Job vacancy

Head of Major Gifts - US

New York, New York State or Washington DC
Salary range(s):
Full time

Global Witness must be able to continue to confront corruption and the systems that enable it. We’re recruiting a Head of Major Gifts to raise funds across the US and Canada for our critical work.

About us

When someone is murdered defending their home because big business wants their land this is corruption.  When people struggle for shelter while empty mansions are used to launder money – this is corruption.  When a child breathes polluted air because coal companies and politicians put profits before people – this is corruption.

Our mission is to campaign to end this and we do this by carrying out hard-hitting investigations, exposing the facts, and pushing to change the system.  We are independent, not for profit, and we work with partners around the world in our fight for justice.

About the role

This is an important role supporting the growth of our individual major gifts programme in North America. You’ll maximize revenue by identifying and cultivating new prospects, as well as facilitating and securing income from our existing high value relationships to meet our ambitious fundraising targets.

You’ll lead and inspire a Development Associate, providing key managerial support in this fast paced team. Your hands on and flexible approach will see your team deliver tailored communications, high output meetings and exciting events. 

Finally, you’ll enjoy working alongside our senior team in our Washington DC and London, UK offices whilst working independently from New York.

About you

You’ll bring your experience as a senior fundraiser with a track record in identifying, navigating and developing relationships with high net worth individuals in the U.S. You’ll also look after our major existing donors, keeping them informed about our work and its impact.

To meet our ambitious fundraising targets the major gifts team needs to be highly organised, so a key part of the role will include administration and database management, along with an ability to prioritise and to meet deadlines within a target driven environment. 

What you can expect from us

Global Witness has a talented team of people worldwide with offices in Washington DC, London and Brussels.  We aspire to be a diverse and inclusive place to work, where difference is respected and celebrated.  We know that a diverse and inclusive workplace is an asset to any organization and that different views and experiences improve the way we work.

We’ll reward you through a combination of an exciting and challenging role together with a sector competitive salary and benefits package, high levels of engagement and involvement, and a commitment to your development.

Our benefits are competitive.  We offer 25 vacation days (exc. Federal holidays), healthcare insurance and flexible and agile working arrangements.

This role is based in New York or our office in Washington, D.C. with travel overseas.


Please send in your CV and a covering letter telling us how you meet the role requirements (no more than two pages please) to [email protected]. We encourage applications from candidates with diverse backgrounds.