April 9, 2019

About the American Foundation for the Blind

The American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) has a long, proud history of removing barriers, ensuring inclusion, and creating positive change in the world for millions of people with vision loss. Yet, despite nearly a century of progress, much work remains to ensure a level playing field for people who are blind or visually impaired.

Today’s social and economic systems continue to produce and perpetuate staggering inequalities among people with vision loss, leading to higher levels of unemployment, increased isolation, lower graduation rates, and poverty.

AFB is committed to creating a more inclusive and just society by mobilizing leaders and influencers, championing impactful policies and practices, and promoting understanding of the most effective drivers of change.

Our vision is a world without limits, where people who are blind or visually impaired are working, going to school and participating in community life, unhindered by barriers.

Career Opportunity

AFB is seeking two experienced Major Gift Specialists. The successful candidates will be responsible for securing financial resources through strategic and effective donor relations, building and managing major gift-level portfolios, and securing planned gifts.

These positions report to the Associate Director, Major Gifts, and are located in Arlington, VA; a New York City-based position may be considered.

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Support annual plans to increase major gifts. Manage and grow an active portfolio of major gift donors and prospects, developing and executing individualized cultivation strategies. Conduct prospect research, and identify, cultivate, solicit, and steward donors. Update donor management database, and draft donor-related materials. Meet targeted net result goals.

  2. Provide support to volunteers and internal program partners for prospect and donor cultivation and solicitation visits.

  3. Assist in planning, organizing, coordinating, and implementing donor cultivation and stewardship events.

  4. Contribute feedback and ideas to development communications.

  5. Participate in appropriate professional development tasks to keep current with issues and trends in the development and nonprofit fundraising field.

  6. Perform other duties and special projects, as assigned.


*Undergraduate degree, CFRE designation preferred. Donor database management experience strongly preferred.

*3-5 years of successful hands-on experience in cultivation and solicitation of major gift donors and prospects and planned giving knowledge strongly preferred.

*Strong oral communication, written communication, and presentation skills.

*Excellent organizational and people skills.

*The ability to maintain accountability and to work independently and creatively, while functioning as part of a cooperative and coordinated team.

*Adaptable and flexible to shifting opportunities, priorities, and needs.

*The ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines.

*Ability to travel.

*Proficiency with tracking moves management within a database and Microsoft Office.

Compensation: Commensurate with experience.

AFB IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER. AFB DOES NOT DISCRIMINATE AGAINST EMPLOYEES WITH DISABILITIES AND WE INVITE PROTECTED VETERANS TO APPLY. Applicants have rights under Federal Employment Laws: Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA); Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO); and Employee Polygraph Protection Act (EPPA).

Interested parties, please email a Cover Letter, Resume/CV, Salary Requirements to hr@afb.org.