Director of Major Gifts

Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is an international humanitarian organization that delivers impartial medical care to people affected by conflict, epidemics, disasters, or exclusion from health care in over 70 countries.

We welcome candidates who bring a wide variety of backgrounds and experiences to join us in working toward MSF’s common mission.






Our dynamic Development Department is responsible for raising over $500 million annually to support the mission of the organization.


In the Development Department, the Major Gifts team is responsible for raising nearly $95 million from major donors.  





Reporting to the Director of High Touch Audiences, the Director of Major Gifts manages a national donor portfolio of $25,000+ level donors to raise more than $100 million annually. This role leads a team of Major Gift Officers to grow major donor relationships from a pool of 1,200+ high-wealth prospects, retaining and stewarding these donors to upgrade giving. The ideal Director of Major Gifts is an innovative frontline-fundraiser who has experience growing a major donor base, inspiring a team, executing fundamental major-donor fundraising processes, and engaging directly with donors to solicit and acquire transformational-level gifts.


This is an unique opportunity for a development professional with success in both management and individual major-gifts fundraising to run a crucial development function at a premier humanitarian organization. The Director of Major Gifts will be responsible for ensuring that his/her team is a focused, productive and proactive unit that meets or exceeds its fundraising goals. Working closely with other senior development managers, researchers, channels leads, and communications and program staff, the Director of Major Gifts and their team are expected to identify, cultivate, solicit, and steward high-value donors in support of MSF-USA.


The successful candidate will bring formal high-touch fundraising experience, a proven process, an entrepreneurial spirit, and the desire to seize funding opportunities with confidence and speed.






  • Strategic Planning: Develop and execute a strategic plan for increasing Major Gifts revenue, with a concentration on transformational 7- and 8-figure gifts.
  • Major Gifts Revenue: Lead the Major Gifts team to generate $100+ MM per year in sustainable annual revenue, with appropriate increases for each subsequent year.
  • Management: Manage a team of major gift officers and support staff to generate high-dollar revenue for MSF. Develop strategic work plans, motivate talent, and guide staff in reaching their individual fundraising goals.
  • Processes: Work with the Director of High-Touch Audiences and other High-Touch audience leads to establish clear processes and oversee execution across a currently-remote team.
  • Measurement: Implement KPIs for the Major Gifts team, including such metrics as contact rates, meetings booked, proposals sent, gifts secured, upgrade rates, and new gifts.
  • Prospecting: Working closely with the Research & Analytics team, provide leadership and direction to the prospecting process, using prospect intelligence to acquire and convert new major donors.
  • Donor Communications: Oversee the development of sophisticated major-donor communications such as proposals and reports, ensuring that they present compelling, visionary programmatic ideas for donors and prospects.
  • Front-line Fundraising: Personally cultivate and steward major gifts prospects with an identified gift level of $100K and up. Meet one-on-one with prospects/donors and coordinate program staff and volunteers in the cultivation and solicitation of major gifts prospects.
  • Donor Engagement Strategies: Design and implement overall engagement and fundraising strategies as part of the broader Development team, to continue the exponential growth of individual gifts at all levels. Assist other department staff on special projects or efforts that contribute to the organization’s larger development goals.
  • Represent MSF-USA: Effectively represent and articulate the work of MSF, presenting a compelling case for support of the organization.








  • 6+ years of Major Gifts leadership experience in fast-paced, high-volume fundraising organizations.
  • Demonstrated success as a front-line major gifts or high-touch fundraiser.
  • Experience securing and conducting personal, face-to-face visits to qualify, engage, solicit, and steward major donors and prospects.
  • Proven ability to interact with and influence philanthropic leaders.
  • High level of discretion and an ethical approach to fundraising.
  • Well-honed skills in developing donor cultivation and solicitation strategies.
  • Outstanding interpersonal skills and a high level of comfort with direct donor interaction, including discussions of personal and family finances.
  • Well-developed communication skills, including excellent writing and public speaking abilities.
  • Knowledge of and ability to use fundraising databases such as Salesforce NPSP.
  • Creativity, energy, confidence, and integrity.
  • High level of discretion and respect for donor privacy.
  • Initiative and independence, combined with the ability to work well as part of a team.
  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited university.
  • A commitment to MSF’s mission and values.
  • Deep, demonstrated commitment to DEI.






  • Experience with international relief and development and/or humanitarian organizations desired.



No phone calls or emails please. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Application Deadline: Open Until Filled.

MSF-USA/Doctors Without Borders is an Equal Opportunity Employer. No employee, or applicant for employment, shall be discriminated against in any term or condition of employment because of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, or sexual orientation or any other characteristic protected by law. We are constantly striving to make our organization anti-racist. Diversity, equity and inclusion are core values. As an employee, you become part of that mission. We expect this same commitment from our staff





Pay Class & Contract Type

Regular FT Salaried Exempt 



Starting salary High 110's to mid 120's (commensurate with experience)


Working Time (Hours Per Week)


Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is an international humanitarian organization that delivers impartial medical care to people affected by conflict, epidemics, disasters, or exclusion from health care in over 70…

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  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule


New York, NY

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