaths, dewormed 70 million children, and gave cash to 10,000 poor households.

Over the next few years, GiveWell will invest in our outreach team to significantly increase the amount of money that we direct to our recommended charities. We expect to roughly double the staff we have working on this team as we grow. We’re looking for capable marketers, fundraisers, and communicators to help expand GiveWell’s influence.

The role

As Gift Officer, you will have a direct impact on the amount of funds GiveWell can direct to people living in extreme poverty. This is a great opportunity to join a high-impact nonprofit and make a real difference with your career.

Reporting to and partnering with the Major Gifts Officer, you will be responsible for building long-term relationships with GiveWell supporters. You will manage a portfolio of 100-150 individuals giving in the 5- to 6-figure range and seek to retain and upgrade their annual giving. Specifically, you will:

  • Create individual goals for each donor in your portfolio based on their giving history and forward interests and capacity;
  • Create an annual outreach plan for each donor in your portfolio that includes monthly touch points and giving targets;
  • Arrange and complete 120+ in-person meetings per year to build and deepen donor relationships, with the ultimate goal of soliciting and closing significant gifts that support GiveWell and its recommended charities;
  • Work collaboratively across the outreach and research teams to fully understand GiveWell’s research and funding opportunities, and craft compelling funding proposals for donors;
  • Track all donor activity in your portfolio and create monthly reports to reflect donor status and likely annual income; and
  • Vet a separate pool of prospective major donors in order to recommend promising candidates to elevate into a gift officer portfolio.

About you

Ideally, you have all of the following characteristics. Many excellent candidates will have some (but not all) of the characteristics below, and we encourage you to apply even if you do not have all of the below.

To be successful, we expect that you:

  • Have 2 or more years of experience in front-line fundraising, business development, or enterprise sales (or related field), and have a strong track record in closing gifts/deals.
  • Have excellent verbal and written communications skills. You can convert complex ideas and funding opportunities into stories that are clear and engaging, and compel donors to take action.
  • Maintain a high level of tact, diplomacy, and confidentiality.

Other highly desirable skills, experience, or characteristics:

  • You are passionate about helping the global poor. GiveWell is currently focused on programs that help people in low- and low-to-middle-income countries. You should be passionate about maximizing the resources we can direct to help the people in these countries.
  • You value honesty and transparency. GiveWell has a strong work culture committed to honesty and transparency about our shortcomings and strengths, as well as those of our recommended charities.
  • You are excited to work in a growing team. GiveWell’s outreach team is small and we expect team members to be nimble and responsive to new opportunities.
  • You have the ability to travel both domestically and internationally 2-3 times throughout the year.

To apply

Apply here: https://www.givewell.org/about/jobs/gift-officer-application. We only accept applications through our website.

You may also send additional material, such as a letter of recommendation, to support your application; this is not required. Please send those materials to jobs@givewell.org.

We plan to respond to all submissions. Please contact jobs@givewell.org with any questions.

Additional Information

GiveWell accommodates flexible and remote working. We support and encourage flexible working, including flexible hours, regular work-from-home days, part-time work patterns, and periodic remote-work stints. The majority of our staff, including senior management, work flexibly in one way or another. Our preference is for staff to work from Oakland, but working remotely (including internationally) is also possible.

As part of our dedication to the diversity of our staff, GiveWell is committed to Equal Employment Opportunity without regard for race, color, national origin, ethnicity, gender, protected veteran status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, or religion. People of color, people with disabilities, women, and LGBTQ candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, we will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.

If you need assistance or an accommodation due to a disability, you may contact us at jobs@givewell.org.