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Gift Officer-Henry Kendall Society

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Cambridge, MA (remote possible)


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Salary will be based on experience and qualifications

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Mar 17, 2022

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Gift Officer-Henry Kendall Society

Development Department

Union of Concerned Scientists

Cambridge, MA (remote possible)


The Position

The Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) is an independent national nonprofit that uses science to protect our health, safety, and environment. We are scientists, engineers, economists, activists and everyday people who develop and advocate for innovative, practical solutions to some of our planet’s most pressing problems—from combating global warming and developing sustainable ways to feed, power, and transport ourselves, to fighting misinformation, advancing racial equity, and reducing the threat of nuclear war.

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The Henry Kendall Gift Officer is part of UCS’s Membership Team, a team of five staff who together are responsible for acquiring and retaining the donors who support our work. The Henry Kendall Society is UCS’s mid-level giving society, consisting of members who make gifts of between $1,000 and $25,000 a year. Kendall Society members are stewarded and cultivated by a team of two gift officers.


Primary Responsibilities Include:

· Growing the number and size of gifts from donors at the Henry Kendall level

· Serving as the principal point of contact for a dedicated portfolio of Henry Kendall Society members

· Partnering with the Membership Director to develop and execute donor acquisition and retention related programs. Develop and co-author annual workplans.

· Serve as a thought partner for the Associate Gift Officer/HKS and other UCS staff who are interested in developing their skills in society-level and individual-level fundraising.


Qualifications and Experience

· Five years of fundraising experience, including experience with direct donor contact and in-person solicitation, as well as knowledge of donor tracking systems.

· A goal and results orientation is required, as is an interest and desire to excel in frontline fundraising.

· Superior communication skills, both written and verbal, and a desire to initiate and engage in conversations with donors regarding their giving priorities and UCS activities.

· Strong organizational and prioritization skills, including the ability to anticipate tasks, manage multiple projects, meet deadlines, and function smoothly under strict deadlines and shifting priorities—with a thorough attention to detail and follow-through

· The ability to learn about and work with a complex donor database, and learn, retain, and utilize complex data entry routines and rules.

UCS is an equal opportunity employer actively seeking to diversify its staff. In particular, we’re dedicated to broadening opportunities for individuals from demographic groups that are historically underrepresented in the sciences and in environmental advocacy. We’re also committed to building an inclusive workplace culture where talented people of widely diverse backgrounds can thrive. We believe the inclusion of culturally diverse perspectives will improve our work and produce better societal and environmental outcomes for all, including historically disenfranchised communities.



This is a full-time position based that can be remote and based out of our Cambridge office. Salary will be based on experience and qualifications. UCS offers excellent benefits and a rewarding work environment. Information about the organization is available at

Comparable training and/or experience can be substituted for degrees when appropriate.


More about the team:

Our team is made up of a dedicated group of researchers, scientists, communicators, campaigners, and advocates from wide-ranging backgrounds and experiences. We are committed to building a diverse and inclusive team and a collaborative and supportive work environment where all staff can thrive. We continually strive to create an environment which is a welcoming place for the LGBTQ+ community, people of color, parents, empty-nesters, and people with a wide variety of interests and backgrounds.


A note on the pandemic:

During the coronavirus pandemic, our staff is working from home. We will resume working from our offices, travel, and in-person meetings when it is safe to do so.


To Apply: We know there are great candidates who won’t check all of these boxes, and we also know you might bring important skills that we haven’t considered. If that’s you, don’t hesitate to apply and tell us about yourself. Please upload a cover letter and resume. Upload materials in Word or PDF format only. No phone calls, please.



UCS acknowledges the omission of pertinent salary information in our job ads. This is temporary and due to efforts to enhance our pay equity practices while conducting an organizational-wide compensation analysis. Please refer to the market salary range for this position (consider industry, experience, skills, education, and other factors) when applying to this job.


Covid Mandate for New Hires:

For in-office roles, UCS employees must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Employees are considered fully vaccinated as defined by the CDC. All new hires who will be reporting to an office location must provide notice of their vaccination status and vaccination documentation, on or before their first day of work. For all others, UCS strongly encourages full vaccinations among its employees, up to and including booster shots, even if working remotely.

All new employees must comply with the mandatory vaccination requirements outlined in UCS policies as soon as practicable. Union of Concerned Scientists will notify candidates for employment of the requirements of this policy before the start of employment.


Deadline: April 15 or until filled.

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