Senior Major Gifts Officer

Job Type

Full Time






United States



Play an important role within an innovative and fast-moving cancer research and patient support organization. As Senior Major Gifts Officer at the Chordoma Foundation you will develop, deepen and manage relationships with leading supporters to inspire greater philanthropic investment in support of our mission. Your primary goals will be to increase giving among current major donors, and to expand the Foundation’s base of support by securing major gifts from new donors. You will be supported by a strong development back office, robust infrastructure and technology, collegial teammates, and a highly engaged board of directors. Your work will take you across the U.S. and beyond, while allowing you flexibility on where and when you work.



The story of the Chordoma Foundation is one of patients and families coming together to accomplish the improbable. It is one of determination, and resourcefulness, and the power of perseverance. And after just over a decade, it is a story of uncommon progress.


Started by patients unwilling to accept the limited treatment options for this rare bone cancer, the Chordoma Foundation is dedicated to improving the lives of those affected by chordoma and leading the search for a cure. We envision a future in which everyone affected by chordoma is able to overcome their disease and maintain their quality of life. To realize this vision, we invest in three essential and mutually-reinforcing program areas: Research to find better treatments, Healthcare Improvement to drive better patient care, and Patient Services to make the journey easier for all affected.

In the span of a decade, the collective efforts of the chordoma community have resulted in progress virtually unprecedented for a rare cancer. Investing nearly $7M in research, we have created a vibrant research community, supported research in over one-hundred labs worldwide, leading to discoveries culminating in seven clinical trials. Over that time, we also created the first chordoma treatment guidelines, and served more than 5,000 patients and family members in more than 50 countries. 

These achievements and the Foundation's template-setting approach to research have been repeatedly recognized by FasterCures, The National Cancer Institute, ABC News, BioCentury and The Atlantic, to name a few. And, its Executive Director, Josh Sommer, was twice named by Forbes as one of the “30 under 30” transforming the field of science and healthcare.


With a vibrant research community in place, end-to-end research enabling infrastructure built, and much foundational research complete, better treatments are no longer decades away; they are now possible within years. How long it takes to get there is now a function primarily of resources. But mobilizing a geographically dispersed rare disease community requires concerted effort and lots of personal interactions – more than our current staff and volunteer capacity allows. To rise to the occasion, we aim to hire a passionate, entrepreneurial and growth-minded Senior Major Gifts Officer who will help our community realize its full potential impact.

This job may be right for you if you want to:

  • Help individuals affected by a rare cancer bring about a better future for all affected by this disease and find meaning from their experience
  • Develop lasting relationships with supporters across North America and beyond
  • Work with dedicated and supportive colleagues, board members and volunteers to achieve ambitious goals
  • Be a part of an organization that is making waves in cancer research and making a daily impact in the lives of patients
  • Spend most of your time outside of the office and in front of donors
  • Have clear metrics of success in your role


  • Personally manage a portfolio of 50-60 major donors throughout North America, cultivating, soliciting and stewarding each as appropriate
  • Systematically identify and qualify new major donor prospects
  • Advance donor relationships through in-person visits, hosting small donor gatherings, and organizing visits with grantees and collaborators
  • For each donor in your portfolio, create and execute an individualized plan for deepening the relationship and retaining or increasing giving
  • Work with the Foundation’s leadership team to identify and craft funding opportunities that align with the interests of donors in your portfolio and the Foundation’s strategic priorities
  • Work with colleagues to develop briefing materials, presentations, proposals, gift agreements, acknowledgements and reports needed to secure and steward major gifts
  • Regularly report on your progress to the Foundation’s leadership team



  • At least 10 years of professional experience in major gifts and/or related profession (otherwise well-qualified candidates with transferrable experience in outside sales, business development, or investor relations will also be considered)
  • Ability to travel frequently (50-60% of the time) across U.S. and occasionally internationally
  • Strong ability to motivate, inspire and organize 
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, and equally excellent listening skills
  • Successful experience working remotely is ideal but not required
  • Comfort with and/or willingness to embrace technology essential for a distributed team (e.g. cloud-based CRM, project management, document sharing, etc.)
  • A personal connection to chordoma or other cancer (e.g. as a patient, caregiver, family member or former healthcare provider) is ideal but not required

The preference is for this to be a full time position; however, well-qualified candidates who prefer part time employment will be considered. 


  • 100% employer-sponsored health insurance plan
  • Dental and vision insurance
  • Short and long-term disability insurance
  • Life insurance
  • SIMPLE IRA with company matching
  • Holidays and paid time off
  • Flexible work schedule

The Chordoma Foundation is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status. We can only review candidates with valid US work authorization at this time.

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

No requirement

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